Heritage Interpreter / Program Assistant

Under the direction of the Curator/Manager the candidate will fulfill roles as both a Heritage Interpreter and Program Assistant. As the Heritage Interpreter the candidate will help share the history and story of Randall House Museum and its surrounding community. It is the primary responsibility of the Heritage Interpreter to ensure that visitors of all ages and backgrounds have an interesting, informative, and enjoyable experience at the museum. As the Program Assistant the candidate will lead the downtown walking tours that highlight important and interesting landmarks, buildings, and individuals of the community. The candidate will work towards creating and implementing new events/programs that can be held online or in person dependent upon Covid-19 safety regulations. Also dependent upon Covid-19 regulations the candidate will assist with the planning and implementation of annual events. To broaden their overall experience the candidate will work closely with members of the Kings Hants Heritage Connection and members of the community in the planning and implementation of an online exhibit that will focus on a specific theme. They will also help to create engaging content for various social media platforms that highlights and increases knowledge of objects in the permanent collection, any upcoming events/programs, as well as any stories that could be of interest. From time to time the candidate will assist with other tasks that may include responding to historical/genealogical inquiries, general housekeeping, conducting retail sales, and helping with collections management tasks.

The Ideal Candidate

  • University level student who is pursuing further studies in History or a student that is pursuing a degree or certificate in museum or archival studies.
  • Demonstrate an interest in or possess previous experience in museological practices including some experience in leading tours or program planning.
  • Have the ability to read cursive writing; demonstrate a familiarity with the Microsoft platform, file management, MS Word, Publisher, Photoshop and knowledge of social media platforms.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail, possess some skill-set in photography, strong writing and oral communication skills, an appreciation for quality control, the ability to meet set deadlines, as well as some experience with filling out forms.
  • Be able to take instruction and then work independently, be self-directed, be willing to follow proper care and handling procedures when dealing with artifacts and fragile archival material (which may occur on occasion).
  • An interest in local history would be considered an asset.
  • The candidate must also demonstrate flexibility and a willingness to take on small additional tasks as may be required by museum staff.

Candidate Eligibility:

Candidates must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible); are legally entitled to work in Canada; will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment; are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment; will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the work assignment; have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the work assignment, and intend to return to full-time studies following the work assignment.

Estimated start date: 01/06/2021

Work Period: 12 weeks

Wage: $13.00/hr, 35 hrs per week

All interested candidates should send a recent CV and cover letter explaining your suitability to the position and why you want to work at Randall House Museum. Please send applications to: randallhouse@outlook.com with subject line: Heritage Guide/Program Assistant

Application deadline is 12 midnight on May 1st, 2021.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program for partial funding of this position. The WHS is an equal opportunity employer and as such persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples, and of any gender are encouraged to apply.

Collections Management Assistant

Randall House Museum is open annually from June to October. The museum takes pride in creating a space in which individuals can engage with the history of the community through its collection both physically and online. The Wolfville Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum, is looking to add a Collections Management Assistant to the team. In this role the successful candidate will focus primarily on researching, cataloging, and digitizing the museum’s extensive textile collection. They will also be involved in performing an inventory of the collection and helping to relocate the textiles to their new permanent storage location as well as updating the museum’s online database. Other objectives of the position include helping to digitize newly acquired and backlogged artifacts. The candidate will help “clean” the database which includes removing duplicate records, correcting misinformation, updating existing records, as well as entering paper records into the database. They will assist with loan reconciliation following a framework that has been set out by the Association of Nova Scotia Museums that will also lead to creating more storage space for incoming artifacts. From time to time the candidate will assist with other tasks that may include responding to historical/genealogical inquiries, conducting guided tours, assisting with outreach programming, general housekeeping, and conducting retail sales.

The Ideal Candidate:

The WHS is looking for a university level student pursuing further studies with an interest and knowledge in textiles and clothing construction. A familiarity with Photoshop, use of social media platforms, and experience in photography would be preferred. Attention to detail and appreciation of the need for quality control is essential as are strong writing and editing skills, the ability to work independently and with a team. A flexibility and willingness to take on additional tasks is required.

Estimated start date: 01/06/2021

Work Period: 13 weeks

Wage: $13.00/hr, 35 hrs per week

All interested candidates should send their applications to randallhouse@outlook.com with subject line “Collections 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 at the Randall House Museum.

Application deadline is 12 midnight on May 1st, 2021

The Society gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Student Summer Skills Incentive. The WHS is an equal opportunity employer and as such persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples, and of any gender are encouraged to apply.