Job Opportunities Courtenay and District Museum (CDM)

Earth Sciences Assistant

Summer employment 2018

The Earth Sciences Assistant is a summer position for a post-secondary student. Applicable fields of study for this position are: Earth Sciences, Science, Communications and Recreation.

This position entails daily work with the Earth Sciences Curator on fossil field trips, public introduction of natural history collections to all ages, assistance with response to, and safety for, visitors and physical carrying of equipment on field trips to Comox Valley riverbanks and shorelines.

Other related duties could include front desk support, set-up and organizational assistance for meetings and events that promote the museum mandate of increased public awareness of cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley.

Physical demands: Must be able to carry 30-40 lb pack, to hike daily in all weather and to have awareness and quick response to public capabilities on trails and walks while outdoors.  This person should have good knowledge of first aid and emergency awareness. First Aid ticket preferred.

35 hours per week. Weekend and holiday work required. Must have own transportation and suitable outdoor clothing.

Resumes can be sent to info@courtenaymuseum.ca

Social History Collections and Research Assistant

Summer employment 2018

The Social History Collections and Research Assistant is a summer position for a post-secondary student. Applicable fields of study for this position are: History, Anthropology, Museum Studies.

Backlog accessioning

The successful student applicant will receive training and supervision in the numbering and primary care of social history artifacts and photographs.

Tasks:

  • Basic info about donation handwritten into register book and accession number assigned to items.
  • Rudimentary wiping/cleaning/dusting of items as required.
  • Physically mark the assigned accession number on to each object.
  • Enter all management information (includes accession number, source, location and condition), descriptive information (object name, material, size and description) and historical information (use, date or period if known, maker, etc. *note: some research may be required to complete this section) into the museum’s collection database.
  • File hard copy donation forms.
  • Re-house items for storage as required.
  • Tasks will also include some basic upkeep and cleaning of the collections storage area.

Research inquiries

From time to time members of the public have questions that need research assistance from staff.  Over the past several summers, students have assisted in tracking down historical information in regards to families, buildings and local businesses.  This usually involves reading archive clipping files, reference books and local newspapers on microfilm, performing online research and composing replies to inquiries.

Other related duties could include front desk support, assistance with changing exhibitions and receptions, set-up and organizational assistance for meetings and events that promote the museum mandate of increased public awareness of cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley.

Physical demands and capabilities: Must be able to read and write cursive fluently. The CDM is a three storey building and the person in this position will be required to work on all three work levels and be able to ascend and descend staircases numerous times per day. This is not an optimum environment for people with allergies. Must be able to move full document boxes, assist with cleaning work surfaces and spaces and assist with general everyday upkeep in office, collections and public spaces. Must be able to climb ladders and reach overhead.

90% of time on backlog accessioning; 10% of time on research inquiries.

35 hours per week. Weekend and holiday work required.