Heritage Engagement Assistant (Young Canada Works)
Located in historic St. Andrews, New Brunswick, the Charlotte County Archives is a distinctive site pairing a county archives with a historic site museum, offering a rare opportunity to experience multiple aspects of cultural heritage in one. The Old Jail, constructed in 1832, houses archival collections and research spaces in modern facilities, separated by a forbidding iron door from the largely untouched corridor of historic cells. The adjoining 1840s Courthouse, a National Historic Site with original interiors, presents a contrast in airiness and light for both visitors and users of the archives workroom within.
As a key team member, the Public Engagement Assistant will play a meaningful role in providing visitors to the site with an exceptional experience. Through leading interpretive tours to the historic Jail and Courthouse, they will have the chance to engage diverse members of the public with intriguing accounts of the area’s history. By assisting visiting researchers with enquiries into historical people, places, and events, the student will strengthen their own skills in archival research and gain exposure to a multitude of experiences of the past. Digging into archival collections themselves, they will excavate historical documents and photos for fascinating details and curate digital content to engage with wider audiences. Mentored by an experienced archivist, they will gain exposure to the range of tasks and directions in the field of cultural heritage.
The ideal candidate will be an upper year high school or university student possessing a strong interest in history and heritage, with expressed enthusiasm for the places, materials, and stories of the past.
Strong applicants will have some experience with verbal presentation, such as research presentation, debate, theatre, or teaching. They will also have some experience conducting research and presenting it in a written format. Their ability to work independently and exercise good judgement will be well-developed. They will also demonstrate abilities in respectful interaction with diverse members of the public, ideally shown by a previous role with a customer service component. They will be comfortable in the use of basic digital tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, database navigation, and social media. Any experience working or volunteering with heritage sites, museums, and/or libraries is a major benefit. Any level of fluency in French would also be a significant positive.
We strongly encourage the application of individuals who identify as BIPOC, disabled, 2SLGBTQ+, and/or members of any underrepresented communities. If any accommodations in the application or employment process would be helpful, please reach out to us at email@example.com or 506-529-2448.
The position will be on-site at the Charlotte County Archives in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, for an 8-week term with an anticipated start date of July 3, 2023. Hours will typically be between 9 – 5, including weekends, for a total of 35 hours weekly. The wage is $15.25/hour.
Applicants must be eligible for the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program. Key requirements are status as a student in secondary or post-secondary schooling for both the term preceding and the term following employment; Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status; commitment to work the full duration of employment, without another consecutive full-time job; and age between 16 – 30 at the start of employment. Please see https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/heritage-organizations-students.html for more details. Applicants will be required to register with Young Canada Works if selected for an interview, although they are encouraged to do so sooner.
All applications should consist of a current resume accompanied by a cover letter expressing the applicant’s specific interest in this job opportunity and the relevance of their past experience. Please send these via email to Archives Manager Anna Krentz at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received by the end of day April 21, 2023.
Very interesting history and beautifully maintained.
A great and informative tour. A must do in St Andrew
Awesome place to go, you'll love the ghost walks of St. Andrews
Love this tour! Very much worth the stop! You might even meet Thomas the ghost!
We loved our tour of the archives. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
I grew up in Saint Andrews and was too busy to notice the history of this fascinating town. Many of the stories being told here are new to me and it is nice to have the background stories available. Thank you for sharing.