Archives Collections Assistant (Community Services Assistant 3)

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Archives Collections Assistant (Community Services Assistant 3)
  • Organization name: Surrey Archives
  • Job location: Surrey, British Columbia
  • Length of assignment: 2017-05-30 to 2017-08-05 (10 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $21.90

City of Surrey

Surrey Archives

Location: City of Surrey Archives, 17671 – 56 Ave, Surrey, B.C., V3S 1C9

Title/Classification: Archives Collections Assistant (Community Services Assistant 3)

Rate of Pay: $21.90/hour

Start Date: May 30, 2017

End Date: August 5, 2017

Days of Position: Tuesday – Saturday

Hours of Position: 10:30am – 5:00pm

Job Description

The Community Service Assistant 3 (Archives Collections Assistant) will assist the Archivist to make collections more publicly accessible through processing, digitization and archival description. The archival descriptions will be entered into the MINISIS database and made available to the public through Heritage Services’ SAMOA (Surrey Archives & Museum Online Access) search engine.


The successful candidate will digitize and describe photographic prints and negatives, and process newspaper holdings. All descriptions will be entered in the MINISIS database and will be made available to the public in-person in the Archives Reference Room and online through SAMOA.


The successful candidate will be selected based on their education, experience and skills related to the job. Candidates must have completed Grade 12 and some post-secondary education from a recognized institution. Students enrolled in History, Archival or Library Studies would be well suited to this position. The successful candidate will also have a valid driver's license, with a safe driving history as well as current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates (or acceptable equivalent). In addition, consent for disclosure of criminal record information is required. Please note that all positions are contingent on Federal Government grant funding and the position may be removed from our website when the minimum number of applications has been received. Applicants must be available for the full duration of the grant sponsored position and be registered on the Young Canada Works on-line candidate inventory. Must be a student returning to school, aged 16-30.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017. Apply via


The City of Surrey is a geographically large and culturally diverse city located 50 km south-east of Vancouver. Surrey is B.C.’s second largest city (500,000+ residents), which retains a considerable agricultural land base (1/3) and is known for its urban forests, west coast beaches and riverine environment. Surrey has one of the largest school populations in the province with over 70,000 students. This combination of rural and multicultural urban characteristics gives Surrey a unique flavour. The community of Cloverdale is the location of the placement in Surrey. Cloverdale is a town centre on the edge of the agricultural land reserve. It has a small commercial area surrounded by rapidly expanding residential development. Cloverdale was one of the earliest settled areas of Surrey, growing up around its railway station, and from 1912-62 was the administrative centre of the Municipality. The Surrey Museum and Archives was established in Cloverdale in 1958. The Archives became the official repository of municipal records as the City of Surrey Archives in 1999, and moved into its new home, the renovated 1912 Municipal Hall, in November 2006. The Archives is located one block east of the commercial town centre, on the same ‘campus’ as the new Surrey Museum (opened 2005), and adjacent to Cloverdale Library, which holds a regionally significant genealogical collection. For information about current events and attractions in Surrey, please visit and

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