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Digitization Intern

  • Contract
  • Full-time
  • Term
  • Winnipeg, MB

Website dalnavertmuseum Friends Of Dalnavert Museum Inc.

Deadline: April 24, 204

Start date: May 8, 2024

End date: August 27, 2024

$17.00/hour, 30 hours/week (Wednesday-Sunday)

Friends of Dalnavert Museum are seeking a Digitization Intern to assist us in digitizing our collection to help us make the history of Dalnavert, Winnipeg, and the Victorian era accessible to our community. They will photograph the museum’s collection and work with the collections database accordingly. The Digitization Intern will also have opportunities to document the digitization process to share with the Dalnavert community on social media and through programming. They will assist Dalnavert Museum’s Collections Registrar in the care and preservation of the Museum’s extensive collection. Digitization duties will be interspersed with some daily operational duties that will include the occasional delivery of guest services at the reception desk, house tours, delivering and supporting programs and events, and supporting our volunteers.

Friends of Dalnavert Museum is the registered charity that owns and operates Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre, located at 61 Carlton St. in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dalnavert is the restored 1895 home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Sir John A. Macdonald, and his family. Our mission is to preserve and maintain the museum’s buildings, grounds, and collection; to present engaging programs and exhibits that interpret the history of the house and Winnipeg’s rich heritage for visitors; and to develop partnerships and programming that make Dalnavert a cultural centre for city residents.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Digital photography: photographing artifacts and researching best practices about the photography of artifacts; editing photographs using Adobe Creative Cloud and other software
  • Collections management support: photographing and documenting of artifacts; assist in developing new ways to make Dalnavert Museum’s collection more accessible to the public
  • Preventative conservation support: helping to implement our environmental and pest management control programs, as well as ensuring the preservation of our historic house by helping implement our collections care program
  • Delivering programs and heritage house and garden tours for members and public; assisting with community programs (lectures/presentations/panels/readings) that serve diverse community groups in Winnipeg

Candidates interested in this position should demonstrate the following education, experience and skills:

  • Upper-level University or College education in any of the following areas is preferred: Collections Management, Museum Studies, Humanities (History, Canadian Studies, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Art History, and Fine Arts, especially photography)
  • Demonstrated interest in Canadian historical perspectives is an asset: e.g., social and political history, built heritage, material culture, interpretation and story-telling, immigration, reconciliation
  • Experience working with artefacts and digital photography
  • Experience in museums an asset
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, and databases is preferred
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, and the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of French or an additional language is an asset
  • First Aid/CPR training and Smart Choices certification are assets
  • Physical dexterity to handle collection artifacts by hand
  • Ability to work independently
  • Availability to work weekends and occasional evenings required
  • Physical demands or this position include sitting at a desk, using a computer, climbing stairs, and standing for an hour or more at a time

Interviews will be conducted in late April 2024 with a view to the role beginning by early May 2024. Candidates may be required to show proof of a clear Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry Check.

This position is dependent upon funding approval from the Young Canada Works program. Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should be registered in the YCW in Heritage Organizations candidate job bank and must meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • unemployed or underemployed;
  • are a high school, college, CEGEP or university student.
  • not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW.

Note: Priority will be given to students that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.

The Friends of Dalnavert Museum Inc. welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified students. Priority hiring will be given to those from groups that have been historically marginalized, including, but not limited to: women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, LGBT2S+ individuals, and individuals with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the hiring process more accessible. For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact Museum Services Manager, Samantha Machado, at sam@dalnavertmuseum.ca or call 204.943.2835.

Interested applicants may email a résumé and cover letter by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday April 24, 2024 to sam@dalnavertmuseum.ca. Please indicate that you meet the funder criteria as outlined above. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to info@dalnavertmuseum.ca.

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