News

0 593

All members of the public are invited to the Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association’s

Annual General Meeting!

Thursday, November 24th – 6:30pm
Following the AGM, stick around for Ken Davis’ talk about his experiences working for the Department of Highways in Rossland.
Treats and Refreshments.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome and Adoption of the Agenda
  1. Introduction of 2015-2016 Board Members
  1. Minutes from the 2015 AGM
  1. President’s Report
  1. Financial Report
  1. Election of 2016-2017 Directors
  1. Items from the Floor
  1. Meeting Adjournment

* Presentation by Ken Davis to follow AGM *

0 903

Job Type: 4-month Term with possible extension – 3-5 days/week

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: DOE $14-$16/hour

Start Date: September 20th, 2016

Closing Date: Until Filled

Job Description:

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. 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 year.

The Operations & Programs Manager will help the Museum Director in the general operation of the museum, including daily opening and closing of the museum and visitor centre, various administrative and financial management tasks, and communication and marketing. They will also be responsible for the development and presentation of our regular programs for many different age groups (in history, science, art, etc.), managing facility rentals, organizing any special events, and managing staff and volunteers associated with any of these.

Note: This position is relatively flexible between 3 and 5 days per week, but does require weekend work and the occasional evenings. The position and hours will be reviewed in 4 months for possible extension into a full-time, permanent position.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, public speaking, and customer service skills
  • Experience planning, organizing, and implementing effective educational programming for children of all ages (majority ages 2.5-12)
  • Experience with planning, organizing, and facilitating events
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving; well organized and detail-oriented
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning are key elements
  • An interest in Rossland’s history and everything the area has to offer locals and visitors alike
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint – or similar programs) and Dropbox
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Desired Qualifications:

  • Education in museums, archives, libraries, history, business administration, tourism, or related fields with at least 1-2 years of work experience in these areas
  • Experience working/volunteering for a not for profit organization or registered charity
  • Experience in marketing (through social media and other means) for non-profit organizations
  • First Aid/CPR, WHMIS training, and an RCMP security check

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications by e-mail (preferred) to museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please include a minimum of two references.

0 959

Well, the summer has come to an end! This Saturday will be the final day of our summer hours. We’ll be closed September 4th-6th, and then we begin Wednesdays-Saturdays 12pm to 5pm through the winter!

School/Group Tours and Facility Rentals within or outside of regular hours may be available throughout the year. Please get in contact for more information!

Check out our Fall Programs for Kids:

Fall Kids programs poster

0 881

Job Type: 6-month Internship, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                                  

Salary: $11-13/hour                           

Start Date: October 1st, 2016

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position is subject to funding announcements and only available to recent graduates (within 24 months).

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 year.

Job Description:

The Collection Assistant will work with existing staff and current and new volunteers to complete a number of collections management and research projects. This includes accessioning a back log of objects; creating special storage mounts for fragile objects; inventorying and preparing the archives for temporary storage prior to a major renovation, working with a consulting professional archivist; inventorying and preparing condition reports for current exhibits throughout the main museum building (spanning mining history, skiing history, and social history); research and display development on a local weather station, Women’s suffrage history, and other internal research; managing public requests for access, research, or photos; manage any incoming object or documentary history donations; evaluate possible collections database programs; and more collections management tasks.

Qualifications:
Please provide your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet both the essential and desired qualifications.

The following is a list of essential qualifications necessary to this position:
-Recent graduate from museum, archival, or library studies with a focus in collections management and preservation
-Extensive experience and interest in working with community history collections and/or documentary history
-Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
-Excellent research skills
-Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve
-Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office, WordPress, Dropbox)
-Excellent public speaking abilities; articulate, polite, and friendly
-A passion for history and education

The following desired qualifications may be considered an asset for this position:
-Creativity and enthusiasm
-Experience working with volunteers, especially if in a supervisory role
-Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history
-Current First Aid certificate

All applicants must meet Young Canada Works eligibility.

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications by e-mail (preferred) or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please include a minimum of two references.

0 1209

As of July 1st, we are open for our Summer Hours!!

7 days a week – 10am to 6pm. Daily property tours will be at 1pm and 3pm.

The Upper Level (including outdoor gold panning!) is also be open to the public already.

Tours can be booked anytime during our opening hours (please inquire for times outside of normal operating hours) and regularly schedule property tours as well as downtown walking tours will commence in mid-July and go to the end of August.

We are also very excited to announce that we will be having 9 straight weeks of kids day camps for the summer! Including a week hosted by the Royal BC Museum right here in Rossland on BC’s Species at Risk! Register by emailing us or give us a call (or come in!) and find more information here.

0 843

Job Type: Seasonal – up to 40 hrs/week

Location: Rossland, BC                    Start Date: June 15th

Wage: $11/hour                           Closing Date: June 10th

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. 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 Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) operates a local, community museum and visitor centre. This summer, we are organizing 9 weeks of summer day camps for ages 6-11 with the following themes: Time Travelers; Earth Explorers; Science; and Art. The Camp Counsellor will assist the other programming staff in the planning, operation, and evaluation of our summer kids camps through July and August. Planning includes organizing each week’s requirements (registrants, allergies, permissions, etc.), assisting with material prep for all crafts, experiments, and activities, and other tasks as required.

The Camp Counsellor is directly responsible for assisting with the preparation, operation, and evaluation of the Summer Kids’ Camps working very closely with the Operation & Programs Assistant and Museum Assistants. They will also assist with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, concession, and Visitor Centre as time permits. Routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping may also be required.

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.)
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

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

0 1107

As of May 17th, we are open for our Spring Hours!!

Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm.

The Upper Level (including outdoor gold panning!) will also be open to the public starting Tuesday, May 17th.

Tours can be booked anytime during our opening hours (please inquire for times outside of normal operating hours) and regularly schedule property tours as well as downtown walking tours will commence in July and go to the end of August.

We are also very excited to announce that we will be having 9 straight weeks of kids day camps for the summer! Including a week hosted by the Royal BC Museum right here in Rossland on BC’s Species at Risk! Registration and more information will be posted very soon.

0 894

Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                     Start Date: Mid-May

Salary: $11-13/hour                         Closing Date: Until Filled

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. 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 Archives Assistant will assist in a major (multi-year) project to bring our archives closer to current standards and practice according to the rules for archival description. The Archives consists of 5 rooms totaling approximately 1200 sq ft, and many different mediums from maps to newspapers to photographs covering the history of Rossland since the mid-1800s. The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre is undergoing a multi-phased revitalization project, with Phase I encompassing renovation of the Archives, offices, reading room, meeting room, washrooms, kitchen, etc. This Phase will happen over the course of the next year and a half and will require temporary removal of the entire archival collection (to other areas of the museum). Prior to construction, we require an inventory of the current collection, new storage materials, and a temporary storage plan in place. The Archives Assistant will help other staff and volunteers in completing these tasks.

The Archives Assistant will also manage public research requests, incoming archival donations, and internal research requests for our programming, exhibitions, and publications. Specifically, they will assist with research projects on the Old Glory Weather Station, local historical facts for proposed signage, history of local backcountry trail names, and commemorating the 100th anniversary of Canadian Women’s Suffrage in partnership with other staff and various community organizations.

The following are essential qualifications to the job:

  • Must be a full-time student in school in the spring of the same year and returning to full-time school in the fall of the same year
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have very good time management skills
  • Archival, Library, Museum, or History studies, or related fields. Based on the specific field the student is in, the job tasks can be tailored to their career-goals (book conservation, archival organization, photo/film conservation, etc.).
  • Excellent computer literacy skills (including use of Microsoft Office, Excel, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with research and problem solving
  • Public speaking experience
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history

The following are desired qualifications to the job:

  • Customer service experience
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning
  • Familiar with the Rules for Archival Description and current archival preservation methods
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Broad knowledge of Rossland’s history
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

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

0 927

Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $11/hour

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

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. 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 Historical Interpreter & Researcher will 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:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Excellent computer skills (including use of Microsoft Office, Excel, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with research and problem solving
  • Public speaking experience
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history
  • Customer service experience

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

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