Summer Position: Researcher & Interpreter

Summer Position: Researcher & Interpreter

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                                   

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

Wage: $11-13/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 Researcher & Interpreter will work with the Archives Assistant and Collections Assistant to focus on some of the current research projects for upcoming displays, exhibitions, new tours, and events. Some upcoming priorities include Canada’s 150th, the Museum’s 50th, and then some minor updates to our permanent exhibitions with topics such as our local hospital, geological history of the region, and skiing history, and the Researcher will be key in locating important information, photographs, and supporting graphics/maps/etc. from our archival collection and other regional repositories. Along with these specific research topics, the student will also manage public research requests, incoming archival donations, and further internal research requests for our programming, promotions, and publications.

The position will also be responsible for the development, delivery, evaluation, and promotion of heritage site interpretation activities, guided tours, public events, school tours, outreach activities, historical vignettes, and other public programs tailored to various age groups. The topics or themes that these programs take on can directly relate to the background and interests of the student (i.e. mining history programming if that is where their interest/background lies). The student will also assist in the general operation of the museum when necessary, including operating the gift shop, concession and visitor centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, etc.; routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping; and other tasks as required and as time permits.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking abilities; articulate, polite, and friendly
  • Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve
  • Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office, WordPress, Dropbox)
  • A passion for history and education

Desired Qualifications:

  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history
  • 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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