YHMA seeks a Communications and Programming Coordinator (Internship)!


Gain valuable work experience with Yukon heritage organizations!

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association, the George Johnston Museum and the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre are teaming up to provide an intensive 6-month internship. The intern will spend time with each institution and undertake a variety of activities designed to increase their understanding of how museum operations relate to one another and the function of museums within a broader social and economic context. The intern will gain practical experience in the areas of communications, interpretation, exhibit development, and collections management as they are exposed to daily museum operations and the overall activities of the Yukon museums sector. Additional opportunities for professional development and networking will be identified and explored with the successful candidate.

The ideal candidate will be a Canadian citizen who is an unemployed or underemployed post-secondary graduate (within the past 24 months) in museum studies/museology, curatorial or collections studies, art studies, conservation, arts administration, heritage conservation, communication, education or a related field of study. The successful candidate will have experience in the management and operation of a cultural organization, conservation, planning, program development, collections management, communications or a combination of these. Candidates do not require experience in all tasks included in the internship, but should be self-motivated, well-organized, able to multi-task and enjoy learning.

The ideal candidate is a engaged, energetic individual who is looking for an intensive, iterative early career experience. As the successful candidate will be interacting with the public and stakeholders, strong interpersonal skills and a friendly disposition are considered strong assets. Candidates should be comfortable working in small towns, and be open to and respectful of cultural sensitivities: the ideal candidate will appreciate this opportunity to gain a better understanding of Tlingit culture and living and working in remote northern communities.

Candidates will require excellent computer skills, specifically Word, Excel and online research capabilities. Familiarity with database operation, social media and website management is considered an asset, however training will be provided.

The internship will take place in Whitehorse and Teslin: candidates should have access to a vehicle for the duration of their internship. Candidates must reside in either the Whitehorse or Teslin area, or be willing to relocate to both communities for the duration of the internship. Assistance in locating housing and transportation will be provided.

The internship welcomes participation from equity groups and is an equal opportunity employer. As this position is funded through the Young Canada Works- Building Careers in Heritage program, the successful applicant must meet the program’s eligibility requirements, found here: www.youngcanadaworks.ca

Job Term (approximately): June 15, 2015 to December 11, 2015 (26 weeks)
Wages: $18-21/hour, dependent on experience

Apply by e-mail with cover letter and CV to info@heritageyukon.ca by 5:00pm, May 25, 2015.

Applications may also be mailed to: Yukon Historical & Museums Association, 3126 Third Avenue, Whitehorse YT, Y1A 1E7