Job Posting: Summer Programmer at Heritage Park Museum
Summer Student Position (Seasonal)
Job Description: The Summer Programmer will give interpretive museum tours in French and English to community groups and school classes, and will coordinate children’s programs at the museum, incorporating cultural heritage in engaging, active ways. Similarly, the student will assist with a Canada 150 lecture series, which will highlight First Nations history and regional history as it fits into a national narrative. The Summer Programmer will help with the presentation and promotion of a gardening-oriented noonhour lecture series, Gardens and Green Spaces, which will encourage Terrace residents in urban farming, backyard gardening, composting, and sustainability, to complement our Heritage Garden. The children’s programs s/he coordinates include the Museum Workshops, Children’s Arts Day Camps, and Gardening Workshops. The Summer Programmer will also assist the Marketing and Event Coordinator with the planning and implementation of special community events. The Summer Programmer will ensure that French-language and First Nations groups are invited to all events and programs, and First Nations children will be included in children’s programs through targeted marketing. Using archival resources, s/he will also research and present local history in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The student will assist in planning community celebrations incorporating Canada’s 150th. By coordinating special events, children’s programs, Canada 150 celebrations, and lecture series, including a gardening-based series, the student will encourage the community’s engagement with our diverse cultural heritage, and will highlight Terrace’s place within Canada as we celebrate our 150th.
Work Term: The job posting is for sixteen weeks, beginning on 8 May 2017 and ending 24 August 2017.
Ideal Candidate: 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. S/he will have significant experience in historical programming, and in planning and implementing special events. We would prefer to hire an indigenous student for this position, to better reflect the culturally diverse makeup of Terrace and the surrounding region.
Training and Orientation: The student will be supervised daily by the museum’s Curator, who will instruct him/her in best practices, historical research, museum and archival 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 skills in educational and public programming, historical research, writing for public audiences, oral and written historical interpretation, and public speaking.
Terms of Employment: The Summer 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 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.
*** Please note: position contingent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs.