The Bulkley Valley Museum invites applications from creative and outgoing individuals for two (2) Museum Assistant positions (seasonal full-time).

Please note that the final number of positions hired, and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies.

SALARY : $17.75/hour + 4% vacation pay

HOURS: 35 hours/week, for 16 weeks (approx. May 7th – August 24th 2024, start date negotiable). Hours of work are generally 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.  Occasional evening or stat holiday work as required by the museum’s activities.

LOCATION: Work will take place onsite at the Bulkley Valley Museum; offsite work is not available due to the nature of the tasks outlined for the position.


Duties for this position include:

  • Assist with development of programming for youth summer camp, including: daily activity schedule, update/develop curriculum of activities, inventory and purchase required supplies
  • Assist with delivery of one week of summer camp programming,  including assisting with supervision of participants and participating in/leading activities (includes physical activity)
  • Visitors services: including providing overview of current exhibitions to visitors, provide community orientation information to tourists, complete gift shop sales
  • Assist with setup of new temporary exhibition in May (2-3 days)
  • Assist with delivery of school class programming in May and June
  • Complete optical character recognition (OCR) review of digitized archival newspapers or other archival document items to make them in-text searchable
  • Complete digital photography including editing photos of museum artifact collection items
  • Online and archival research contributing to programming and 2025 exhibition development
  • Research and write short columns for weekly museum newspaper column “From the Back Room” published in the Smithers Interior News
  • Represent the museum at community events such as Smithers Pride celebrations and National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Operational assistance: assist with opening and closing the museum, and light cleaning duties (e.g. dusting display cases)


Youth studying post-secondary history, Indigenous studies, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, library or archival studies, or with demonstrated relevant experience in those fields will be a priority for hiring. Students from other fields and high school students demonstrating relevant skill sets and/or experience are also welcome to apply!

  • Must possesses excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be comfortable regularly interacting with the public, including working with children or youth in an educational setting, talking to visitors, etc.
  • Must be able to work independently, including completing self-directed research
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word and Excel (or Google Docs/Sheets)
  • Prior customer service and/or visitor services experience considered a strong asset.
  • Previous experience in a museum or heritage/culture organization considered a strong asset
  • Previous experience with educational programming or supervision of youth (e.g. coaching, refereeing, babysitting) considered a strong asset
  • Familiarity with digital scanning hardware or software, sound or video editing softwares, digital photography, or digital design (including Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, etc.) are considered assets.
  • Must be fluent (written and oral) in English. Written and/or oral communication in French or another language considered an asset.

The Bulkley Valley Museum is an equal opportunity employer, and all candidates meeting the eligibility criteria of the funding program (see below) will be considered for the position. IBPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

***Funder Eligibility Criteria***

All Applicants MUST be aged 15-30 and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have refugee protection. Evidence of student status (registered student in previous semester, returning to studies in the fall) will be required for any positions hired through Young Canada Works funding.


Please submit cover letter and resume by April 14th 2024 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

Applicants must indicate in their covering letter that they meet the funder eligibility criteria.

Interviews (in person or Zoom) will take place once funding for the position has been confirmed. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.