The Bulkley Valley Museum is seeking applicants for its summer student positions of Collections Assistant and Digitization Technician. Please note that the number of positions and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies, Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs.

Salary: $13/hour

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


Collections Assistant: The Assistant will primarily assist the Curator and Archivist with the completion of an ongoing Collections Accessibility project inventory of the Museum’s artifact and archival holdings which will include artifact cataloguing, artifact photography, archival arrangement and description, digitization of archival records, and updating database records. In addition to these primary duties the Assistant will also contribute to research and content development for museum exhibits and the delivery of visitor services including exhibit or other interpretation and/or assisting with delivery of special events, and/or assisting youth summer programming. The Assistant will assist with day-to-day administrative operations such as opening/closing the Museum, gift shop sales, etc.

Digitization Technician: The Digitization Technician will assist both the Curator and Archivist with increasing digital accessibility to the Museum’s artifact and archival holdings, furthering the progress of the Museum’s ongoing collections inventory and accessibility projects. Primary duties include creating searchable PDFs of archival documents using optical character recognition (OCR) software, implementing metadata standards, creating Rules for Archival Description (RAD) compliant item-level descriptions, updating database entries, and taking photographs of artifacts and oversized archival records. In addition to the primary duties, the Technician will assist with delivery of visitor services including engaging with visitors and archival researchers, exhibit and other interpretation, and/or assisting with delivery of special events and youth programming. The Technician will assist with day-to-day administrative operations such as opening/closing the Musuem, gift shop sales, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS: 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 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 meet Young Canada Works (YCW) and/or Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) eligibility criteria. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 15-30, registered as full-time students in the previous semester and returning to full time studies in the fall. Please review the criteria for the funding programs carefully before applying.

Canada Summer Jobs:

Young Canada Works: 

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume by Sunday April 29th 2018 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 that they meet the funder eligibility criteria. Applicants may apply to both available positions with the same covering letter and resume. Successful applicants may be asked to register a profile with Young Canada Works Candidate Inventory. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.