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Summer Student Position

Community Museum Technician (2 Positions)

May – August 2021

The Carstairs Heritage Centre is a local history museum containing multiple exhibit spaces including an art gallery, historic church, original homestead building, and an accredited Visitor Information Centre. We are seeking two students for the position of Community Museum Technician for the summer employment term (May to August).

Please review all requirements and qualifications listed below before applying.

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to info@carstairsmuseum.ca before April 14, 2021. The Carstairs Heritage Centre is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview

  • 16-week employment period- 35 hours/week (5 days a week for 7 hours a day), weekend work required. Conditional upon the organization receiving funding from Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs.
  • $17.00/hour
  • Museum Summer Hours:
    • May/June: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
    • July/August: Monday to Sunday 9am to 4pm

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assisting Museum Guests & Travellers: this includes offering tours to visitors and answering questions about local history. We serve the community including adults, seniors, children, and travellers. As we are a visitor information centre this can also include offering travel advice, directions, assisting guests in booking excursions, etc. Training in offering travel guidance will be provided.
  • Research & Exhibit Development: research on objects in the collection and/or curatorial research as requested.
  • Collections Management: Assist with database management, photo-documentation, accessioning, condition reporting, re-housing, programming, collection research, digitization. Maintain and clean existing exhibits and displays as needed.
  • Facility Maintenance & Groundskeeping: Light groundskeeping duties such as watering the historic gardens, painting fences, and maintaining the general order of the museum and site will be required.
  • Public Programming & Events: assist in planning, organizing, and running online events and/or future programs that the museum will offer.

Qualifications

  • Must have been enrolled in full-time post secondary studies in the previous year with the intent to return to full time studies in the upcoming Fall semester (proof of enrolment required). This requirement is related to the grant funding for the position.
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact with visitors in a variety of settings.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Strong communication skills and work ethic.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Pursuing post-secondary education in history, museum studies, education, art history, curatorial studies, public history, heritage management, or in a related field.
  • Ability to work in a variety of conditions including but not limited to sitting, standing, walking, gardening outdoors, climbing stairs/ladders, and the ability to lift up to 20lbs.
  • Experience volunteering or working in the museum field will be considered an asset.

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