The Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers, British Columbia is seeking applicants for its two (2) Museum Assistant summer student positions. Please note that the final number of positions available and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies, Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs.

Salary: $14/hour

Hours: 35 hours/week for up to 16 weeks between May and August 2018 (start dates negotiable). Applicants must be available to work Saturdays. May be required to work the occasional evening or holiday for special events as required.


The Museum Assistant will assist the Curator by completing artifact and archival digitization including artifact photography and scanning, and optical character recognition (OCR). Will also assist with updating collections management database records, development and installation of an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the first Smithers Fall Fair, delivery of visitor services including exhibit interpretation and/or assisting with special events, deliver of youth programming including a planned summer camp led by the Educational Programmer, and assisting with daily administrative operations such as social media, gift shop sales, etc.


Preferred areas of study include university/college history, anthropology/archaeology, museum studies, library/archival studies, or a related field. 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 document 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, and any student that wishes to apply and that meets the funding program eligibility criteria will be considered.

***Funder Qualifications: All Applicants MUST be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee protection, and between the ages of 15-30. Please note that at least one of the expected positions will require evidence of student status (full time in previous semester, returning to full time studies in the fall) as per the Young Canada Works program guidelines.

To read the program guidelines for the funding programs please visit: (Canada Summer Jobs) (Young Canada Works)


Submit cover letter and resume by Monday April 22nd 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 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 eligibility criteria and must 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.