The Bulkley Valley Museum is recruiting an Assistant Curator to join our work team.
Position Description: Full-time permanent position. 35 hours/week, generally Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Some weekend, evenings, or holiday work may be required, e.g. for special events.
Duties: Under the supervision of the Curator, the Assistant Curator is the second full time permanent staff member for the Bulkley Valley Museum. Primary duties for the position are divided between Curatorial and Administrative work:
- Assist with management of the Museum’s artifact and archival collections as per the Museum’s Collections Policy including data entry, conservation, photography, digital scanning, cleaning, etc.
- Assist with research, development, and installation of exhibitions
- Respond to general inquiries from the public, including research requests
- Assist with development and delivery of educational programming, including tours
- Assist with development and delivery of special events and fundraising
- Assist with grant or report writing as needed
- Assist with outreach and promotion of the Museum’s activities, including social media posts, blog posts, newspaper columns, etc.
- Visitor services including greeting and orienting visitors, answering phone/email, etc.
- Management of the gift shop
- Manage bookings, invoicing, etc. for the rental of the Old Church facility
- Basic administrative bookkeeping
- Manage the Museum’s membership program
- Assist with supervision of summer students, volunteers, or other staff as required
- Diploma or degree in history, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, archival or library studies, collections management or conservation, museum education or related fields of study
- Minimum 6 months (consecutive or non-consecutive) experience working with artifact or archival collections in a museum, archives, library, gallery, or related institution, or other relevant related experience
- Demonstrated experience completing historical research
- Excellent written and oral communication skills required, including experience and ease in public speaking and presentations.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, specifically MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience using MS Publisher, Adobe Creative Suite or another design program, and Google Suite (Calendar, Gmail) considered strong assets
- Experience with InMagic DB Textworks or another museum/archival collection management database software considered a strong asset
- Experience with digital scanning and/or photography of artifact or archival collections considered a strong asset
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work accurately and independently
- Knowledge of current trends and techniques in managing and preserving digital records considered an asset
- Knowledge of copyright and/or privacy laws as they pertain to museums and archives considered an asset
- Knowledge of local and/or regional history considered an asset
- Knowledge of museum educational programming considered an asset
- Candidates must be able to work with co-workers in a shared office space
Additional qualifications: Due to challenges presented by our work spaces, the ability to physically negotiate small/awkward spaces and stairs is required, as is moving/lifting a variety of objects or boxes (up to 50 lbs). Applicants must also be able to work at a computer for long periods of time. A criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check will also be required.
Submit resume (max 3 pages) and cover letter (max 2 pages) by end of day February 2nd 2020 to:
Kira Westby, Curator
PO Box 2615, 1425 Main St. Smithers, BC, V0J2N0
We thank all applicants for their interest in the position; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews may be completed via phone or Skype as required. We encourage emerging museum or archival professionals to apply.
About the Bulkley Valley Museum
The Bulkley Valley Museum is located in the Town of Smithers in northwest British Columbia in the traditional territory of the Witsuwit’en. The Museum operates under the following Mission Statement: The Bulkley Valley Museum collects, preserves and presents items of historical and cultural significance from Smithers and the Bulkley Valley, with the purpose of making our local history exciting and engaging. The Museum is open 5 days a week year-round, and 6 days a week during the summer. The Museum is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually from the membership of the Bulkley Valley Historical & Museum Society. In 2020 the Museum will be undertaking a community-driven exhibition project titled “Remembering Indiantown: Witsuwit’en Experiences in Smithers, 1921-1967”. In 2019 the Museum was nominated for a BC Museum’s Association Award of Merit for Excellence in Community Engagement.
Located mid-way between Prince George and Prince Rupert on Highway 16, Smithers is a town of approximately 5800 people, and a service centre community for the nearly 20,000 residents of the surrounding Bulkley Valley and rural communities. Smithers offers a wide array of year-round outdoor and recreational activities, including cross country and downhill skiing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and water sports. Smithers also has a thriving arts and culture scene, including a public library, museum, and art gallery. The community is serviced by three grocery stores, as well as numerous shops, restaurants, and services, including both provincial and federal government services. Transportation options include Air Canada and Central Mountain Air service at the Smithers Airport. For more information visit: http://www.smithers.ca/ or https://tourismsmithers.com/.