Archives Assistant Employment Opportunity
This position is full time (35 hours/week), in-person, and based in Victoria
Term(s): September-December, 2021 and/or January-March, 2022
Salary: Co-op Level 1 ($22.71/hr) for undergraduate student, Level 2 ($26.18/hr) for graduate student
Deadline for application: Apply by noon, August 20, 2021
Attention research, archives and history nerds: this could be your dream co-op!
The BC Geographical Names Office, part of the provincial government Heritage Branch, is responsible for over 50,000 names of places and features in British Columbia, maintained in the BC Geographical Names Information System (BCGNIS). More than just labels on maps and road signs, place names can reveal patterns of settlement, exploration and migration, and mirror outside influences to our history.
We need your help to research, interpret and keep these records up to date!
You exhibit strong organizational and social skills, attention to detail, a positive attitude, adaptability, and a willingness to learn. Reporting to the Provincial Toponymist, you are comfortable working as a team and independently. You show a genuine interest in B.C.’s history and diverse heritage.
If you are the right person for this job, you will enjoy digging deeper into records and working hands-on with archive documents to uncover details and follow threads. As well, you have strong writing skills, you are open to new technology and can read cursive handwriting. You are also able to accurately and sensitively interpret historical notes for a public audience.
- Digitization of place names history/origins: transferring information from hard-copy historic documents and reference library into the BCGNIS name records; summarizing and interpreting historical information.
- Tagging Names in BCGNIS: to help people find and see groupings of names by themes.
- Updating name records with origin and significance notes.
We are pleased to accept applications from students currently registered in post-secondary studies in the fields of library services, museums/archives, information management, cultural and heritage resource management, heritage conservation, history, education, or a related field. Training on the BC Geographical Name Information System will be provided.
The Province of BC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. All genders, Indigenous or IBPOC people, people with disabilities, and members of historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply. Candidates that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) may be given preference.
To apply for this position, please send your updated resume and cover letter explaining why you are the perfect candidate for this position and which term(s) you are applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org