Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia
Job title: Archives Intern
Duration: 30 hours per week, Monday – Thursday for 22 weeks
Start and end dates: October 10, 2017 – March 14, 2018
Hourly wage: $18/hour
The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia (JMABC), administered by The Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia (JHSBC), is seeking an Archives Intern for the second phase of the processing of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region (CJCPR) fonds. The internship will commence October 16th, 2017 and end March 6th, 2018 (20 paid work weeks, plus Jewish and statutory holidays). As part of the mandate of the JMABC, the archives documents, acquires and preserves archival records, thereby safeguarding the history of the Jewish community of British Columbia. As the JMABC’s work place and visitor base is largely English speaking, the language for the project is English. The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is administered by The Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia (JHSBC) and is located in the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture in Vancouver, BC.
Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region fonds
The Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region fonds (ca. 1969-2001) consists of approximately 32 metres of textual records relating to the administration and operations of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region. Also included are records generated by CJC committees on such matters as Jewish education and culture, the Holocaust, parliamentary affairs, community relations, immigration, kashrut, right-wing organizations operating in Canada and a host of other areas of concern to the Jewish community. The JMABC completed phase one of processing the Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region fonds in 2016-2017 with the work of a YCW intern and hopes to successfully complete phase two in 2017-2018. As the CJCPR fonds is the single largest fonds within the JMABC it was necessary for the project to be broken into phases, with general arrangement and box listings having been created in phase one. Now onto phase two, the fonds are ready for file-level arrangement, description, and the creation of a finding aid to be available online. This second phase will also see the completion of rehousing all the materials to acid-free folders and archival boxes.
The first meeting of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) took place in Montreal on March 16-19, 1919. In 1934 CJC operations in British Columbia began. The office, however, was officially part of the larger Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Region that included all of the three Prairie Provinces plus British Columbia. In 1949 Esmond Lando, the President of the British Columbia office of the CJC, presented the 1949 Plenary Assembly with a resolution calling for the creation of a separate Pacific Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The petition was granted and the separation of the B.C. office from the Western Region took place in that same year.
The Pacific Region office of Canadian Jewish Congress represents the Jewish community throughout British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It acts as the representative body to all levels of government and non-government groups in the region. It promotes inter-group relations and the growth of a spirit of toleration, understanding and goodwill between all segments of society. It combats anti-Semitism and racism. It is committed to preserving and strengthening Jewish life throughout the province and territories. It stresses the centrality of Israel for Jews and Judaism and fosters concern for the status of Jewish communities abroad.
The ideal candidate for the Archives Intern at the JMABC will have:
-A demonstrated interest in working in an archival or heritage institution shown through previous volunteer or paid work experiences and/or an academic background in a related field such as history, anthropology, museum studies, library studies or archival studies. Preferences may be given to recent graduates of Archival Studies programs.
-Basic computer skills and will be comfortable working independently at a computer station. Any experience working with databases or digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop will be considered an asset.
-Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal.
-An enthusiastic attitude.
In addition to the above qualifications, all candidates must meet the following requirements dictated by the Young Canada Works program:
-Must be a recent graduate of an accredited post-secondary institution. A recent graduate is defined as an individual who has graduated from college or university within the last twenty-four months.
-Must be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
-Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
-Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada.
-Must be registered in the YCW candidate inventory.
-Must be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment.
-Must not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.
-Must not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW.
-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.
This position is dependent upon receipt of funding through the Young Canada Works, administered by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN). Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for this position.
The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.
Applicants must apply with a resume and cover-letter by the application deadline. The application deadline for the Archives Intern Position is 6 pm, Sunday September 24th 2017.
Applications to be e-mailed to:
Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist