Port Edward Historical Society Curatorial Assistant Full Time in Port Edward, BC

Port Edward Historical Society

Branch Port Edward BC CA

Curatorial Assistant
Port Edward, BC

A cultural hub for the community, attracting the local population for arts and sports events; The successful candidate will be a student (graduate preferred)…

Job Description:

North Pacific Cannery is seeking a full time, friendly, hardworking, detail oriented student to support collections-related projects at North Pacific Cannery, particularly the organization and improvement of the North Pacific Cannery archival collection. The incumbent will be supervised by a contract Collections Consultant, and will be responsible for the onsite appraisal, arrangement, and description of the archival collections. These descriptions will be used to update the online finding aids for the collection.

On occasion, the Curatorial Assistant may be called upon to leading guided tours of the site, as well as to assist with other projects and special events as needed.

This is an opportunity to gain invaluable museum and archival experience, work with a diverse and dynamic team of heritage professionals, and serve a broad public comprised of local community and international tourists, all while in pristine wilderness and heritage surroundings.

It is highly recommended that applicants have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle, though not required.


The successful candidate will be a student (graduate preferred) currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in Museum or Archival studies, history, fine arts, or other relevant field, with a keen interest in archival practices and work. He/she must have strong research and writing skills and experience working with collections and archival materials. The Curatorial Assistant should be a team player with the ability to work independently, analytical, organized, self-motivated, adaptable to new situations as the project evolves, a creative and critical problem solver, and adventurous in spirit.

Applicants must be eligible under the Young Canada Works program in order to be considered for the position:

  • legally allowed to work in Canada,
  • between the ages of 15-30,
  • currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution,
  • and returning to school in the fall.

Orientation & Training

Orientation will include a preliminary information package for the candidate to familiarize him/herself with before arriving to the site, providing the Curatorial Assistant with a background of NPC’s history, current HR and operations guidelines, the scope of its collections and exhibitions, and related policies and procedures.

On-site orientation will include an extensive tour through the various exhibition, collections, storage and administrative spaces, as well as an introduction to all site staff and management. Specialized training will take place during the second week of work, including a briefing on the current archives-related project and a more detailed presentation of the tasks the candidate is expected to undertake during the next 16 weeks. The Curatorial Assistant will continue to work in collaboration with the contracted Collections Consultant, who will ensure training is successful and provide support in areas that need more work.

Characteristics of City / Region

North Pacific Cannery is located in pristine wilderness surroundings on the Skeena River in the town of Port Edward, located 15km south of Prince Rupert with a population of 500. Prince Rupert is a port city with a population of 12,000 and serves as the land, air, and water transportation hub of BC’s north coast. The region is characterized by temperate rainforest, resource-based industry, and cultural diversity.

Post Project

One of our goals is to build lasting relationships through the Young Canada Works program. After the project is finished, it is expected the student can rely on the organization to provide a character or professional reference as needed, in addition to guidance and consultation as he/she continues academic or professional pursuits. As much as possible, we hope to ask students back for future opportunities, continuing to benefit from their contributions while helping them gain crucial work experience.

Mission & Mandate of Host Organization

North Pacific Cannery, National Historic Site preserves, exhibits and interprets the history of the West Coast Fishing Industry, celebrating its role in the economic and cultural development of the province. The site is integral to a local, regional, and national identity, is significant as one of the few intact salmon canneries that remain on the west coast of North America, and continues to be relevant as a tourist destination and community hub today.

NPC aims to be: a collective memory for the industrial fishery on the Skeena River and British Columbia; a cultural hub for the community, attracting the local population for arts and sports events; and a key driver of economic transformation in the development of a sustainable tourism industry for the region.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $16.00 to $18.00 /hour

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Port Edward, BC, CA
Posted on: 2018-05-23
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