Senior Animator / Artifact Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Senior Animator / Artifact Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Memory Lane Heritage Village
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Lake Charlotte, Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-06-12 à 2017-09-01 (12 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 13,00 $

Senior Animator / Artifact Assistant – Job Description

Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society


The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society owns and operates a 1940s era living history museum called Memory Lane Heritage Village. The Village is comprised of 18 rescued buildings from local coastal communities along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Village life is defined by the innovations of the 1940s and the changes they brought to rural Nova Scotia: electricity, road building, women’s work outside the home, and the time-saving inventions of modern living. The Heritage Village collection is essentially a “working collection” which means that artifacts on display are handled and often used by animators, volunteers and the public. The Village is a young museum and in many cases buildings contain artifacts that have not been thoroughly checked and reviewed for authenticity or for duplication. The Village is slowly moving through each building and authenticating everything on display, ensuring that all items are catalogued and accounted for, and meets the curatorial goals for that building. The goal of the 2017 Senior Animator / Artifact Assistant is to provide animation of working artifacts to the public and to assist the Artifact Cataloguer / Researcher with artifact documentation (photography), storage and research.

Main Objectives

As a Senior Animator, the main objectives are to:

1. Ensure artifacts in the working collection are made available during heritage programming events such as school tours, group tours, and special events.

2. To demonstrate working artifacts under the supervision of senior volunteers and the Executive Director (artifacts can include turnip chopper, hand tools, grain grinder, hand pump, wringer washer, electric washer) during regular visitation hours and for special events & group tours

3. To provide visitor services in English and French as required by the Storekeeper. This includes small groups, guided tours and working with the Heritage Programmer to deliver school programming.

As an Artifact Assistant, the main objectives are to:

1. Assist the Artifact Researcher / Cataloguer with documenting artifacts that are either in backlog or part of the Boat Shop & Mine Camp projects. This includes photographing artifacts (for storage), and following general cataloguing procedures.

2. To enter catalogue worksheets in the database and to ensure that they are stored or located properly.

3. To assist with artifact research as required.

Specific Skills & Abilities

• Second year of CGEP, or first year of post-secondary education completed

• Outgoing and personable

• Comfortable speaking to individuals and groups

• Advanced English & Fluent French

• Knowledge of, or interest in, cataloguing

• Able to lift 15 kilograms unassisted

• Familiarity with libraries and internet searching

• Has an interest in objects and how they work

• Computer literate in Word, Excel and, ideally, Filemaker Pro or similar database software

• Must be enrolled in Sept. 2017 in a post-secondary institution & was enrolled in 2016/2017 educational institution

Attitudes & Attributes:

• Logical and organized

• Self-directed but a team player

• Reliable and honest

• Has a knowledge of, or interest in, the 1940s

• Willing to work in dusty and damp conditions (must wear appropriate protective equipment)

• Able to work efficiently and effectively while unsupervised

Terms of Employment:

June 12th to August 28th for 12 weeks at 37.5 hours per week at $13.00 per hour + 4% vacation pay + free cookhouse lunch. Total hours for the work term are 450. Students must be enrolled in full time studies prior to, and after, the work-term and be under the age of 30. Accommodation in neighbouring communities is possible. The Heritage Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes application from all eligible candidates.

Contact: Thea Wilson-Hammond, Executive Director, Box 1937 Lake Charlotte, HRM, NS B0J 1Y0 (902) 845-1937 Application deadline is April 20, 2017.


Lake Charlotte is a remote rural coastal community located on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Population is about 100 in the immediate community, about 350 people in the 30 km “loop”. There is a large recreational lake 5 minutes away and the famous Clam Harbour Beach (annual sandcastle contest) 11km away. Halifax is 85 km away and there is no public transportation to the city, so students are advised to have a car if they relocate to the site from elsewhere. There are some opportunities to room in the local area. Summers can be cool because of the Atlantic Ocean, but the Village is slightly inland and temperatures can get up to 30 degrees, but generally they range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. It is a maritime climate, so frequent fog, rain and rapidly changing weather.

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