Archives Assistant (Student)
4 May – 21 August 2020
35 hours per week; $17.68 per hour
Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment remains a top priority for the South Peace Regional Archives. At this time, the Archives is continuing its hiring process for an Archives Assistant (Student). Candidates selected for an interview will be informed of any changes to the hiring process or job position as the information becomes available. For more information about how the Archives is responding to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, please visit our blog.
The purpose of the South Peace Regional Archives Society is to encourage the appreciation and study of the history of the South Peace River area by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible to the public, records that reflect the cultural, social, economic and political history of this area. The Archives Assistant (Student) contributes to that purpose by providing public education regarding the importance of archives, and processing archival records so that they are available for public research. The Archives Assistant (Student) contributes the Archives’ response to the TRC Calls to Action by producing Indigenous-centered content and liaising with the Indigenous History Committee on special projects.
The Archives Assistant (Student) is a young adult, ages 16-30, with an interest in the history of the South Peace area of Alberta and working in the cultural heritage field.
An ideal candidate for this position would demonstrate:
- Relevant experience or education in archival studies, library science, information studies, history, social sciences, humanities, or a related field. Education at a masters level would be an asset.
- Awareness of Canadian history
- Interest in learning about Indigenous cultural heritage and how Archives are working towards Reconciliation
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Strong communication and research skills
- Ability to complete computer projects using web browsers, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Microsoft Access and Publisher would be an asset.
- Ability to lift 40 pounds (i.e. archival boxes documents) on a regular basis
- A valid driver’s license
The Archives Assistant (Student) position is contingent on funding from the Young Canada Works Program. The successful candidate must meet the eligibility criteria for YCW:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. Note: Non-Canadian students or graduates holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
- Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory.
- Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment (minimum 30 hours a week).
- Not have another full-time job while employed in a YCW job.
- Have registered as a full-time* student in the semester preceding the YCW job (*as defined by your educational institution)
- Intend to return to full-time studies* in the semester immediately following the YCW summer job (*as defined by your educational institution).
Duties and Responsibilities:
The position will introduce a student to a wide range of duties in cultural heritage. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Engaging in hands-on training with Archives staff and volunteers
- Liaising with the Indigenous History Committee to support ongoing initiatives
- Curating educational content to coincide with National Aboriginal History Month
- Assisting in planning educational programs and special events
- Preparing and preparing Culture Bites presentations at Grande Prairie Public Library
- Conducting research using archival resources and records
- Assisting members of the public through the records donation process
- Processing archival materials so they are available for consultation
- Digitizing and transcribing archival materials
- Writing articles for publication on Archives blog, Telling Our Stories magazine, and ASA (Archives Society of Alberta) newsletter.
- Networking with professionals and enthusiasts in the heritage field
- Participating in professional development opportunities such as Peace Country Historical Society Heritage Fair, Indigenous History Committee meetings, International Museums Day and Spirit of the Peace meetings.
Applicants must forward an application consisting of a resume and cover letter no later than March 31st 2020 in order to be considered for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. Applications must be sent to South Peace Regional Archives Executive Director, Alyssa Currie, via email at Director@SouthPeaceArchives.org.
Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide two references who are knowledgeable of their qualifications for this position.
The South Peace Regional Archives is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from Aboriginal youth, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, new Canadians, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our organization.
This position is contingent on funding from the Young Canada Works Program. Funding success is not guaranteed. The South Peace Regional Archives will notify candidates selected for an interview of funding status when it becomes available (expected early April).
About the South Peace Regional Archives:
The South Peace Regional Archives (SPRA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to gathering, preserving, and sharing the historical records of the region. We add value to people’s lives by increasing their understanding and appreciation of the past. The Archives provides access to our records through our public reading room, scheduled events, and website. Last year, our dedicated team of staff and volunteers serves an area with a combined population of more than 94,000 people, within the boundaries of Birch Hills County, the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the Municipal District of Greenview, the Municipal District of Spirit River, and Saddle Hills County. Visit www.SouthPeaceArchives.org for more information.
About the City of Grande Prairie:
The City of Grande Prairie is located in Northwestern Alberta. The South Peace Regional Archives is centrally located in scenic Muskoseepi Park alongside the Grande Prairie Museum and is accessible via driving, public transportation, and a network of walking trails. The City of Grande Prairie and surrounding area provides a multitude of activities for you to make the most of your summer. Settle into one of the city’s affordable student housing opportunities within walking distance of the Archives. Embrace your artistic side by joining an arts community that includes the Centre for Creative Arts, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, and Grande Prairie Live Theatre. Spend your weekends hiking and camping at nearby provincial parks, or completing volunteer fossil collection at the Pipestone Creek bonebed. Lace up your shoes or volunteer at one of numerous runs, including the Brian Harms Memorial Race (May), Tuffest 10 Trail Race (June), Off the Grid Adventure Race (August) and Glow Fun Run (August). Attend popular community activities such as the weekly Farmer’s Market, Reel Shorts International Film Festival (May 4-11), Grande Prairie Stompede (May 27-31), Street Performers Festival (July 17-19), Heritage Day (August 3), and the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival (August 14-16). Grande Prairie looks forward to welcoming you!