Job Opening - Collections Manager

Job Type: Contract, 40 hours per week

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $15-17/hour

Start Date: November 1st, 2018

End Date: March 31st, 2019, extension possible

Closing Date: Until Filled 

This position may be subject to funding eligibility

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 Purpose:

The Collections Manager will work with existing staff and current and new volunteers to complete a number of collections management and exhibition projects. This includes managing a small group of collections-trained volunteers to complete a reorganization project in the collections and archives storage, instituting key recommendations from Canadian Conservation Institute’s August 2017 facility assessment, coordinating a fundraising project to preserve an important horse-drawn carriage, managing public requests for access, research, or photos, managing any incoming object or documentary history donations (including a backlog), evaluating possible collections database programs, managing updates to permanent displays and outreach projects, and more collections management and presentation tasks.

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

  • Degree in museum, archival, or library studies with a focus in collections management and preservation and/or exhibition design

  • Extensive experience and interest in working with community history collections and/or documentary history

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

  • 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

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

  • Creativity and enthusiasm

  • Experience working with volunteers, especially in a supervisory role

  • Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history

  • Passion for skiing/winter sports and/or mining/railway 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.