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Museum Assistant - YCW/BCH

Old Log Church Museum & Yukon Transportation Museum

Wage: $15/hour for 40 hours/week, October 2017 to March 2018

Language of Work: English

General Information

The Old Log Church Museum and the Yukon Transportation Museum frequently partner on projects.  The OLCM is a small community museum responsible for documenting, preserving and sharing Yukon’s spirited history. We strive to provide our visitors with an enjoyable & educational experience. Located in downtown Whitehorse, the museum is housed in a unique log church built by Reverend R.J. Bowen in 1900 which was recently designated a territorial and municipal heritage site. The permanent collection of the OLCM has 4500+ objects in the collection ranging from archival materials to ecclesiastical vestments and artifacts.   The YTM is one of the larger museums in the Yukon and is responsible for documenting, preserving and sharing Yukon’s transportation history.  It is located next to the Whitehorse International Airport on the Alaska Highway.  The permanent collection of the YTM has 1500+ objects, with many of those being very large.

Job Description

The Museum Assistant will serve as an integral part of the OLCM/YTM team. They will assist the Executive Directors in a number of collections-related tasks, including environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, cataloging, research, and record management. In addition, the Museum Assistant will perform museum front-line duties including receiving visitors to the museum, orienting visitors, delivering interpretive tours, and conducting gift shop sales.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Museum Assistant will assist in implementing new educational programs for school-aged children. This would include co-hosting a workshop with educators to receive feedback on the program, assisting with piloting the completed programs in local schools, as well as preparing and sending outreach kits to Yukon communities. The Museum Assistant will promote the educational programs by preparing an informative brochure and sample package, as well as creating a description and PDF preview for the OLCM website. Other tasks will include drafting a records management procedures manual in conjunction with the Executive Director, transcribing an oral history interview, and using sound editing software to incorporate selections from the interview into an existing online exhibit. The Museum Assistant will be familiarized in the business aspects of museum operation, tasks may include: assisting with grant writing, learning to work with the board of directors and prepare meetings, assisting with preparing materials for the bookkeeper.

Qualifications

• Strong interest in history, especially Yukon history, as well as interest in working with museum collections.

• Studying in a related field including but not limited to museum studies, history, anthropology, archaeology, First Nations studies, education, tourism, archival/records management, or office administration.

• Strong organizational and time management skills.

• Attention to detail.

• Office administration and/or filing skills.

•  Strong oral and written communication skills.

• Comfortable and willing to speak publically.

• Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.

• Experience conducting research.

• Proficient in the use of computers including MS Office Word and Excel.

• Experience working with databases and Adobe Suite is considered an asset.

• Fluency in French, or another language, is considered an asset.

• First Aid certification is considered an asset.

The Old Log Church Museum welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.

This position may require standing for extended periods of time and will require the candidate to be able to navigate stairs without difficulty.

This position takes place at two institutions, having a reliable transportation plan is required.

This position is funded in part by the Young Canada Works program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. YCW criteria states that candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 30 years, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have refugee status in Canada; legally entitled to work in Canada; and have graduated within the past 24 months.

Apply with Cover Letter and CV by September 25, 2017, to:

Kaitlin Normandin

Executive Director

Old Log Church Museum

logchurch@klondiker.com

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Museum Hackathon-Yukon 2017: Call for Participants

We're excited to be participating in this year's Museum Hackathon-Yukon! From September 22nd - 24th, a multidisciplinary team will "hack" the OLCM using new technology and interpretive approaches. Are you involved in the arts and culture sector, a museum/heritage professional, a computer engineer, coder, A/V technician, or game designer? We want to hear from you! Assistance with travel and accomodation is available. 

Robin's Redemption

Hold on to your hats, Whitehorse, because have we got a show for you! The very talented folks from Live History are coming to town to take you back in time to 1906... 

The revered Bishop Bompas has passed away. He promised to leave the remainder of his estate to a good cause, but in his own mysterious way. As an esteemed member of the congregation, you have been invited to attend the funeral reception, presided over by popular missionary Isaac Stringer. The recently deceased has sent each of you odd clues, letters and objects, and it is up to you to solve the puzzle. However, the funeral reception is soon interrupted by Robin, who used to frequent the streets of Whitehorse, begging for change or food. Robin was often avoided by members of the community, and eventually faded from the city's memory. Bishop Bompas was the only person who understood Robin's unique personality and views on the world. But now, you will join forces to find a hidden treasure, and set Robin free...

Performances on Friday, June 16th, at 6 pm and 8 pm; Saturday, June 17th, at 4 pm and 6 pm. Adult tickets are $20, seniors $15, and youth (13+) $10. Tickets available on Eventbrite. All proceeds go to the Old Log Church Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

Around the Kitchen Table Artist Talk

We invite you to join us on Saturday, January 14th, at 7 PM as we discuss the collaborative process, constraints, and how we came together to create the museum installation "Around the Kitchen Table" - the presentation of a treasured artifact in an innovative and interactive way through an audiovisual installation create by the multidisciplinary group History Hackers. Free admission and hot beverages to take the chill off! 

Exhibit Opening

On Thursday September 8, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30 pm the Old Log Church Museum hosted the opening reception of a new exhibit, ‘The Exham Years: The Church, Art and Life in Old Crow, 1965-1969.

Working on behalf of the Diocese of Yukon, Anglican minister, Reverend Kenah Exham and his wife Beth-Anne Exham lived and worked in Old Crow from 1965 to 1969. During this time they acquired many fine examples of Gwich’in artwork. This is the story of daily life in Old Crow during that time as seen by Mrs. Exham. In particular, the art and the people who made it.

 The exhibit was made possible with funding from Government of Yukon, Tourism & Culture, Museum’s Unit, Special Projects and Economic Development, Community Development Fund.

Midnight Arts developed the exhibit for the Old Log Church Museum in partnership with the Vuntut Gwitchin. The website will also be on display at the John Tizya Centre in Old Crow.

Elaine Taylor, Minister of Tourism & Culture YG, Dorothy Frost, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Samantha Shannon, Executive Director, and Beth-Anne Exham officially opened the exhibit.