Community Programmer

Job Posting: Community Programmer at Heritage Park Museum

Summer Student Position (Seasonal)

Job Description: The Terrace and District Museum Society is seeking a Community Programmer for a sixteen-week summer position at Heritage Park Museum in Terrace, British Columbia, to plan, promote, and implement our special events, and to coordinate community programs. The Community Programmer will give interpretive museum tours to community groups and school classes, and will assist with the planning and implementation of special community events. These events include the Canada Day Celebrations, Riverboat Days Museum Workshops, Kids Culture Camps, Children’s Arts Day Camps, Biweekly Seniors’ Teas, the Summer Lecture Series, and the Gardens and Green Spaces Presentations. In addition, the student will plan downtown historic walking tours, cemetery tours, and other programs designed to foment interest in local history. These tours will highlight significant events and people in Terrace’s history, with a special emphasis on First Nations people and on events contributing to the national narrative of what it means to be Canadian. The student will assist in planning historically oriented community celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. By encouraging community groups to use Heritage Park Museum for workshops and events, finding new ways to frame the museum as a community space, and running museum programs in the downtown, the Community Programmer will help to bring the museum off the hill and into the community.

Work Term: The job posting is for sixteen weeks, beginning on 10 May 2017 and ending 30 August 2017.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about museums and community events/programs. Students of education, museum/archival studies, and history will be given priority. Theoretical grounding in these areas will be supplemented by hands-on experience in public speaking, program development, and event planning/implementation. The student will complete the work term with a good understanding of how community museums operate, and how programs are optimized for populations, education, and engagement. S/he will ideally have experience in programming, and/or in planning and implementing special events. We are especially interested in post-secondary students whose studies pertain to marketing and/or history. Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years of age, and must be full-time students intending to return to school full time in the fall.

Training and Orientation: The Curator of Heritage Park Museum, Kelsey Wiebe, will be the sole supervisor of the Community Programmer. The Curator will give the student an orientation in his or her first week, and then will give him or her ongoing direction throughout the work term. The student will be given an in-depth training tour of the museum’s eight historic buildings, two large artifact storage sheds, two replica buildings, and the organic heritage garden. The employee will also be provided with a training manual which encompasses tour scripts, historical information, and a copy of the museum’s mandate, strategic plan, and collections policy. The curator will review event outlines and marketing plans to ensure s/he is accurate and confident in promoting the museum’s mandate and attractions. Weekly review and planning meetings will allow for constant cooperation and discussion. The curator will act as a mentor and advisor throughout the Community Programmer’s sixteen-week work term.

Terms of Employment: The Community Programmer will be employed by the Terrace and District Museum Society. His or her supervisor will be Heritage Park Museum’s Curator.

Reimbursement: The position is full time at 37.5 hours per week. The wage is $13.00 an hour, plus 4% vacation pay.

Deadline: Please send a resume and cover letter to curator@heritageparkmuseum.com. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange either an in-person or telephone interview by the Curator, depending on availability.

 

*** Please note: position contingent on funding from Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations.