Job Posting 87947

Student Guide
Juno Beach Centre
Toronto Metro area
Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
closes in 13 days (Tue, 18 Oct)
full time - temporary / contract  •  €1,462.68 per month

Juno Beach Centre


The Juno Beach Centre is the only Canadian museum on the landing beaches of Normandy. Built on
the site where Canadians landed on the 6th of June 1944 where it presents the civilian and military
efforts of Canada on multiple fronts during the Second World War. It is also a window to the Canada
of today thanks to the Guide Program.

 

Program


The Guide Program was born of the wishes of the veterans who founded the Juno Beach Centre:
They wished for a group of dynamic and motivated Canadians who had approximately the same age
as them in 1944 who would participate in the educative and cultural missions of the museum: To be
a guide at the Juno Beach Centre is to contribute to the preservation of the engagement of the
Canadian civilians and soldiers during the war. It is to pass on their history and memory by
committing to do your part in working towards sustainable memory tourism that promotes and
protects a unique heritage in the face of the challenges of tomorrow.

 

Job description


  • Guides perform the following tasks in both English and French:
    Guided visits on the park outside of the museum (two bunkers and a portion of Juno Beach)
    and be able to adapt your visit depending on the age and/or nationality of the visitors (school
    groups, public visits, veterans, dignitaries, etc)
  • Welcome visitors of all nationalities and share the identity and mandate of the Centre
    following the standards of the Normandy Quality Tourism label
  • Present the offers of the museum to groups and individuals (the permanent and temporary
    exhibit as well as the guided visit of the bunkers) as well as our sustainable development
    approach.
  • Lead our activity "Explore Juno in class" for primary and secondary aged school groups with
    the help of our digital ressources.
  • Sell admission tickets and a diverse range of products from our boutique
  • Inform visitors of Canada’s contributions during the Second World War (on the home front as
    well as in Europe) and the Canada of today.
  • Inform visitors about the offer of the museum as well as the other historical sites to visit in
    Normandy and in France.
  • Participate in the organization of historical and cultural activities at the Centre Assist in
    special ceremonies and events

 

Work Term

Period 1

  • Work term: January 27 - August 31 2023
  • # of guides: 3
  • Application Deadline: October 18 2022

Period 2

  • Work term: March 27 - October 31 2023
  • # of guides: 2
  • Application Deadline: October 18 2022

Period 3

  • Work term: May 22 - December 31 2023
  • # of guides: 2
  • Application deadline: November 15 2022

 

Selection criteria

Applicants to the guide positions will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Bilingual: ability to communicate FLUENTLY in English AND French;
  • Experience working with the public, school groups (children and teens) in a cultural or
    historical setting, as well as customer service experience;
  • Understanding of Canada’s contribution to the Second World War;
  • Professionalism, personal maturity and ability to work in a team;
  • Currently a student in a postsecondary institution or having graduated within the last 3
    years.

 

Accommodation / transportation


Hired candidates must assume the costs of all expenses while in France. However, the Centre
provides housing (all utilities included except for internet fees & security deposits) for each guide
team in Courseulles-sur-Mer. The rent is 260 Euros per person per month. The equivalent is deducted
as benefits in kind from the gross wage and does not change the below mentioned net wage. More
details about the housing arrangement are provided to candidates once hired. Hired candidates must
assume the initial cost of transportation to France. However, at the end of the work term, guides can
be eligible for a partial reimbursement of their travel costs of up to CDN $600. More details on this
partial reimbursement are provided to candidates

 

Salary


The French work week is 35 hours (on average) and employees are paid on a monthly basis. Juno
Beach Centre guides receive a net monthly wage of: 1,462.68 Euros.

Passport and visa
All applicants must have a valid Canadian passport or a European Union passport. For candidates
who hold a Canadian passport, they will need to obtain a French work visa (including an in-person
visit to the consulate in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal, if necessary), purchase a plane ticket, and
international medical insurance that includes coverage of all costs related to Covid-19 for the entire
duration of their stay. Further details will be given to applicants once hired. For applicants who hold a
European passport, they will need to prove Canadian citizenship, purchase a plane ticket, and

international medical insurance that includes coverage of all costs related to Covid-19 for the entire
duration of their stay. Further details will be given to applicants once hired.

 

Interviews


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for a position at the Juno
Beach Centre. However, only candidates selected for video interviews will be contacted.

Application Procedure
Documents to be sent in ELECTRONICALLY in PDF Format ONLY.
Your application must contain:

  • A cover letter (1-2 page maximum). At the beginning of this letter, clearly indicate the
    period(s) for which you are applying, and how you heard about the guide program.
  • Your résumé / curriculum vitae.
  • A proof of university enrolment or recent graduation: It can be your most recent online
    university transcript or a proof of enrolment. If you have recently graduated, a copy of your
    diploma will suffice.
  • A scan of your valid passport.
  • A scanned proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate or citizenship card).
  • Two reference letters: one from a current or recent employer, and the other from a current
    or recent professor. WARNING: We examine the quality of reference letters carefully.
    Generic reference letters are not accepted. YOU MUST ARRANGE FOR YOUR REFEREES TO
    SEND THEIR LETTER DIRECTLY TO THE GUIDE PROGRAM. If your referees are unable to send
    their letter by e-mail, they can fax it before the deadline. Referees should address
    themselves to Catherine Quintal Visitor Services Manager at
    or by fax at 011 33 2 31 37 83 69. Inform your referees that their letter must arrive by e-mail
    or fax before the deadline or your application will be rejected. Please inform us of your
    referees’ chosen method (e-mail or fax) in your cover letter.
  • Once your application is ready, merge all documents listed above (except reference letters)
    into one single PDF file. Your application will be considered ONLY if it is in PDF format and
    reduced in size (5MB or less). Save the PDF under your name. Write your name and the
    period(s) you are applying for in the subject line of your application e-mail.

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