Cultural Programmer

Job Posting: Cultural Programmer at Heritage Park Museum

Summer Student Position (Seasonal)

Job Description: The Cultural Programmer will work on First Nations-oriented projects and with First Nations elders, children, and communities to celebrate First Nations cultural heritage at Heritage Park Museum. S/he will work with Kitsumkalum and Kitselas to support reconciliation. The student will highlight First Nations culture and history during all museum special events and on National Aboriginal Day. S/he will give First Nations-oriented tours of the museum and of the downtown, building upon an existing script and encouraging the broader understanding of both tourists and local citizens. She will ask what Canada 150 means for First Nations people, recording short video clips with elders and First Nations people across the community. These will be shared on our social media and website, and will help to add nuance to the narrative of national celebration. On Canada Day, the student will liaise with First Nations carvers to showcase their work. Finally, the student may, if time allows, work on a Highway of Tears education project. Through his or her work highlighting, interrogating, and celebrating First Nations history, the Cultural Programmer will increase the understanding of the region’s cultural history for all groups, especially First Nations, seniors, persons with disabilities, minority groups, and children.

Work Term: The job posting is for sixteen weeks, beginning on 5 May 2017 and ending 22 August 2017.

Ideal Candidate: Students of history, First Nations studies, anthropology, education, and museum/archival studies will be given priority. Theoretical grounding in these areas will be supplemented by hands-on experience in historical research, oral interviewing, and event planning. The student will complete the work term with a good understanding of how community museum manage projects. S/he will have significant experience in the theory and practice of oral history, and in planning and implementing special events. Given the profile and sensitive nature of the position, the student will need to be a First Nations student.

Training and Orientation: The student will be supervised daily by the curator, who will instruct him/her in best practices, historical research, oral history standards, and the institution’s priorities and mandate by example, direct instruction, and ongoing review. By creating a detailed work plan, providing standards, and holding weekly review meetings, the curator will allow the student to learn community museum operations semi-independently. This mentorship will enable the student to gain practical and theoretical skills in oral histories, historical research, project management, and public speaking.

Terms of Employment: The Cultural 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 Canada Summer Jobs.