Student Position: Educational Programs Assistant

Student Position: Educational Programs Assistant

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Job Type: Seasonal, 40 hrs/wk

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $13/hour

Start Date: Immediately

End Date: September 1st, 2018

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position subject to funding approval and candidates must meet Young Canada Works eligibility requirements.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this 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 Educational Program Assistants are directly responsible for assisting with the planning, preparation, operation, and evaluation of the Summer Kids’ Museum Camps, working very closely with the Operation & Programs Manager. The camps are for ages 6-11 with themes ranging from science and technology to art and history. Planning includes organizing each week’s requirements (registrants, allergies, permissions, etc.), assisting with material prep for all crafts, experiments, and activities, scheduling field trips/workshops, and other tasks as needed. The students will also help the Operations & Programs Manager create and carry out a “Counsellor in Training” certificate program for high school students.

Specific job objectives include:

  • Planning, leading, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group setting
  • Liaise with other local community groups for special presentations/tours during camps and special events
  • Assist the Collection Manager in developing interactive content in permanent exhibits and outreach kits (e.g. Indigenous history, geology, railway history, etc.)

Other annual events that the students will help organize include National Indigenous Peoples Day, St. Jean Baptiste Day, BC Day, Nights at the Museum, Family Day, CBT Culture Tour, and more. They will also assist in developing special activities for group tours, birthday parties, and facility rentals as needed.

All staff assist in the general operation and maintenance of the museum, archives, visitor centre, and discovery centre.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience working with families and children of all ages
  • Experience and an interest in organizing crafts, games, experiments, and kids activities
  • An interest in Rossland’s history and everything the area has to offer locals and visitors alike
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history
  • Public speaking experience; Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving

Desired Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education: Education, General Sciences, Museum Studies, History, Geology, or Drama.
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.
  • Experience working in the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Excellent computer skills (incl. use of Microsoft Office, Excel, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance (can be obtained prior to start)

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and quoting the position(s) you are applying for by email (preferred) to museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please also attach references.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or call (250) 362-7722.

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