At Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts, we create historical and cultural scavenger hunts exploring local history, folklore, public art and architecture.
We collaborate with local storytellers and historians to tell a wide variety of stories about neighbourhoods and community history, not just the dominant European narrative. We employ passionate young people from across many walks of life as hosts to engage our players and instill them with a sense of wonder and play.
Job Title: Storyteller (written), 35 hours per week, June 1 for 8 weeks with possibility of extension to end of summer. $16 / hour. This job is offered as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, and therefore open to those between the ages of 15 and 30.
Mostly working from home and co-working sites.
As member of Urban Capers team, the candidate will (50% of time)
Research local history, with a particular emphasis on BIPOC history and storytelling, and the contributions of BIPOC communities to the landscape of Canadian history. Keep current on local, provincial and other heritage plaques. Write concise descriptions of historic events and people. Research pre-colonial place names to include in all scavenger hunt clues and maps.
As a member of the Urban Capers Team, the candidate will (50% of time)
Respond to inquiries via phone and email. Maintain good relations with partners, institutions, and tour guides. Prepare clue books and maps for upcoming scavenger hunts. Work professionally with partners and institutions where we operate, such as museums, art galleries, municipal tourism boards, heritage sites, and tour companies. Work as part of a small but committed team, with everyone filling many roles and wearing many hats.
Email resume and cover email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline May 20, 2022
Positive attitude and a willingness to roll up sleeves will be useful in this position. We are a small team and so each team member juggles a lot of balls. Since one aspect of the job is to convert many of our map place names to Indigenous place names, it would be ideal if the applicant was familiar with place names in one or more Indigenous languages. Another aspect of the job is to incorporate histories that are missing from the dominant narrative, and we would be particularly interested to hear from candidates with knowledge of the history of Black communities in Southwest Ontario.
If two candidates are identified, two positions will be created.
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