• Summer Student Collections Assistant

    Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum
    Job Description
    Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum

    Collections Assistant

    Located in historic Wetaskiwin, and only a 45 minute drive from Edmonton, the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum is offering an exciting and rewarding summer employment opportunity for one (1) University or College student to gain practical experience working in the non-profit, cultural heritage sector. Hardworking and energetic individuals with an interest in history and / or museum studies are encouraged to apply.

    Job description:
    The Collections Assistant will be an integral member of the Heritage Museum team through their support in the area of collections management. Specific tasks will include assisting with the inventory of the main artifact vault. The Collections Assistant will also be responsible for other collections related duties such as assisting the Collections Registrar with accessioning; and any minor projects that may arise during the employment term. Secondary responsibilities will be to assist the Programming Assistant with the Women of Aspenland project including conducting original research through print and photo archival work as well as one-on-one interviews. Following this, the student will help synthesize the research and prepare for presentation via exhibits that incorporate artifact display, text panels, and interactive components. Tertiary responsibilities of the Collections Assistant will be to provide support in other areas of museum operations, particularly museum reception and outreach. Specific reception tasks will include: assisting with museum inspections; greeting museum visitors; gift shop sales; as well as opening and closing of the museum. The summer students will also have the opportunity to assist with school and public tours.

    Tasks include:
    • One main project, which is assisting the Collections Registrar with the inventory of the main artifact vault;
    • Conducting original, primary source research;
    • Synthesizing research and preparing for presentation via exhibits that incorporate artifact display, text panels, and interactive components;
    • Assisting with accessioning and other minor projects including cleaning and maintenance of displays, exhibits, and storage areas;
    • Greeting museum visitors and Gift shop sales;
    • Opening and closing the museum;
    • Assisting with museum programs, school and public tours and events;

    Work Schedule:
    Institution: Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum
    Location: 5007 – 50th Avenue, Wetaskiwin AB
    Term: Seasonal, full-time, for a minimum of 13 weeks between May 7th and September 1st, 2019
    Salary: $15.00 / hour
    Hours: 5 days per week (Tuesday - Saturday), 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Supervisor: Executive Director and Chief Curator (Karen Aberle)

    Necessary Qualifications:
    • Full-time University or College student who is currently enrolled in a degree or diploma program.
    • While all students are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those with a field of study in museum, cultural heritage, or art and design studies; education; and / or liberal arts programs such as: History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Native & Aboriginal Studies; Women’s & Gender Studies; Classics; and English.
    • Efficient computer and word processing (Microsoft Office) skills. Familiarity with Website and social media applications will be considered an asset.
    • The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the local area or an earnest desire to learn more.

    Important Note:
    This position is dependent on grant funding from Canadian Heritage through the Young Canada Works (YCW) program. Participants must meet the eligibility criteria outlined on the YCW website: https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/

    You are eligible if you:
    • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; (Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.);
    • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
    • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
    • meet the eligibility criteria of the program for which you are applying;
    • are registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;
    • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
    • do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;
    • have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job;
    • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

    Note: students with a disability are eligible for part-time work

    Please send cover letter and resumé via email to wdhm@persona.ca with “Collections Assistant Application” in subject line, or mail / deliver in person to Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum, Attn: Karen Aberle, 5007 – 50 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 0S3.

    Application Deadline:
    Consideration of applications will begin April 15th, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
    Thank you to all who apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted
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