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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.


• 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