Job Position – Archives Assistant

Job title: Archives Assistant

Organization name: Dartmouth Heritage Museum

Job location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Length of assignment: 2020-10-05 to 2021-03-31 (25.29 weeks)

Hourly wage: $16.00

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society (DHMS) manages the civic collection for the Halifax Regional Municipality. The Society acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the cultural, built and natural heritage of Dartmouth and environs for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.

The DHMS is seeking to hire a university graduate from a recognized archival or museum studies program who has excellent communication and organizational skills, computer skills (Windows, MS Office, Photoshop, Outlook and Internet), and a good work ethic. The candidate should be knowledgeable about local history, enjoy working independently and in a team environment and must be registered in the Young Canada Works Program.

The DHMS is an equal opportunity employer and follows the Government of Canada’s job equity criteria. The job will be advertised on the DHMS website, via social media and be circulated to job banks and career centers at universities, NGOs and government. Interviews will be conducted during regular business hours by the Manager-Curator, the Collections Manager and at least one DHMS board member. A criminal record check (reimbursed) will be required. Access to a vehicle recommended as work locations vary. 

The intern will work with the Collections Manager and museum volunteers to move, arrange and describe, digitize and create finding aids and exhibits based on the museum’s archival holdings. Work will focus on eight outcomes:

1) Digitization of the collection, particularly the Roy Reid fond (editorial cartoons), the Louis Billard fond (photographs) and our maps and plans collection.

2) Digitization of the printer block plates series of the John P. Martin fond. This part of the project will be in partnership with the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Dawson Print Shop. Our 275 printer plates will be cleaned and printed on acid free stock to create a finding aid, which will then be digitized.

3) Upload of finding aids, in Excel, to Memories Nova Scotia and Collective Access

4) The creation of two archival exhibits, one on Dartmouth industry & business and a second on a topic chosen by the intern in consultation with staff.

5) City of Dartmouth material will be pulled from the DHM collections and transferred to the Halifax City Archives.

6) Augmenting current and temporary exhibits in the museum buildings with archival material discovered during the project.

7) Creation of a monthly blog post for the website on the some aspect of the collections they are working on

8) Responding to and fulfilling research requests.

Who can apply:

An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

• are a 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);

• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• are unemployed or underemployed;

• are a college or university graduate;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Applicants should apply with CV and cover letter by October 1st, 2020 to Terry Eyland, Manager, at, or by mail to Dartmouth Heritage Museum, 26 Newcastle Street, Dartmouth, N.S., B2Y 3M5.