Careers

 

Thank you for your interest in a career at the South Peace Regional Archives!

We currently have two open postings: Archives Technician (Indigenous Records Project) and Archives Technician (Multimedia Project)

When submitting an application, candidates must clearly indicate which position they are applying for.


Archives Technician:
Indigenous Records Project

Project completion date: 31 March 2021
$17.68 per hour; approx. 292 hours
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Application deadline: 17 July 2020 or until the position is filled

 

Project Summary:

This project will utilize records related to Indigenous peoples within the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives (SPRA). The project will examine records within 56 fonds, previously identified by the Indigenous History Committee as containing Indigenous content, in order to provide culturally-appropriate descriptions and contextual information. The project will increase access to approximately 300 Indigenous-related archival photographs and paper artifacts through digitization and promotion on social media. Through consultation with the Indigenous History Committee, the project will enable Indigenous peoples to engage in the identification of photographs and paper artifacts from the South Peace Regional Archives. It will enrich SPRA’s records and also help members of Indigenous communities connect with their past.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Archives Technician (Indigenous Records Project) works with the Archivist and reports to the Executive Director. Scheduling will be determined during the hiring process. The position duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-appraisal: The Archives Technician will review and re-appraise 56 fonds, previously identified by the Indigenous History Committee as containing records related to Indigenous peoples. Many of these records contain descriptions that may now be disputed or considered outdated. In many cases, the descriptions provided to us come from non-Indigenous people and thus may not reflect how those Indigenous people identify themselves. The Archives Technician will select the most suitable records for description and/or re-description: approximately 35 fonds.
  • Re-description: The Archives Technician will revise or supplement existing fonds- or series-level descriptions, where necessary, to reflect culturally appropriate terminology. The Technician will identify approximately 300 Indigenous-related archival items for digitization and provide item-level description of all materials selected for digitization.
  • Digitization: The Archives Technician will digitize approximately 300 Indigenous-related archival items, with metadata, for upload into the SPRA’s database and backup server. In consultation with the Indigenous History Committee, the Technician will upload a selection of these digitized items and descriptions online at the provincial website, Alberta on Record.
  • Collaboration with IHC: The Archives Technician will collaborate with members of the Indigenous History Committee and report on project progress during monthly IHC meetings.

Qualifications:

An ideal candidate for this position would demonstrate:

  • Relevant training or experience in a related discipline. Education in Indigenous studies, history, or archival studies would be considered an asset;
  • Willingness to train in archival theory;
  • Familiarity with primary historical research techniques and trends and awareness of the needs of disciplines that utilize archival sources. Experience working in an archives would be considered an asset;
  • Awareness of Canadian and Alberta history, political climate, and social context in which records were created;
  • Good understanding of Indigenous cultural heritage, Reconciliation, and the history of settler and Indigenous relations in Canada. Familiarity with local Indigenous communities and families would be considered an asset;
  • Strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, analytical and research skills;
  • Good conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
  • A strong aptitude for independent decision making and acting with initiative;
  • Ability to lift 40lbs/18 kg (ex. archival boxes) on a regular basis.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Preference may be given to candidate(s) who meet the selection criteria and self-identify as Indigenous in their application.

To Apply:

Applicants must forward an application consisting of a resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Alyssa Currie, via email at Director@SouthPeaceArchives.org in order to be considered for this position. Please indicate “AT_IRP” in your subject heading. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin on 17 July 2020, and continue until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted. 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 women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, new Canadians, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our organization.

 


 

Archives Technician:
Multimedia project

Project completion date: 15 December 2020
$17.68 per hour; approx. 140 hours
Grande Prairie, Alberta (possibility of some remote work)
Application deadline: 17 July 2020 or until the position is filled

 

Project Summary:

This project will increase public access to the South Peace Regional Archives’ film collections using our YouTube, blog, and Facebook page. The Archives Technician (Multimedia project) will edit and upload 52 digitized films from our collections to YouTube; they will write a series of 52 education blog posts to accompany the films on the Archives’ blog and social media. By increasing access to our archival films, this project will help us educate, inform, and inspire our community on local history.

The project will use amateur films related to the history of the South Peace region.  These films document the daily lives of individuals and special events of our community, dating back to the mid-twentieth century. Many of the films are originally preserved on video cassette or 8mm film and have been digitized in a variety of digital formats. The project will make these films available on a familiar medium and promote their use through social media.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Archives Technician (Multimedia Project) works with the Archivist and reports to the Executive Director. Scheduling will be determined during the hiring process. The position duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Film selection: The Archives Technician will collaborate with Archives staff to identify and select digitized films for upload, as well as non-digitized films for future digitization.
  • Copyright and permissions research: The Archives Technician will review relevant copyright legislation and donor agreements to determine suitability of selected films. Where necessary, the Archives Technician will contact archival donors to request permission for use.
  • Film editing and uploading: The Archives Technician will perform minor editing on 52 selected films and upload all to YouTube with appropriate descriptions and tags.
  • Educational Content: The Archives Technician will write 52 educational blog and Facebook posts to accompany selected films and schedule them to publish.

Qualifications:

An ideal candidate for this position would demonstrate:

  • Relevant training or experience in a related discipline. Education in film studies, history, education, or archival studies would be considered an asset;
  • Willingness to train in archival theory, including copyright;
  • Awareness of the needs of disciplines that utilize archival sources. Experience working in an archives would be considered an asset;
  • Familiarity with creating YouTube content using a variety of digital film formats, including: MP4, MOV, MPG, VOB, IFO, etc.
  • Familiarity with Facebook and WordPress systems
  • Awareness of Canadian and Alberta history, political climate, and social context in which records were created;
  • Strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, analytical and research skills;
  • Good conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
  • A strong aptitude for independent decision making and acting with initiative;

To Apply:

Applicants must forward an application consisting of a resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Alyssa Currie, via email at Director@SouthPeaceArchives.org in order to be considered for this position. Please indicate “AT_MMP” in your subject heading. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin on 17 July 2020, and continue until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted. 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 women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, new Canadians, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our organization.