Position: Assistant Curator (Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage Internship)
Location: Fort St. John North Peace Museum, 9323-100th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4N4
Start Date: November 29, 2021
End Date: March 31, 2022
Daily Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm (one hour lunch from 1 pm to 2 pm)
Weekly Hours: 35 hours
The assistant curator will assist with ongoing scanning and cataloguing projects in the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s collection and archives. The assistant curator will help catalogue incoming and backlogged donations to the museum. He/she will assist with scanning and describing an enormous collection of over 2000 negatives taken by local photographer Rudy Schubert in the 1940s-1960s as well as scanning and indexing the Alaska Highway News.
The assistant curator will have the opportunity to research and develop a small exhibit on Indigenous place names for the museum’s display case at the North Peace Regional Airport.
The intern will carry out the following duties:
- General cataloguing
- Learning museum procedures concerning the care and safe handling of artefacts and archival materials
- Learning the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s cataloguing procedures
- Accessioning, cataloguing, researching, and storing recently donated/backlogged artefacts, photographs, and documents
- Schubert Negatives
- Scanning and describing the Schubert negatives
- Working with community members to identify the subjects and places featured in Schubert’s negatives
- Newspaper Project
- Learning how to operate a large-scale scanner
- Scanning and indexing newspapers
- Assisting volunteers in trouble-shooting newspaper scanning technological issues
- Helping to track down missing newspaper issues/pages and scan them
- Housing newspapers
- Researching Indigenous place names
- Working with Indigenous people and organizations in/around Fort St. John to record more Indigenous place names and collect information about these names (and recording this information for the museum’s archives)
- Writing and editing an exhibit script
- Selecting photographs to accompany exhibit text
- Designing the exhibit signs
General Museum Tasks & Networking:
- Learning how to operate the cash register and interact with museum visitors and gift shop customers
- Carrying out the opening and closing tasks required of museum staff including a small amount of Covid-related cleaning
- Assisting the manager/curator with small tasks around the museum (collections management, conservation, exhibits, educational initiatives, etc.)
- Attending museum meetings and networking with Peace Region museums
The applicants for this position must have an interest in Canadian and local history and be willing to learn more about Fort St. John and the North Peace region. Candidates should enjoy meeting and interacting with the public. Applicants need to be organized, flexible, self-motivated, and able to work without constant direct supervision. They must work well with Museum staff and volunteers. These individuals must be responsible and mature. Excellent computer, research, and writing skills are required. Experience in cataloguing, digitizing historic documents, and developing exhibits are assets.
Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment and registered under the Young Canada Works program. They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have refugee status in Canada and must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Interns must be willing to commit to the full duration of this work position (Nov. 29, 2021 to March 31, 2022) and will not hold another full-time job (30+ hours) or receive EI while employed with us. Applicants must be unemployed or underemployed and have preferably completed a college or university degree in museum studies, archival studies, history, public history, women’s studies, Indigenous studies, English, or a similar field.
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and to achieving a workforce that is representative of the Canadian population. We strongly encourage candidates to self-identify if they are an Indigenous person, a member of a visible minority group, or a person with a disability.
Resumes and cover letters should be received by Friday, November 19, 2021 with interviews taking place as soon as possible. Applications can be e-mailed to Heather Sjoblom at [email protected] Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. $500 of the intern’s travel expenses will be reimbursed. We will help our intern find accommodation.
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is a fun place to work with one full-time staff and lots of great volunteers. This internship will allow you to get experience in every area of the museum (particularly collections/archives) and will be tailored to help you land a career in heritage.
Located north of the beautiful Peace River Valley, Fort St. John is a city of over 22,000. It has one of the youngest populations in the country (average age: 31years). Fort St. John has a cultural center, several sports facilities, festivals, a farmer’s market, and many parks, trails, and recreation facilities. Fort St. John is one of the major shopping centres in Northern B.C. Visit www.fortstjohn.ca or tourismfortstjohn.ca for more details.