Archives Outreach Intern
South Peace Regional Archives
Location: Grand Prairie, Alberta
Compensation: $ 17.68 per hour; approx. 343 hours
The South Peace Regional Archives (SPRA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to gathering, preserving, and sharing the historical records of the region. We add value to people's lives by increasing their understanding and appreciation of the past. The Archives provides access to our records through our public reading room, outreach events, website, and social media. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers serve an area with a combined population of more than 94,000 people, within the boundaries of Birch Hills County, the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the Municipal District of Greenview, the Municipal District of Spirit River, and Saddle Hills County. Visit www.SouthPeaceArchives.org for more information.
The Archives' Outreach Internship will expose an individual with an interest in history to a variety of archival tasks and projects, including events, publications, and social media content development. The purpose of these tasks will be to promote the South Peace Regional Archives, its mission, and the records within our collections and available on Alberta on Record. They will also raise the overall awareness of Archives in the local community and among our social media audience.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Archives Outreach Intern works with the Archivist and reports to the Executive Director. They will also work with the Indigenous History Committee and Awareness Committee. Scheduling will be determined during the hiring process. As a result of covid-19, specific tasks and duties are subject to change, pending approval from the Archives Society of Alberta. The position duties include, but are not limited to:
* Archives Weeks Exhibition: Each year, the Archives recognizes Alberta Archives Week by launching an exhibition of photographs from the collections; this year, Archives Week was held virtually. The Intern will will support the Awareness Committee in the implementation of a new exhibition and hold primary responsibility for planning and implementing the safe launch/promotion of the exhibition.
* Remembrance Day Display: For the month of November, the South Peace Regional Archives commemorates Remembrance Day with a special exhibit, in collaboration with the Grande Prairie Museum. The Intern will add to the Remembrance Day display, in order to reflect a greater diversity of local veterans. Duties will include generating social media interest for the display and assisting the Awareness Committee assemble/ dismantle the display.
* Grande Prairie Farmers' Market Christmas Show: This year, the Archives planned to host a booth at the market to raise awareness of the Archives, promote upcoming events, and sell local history publications. The Intern will liase with the Peace County Historical Society to explore alternate plans to accomplish these goals. They will also assist Archives staff in selecting photographs from the collection to be featured on the limited-edition holiday cards.
* Holiday Heritage Trees: The Archives' heritage holiday trees feature reproductions of photographs and archival artifacts from our collections. The Intern will support the Awareness Committee in planning and decorating the heritage holiday trees. Duties will include researching winter-themed photographs from the collections, crafting reproductions for display, assembling the trees, and delivering them to their locations. They will also be responsible for creating an interpretive panel that will promote the Archives.
* Telling Our Stories Magazine: The Archives publishes a quarterly magazine, Telling Our Stories, that is distributed to members of the Society and members of the community. The Intern will research and write 6 articles for Telling Our Stories, including at least 3 articles that include Indigenous content in order to increase the overall quantity and quality of Indigenous content in the magazine.
* From the Vault Fridays: "From the Vault Fridays" is a new social media initiative to promote access to the South Peace Regional Archives collections. The Intern will research, write, and schedule 26 Facebook posts for "From the Vault Fridays."
* Other projects: As a result of covid-19, many of the Archives planned outreach events have been cancelled. The Intern may assist in the development of alternate programming to replace these events. The Intern will assist with ongoing outreach projects, as assigned.
The Archives Outreach Intern is an individual with an interest in the history of the South Peace area of Alberta and working in the archives field. An ideal candidate for this position would demonstrate:
* Relevant experience or education in archival studies, library science, information studies, history, social sciences, humanities, or a related field.
* Awareness of Canadian history
* Interest in learning about Indigenous cultural heritage and how Archives are working towards Reconciliation
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as a team member
* Strong communication and research skills
* Ability to complete computer projects using web browsers, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Microsoft Access and Publisher would be an asset.
* Ability to lift 40 pounds on a regular basis (i.e. archival boxes documents)
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Preference may be given to candidate(s) who meet the selection criteria and self-identify as students in their application.
How to Apply
Applicants must forward an application consisting of a resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Alyssa Currie, via email at Director@SouthPeaceArchives.org in order to be considered for this position. Please indicate "AT_IRP" in your subject heading. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Review of applications will begin on 19 October 2020, and continue until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide two references who are knowledgeable of their qualifications for this position.
The South Peace Regional Archives is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, new Canadians, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our organization.
Application Webpage: www.SouthPeaceArchives.org/Careers
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