Help Wanted: Archives Intern – JHS

Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia

Job title: Archives Intern 2

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 Assistant for the first phase of the processing of the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia fonds. The internship will commence October 10th, 2017 and end March 14th, 2018 (22 paid work weeks, including 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.


Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia fonds

The parent body of the JMABC, the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia was officially founded on January 25th 1971 by a small group of community members who wanted to collect and safe-guard their community history. Originally a grass-roots organization the JMABC is the preeminent and authoritative body for the collection and sharing of community memory of Jewish life in British Columbia.  The JHSBC fonds comprise 38 linear metres of boxes, containing textual records, photographs, cassettes, videos, and other audio-visual materials, as well as artefacts. The fonds includes administrative and operational records from the JHSBC from 1970 forward, as well as photographs and oral histories collected from some of the community’s first members.


The JHSBC fonds track the rise of the society from a research focused historical society run entirely through volunteer force to a professional organization with a provincial presence, full time staff, and a community archive covering more than 150 years of history and 315 linear metres of material, 300,000 photographs and negatives, and more than 780 oral histories.


The society has published The Scribe since 1979, among many other works of non-fiction, including An Enterprising Life: Leonard Frank Photographs 1895-1944 and Bridges of Light: Otto Landauer of Leonard Frank Photos, 1945-1980. The research behind these and many other projects would become available to the public through the completion of phase 2 (expected 2019).


As the JMABC and JHSBC near their 50th anniversary the importance of processing the JHSBC fonds has become highlighted, and the completion of this two phase project would allow for both increased research access and a retrospective look at this longstanding community organization.



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