Celebrate our 70th season at Randall House Museum by joining our 2019 summer team! The Wolfville Historical Society are hiring for TWO positions this season: Heritage Interpreter and Collections Management Assistant. See job descriptions and application process below.

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 December. The Wolfville Historical Society is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing student, with a history or museum studies background to help share the story of the museum and the community by acting as our Heritage Interpreter for the upcoming season. Working under the direct supervision of the Curator/Manager and the overall supervision of the Randall House Management Committee, the Heritage Interpreter will be responsible for ensuring that visitors have an interesting, informative, and enjoyable experience at the museum. In 2019, the museum will be installing several new exhibits that focus on the Society’s textile and photograph collection as well as a new exhibit on the Gaspereau Valley and the Acadians. The primary role of the Heritage Interpreter will be to help interpret the museum’s special and permanent exhibits to visitors. On a weekly basis the Heritage Interpreter may also be responsible for conducting guided tours 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. Specific tasks may include creating and/or helping to organize events, developing and delivering interpretive programs, maintaining records of visitor attendance, providing local information to visitors, assisting with research inquiries, looking after monetary donations, conducting retail sales, 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.

Candidate Eligibility: Candidates must be a full-time student in an accredited post-secondary institution or a graduating Grade 12 student who is enrolled full-time in a university or college program in the upcoming fall term. The student must be a permanent resident of the province of Nova Scotia or reside in the province for at least six months prior to this work term.

Estimated start date: 24/05/2019  

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, 2019. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Nova Scotia Government under the Student Summer Skills Incentive Program for partial funding of this position. 

randallhouse@outlook.com

Wolfville Historical Society

259 Main Street

Wolfville, NS

B4P 1C6

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

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! This position is being funded through Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations. Details of the position and how to apply are as follows.

Job Description

Randall House Museum is open annually from May until December. Many tourists and local community members attend museum workshops/events and come to see the exhibits that are mounted each season that utilize the museum’s permanent collection of nearly 7000 objects. This year, Randall House Museum will be participating in an evaluation through the Community Museum Assistance Program. Part of the assistant’s role will be to assist museum staff and volunteers in preparing for the evaluation which is part of an accreditation system being created for museums across the province. Under the direction of the Curator/Manager, the Collections Management Assistant will have several other primary responsibilities including assisting with the completion of a long-term inventory and reorganization project of the museum’s permanent collection. The candidate will also be tasked with digitizing the collection as required. This process can include cataloging, scanning and/or photographing objects, performing additional research, and entering this information onto the Collective Access database therefore making the collection accessible worldwide via a public database known as NovaMuse. The Collections Management Assistant will also help with cleaning up the database, with loan reconciliation, be expected to attend all Collections Committee meetings, and will be asked to provide a detailed update on their work progress to the committee. From time to time the candidate will assist with other tasks that may include responding to historical inquiries, conducting guided tours, assisting with creating and implementing outreach programming, general housekeeping, conducting retail sales, creating social media content (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts), as well as researching and writing blog posts using objects from the permanent collection.

Candidate Profile:

The Wolfville Historical Society is looking for a university level student pursuing further studies or a student pursuing a degree or certificate in Museum Studies with an interest or experience in the following:

• Collections management practices • An 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 an asset. • Training in the use of web-based collections 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.

Candidate Eligibility 

  • are 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
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the work assignment.

Estimated start date: 24/05/2019  

Work Period: 13 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 “Collections Management”. 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, 2019. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program for partial funding of this position. 

randallhouse@outlook.com

Wolfville Historical Society

259 Main Street

Wolfville, NS

B4P 1C6

Candidates MUST register on the YCW site and must also meet the Eligibility Requirements set out by the Young Canada Works Program.

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.