Current Employment Opportunities

Education Program Leader/Tour Guide (14 weeks, 35 hrs/week) 

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is seeking to hire a motivated individual to join our staff team as a Tour Guide/Docent at the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village from May - August 2023.  Anchored by its collection of artifacts, the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village connects the history of Pembroke and area with contemporary life by telling compelling stories through exhibitions and programming for all ages.

Duties include:

- Provide informed tours of the museum and pioneer village to the public

- Planning and leading the museum’s day camp

- Assist with planning and presenting any other programs/events

- Assist with managing the Museums social media pages (ie. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

- Providing customer service to visitors

- Clean and maintain museums physical plant, grounds and exhibits

- Act as good ambassadors for the museum and historical society

- Assist with planning virtual presentations and lending out Museum in a Box Education kits if required

- Other duties as required

 Qualifications:

This job is suited to a University or college student from a liberal arts field, i.e. history, education, museum studies, social sciences, geography, etc.   

Ability to multi-task

Advanced experience using Microsoft Office and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter)

Good public speaking and organizational skills

An interest in history and heritage in the community

The student must have a drivers license with access to a car.

Must be a full-time student this past spring and returning to full-time studies in the fall Bilingualism is a definite asset

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer, and will consider all applications with relevant qualifications.  Final decisions on employment are based on the merit of the applicant. 

The job will take place in the beautiful City of Pembroke which is located in the heart of the Upper Ottawa valley and is an hour and a half drive from our nation’s capital Ottawa.  Check out the Museums website www.champlaintrailmuseum.com and the City of Pembroke’s website www.pembroke.ca.

Wage is $15.50 an hour.

Resumes with covering letters will be accepted until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only individuals short-listed for interviews will be contacted. We encourage students who apply to create a Young Canada Works profile on the YCW website. https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/.  

Email applications to:

Julia Klimack, Museum Administrator, Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 6Z2. Email: admin@champlaintrailmuseum.com.

Artifacts Collection Assistant (12 weeks, 35 hrs/week)

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is seeking to hire a motivated student to join our staff team as an Artifact Collection Assistant at the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village, Pembroke and area’s community Museum, from June to September, 2023. Anchored by its collection of artifacts, the Champlain Trail Museum connects the history of Pembroke and area with contemporary life by telling compelling stories through exhibitions and programming for all ages.

Duties of the position include:

  • Accession backlogged artifacts and put them into storage or into an exhibit, this involves listing artifacts in the accession register book, filling out artifact worksheets, creating a physical accessions file for the accession, inputting the artifacts in that accession into the Pastperfect collections software, numbering the artifacts and putting them in storage or on display and then recording that location on Pastperfect
  • Research locations for outreach exhibits in the community and make a list of possible locations
  • Make a list of artifacts for #WhatisitWednesdays social media posts, take pictures of these artifacts if needed and schedule posts through Facebook Business Suite to Facebook and Instagram
  • record temperature and humidity once a week in designated areas of the Museum
  • use Pastperfect to put artifact records on the Museums website for people to see online
  • develop a list of WWI artifacts in the collection
  • assist in providing tours of the Museum to the general public and renting out Museum in Box kits when needed
  • cleaning and maintenance of the four Museum artifact storage areas on a weekly basis
  • Research locations for small outreach exhibits in the community
  • other duties as required

Qualifications:

This job is suited to a University or college student from a community/social studies field, i.e. museum studies, history, etc.   Preference will be given to a student enrolled in a Museum studies program.  As this job includes a fair amount of computer work, the successful candidate would have excellent organization skills, a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, be familiar with digital photography and have excellent social media skills. Database entry skills are also considered an asset.

Ability to multi-task

Good public speaking skills

An interest in history and heritage

Experience working in a Museum is an asset but not necessary

Research skills

Must be a full-time student this past spring and returning to full-time studies in the fall.  Bilingualism is a definite asset.

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer, and will consider applications from all qualified candidates.  Final decisions on employment are based on the merit of the applicant.

We encourage students who apply to create a Young Canada Works profile on the YCW website. https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/

The job will take place in the beautiful City of Pembroke which is located in the heart of the Upper Ottawa valley and is an hour and a half drive from our nation’s capital Ottawa.  Check out the Museums website www.champlaintrailmuseum.com and the City of Pembroke’s website www.pembroke.ca.

Wage is $15.00 an hour.

Resumes with covering letters will be accepted until date to be announced for 2023.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only individuals short-listed for interviews will be contacted.  Email applications to:

Julia Klimack, Museum Administrator, Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 6Z2. Email: admin@champlaintrailmuseum.com.

Tour Guide/Education Program Assistant (9 weeks, 30 hrs/week for college/university student or high school student) 

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is seeking to hire a motivated individual to work as a Tour Guide/Education Program Assistant at the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village from June - August 2023

Duties include:
- Provide informed bilingual tours of the museum and pioneer village to the public including members of the francophone community
- Assist with presenting cultural and science-based activities in the Museum’s Kids Day program 
- Assist with integrating community garden activities into the Kid Days program
- Clean and maintain the museum building and exhibits
- Assist visitors with requests for information about tourism in the city of Pembroke and the outlying rural area
- Act as a good ambassador in cultural tourism for the museum and historical society
- Help manage the Museums social media accounts during the busy summer season
- Help with maintaining the grounds and buildings so that they are attractive to Museum visitors
- Other duties as required

Qualifications: 
This job is suited to a University or college student from the fields of history, early childhood education, teaching, Museum studies, Urban Forestry, etc.  The Museum may consider high school students with relevant experience as well. Advanced experience using Microsoft Office and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter)

Good public speaking and organizational skills
An interest in history and heritage in the community
Must be a full-time student this past spring and returning to full-time studies in the fall

Bilingualism is a definite asset

Wage is $15.00 an hour.

Resumes with covering letter will be accepted until the position is filled.  The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer, and will consider all applications with relevant qualifications.  Final decisions on employment are based on the merit of the applicant.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only individuals short-listed for interviews will be contacted. 

Send applications to: 
Julia Klimack, Museum Administrator, Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 6Z2. Email : admin@champlaintrailmuseum.com.

The position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs grant funding. 

Museum Maintenance Technician (10 weeks, 30 hrs/week) 

The Museum is seeking a motivated individual to join our staff team to work as a Maintenance Technician this Summer.  This position will start on May 2023 (date to be announced) and will be 10 weeks long with the possibility of this term being extended.

Responsible for maintaining Museum buildings and large artifacts, cleaning sheds and  agricultural artifacts in sheds as needed so that they are attractive for visitors to see

- Organizing collections areas and exhibits in the outdoor agriculture shed according to Museum standards  

- Repairing signage and benches outside the Museum

- Maintaining grounds to a high standard for tours and special events. Since the Museum is a tourist destination there is a direct connection to the local priority of tourism. 

- Maintaining the Museum grounds also has a connection to forestry as the student would be assisting with trimming trees and bushes on the property  

- The student would be called upon to provide information about the Museum and tourism in the Pembroke area to tourists that visit the Museum

- The student will be helping to plant a community garden for the Museum with heritage type plants that would have been grown by early settlers.  This has a direct connection with the environment as a local priority.

- the student will help with setting up environmental based activities in the children's program

- Other duties as required

Qualifications:
- High school student or College or University Forestry or Botany student or from a related program. College diploma program in small engine repair. 
- Knowledge of gardening and landscaping techniques an asset as well as the ability to safely operate power equipment such as lawn tractors and mowers.
- Good physical condition.
- Reliable, flexible, punctual and responsible
- Ability to multi-task.
- Good team player with ability to work on their own with minimal supervision
- Some knowledge of carpentry, painting and small engines would also be an advantage.
- Interest in history and heritage in the community
- Returning to full-time studies in the fall

Wage is $15.00 an hour.

Resumes with covering letter will be accepted until the position is filled.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only individuals short-listed for interviews will be contacted.  Send applications to: 
Julia Klimack, Museum Administrator, Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 6Z2. Email: admin@champlaintrailmuseum.com.

The position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs.

Education Program Assistant (8 weeks, 20 hrs/week for a high school student) 

Good public speaking and organizational skills
An interest in history and heritage in the community
Must be a full-time student this past spring and returning to full-time studies in the fall

Send applications to: 
Julia Klimack, Museum Administrator, Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 6Z2. Email : admin@champlaintrailmuseum.com.

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society

Requires a Full-Time

Director-Curator for the Champlain Trail Museum (POSITION FILLED)

Qualifications

  • Graduate of a postsecondary Museum Studies Program with experience in a museum setting an asset.
  • Experience in preparing and submitting applications for funding from municipal, provincial and federal government sources and local foundations and maintaining financial documentation for each grant received.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as position requires interaction with the public, student staff, volunteers and Board of Directors.
  • Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet operation, and publishing program. Familiarity with the Past Perfect database program for artifact accessioning would be an asset.

Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the overall operation of the museum and coordinate the activities of all staff and volunteers.  Provide training and support as needed.
  • Attend Board and committee meetings and report on the activities and plans for the museum.
  • Prepare and submit all necessary applications for financial assistance and reports as required by municipal, provincial and federal governments and research additional grant opportunities as they may apply to the museum.
  • Develop schedule for upgrade or change of both permanent and temporary exhibits and schedule special exhibits in conjunction with community festivals and events.
  • Become familiar with our Strategic Plan as it pertains to the growth and development of the museum.
  • Liaise with treasurer and accountant in maintaining financial records of individual projects and activities.
  • Provide direction in the development of press releases and social media announcements.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of becoming permanent.  Salary range is $40,000 - $45,000 but will be based on qualifications and experience

Please send your resume to: The Board of Directors

       Ottawa Valley Historical Society

                                               1032 Pembroke Street East

                                               Pembroke, Ontario    K8A 6Z2

                                               EMAIL:  sywhitmore@nrtco.net

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