Archives Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Archives Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Creston Museum
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Creston, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-07 à 2017-08-26 (16 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 12,00 $

Do you love history and sharing it with others? Do you make your friends and family crazy with your love of historical detail? Then you should consider working at the Creston Museum & Archives this summer, as an Archives Assistant!

As our Archives Assistant, you are the principal link between the Archives and the public. You are knowledgeable about local history and the Archives collection, and undertake a variety of tasks to make both the collection and local history accessible to the general public. These tasks include:

On This Day posts – random tidbits of local history, accompanied by a photograph, posted to the Creston Museum’s Facebook page.

Public research requests – responding promptly to requests for information from the general public, in person and via phone, mail, email, and Facebook

Creston Valley and the Great War – continuing our cumulative online exhibit exploring the First World War from the perspective of people in the Creston Valley

In-House Research – helping our other staff find information they need for their interpretation, exhibits, and programming, and spending one day each week in the Museum’s exhibit galleries sharing your knowledge of local history with visitors.

This position is funded by the Young Canada Works program. To be eligible to participate in this program, you must:

be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;

be legally entitled to work in Canada;

be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

have finished the school term at the start of employment;

have been a full-time student January-April 2017;

intend to return to full-time studies in September 2017;

be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) over the summer.

You don’t need to start with a lot of knowledge of local history (though it would be helpful), but you must be willing and able to learn it quickly so you can start sharing it with the public right away. You’ll also need very good writing skills and English-language abilities. Ideally, you’re planning a career in museums or heritage, education, or heritage interpretation, and are enrolled in a field of study related to that career. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about the Archives’ collections you’ll be working with, but previous experience in a museum or archives setting would be good. And, since much of what you’ll be sharing will be done on Facebook and other social media sites, you need to be pretty conversant with those platforms (though you don’t need to have your own accounts).

Above all, when we call you for an interview, be prepared to show us your enthusiasm for history, for this job, and for working with the public.

The position of Archives Assistant is a 16-week position, beginning on 7 May and ending on 26 August, 2017. You will work 40 hours – five eight hour days – per week, though the specific days you work may vary from one week to the next. You will be working most weekends over the summer.

Pay is $12.00 per hour, plus 4% holiday pay.

To apply, register online with Young Canada Works at www.Young-Canada-Works.Canada.ca, then select this job from those listed on that website and/or submit your resume and cover letter to Tammy Bradford, Manager, Creston Museum at 219 Devon Street, Creston BC V0B 1G3 or crestonmuseum@telus.net.

You may apply any time. All applicants meeting the basic eligibility criteria listed above will be offered an interview once funding for the position has been confirmed, usually in late April or early May. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Websites:

Creston Museum’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CrestonMuseum

Creston Valley and the Great War: www.historypin.org/en/person/55990#!map%2Findex%2F%23!%2Fgeo:49.095507,-116.513462%2Fzoom:20%2Fdialog:280538%2Ftab:details%2F



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