Student Position: Research Assistant

Student Position: Research Assistant

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Job Type: Seasonal, 40 hrs/wk

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $13-15/hour

Start Date: Early May 2018

End Date: September 1st, 2018

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position is subject to funding approval and all 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:

Work with other staff and volunteers on some of the key research projects that must be completed for upcoming displays, exhibitions, and events, including:

  • Indigenous history display, programming outreach kit, and petroform display
  • Outdoor interpretive panels on various topics, such as mining accidents, Centre Star Mine, railroad track maintenance equipment, and more
  • Skiing history projects for displays during the 2018-2019 winter season; this may include blog/social media posts, character research, ephemera/photograph reproductions, and more

Work with the Archives Assistant and archives-trained volunteers on the following tasks:

  • Setting up the public research room with appropriate resources, including ensuring existing heritage building and graveyard information is in a more accessible format
  • Working through the photograph collection to determine years/locations/names/etc.
  • Liaising with the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History to ensure data is correct in both of our databases
  • Organizing/accessioning recent photographic donations

Along with these specific research topics, the position will also manage public research requests, incoming archival donations, and further internal research requests for our programming, promotions, and publications.

All staff assist in the general operation and maintenance of the museum, archives, visitor centre, and discovery centre, including assisting with major events and programming.

The ideal candidate for this position will be currently attending post-secondary in archival, library, or museum studies and familiar with the Rules for Archival Description. They will have excellent research/sourcing skills and the ability to multi-task while maintaining accuracy under pressure. They will possess the ability to work cooperatively as part of a dynamic team.

The following is a list of additional essential qualifications necessary to this position:

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

The following desired qualifications may be considered an asset for this position:

  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Experience working as or directly with a project manager
  • Experience in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history
  • Current First Aid certificate

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 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 or call (250) 362-7722.


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