Curatorial Intern

JOB TITLE: Curatorial Intern (YCWBCH)
TERM:  October 2, 2017 – January 19, 2018
REPORTS TO: Programming Manager

This 4 month internship is subject to the availability of funding through the Young Canada Works program.  All applicants must be registered with Young Canada Works prior to applying.  (http://young-canada-works.canada.ca/)

Job Purpose
The Curatorial Intern is responsible for assisting the Curator in collections management, preventive conservation, curatorial research and interpretation of the collection of Fort Steele Heritage Town which includes artifact collections, historic and reproduction buildings, and records and archives.  The internship will comprise of the development of new displays as well as the continual inventory of artifacts in storage (photography, cleaning and entering information into PastPerfect database). 

Additional Responsibilities:

Collections Management
• Assist with maintenance of all aspects of the collection including acquisition, cataloguing, storage and exhibit.
• Maintains records relating to the collection including history files, loans, and location.
• Maintain correspondence including email enquiries relating to the collection.
• Assist in the planning and delivery of temporary exhibitions.
• Identify the conservation and restoration needs of objects within the collection.

Preventive Conservation
• Manage environmental monitoring and integrated pest management programs.
• Provide advice for, and practical application of, collection storage techniques.
• Provide advice and training to staff and volunteers in artifact handling.
• Carry out and provide training on cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.

Site Management
• Monitor the internal and external condition of all buildings.
• In consultation with the Curator, identify work that needs to be done by external contractors and liaise accordingly with contractors.
• Carry out seasonal opening and closing of heritage buildings.

Volunteers and Seasonal Employees
• Provide consultation to volunteers and actors working with the collection and around the site.
• Identify tasks and plan projects for volunteers to undertake

Additional tasks
• Ensure all administration procedures are followed.
• Participate and/or lead any group visit – schools or adults – when required.
• Provide the Curator with a periodic report covering inquiries, new acquisitions, current projects, grant applications, attendance at external meetings, and training.
• Ensure museum policies are followed.
• Contribute to any development plans for the museum and any other tasks as reasonably required.

Qualifications, experience and personal skills:
• Enthusiasm and confidence with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Flexibility in your approach to working in a team and have excellent time management skills.
• This post requires an enhanced Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.

Essential requirements:
• University Degree or Post-Secondary training in museum management, curatorial, collections management, and conservation, or combination of training and experience.
• Excellent grammatical English and good oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrable computer skills and ability to manage information systematically and accurately. 
• Experience in collections managements software, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and PastPerfect.
• Ability to follow procedures consistently.
• Ability to manage a number of tasks concurrently and to be able to function with limited supervision.
• Ability to prioritise conflicting demands.
• Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
• Ability to work flexibly and adapt to change.
• Valid driver’s licence and own transportation.

Desirable requirements:
• Practical knowledge of work on a Historic Site
• Knowledge of archival practices.
• Firearms Licence (PAL)

Wage:  $16.00/hr based on a 40hr work week.

Please send resume and cover letter along with 3 references to Info@FortSteele.bc.ca 
Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.