Archive Technician - YCW
This Internship is being offered at Puke Ariki which is situated in the city of New Plymouth located in Taranaki, New Zealand. Puke Ariki is a combined knowledge centre where museum, library and visitor information are shared to tell the stories of Taranaki. The Intern will be working in the Puke Ariki Heritage Team directly with the Curator Archives and will be under the management of the Manager Heritage Collections.
The six month Internship will focus on increasing the accessibility of a large number of court records from the New Plymouth Court for the period 1887 – c.1940. The court record collection consists of significant information on local individuals, families, Māori and properties, it is also contains important information on the social history of the province.
The collection will be assessed, arranged, described and catalogued as well as partially digitised. It is anticipated that this collection will have huge significance to the local community, and a portion of the project will include the opportunity to increase public awareness on the availability of the collection for research.
Over the course of the project the Intern will develop complex skills in archive practice, collection management and care and exhibition/public programme development. This will provide the Intern with professional practical skills to enable him/her to gain employment within the museum, archive or library sector.
Preferably the Intern will have studied history, museum studies, archives or record management, or a related field at Bachelors level or higher. Preferably the Intern will have experience with Microsoft Office applications and use of databases. The Intern will be able to think logically and have sound problem solving skills, be able to express himself/herself clearly in written and spoken English and be able to work undependably and part of a team. The Intern will also have a moderate level of fitness as the project will require manual tasks such as lifting.
Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program. The criteria are as follows:
1. be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
2. be legally entitled to work in Canada;
3. be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
4. be registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory (www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca);
5. be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
6. not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;
7. be an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
8. be a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months;
9. not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW;
10. must not have 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.
Salary: monthly stipend & international travel arrangements paid by the Canadian Museums Association, Young Canada Works Program.
Length of internship: 6 months (Must end on or before March 31, 2013)
Applications including Resume and Cover letter must be sent to:
Program Coordinator, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
Canadian Museums Association
cficnermuseums [dot] ca
Fax: (613) 233-5438
Application deadline: Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 12:00PM EDT