Digital Assistant

Job Posting: Digital Assistant at Heritage Park Museum

Summer Student Position (Seasonal)

Job Description: The Digital Assistant will work to digitise and promote our collections and to manage our social media, from a collections-based perspective. S/he will digitise the museum’s collection of videos, interviews, and stories relating to regional history and community events, highlighting significant local and regional events during the celebrations for Canada’s 150th. Digital initiatives like blog posts, social media contests, and updating social media with #NowandThen and #ThrowbackThursday posts will encourage the celebration of local culture and history. The Digital Assistant will plan an innovative summer children’s program blending the digital and the cultural, such as a coding workshop on museum grounds, or the 3D scanning and printing of museum artifacts. On an ongoing basis, the Digital Assistant will also give interpretive tours of Heritage Park Museum. Finally, the student will enter collections information into our new digital database. The position will offer a student interested in digitisation the opportunity to work in digital conversion, to learn technical best practices, and to assist with an innovative project. The student will have access to a great deal of resources and support through the museum’s partnering organisations, and will develop specific career-related skills and experience that will assist in his or her eventual career. The Terrace and District Museum Society will benefit from a newly accessible records collection, and from assistance with a critical online digitisation project that encourages widespread engagement with local history. The student’s work will contribute to the community by rendering archival records and oral histories more understood and immediate, to people of all ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and abilities.

Work Term: The job posting is for sixteen weeks, beginning on 15 May 2017 and ending 30 August 2017.

Ideal Candidate: Students whose studies pertain to computer science, archival sciences, museum studies, and/or history will be given priority. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about digitisation, technology, information management, digital databases, and/or local history. Students with demonstrated experience in digitisation or database work will be given priority, though all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. The position will offer a student interested in digitisation the opportunity to work in digital conversion, to learn technical best practices, and to assist with an innovative project. The student will have access to a great deal of resources and support through the partnering organisations, and will develop specific career-related skills and experience that will assist in his or her eventual career.

Training and Orientation: The Curator will be the sole supervisor of the Digital Assistant. 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. Because the shared office space at Heritage Park Museum is relatively small, the Curator and the Digital Assistant will have daily contact to discuss plans and projects. Weekly review meetings will allow for cooperative problem solving and planning. The Digital Assistant will very quickly begin hands-on training through semi-independent digitisation: the Curator will review digital conversions of oral histories to ensure s/he is accurate and confident in creating metadata, adhering to technical standards, and following best practices. The Curator will act as a mentor and advisor throughout the Digital Assistant’s sixteen-week work term. An initial site orientation will occur during the first week of the Digital Assistant’s employment: s/he 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, collections policy, and digitisation policy. The Curator will review digitisation plans and best practices to ensure s/he is accurate and confident in ensuring the long-term preservation of the museum’s collections. The Curator will also familiarise the student with digitisation policy, timeline, and standards. Weekly review and planning meetings will allow for constant cooperation and discussion. The Curator will act as a mentor and advisor throughout the Digital Assistant’s sixteen-week work term.

Terms of Employment: The Digital Assistant 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.