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Job Opening:

Historical Interpreter & Educator

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 post-secondary studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

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 summer.

The Historical Interpreter & Educator will be responsible for the development, delivery, evaluation, and promotion of heritage site interpretation activities, guided tours, public events, school programs, 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. geology programming if it’s a Geology student). 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.

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 and planning of the programs. This will also be the first year that the museum is a member of the Cultural Access Pass Program and taking on the local Canada Day celebrations. This year is also the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Flag, so special activities will be associated with all of the above.

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
  • A passion for education and history
  • Customer service experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning
  • Post-secondary education in History, Drama, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Marketing, or related fields. High school student applicants are accepted
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Experience with planning, organizing, and facilitating events
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland’s history
  • Current First Aid certificate

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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09/2/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSSLAND, BC – Rossland Celebrates BC Heritage Week: “Main Street: At the Heart of the Community”!

BC Heritage Week is celebrated annually in mid-February, and this year’s theme is “Main Street: At the Heart of the Community.”

Main Street, King Street, Queen Street, Water Street, Broadway – whatever their name, Main Streets and traditional downtowns are at the heart of communities big and small across British Columbia.  Centres of commerce, civic institutions, community commemoration and events, Main Streets embody the history and evolution of a community.

                                                                                                                          -Heritage BC

The Rossland Museum and the Rossland Heritage Commission are celebrating this year’s theme in a few ways. We are working with local schools and the general public to contribute to a display at the museum showcasing what Rossland’s “Main Street” – the core of our downtown – means to you. From Sourdough Alley to Columbia Avenue and its various side streets, Rossland’s historic downtown is an amazing asset to our community.

What does our downtown core mean to you?

How is it the “heart” of Rossland?

What is your best memory of the area?

Submit your stories, poetry, artwork, or other contributions to the museum by Friday, February 20th (late submissions to the display may be accepted if there is room) at 5pm either by email info@rosslandmuseum.ca or drop off at the museum – Open Wednesdays to Saturdays 12pm to 5pm. All submissions will then be curated for our gallery at the museum, opening to the public on February 18th to celebrate BC Heritage Week. All those that submit and are included in the gallery will receive 1 free entry to the museum to see the display! This display will continue through March.

We are also looking for downtown businesses to partner with us to make a downtown heritage gallery utilizing the windows of our downtown businesses. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Joelle Hodgins – info@rosslandmuseum.ca or (250) 362-7722.

About the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre: The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) aims to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We are the visitor gateway to the Kootenays and the Columbia Basin, and we inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life displays that bring our history to life. We are situated at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 3B.

Contact:

Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

1100 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC

Phone: (250) 362-7722

Email: info@rosslandmuseum.ca

www.rosslandmuseum.ca

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13/1/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSSLAND, BC – Test your historical knowledge at the REDroom Lounge courtesy of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre!

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre invites everyone to test out your historical knowledge and enjoy a fun-filled evening of trivia at the REDroom Lounge in the Prestige Mountain Resort in downtown Rossland.  Every Wednesday evening, beginning January 28th, the Rossland Museum will be hosting a Trivia Show – Do you know which Canadian Prime Minister lived in Rossland??  How’s your knowledge of the various Gold Rushes in BC?  If you are a history buff, enjoy game shows, and want to spend a fun evening in a great place, come on down to the REDroom Lounge and try your hand at some history trivia!

A few questions will also be posted prior to the game nights on the museum’s various social media channels – website, Facebook, and Twitter – for a chance at extra prizes!  Players will ultimately have the advantage if they are following us there! To register for a trivia night – either make a reservation for 6pm in the Lounge and request a “game button” or show up at 7pm when any remaining buttons will be made available.  There will be a maximum of ten teams (of up to four people), so make sure you register early!!  The fun begins at 7:30pm sharp, and did we mention there will be prizes?!

For your upper-hand, find the Museum at rosslandmuseum.ca, @RosslandMuseum on Twitter, or “Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre” on Facebook.

The first evening will be a general history teaser night! Following that, other themes will include Rossland’s Skiing history, Mining & Industry, and a special night on the “seedy underbelly” of Rossland’s history.  The Museum is thrilled to be partnering with the REDroom Lounge for these fun-filled events (there will be six weekly Trivia Shows!) and hope to partner with other local businesses and organizations as we bring our history to life!

About the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre: The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) aims to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We are the visitor gateway to the Kootenays and the Columbia Basin, and we inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life displays that bring our history to life. We are situated at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 3B.

Contact:

Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

1100 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC

Phone: (250) 362-7722

Email: info@rosslandmuseum.ca

www.rosslandmuseum.ca