• Summer Student Programming Assistant

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

    Programming 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 Programming Assistant will be an integral member of the Heritage Museum team through their support in the area of museum programming including programs, events, and exhibits. The emphasis of this support will be with our Women of Aspenland project as well as our Canada Day celebrations. While the student will be given guidance, support, and assistance from permanent staff members, s/he will be given the opportunity take the lead on these two projects. Specific tasks for the student will include creating project-plans in coordination with other museum staff and volunteers and overseeing the work of fellow student employees and volunteers assisting with the projects. The Programming Assistant will then have the opportunity to implement these plans and begin with conducting original research through print and photo archival work as well as one-on-one interviews. Following this, the student will synthesize the research and prepare for presentation via exhibits that incorporate artifact display, text panels, and interactive components. Time permitting, the student will assist with the research and planning of further museum projects including our Summer Camps. Secondary responsibilities of the Programming Assistant will be to provide support in other areas of museum operations, particularly reception and administration. Specific reception tasks will include: assisting with museum inspections; greeting museum visitors; gift shop sales; opening and closing of the museum; and conducting school and public tours.

    Tasks include:
    • The main project will be taking the lead on our Woman of Aspenland project and Canada Day celebrations;
    • Creating and implementing project plans;
    • Conducting original, primary source research;
    • Synthesizing research and preparing for presentation via exhibits that incorporate artifact display, text panels, and interactive components;
    • Assisting the Programs & Exhibits Coordinator with organizing school tours and summer camps;
    • Working with the WDHM Youth Network
    • Greeting museum visitors and Gift shop sales;
    • Opening and closing the museum on Saturdays;
    • Assisting with minor projects that may arise during the employment term as needed;
    • Helping with museum outreach through posts on our Website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram.

    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: $16.00 / 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 education; museum, cultural heritage, or art and design studies; and / or liberal arts programs such as:
    History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Native & Aboriginal Studies; Women’s & Gender Studies; Classics; and English.
    • Previous experience working in a museum or heritage institution;
    • 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 “Programming 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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