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Museum Communications and Programming Assistant

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

Website dalnavertmuseum Friends Of Dalnavert Museum Inc.

Deadline: April 24, 2024

Start date: May 8, 2024

End date: August 27, 2024

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

Dalnavert Museum is seeking a Museum Communications and Programming Assistant for the summer period. This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring museum professionals seeking to gain practical experience in a busy history museum as well as those interested in museum interpretation and communications, program development and delivery, and wider museum operations. The successful candidate will work closely with our Museum Services Manager and management team to implement the museum’s communications strategies, assist in the creation and implementation of interpretive programming, deliver exceptional visitor experiences via tours and other activities, and contribute to Dalnavert Museum’s mission to promote and protect this National Historic site in critically engaging and challenging ways. Professional development opportunities, including training and mentorship delivered by members of Dalnavert’s Board, will be provided in an effort to assist the successful candidate plan their career goals.

The primary tasks to be undertaken by the Museum Communications and Programming Assistant are as follows:

  • Work with the museum team to deliver our Communications Plan including coordination and creation of newsletters, website and social media content, and the creation of promotional marketing materials as required; contribute to communication planning meetings as required.
  • Work with the museum team to deliver summer programs, including programs related to Dalnavert’s 50th anniversary, as well as contributing to the design and development of future programs.
  • Deliver exceptional frontline visitor services, including providing tours and other recurring programs, processing admissions and shop sales, and responding to visitor enquiries as needed.
  • Contribute to daily museum operations including assisting with volunteer support, setting event spaces, ensuring health and safety procedures are being followed, and other standard museum operation duties as required.
  • Develop an understanding of the basics of museum collection care; liaise with the collections team to develop engaging content related to artefacts and/or collections practices to be used to promote the museum and its activities

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

  • Upper-level University or College education in any of the following areas is preferred: Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Information Technology, Education, Museum Studies, Humanities (History, Canadian Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Art History, and Fine Arts), or demonstrable skills and experience drawn from a relevant professional sphere
  • Experience in use of common design tools, multimedia, and related equipment/software strongly desired (e.g. Website development, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Digital Audio Recording/Editing).
    Experience with popular social media platforms (especially Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok) in a professional sphere a requirement (can including relevant volunteer experience) and can be demonstrated with sample work; experience with social media as a brand tool an asset.
  • Program delivery experience and/or ability to demonstrate relevant skills/experiences in a related area (project management and delivery etc).
  • Demonstrated interest in Canadian historical perspectives, e.g. social and political history, built heritage, material culture, interpretation and story-telling.
  • Computer proficiency, including standard tools such as MS Office.
  • Experience working with digital photography is an asset.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential, French and/or additional language skills (including ASL and Indigenous languages) an asset.
  • Excellent oral, communication and organizational skills, accuracy, attention to detail, friendly, open to learning, self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team.

Note: Availability to work weekends and occasional evenings is a requirement.

Interviews are expected to take place in late-April 2024 with a view to the role beginning in early- to mid-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);
  • 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 or call 204.943.2835.

Interested applicants may email a résumé and cover letter on or before 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2024 to 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.

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