The North Peace Historical Society is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as Manager/Curator for the Fort St John North Peace Museum, which it owns, operates and maintains. This position is a 1 year Term Certain starting October 15th, 2018 and ending October 31st, 2019.
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum has a collection of over 7000 objects. We have a small library and archives with over 14,000 historic images and serve as the regional archaeological repository. Staff and volunteers provide a variety of educational events and programs year-round.
Located in the beautiful Peace River country of northeastern British Columbia, the Fort St. John North Peace Museum connects residents and visitors of all ages to the history and communities of the North Peace River area of British Columbia. The museum is a welcoming centre where the history of Fort St. John and area is kept alive through the preservation, management, and exhibition of our collection as well as our educational programs and events. Fort St. John is a city of over 20,000 with many amenities and recreational opportunities. Visit www.fortstjohn.ca for more details.
The Manager/Curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the museum from opening and closing tasks to welcoming visitors and helping run the gift shop.
The Manager/Curator is responsible for all aspects of managing the museum’s collection including leading the acquisition committee, cataloguing incoming items in our Collective Access database, dealing with incoming and outgoing loans, and updating artefact locations. The Manager/Curator responds to archival inquiries with help from museum volunteers as well as assist researchers who come into the archives. The Manager/Curator is responsible for the conservation of the collection – caring for artefacts and buildings, monitoring our temperature and relative humidity, and dealing with minor maintenance issues.
The Manager/Curator is responsible for following the museum’s strategic plan to renovate old exhibits, increase the interactive components of current exhibits, and create new exhibits in the museum and in our display cases at the airport and hospital.
The Manager/Curator is responsible for assisting volunteers in leading guided tours of the museum. He/she is responsible for promoting and presenting a variety of curriculum-based and general educational programs for school groups. The Manager/Curator will be in charge of a variety of educational events such as Kids’ Nights at the Museum, guided cemetery tours, documentary nights, etc.
The Manager/Curator will help support the museum through writing a variety of municipal and regional grants in addition to summer student grants and larger project-based grants. He/she will help with the Museum’s annual fundraisers and has the opportunity to develop additional means of fundraising. The Manager/Curator will liaise with the gift shop committee to track what books and merchandise are selling and re-order as necessary.
The Manager/Curator will work closely with the NPHS Board of Directors along with a variety of committees to accomplish the tasks necessary to keep the museum operating smoothly. The Manager/Curator will also oversee the tasks (and sometimes training) of a variety of volunteers working in all areas of the museum.
The ideal candidate will have:
-An academic background in a field related to the position (Museum Studies, History)
-Experience in museum management and/or exhibit development and collections management
-Grant writing and fundraising experience
-Strong written and oral communication skills
-Well-developed computer skills
-A knowledge/understanding of the Peace River District history
-Strong organizational and networking skills
-Experience in general office administration
-Ability to work independently as well as liaise with an active Board of Directors on projects and gift shop operations
-Curiosity and willingness to learn
Wages and benefit package will be commensurate with training and experience. Closing date for receiving applications is August 24th, 2018. Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
North Peace Historical Society
Attn: Hiring Committee
9323 – 100th Street
Fort St John, BC V1J 4N4