Bulkley Valley Museum

March 14, 2017

Summer Employment Opportunity

Summer Employment Opportunities at the Bulkley Valley Museum

The Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers, British Columbia is seeking applicants for its summer student positions of Collections Assistant (YCW), Curatorial Assistant (CSJ), and Digitization Technician (CSJ) . Please note that the number of positions and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies.


Hours:35 hours/week for up to 16 weeks between May and August 2017 (start dates negotiable). Applicants must be willing to work Saturdays. May be required to work the occasional evening or holiday for special events as required.

Collections and Curatorial Assistant positions: The Assistants will primarily assist with the completion of an ongoing inventory project of the Museum’s holdings including artifact cataloguing, artifact conservation, archival description, digitization of archival records, updating database records, and artifact photography. The Assistant will also contribute to research and content development for museum exhibits as required. Major secondary duties for the Assistant will be delivery of visitor services including exhibit interpretation, assisting with youth summer programming, and assisting with daily administrative operations such as social media, gift shop sales, etc. The Assistant may also be asked to contribute to special event planning and delivery, e.g. Home Movie Day or workshops.

Digitization Technician position: The Digitization Technician will assist both the Archivist and Curator in increasing digital accessibility to the Museum’s artifact and archival holdings, furthering the progress in the Museum’s ongoing collections inventory and accessibility projects. Primary duties include creating searchable PDFs of archival documents, maps, etc. using optical character recognition (OCR) software, implementing metadata standards, creating Rules for Archival Description (RAD) compliant item-level descriptions, updating database entries, and taking photographs of artifacts and oversized archival records. The student will also assist with sharing newly scanned or photographed items through various social media platforms to promote and showcase the Museum’s activities. In addition to the primary duties, the Technician will assist with delivery of visitor services by engaging with Museum visitors, archival researchers, and/or participants in planned events such as Home Movie Day or workshops.

Qualifications: All Applicants MUST meet Young Canada Works (YCW) and/or Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) eligibility criteria. Please review the criteria for each funding program carefully before applying.

Canada Summer Jobs: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml
Young Canada Work: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1459433313024

Preferred areas of study include university/college history, anthropology/archaeology, museum studies, library/archival studies, or a related field. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable speaking to and interacting with the public. Must have excellent research skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required. Familiarity with social media platforms, database software, digital scanning, and/or photography considered assets. Must be comfortable working with and supervising children in an educational context. Previous experience in a museum/heritage environment or with educational/interpretive programming considered an asset. Must be fluent in English, written and/or oral communication in French or another minority language considered an asset. The Bulkley Valley Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants that meet eligibility requirements for Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume by April 23rd 2017 to:

Kira Westby, Curator
By email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
By mail: PO Box 2615, Smithers BC, V0J 2N0
Or in person: BV Museum, 1425 Main Street, Smithers

Interviews will occur once funding for the position has been confirmed in late April or early May. Applicants must indicate in their covering letter how they meet Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs eligibility criteria and must address the specific job requirements as posted. Applicants may apply for more than one of our available positions with the same covering letter and resume if they meet the criteria of both funding programs. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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