Archives and Special Collections Intern

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Archives and Special Collections Intern
  • Nom de l’organisme : University of Victoria Libraries
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Victoria , Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2019-12-02 à 2020-03-20 (15,57 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 25,88 $

The University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives is seeking one dynamic, self-motivated individual with experience and skills in archival arrangement, description, digitization and community outreach for the position of SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES INTERN as part of the YCW Internship program. The duration of the proposed position is for approximately 4 months, from Monday, December 2, 2019 – Friday, March 20, 2020. The rate of pay is $25.88/hr + 4% vacation pay. English fluency is essential; and although French and proficiency in any other languages is not required, it will be considered an asset.

The University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives preserves and provides public access to the University of Victoria's historical records; private archives of people and organizations relating to the University of Victoria community; archival holdings supporting a variety of areas including anarchist studies, art and architecture, environmental studies, literature, Indigenous studies, medieval studies, gender studies, and military history; as well as rare book, periodical, ephemera and object collections.

Under the supervision of the Director pf Special Collections & University Archivist, the successful candidate will assist with current digitization initiatives as well as promoting and providing access and outreach to the archives at the University of Victoria. The successful individual must also be familiar in designing and developing web content, as well as website management. Excellent writing and communication skills are a must. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

- arranging, describing and digitizing backlog of private records

- adding digital content to archival databases

- web page design, development and maintenance of new and existing digital archival collections

- assist with the planning and architecture of exhibits, programming and special events related to the archives and special collections at UVic Archives

Our ideal candidate for the internship should have these qualifications:

- have graduated from an MAS or MLIS program at a Canadian university (preferred); or a MLIS program at a Canadian university with a concentration in archival studies; or from a graduate-level program in Humanities, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, or Social Sciences

- have completed an introduction to archival description course (preferred); or have had experience working in a Canadian heritage/memory institution (archives, library, museum, historical society)

- high level of computer skill and digital fluency

- be able to work both collaboratively and independently

- have experience building and designing web content as well as knowledge of content management software

- have excellent written and verbal communication skills

- be comfortable interacting with the public

An individual may be eligible for a YCW internship if they:

-are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

-are legally entitled to work in Canada;

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

-are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

-will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

-are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

-are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;

-are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

-have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all gender orientations, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

The deadline for applications is Monday, July 29, 2019. Interested candidates who are eligible under the YCW Internship program are asked to apply by email with a cover letter and resume (as a single PDF file) to:

Ms. Lara Wilson

Director of Special Collections & University Archivist

University of Victoria Archives

Lower Level, Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library, Room A005


Please note that while we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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