Collections & Education Student
Location: Fort St. John North Peace Museum, 9323-100th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4N4
Start Date: May 7, 2018
End Date: August 24, 2018
Daily Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm (one hour lunch from 1 pm to 2 pm)
Weekly Hours: 35 hours
Responsibilities will include:
• Learning the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s cataloguing procedures
• Cataloguing and researching historic photographs
• Photographing Textile Collection
• Learning museum procedures concerning the care and safe handling of artefacts and archival materials
• Researching and creating a memory kit for seniors
• Learning how to operate the cash register and interact with museum visitors
• Carrying out the opening and closing tasks required of museum staff
Detailed Description of Tasks
The Collections & Education Student will be responsible for entering photographs into the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s database, photographing textiles, and creating a memory kit for seniors.
This student will spend four days a week cataloguing photographs. He or she will be instructed in cataloguing procedures and handling of artefacts to ensure consistency in our database and the long-term preservation of these documents.
The student will spend one day a week photographing the museum’s textile collections and uploading the photographs to the database (to complete the object’s record and reduce future handling).
The student will also have one hour each day for the four days a week he/she spends cataloguing to research and develop a memory kit for seniors. This kit will involve photographs and tactile artefacts, which can be handled by seniors. The kit will be used at local seniors homes to encourage lively discussions and trigger fond memories for seniors in the community.
The student will also be required to generally assist in the day-to-day operation of the museum. This includes helping in the gift shop and museum, greeting visitors, operating the cash register, moving artefacts, setting up for events, and opening and closing our outside buildings and gates at the beginning and end of the day.
The applicants for this position must have an interest in Canadian and local history and be willing to learn more about the Fort St. John - North Peace region. They should enjoy meeting and interacting with the public. These candidates must be flexible, sociable, and work well with Museum staff and volunteers. Applicants need to be well organized, self-motivated, able to take direction, and able to work without constant direct supervision. These individuals must be responsible and mature. Excellent computer skills are required. Photography and research skills are valuable assets.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and attending post-secondary school full time. They must have been in full time studies in this school year and returning to full time studies next school year. The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and to achieving a workforce which is representative of the Canadian population. We strongly encourage candidates to self-identify if they are an Aboriginal person, a member of a visible minority group or a person with a disability.
Resumes and cover letters should be received by April 23, 2018 with interviews taking place in late April. Resumes and cover letters can be mailed or dropped off at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum, 9323 - 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4N4 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum and North Peace Historical Society connect residents and visitors of all ages to the history and communities of the North Peace River area of British Columbia. Our museum is a welcoming centre where the history of Fort St. John and area is kept alive through the preservation, management, and exhibition of our collection as well as our educational programs and events. Operated by the North Peace Historical Society, the Fort St. John North Peace Museum tells the story of the North Peace through interactive exhibits.
Fort St. John is a city of over 20,000 along the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia. It is minutes away from the beautiful Peace River. Fort St. John has a cultural center, festivals, a farmer’s market, and many parks, trails, and recreation facilities. It is one of the major shopping centres in Northern B.C. Go to www.fortstjohn.ca or http://tourismfortstjohn.ca/ for more details.