Full Time (35 hrs/wk)
Term: May 17, 2021 – Aug. 27, 2021
Deadline for application: April 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm
The Oliver and District Heritage Society (www.oliverheritage.ca) operates a Museum and Archives in Oliver BC, a rural town in the South Okanagan valley known for its unique climate and agriculture production – primarily fruit and wine. Nearby communities include Osoyoos, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, and Kelowna. Our collection deals primarily with artifacts from Oliver and RDOS District area C.
The successful candidate(s), supported by staff, will develop skills in the Museum and Archives sectors through practical hands-on experience by performing daily tasks and working on special projects essential to the operation of a heritage organization, with an emphasis on collections, exhibits, and programs. All work will follow COVID-19 safety protocols in the organization's COVID-19 Safety Plan.
The successful candidate will be a positive and outgoing secondary or post-secondary student, a Canadian citizen, between the ages of 16 and 30, with an interest in working in the fields of museums/archives, information management, cultural heritage management, conservation, interpretation, tourism/hospitality, history, or education.
The ideal candidate(s) will exhibit strong organizational and social skills, responsibility and reliability, attention to detail, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. They must be able to conduct themselves in a friendly, professional manner and demonstrate excellent time management skills, enthusiasm, and creativity. They must have excellent communication and writing skills. They should be comfortable working as a team and independently, and show a genuine interest in heritage work. All applications will be considered, but preference will be given to students enrolled in programs related to museum/archival studies, education, history, arts/culture, and tourism. Having access to a vehicle is a strong asset for this position.
A working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, computer operating systems, scanners, printers, DSLR cameras, social media and websites, and photo manipulation software is preferred. Office administration, interpersonal skills, research skills, and docent experience would also be assets.
The Oliver & District Heritage Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. All genders, Indigenous or BIPOC people, people with disabilities, and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
-Working directly with artifacts and archival collections including cataloguing, inventorying, digital imaging, record-keeping, applying conservation, and maintaining collections database
-Leading physically-distanced exhibit tours
-Assisting visitors, volunteers, staff, and researchers
-Writing social media posts and website and newsletter articles
-Developing online and in-person educational programs
-Attending and/or organizing events as a representative of ODHS
-Office duties/office administration, routine cleaning and maintenance, and in-house projects
Note: The Heritage Assistant position(s) are conditional upon funding from Young Canada Works. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 30, have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the summer, returning to school full-time in the fall of 2021, be eligible to work in Canada, and register in the Young Canada Works program at www.youngcanadaworks.ca.
Application deadline: April 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
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