6 May – 26 August
$14.50 an hour
The Terrace and District Museum Society is seeking a Marketing and Event Coordinator for a sixteen-week summer position at Heritage Park Museum in Terrace, British Columbia. The Marketing and Event Coordinator will plan, promote, oversee, and evaluate all special events at the museum. The wage is $14.50 an hour. The position begins on 6 May and ends on 26 August.
Operated by the not-for-profit Terrace and District Museum Society, Heritage Park Museum is a community museum and heritage site consisting of authentic log buildings set up with displays showcasing various aspects of local history. Heritage Park Museum has a large collection of artifacts and archival material.
Terrace is located in Northwestern British Columbia, and is a vibrant community of approximately 12,000 people, with a regional population of approximately 18,000. We are located south of the Nass Valley, east of Prince Rupert, and north of Kitimat. We are two hours by air from Vancouver, and seven hours by driving from Prince George. Terrace is located in the traditional territory of the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations and is consequently rich in culture and history. The surrounding mountains, lakes, and rivers provide infinite opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming. Nearby cultural attractions include the Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site (15 km east of Terrace) and the Nisga’a Museum in Laxgalts’ap (approximately two hours’ drive north of Terrace). See www.visitterrace.com for further information. Alternatively, visit the local newspaper’s website to see the issues and events concerning Terrace residents at www.terracestandard.com.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The Marketing and Event Coordinator will plan, promote, oversee, and evaluate all special events at the museum. The most notable of these is the Canada Day Celebrations, which is the largest community celebration in Terrace on July first. Last year, nearly 2000 people participated in the live music, horse rides, ethnic food, children’s activities, First Nations dancing, art exhibitions, and historical demonstrations. The Coordinator will also help plan the workshops, lectures, displays, and events at Heritage Park Museum during the Summer Arts Festival and Riverboat Days, as well as the Museum Workshops, and biweekly Senior’s Teas. Finally, s/he will book, advertise, and implement an evening lecture series.
All of these events will be promoted in the local media, through student-designed posters put up around town, online, and via social media. In addition to administering special events, the Marketing and Event Coordinator will create a short-term marketing plan to increase visitation to and awareness of Heritage Park Museum. The museum will be marketed to tourists by increasing our online presence, updating our newly designed website (with new photographs, better visitor information, and improved search engine results), placing brochures in strategic areas such as hotels and airports, and liaising with tour buses and fishing guides/lodges (to attract nonfishing partners).
The Marketing and Event Coordinator will continue to work with regional museums and First Nations to enhance visitation to Northwestern British Columbia, clearly defining Heritage Park Museum as a significant cultural site within a culturally significant region. Residents of the Terrace region will be encouraged to visit the site through newspaper articles, the placing of brochures at resource centres, and invitations to minority groups (such as Kitselas, Kitsumkalum, Terrace Nisga’a Society) to host discussions and forums onsite.
An evening lecture series will situate the museum as a site of intellectual discussion, and all of the events will help to increase local engagement and ownership. Throughout the summer work term, market surveys will be utilised and evaluated by the Marketing and Event Coordinator. Each month, the Coordinator will compile and analyse visitation statistics, providing a final report with differential graphs for the museum’s Board of Directors.
The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about museums, event planning and/or marketing. Students with demonstrated experience in digitisation or database work will be given priority, though all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Students of museum/archival studies, marketing, and/or history will be given priority, although everyone is welcome to apply. Theoretical grounding in these areas will be supplemented by hands-on experience in public speaking, program development, and event planning/implementation. The employee will complete the work term with a good understanding of how community museums operate. S/he will have significant experience in historical programming, and in planning and implementing special events.
Advertisements for the position will make clear that applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age. Being a student is not a prerequisite for this position, though it may give the applicant a competitive advantage. The Terrace and District Museum Society encourages applicants who identify themselves as members of the Government of Canada’s job equity groups (i.e. women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples).
Applications should be addressed to Kelsey Wiebe, Curator, Heritage Park Museum. They may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange either an in-person or telephone interview by the Curator, depending on availability.
*** This position is contingent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs.