Summer Position: Museum Assistant

Summer Position: Museum Assistant

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time – 2 positions

Location: Rossland, BC                                   

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

Wage: $12/hour                                                     

This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. This is done with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial and social history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. We are located directly on the “Mining in the Kootenays” historic site – on top of the historic Black Bear Mine. Additionally, we have an extensive community archives, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational programs in-house and through outreach activities, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the summer.

Job Description:

The Museum Assistant is responsible for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum operations. This includes conducting interpretive tours that provide information on Rossland – the Golden City. The Museum Assistant also helps with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, concession, and Destination BC Visitor Centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, statistics, etc. If the interest and background exists, students may also have tailored projects such as marketing, graphic design, early childhood education, historical research, and archival tasks.

Interpretive tours, educational programming, and special events are regularly scheduled for people of all ages (i.e. youth, seniors, school groups, daycares, etc.), and all staff are involved in the creation, planning, and implementation of the programs. As well, as a community history museum, we cover a lot of different themes and topics, and the opportunity to create and complete a project as it relates directly to their field of study will also be available.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Excellent computer skills (incl. use of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning
  • Post-secondary education in Museum Studies, History, Geology, Drama, Anthropology, Tourism, Marketing, or related fields. High school student applicants are accepted
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland’s history
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter and references to Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for.

(Please do not drop by the museum – while it is under renovation, staff are not on site the majority of the time)

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