For the summer of 2023, the Westbank Museum is seeking a Museum Collections Assistant.
Building on the work of previous years the Westbank Museum seeks to continue diversifying the voices represented in our permanent displays and content. Since 2022 we have received nearly a thousand new artifacts from pioneer families; much of this content reflects the lives of pioneer women, particularly those that worked in the fruit packing industry. These artifacts also include information on the many Japanese settlers that came to the community and are currently underrepresented in our content.
For 2023, our goal is to have the Museum Collections Assistant work through this material to help determine which artifacts should be integrated into our permanent displays. In addition to this hands-on approach, they will have the opportunity to research and write about what they have found with their efforts being included within the museum, our newsletter, and our website. Working closely with the Museum Coordinator they will create meaningful content that improves the museum’s inclusivity, with a focus on our fruit packing and orcharding displays.
The successful candidate will have the passion and enthusiasm in highlighting untold stories. This position also provides opportunities to enhance learning in indigenous studies, history, culture, and communications. This will be a full-time 16-week position and will be assuming the responsibility to coordinate, participate, facilitate, and work with professionals, as well as research, and write up historical information.
This position will is offered at $17.50 per hour beginning May 8, 2023, or sooner depending on the skills and experience of the candidate.
The position is open to post-secondary students returning to full-time studies in the next academic year.
Preference will be given to students with outgoing positive attitudes.
The applicant must:
·be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada.
Note: Non-Canadian students or graduates holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
· be legally entitled to work in Canada.
· be between 15* and 30 years of age at the start of employment (*where permissible under provincial/territorial labour laws).
· meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program to which you apply.
· be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory.
· be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment (minimum 30 hours a week).
· does not have another full-time job while employed in a YCW job.
· have registered as a full-time* student in the semester preceding the YCW job (*as defined by their
educational institution), and
· intend to return to full-time studies* in the semester immediately following the YCW summer job.
Candidates can register on the Young Canada Works Website- https://young-canada-works.canada.ca Applications must be received no later than May 30, 2023, through the YCW website or our email.
Contract length: 16 weeks
Application deadline: 2023-05-30
Expected start date: 2023-05-08
Post Date: March 8, 2023 Deadline for Application: May 30, 2023
2376 Dobbin Rd
Our mission is to be a cultural centre for the community and provide a repository dedicated to the ongoing collection, preservation, and interpretation of Westbank and the surrounding areas' history. As a small museum, we get to work closely with our community, our donors, and our collections.
We also function as West Kelowna's visitor centre. In this role, we provide those visiting our community and locals alike with memorable experiences. Our visitor services counsellors get to be ambassadors of our area.