Archives Assistant (Student)

Job title:
Archives Assistant (Student)

Organization name:
South Peace Regional Archives

Job location:
Grande Prairie, AB

Length of assignment:
2018-05-01 – 2018-08-21

Hourly wage:

Position Summary:

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) is a young adult, 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 history, social sciences, humanities, archival studies, information studies, library science, or a related field.
  • Awareness of Canadian history
  • Interest in 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 (ie. boxes of archival documents)

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.

Read more about who can apply to Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The position will introduce a student to a wide range of duties in cultural heritage. Specific duties may include:

  • Engaging in hands-on training with Archives staff and volunteers
  • Liaising with the Indigenous History to support ongoing initiatives
  • Curating a display of archival materials to coincide with National Aboriginal History Month
  • Assisting in planning educational programs and special events
  • Speaking to community members during tours and presentations
  • 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 and Telling Our Stories magazine
  • Networking with professionals and enthusiasts in the heritage field

To Apply:

Please forward a resume and cover letter to South Peace Regional Archives Executive Director, Alyssa Currie, at no later than March 31st 2018.

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. Last year, our dedicated team of four staff and ten volunteers served an area with a combined population of 94,684 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.

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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. Embrace your artistic side by joining an arts community that includes the Centre for Creative Arts, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, and various dance studios. Spend your weekends enjoying local hiking and camping opportunities, or completing volunteer fossil collection at the Pipestone Creek bonebed. Attend popular community activities such as the weekly Farmer’s Market, Reel Shorts International Film Festival (May 8-14), Grande Prairie Stompede (May 30 – June 3), Street Performers Festival (Jul 20-22), East Coast Garden Party (July), Heritage Day (August 6), and the Bear Creek Folk Festival (August 17-19). Settle into one of the city’s affordable student housing opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you!