November update: this position has been filled. Thank you to all those who submitted an application for your interest.

The Bulkley Valley Museum is recruiting an Oral History Intern to join our work team.

Position Description: Full-time contract position for 20 weeks between October 26 2020 – March 26 2021 (earlier start possible). 35 hours/week, generally Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Salary: $16/hour + 4% vacation pay

Duties: Reporting to the Curator, the Oral History Intern will undertake the following primary tasks related to oral history research and recording:

  • Conduct a review of the museum’s existing oral history collection to identify content gaps.
  • Conduct research using the museum’s collections, and in the community to identify individuals to interview for the project
  • Record new oral history interviews for the museum
  • Complete post-production work for new interviews including editing, adjusting sound quality, creating an index list of topics to assist with cataloguing for each interview
  • Transfer existing interviews in the collection to digital format (as needed) and/or provide editing or other digital improvements of sound quality, sound levels, etc.
  • Research current best practices for oral history projects and review and revise the BVM’s forms, policies, and procedures as needed

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must meet all eligibility criteria for the YCW Building Careers in Heritage program. Note that the requirement that the candidate be a *recent* graduate has been lifted at this time. Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/careers-heritage-graduates.html for full criteria.
  • The ideal candidate will hold a diploma or degree from a university or college program focused on: history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies or management, public history, archival studies, library sciences, humanities or digital humanities.
  • The candidate must possess superior oral communication skills. Must be comfortable with public speaking and public engagement, and able to demonstrate with examples.
  • Candidate must be able to write well, and able to produce a variety of written materials including technical reports and materials for public consumption, including social media, blogs, etc.
  • The candidate must have superior research skills, including demonstrated experience using primary source materials (archival collections, documents, photographs, etc.).
  • Prior experience using audio recording tools and audio editing software such as Audacity or similar considered a strong asset.
  • Ideally the selected candidate will possess a valid driver’s license, as travel to meet with interviewees for this project is expected.

The Bulkley Valley Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates meeting the eligibility requirements and qualifications are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter outlining relevant skills and experience by midnight September 16th 2020 to Kira Westby, Curator by email at curator@bvmuseum.org or in person at the BV Museum at 1425 Main St. in Smithers BC.

Applicants are asked to indicate in their cover letter or an appending application document how they meet the YCW Building Careers in Heritage eligibility criteria. Candidates must register an account with Young Canada Works but *must also submit a separate resume and cover letter to the BV Museum*.

Interviews may be completed by Skype or phone as needed. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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. In 2019 the Museum was nominated for a BC Museum’s Association Award of Merit for Excellence in Community Engagement.

About Smithers

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/