Summer Employment Opportunities at the Bulkley Valley Museum

The Bulkley Valley Museum is seeking applicants for two (2) Museum Assistant summer positions. Please note that the final number of positions hired, and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies.

Work for these positions is expected to take place onsite at the Bulkley Valley Museum. Work from home is not available due to the nature of the job. The selected candidate is expected to abide by all Covid-19 policies implemented by the Museum.

SALARY : $15.50/hour + 4% vacation pay

HOURS: 35 hours/week, maximum of 16 weeks (approx. May 11th – August 28th 2021, start date negotiable, number of weeks funding dependent). Hours of work are 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, with occasional evening or holiday work as needed.

DUTIES: Duties for this position relate to both collections management, and visitor services and engagement.

Collections management tasks:

  • Rehousing and documenting Interior News photograph negatives
  • Digitize artifacts and archival items using digital photography and scanning equipment
  • Create and update collections management database entries for artifacts and archival items
  • Complete optical character recognition (OCR) verification of digitized archival holdings to make them in-text searchable.

Visitor services and public engagement/programming:

  • Assist with development and delivery of digital content
  • Assist with implementation of a week-long summer camp for youth. This will include assisting with setup, take down, delivery of the activities, and supervision of the participants. Delivery of the summer camp will depend on COVID-19 restrictions at the time the camp is planned for.
  • Assist with general public programming including interacting with visitors, providing guided tours as needed, answering questions, and assisting with the delivery of special events
  • Research and write submissions for the Museum’s weekly summer newspaper columns about artifacts/archival items in the collection. Student may contribute content to the Museum’s social media channels as needed.
  • Assist with day-to-day operations and administration including opening/closing, greeting and counting visitors, completing gift shop sales, answering questions, etc.


Some university or college education in history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, library studies, archival studies, or a related field preferred. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. The candidate must be comfortable interacting with all segments of the public, including working with and supervising children and youth in an educational setting. Must have excellent research skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel required. Familiarity with social media platforms, museum/archival database software, and/or photography or scanning equipment considered assets. Previous experience in a museum/heritage environment or with educational/interpretive programming considered an asset. Must be fluent in English, written and/or oral communication in French or another minority language considered an asset.

The Bulkley Valley Museum is an equal opportunity employer. Any applicant that wishes to apply and that meets the funder eligibility criteria (see below) will be considered.

***Funder Qualifications***
All Applicants MUST be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have refugee protection, and must be between the ages of 15-30.
Please note that evidence of student status (full time in previous semester, returning to full time studies in the fall) will be required for any positions hired through Young Canada Works funding.

To read the program guidelines for the funding programs please visit:

Canada Summer Jobs:

Young Canada Works:


Submit cover letter and resume by April 18th 2021 to:

Kira Westby, Curator
By email:
By mail: PO Box 2615, Smithers BC, V0J 2N0
Or in person: BV Museum, 1425 Main Street, Smithers BC

Interviews (in-person or via Zoom) will occur once funding for the position has been confirmed in late April or early May. Applicants must indicate in their covering letter how they meet the funder eligibility criteria and should address the specific job requirements as posted. Successful applicants may be asked to register a profile with Young Canada Works. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.