Heritage Interpreter


Do you have an interest in local history and would enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with visitors and community members? Then you may be just the person we are looking for!

We will be hiring a student for the summer to act as Heritage Interpreter at Randall House Museum. Details of the position and how to apply are as follows:

Job Description: Randall House Museum is open from May until mid October. The curator manages the museum for the season and mounts a special exhibit. This year the museum will be highlighting items in its collection which are significant in recognising 150 years of local and Canadian history. Many tourists visit the museum in the summer months and many local community members attend museum events and come to see the special exhibit.  The Wolfville Historical Society is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing student, with History or museum studies background, to help share the history of Randall House Museum by acting as our Heritage Interpreter for the coming season. Working under the direct supervision of the Curator, and the overall supervision of the Randall House Management Committee, the Heritage Interpreter will be responsible for ensuring that visitors of all ages have an interesting, informative, and enjoyable experience at the museum. This is accomplished by greeting and welcoming visitors to the museum and providing them with an introduction to its history, layout and themes.  On a weekly basis the Heritage Interpreter may also be responsible for conducting guided tours, related to programming, that may take visitors outside the walls of the museum. From time to time the Heritage Interpreter will also be required to assist with other tasks as they are able including creating and/or helping to organize in-house events, helping prepare a walking tour and lending a hand with other work of the museum.  Specific tasks are: developing and delivering interpretive programs, maintaining records of visitor attendance, providing local information to visitors, assisting with research  inquiries, looking after donations, retail sales and the shop area, assisting with mounting exhibits, attending to routine house keeping, using and maintaining filing and data systems, conducting room by room inventories of artifacts, and assisting the curator in other museum tasks. Funding support for this position has been approved by the Student Summer Skills Incentive Program of the NS Dept of Labour and Advanced Education (Youth Initiatives).

Candidate Profile: Candidates should be Canadian citizens or legal residents of Canada, should be at least Grade 12 graduates and returning to studies at a higher level next year. English proficiency is required but other language ability, especially French, would be an asset. Reliability and flexibility in a team work environment is expected. Basic retail skills also needed. Enthusiasm for sharing heritage narratives to visitors of all ages is essential. Some experience in leading tours or program planning would be preferred.

Estimated start date: 29/05/2017   Work Period: 14 weeks

Wage: $12.00/hr, 35 hrs per week

All interested candidates should send their applications to the email  or mailing address below and write in the subject line “Heritage Interpreter”. Please include a recent CV and a cover letter explaining your suitability to this position and why you would like to work for the Wolfville Historical Society and Randall House Museum. Application deadline is 12 midnight on April 25th, 2017

Wolfville Historical Society

259 Main St. Wolfville, NS    B4P 1C6

randallhouse@outlook.com

The WHS is an equal opportunity employer and as such persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples, and of either gender are encouraged to apply.

 

Collections Management Assistant

Are you interested in researching local history ? Are you detail oriented and computer savvy? You may be just the person we need to fill our Collections Management Assistant position!

 An application for funding to support this position has been made to The Canadian Museum Association through the Young Canada Works Program of the Federal Government . This position depends on this application being approved. Details of this position and how to apply are as follows.

Job Description: Randall House Museum is open from May until mid October. The curator manages the museum for the season and mounts a special exhibit. This year the museum will be highlighting items in its collection which are significant in recognising 150 years of local and Canadian history. Many tourists visit the museum in the summer months and many local community members attend museum events and come to see the special exhibit. The Collections Management Assistant will be tasked with posting almost daily, during the work period, via social media, a photo and information on an item in the collection chosen by either the Curator or the Collections Committee. They may be asked to assist the curator in writing up a brief write-up on an artifact in the collection for the newsletter or to promote in other media. Main tasks will be scanning or photographing mainly archival material – letters, photos, books, other papers, in the WHS collection, cataloguing them if needed, doing additional research if needed, uploading documentation to the Collective Access database and so making them accessible via NovaMuse. They will assist the curator in improving storage and organization of the material as required. The Assistant will be expected to attend Collections Committee meetings and may be asked to take minutes. Also they may be asked to occasionally fill in if necessary with other museum tasks – mounting the annual special exhibit, minor conservation work, greeting guests, giving tours, or handling gift shop purchases.

Candidate profile

University level student pursuing further studies or a student pursuing a degree or certificate in Museum Studies

• Interest in or experience in collection management • Ability to read cursive writing is essential • The candidate should be familiar with the Microsoft platform, file management, MS Word, Publisher, Photoshop and use of the internet including social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Experience in photography and videography would be preferred. Training in the use of web-based collection management software (Collective Access) will be provided but some experience with filling out forms would be useful • Attention to detail and appreciation of the need for quality control essential • Ability to meet set deadlines • Strong writing and editing skills • The ability to take instruction and then work independently • Self direction • Experience handling artefacts and fragile archival material would be useful • An interest in local history would be an asset • Flexibility and willingness to take on small additional tasks as may be required by museum staff.

Estimated start date: 29/05/2017   Work Period: 14 weeks

Wage: $12.00/hr, 35 hrs per week

All interested candidates should send their applications to the email  or mailing address below and write in the subject line “Collection Management Assistant”. Please include a recent CV and a cover letter explaining your suitability to this position and why you would like to work for the Wolfville Historical Society and Randall House Museum. Application deadline is 12 midnight on April 25th, 2017

Wolfville Historical Society

259 Main St. Wolfville, NS

B4P 1C6

randallhouse@outlook.com

The WHS is an equal opportunity employer and as such persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples, and of either gender are encouraged to apply.

This position is dependent on funding though Young Canada Works. Candidates should register on the YCW site and must also meet the Eligibility Requirements set out by the Young Canada Works Program.