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Hiring – Summer Student Museum Assistants

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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5-Year Plan from AGM

In accordance with the Carstairs & District Historical Society’s bylaws, the 5-Year Plan presented at the Annual General Meeting (February 23, 2021) is to be published online. All those who are interested can also request a hardcopy version from the Museum.

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Results of the No-Show Dinner & Dance Fundraiser

Thank you all for your support of the Museum through the 1st-Annual No-Show Dinner & Dance. I am proud, and so incredibly grateful, to be able to say that with your help, this fundraiser raised over $3,500! Thank you all so very much for your generous contributions and donations to the Museum.

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No-Show Dinner & Dance Fundraiser

For more information and how to purchase your “tickets”, click here.

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Important Notice

In accordance with the updated COVID-19 Restriction announced yesterday by the Alberta Government, the Museum will be closing to the public effective Dec 13th and will remained closed until at least January 12th 2021.

The Museum will be open the remainder of this week (Dec 9 – 11) with our regular hours. Masks are now mandatory to be worn when visiting.

We hope to do our part in keeping our community, volunteers, and staff safe by pausing public access to our facility.

We will continue to be available by email should you have any questions or concerns at info@carstairsmuseum.ca

Keep an eye on our social media channels for information updates as well as some fun facts and info to keep you entertained at home.

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2021 Call for Artist Submissions

Hello Central Alberta artists and artisans! We’re looking for you for our 2021 Art Gallery exhibition cycle! This coming year we are extending the invitation to artists outside of the immediate area, into Rocky View, Mountain View, Red Deer, and surrounding Counties. We’re now taking submissions to be exhibited in our Pointen or Ing Galleries for the upcoming year! Share with your friends, artist groups and anywhere you think people would be interested. All interested artists and artisans are invited to get in touch with us for more info!

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Face-Masks

The Museum is currently selling face masks. Prices for each mask is $15 and $10 for Museum Members. Limited supply, so grab yours fast!

Buy yours at the Carstairs Co-Op, The Farm Table, or The Pantry/Artisan Market. To get the member discount, masks must be bought at the Museum (Credit/Debit cards accepted).

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November 27 Covid-19 Update

In accordance with the the restrictions put in place by the Alberta Government on November 27, 2020, the Carstairs Heritage Centre at this time can only accommodate 25% capacity. This works out to 8 people in the Museum itself and 2 people (or one cohort) in the Visitor Centre/Lore Building.

We will be continuing frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, as well as encouraging one-way movement through the Museum. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you stay home.

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Sealed-Bid Art Auction Fundraiser November 16 – December 11

The Carstairs Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that we will be holding another sealed-bid art auction fundraiser after the success following the auction of ‘Summer Bounty’ by Gwen Day.

Bidding is available to be done on the easel holding the painting. Location of the easel will include the Museum, Carstairs Co-Op, and the Carstairs ATB. See the Upcoming Events page for further information on the auction.

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Interim Curator/Manager

Interim Curator/Manager Tamara Moore in The Albertan Newspaper Vol. 27 Issue 46

The Carstairs Heritage Centre is pleased to introduce our Interim Manager/Curator, Tamara Moore. Moore worked as a summer student for the museum this past summer and then took over as Interim Manager/Curator at the start of September. She will remain in the position until the end of February 2021.

Moore has a background in archaeology, having gained her Bachelors in archaeology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and her Master’s in Anthropology from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Her focus has been on the Ancient Maya of Central America, with field work undertaken on settlements in Belize.

Aside from this past summer, Moore has experience volunteering with large and small museums, including the British Museum where she ran a hands-on-artifact education desk. She is excited for this opportunity and the chance it gives her to have more experience in the museum sector.

Feel free to stop in and get to know your Interim Manager.