Museum Collections Assistant

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
Posted 2 months ago
Full Time

Job Description

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial, social, natural, and cultural history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. We are designated as the “Mining in the Kootenays” historic site – on top of the original Black Bear Mine – with 5 acres of property and 6 exhibition buildings among many other outbuildings/shelters. Additionally, we have an extensive community archive, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational community programs in-house and through outreach activities, heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the year.

Job Description:

The Collections Technician will work on a number of key projects in partnership with the Collections Manager and trained volunteers to ensure our collection is well managed, documented, and cared for. This includes ongoing collections management such as intake processing, condition reporting, inventory, and database entry. In addition to working in the collection storage, the student will assist with ongoing updates to our permanent exhibitions and the updates and interactive developments required in the outdoor/upper-level exhibition spaces. The student will also assist with the research and digitization required for the growing public accessibility of the collection.

Current projects include:

Completion of permanent collection inventory for Upper-Level exhibition buildings, including relocation

Cataloguing, photographing, and rehoming of the geology collection

Continuation of database/cataloguing project including completing catalogue worksheets, photographing artifacts, and data entry

Photographing the ski collection

Research and curation of an outreach exhibit

Job Requirements/Qualifications: The following are essential qualifications for the job:

Post-secondary student in Museum, Archival, Library, History studies, or related fields

Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

Excellent computer skills (incl. Google Suite)

Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem-solve

A passion for history and education

The following are desired assets to the job:

Museum Collection database experience (e.g. PastPerfect)

Creativity and enthusiasm

Experience working as or directly with a project manager

Experience in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector

Interest in and experience in photography (of still objects)

Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history

Passion for skiing/winter sports, geology, and/or mining/railway history

Current First Aid certificate

Recommended Training: BSAFE - BC Safety Assured For Everyone Foundations of Workplace Safety (includes WHMIS) Salary/Wage: 16-18/hour Job Application Process: All positions are funded by programs for youth, so candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 30. Some positions may be limited to candidates who were in full-time studies in the current school term and will be returning to full-time studies within the next year, but some do not have this requirement.

We encourage participation from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups, including women, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons, members of visible minority groups, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression to apply.

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and quoting the position(s) you are applying for by email (preferred) to or 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please be prepared to provide at least two professional references.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at or call (250) 362-7722.

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