Public Programs Assistant

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
Posted 2 months ago

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.


The Museum Programs Assistant will work with the Community Engagement Manager for the planning, coordination, and evaluation of the Summer Museum Day Camps for ages 6-12 with themes ranging from science and technology to art and history. Planning includes organizing each week’s requirements (registrants, allergies, permissions, etc.), assisting with material prep for all crafts, experiments, and activities, scheduling field trips/workshops, and other tasks as needed. In addition to the day camps, as time permits, the student will conduct interpretive tours, coordinate loaning out, evaluating, and inventorying educational outreach kits, assist with ongoing senior programs, and develop special activities for tours and bookings. Students in this role will also work with the Community Engagement Manager to contribute research and suggestions specific to our facility and operations sustainability goals.

The Museum Program Assistant works with all summer staff for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum operations. They also help with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, concession, and Destination BC Visitor Centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, statistics, etc. Planning and scheduling group visits, tours, and special events as well as routine maintenance, including painting and cleaning may also be necessary as time permits.

The following are essential qualifications for the job:

Experience working/volunteering with families and children of all ages

Experience and interest in organizing educational crafts, games, experiments, and kids' activities

An interest in Rossland’s history and everything the area has to offer locals and visitors alike

Excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history

Experience in group management and leadership

Public speaking experience; Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving

RCMP Security Clearance (obtainable prior to start)

The following are desired assets to the job:

Post-secondary: Education, General Sciences, Museum Studies, History, Geology, or Drama.

Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.

Excellent computer skills (incl. use of Microsoft Office, Excel, Dropbox, etc.)

Experience working in the tourism and/or cultural sector

Current First Aid certificate (can be obtained on the job)


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.

Apply Now

Contact Information