Now Hiring – Archives Intern

Job title: Archives Intern

Duration: 30 hours per week, Monday – Thursday for 20 weeks

Start and end dates: October 29th 2019 – March 12th 2020

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 JMABC Archives Accessibility Project, working to process and make available family fonds in the archives. This contract position will commence October 28th 2019 and end March 12th 2020 approximately (20 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.

This project will focus on processing and providing collection-level access to approximately 20 archival collections currently held in the JMABC backlog, thereby building towards a goal of improving the discoverability and accessibility of the JMABC archival holdings.

These unprocessed collections are comprised largely of small family fonds, and include materials such as correspondence, photographs, and regional memorabilia. This backlog of collections is only processed on an ad-hoc basis, relying largely on the efforts of volunteers. By hiring an Archives Intern this project will be systematically undertaken, ensuring not only its completion, but also consistency in the results. The Archives Intern will be responsible for processing these collections, including appraisal, arrangement, description, and the creation of  finding aids, which will then be made available through the JMABC’s online database, AtoM (Access to Memory). The successful completion of this project will result in a significant reduction in the current backlog, allowing the archives to continue to pursue large archival donations, as well as continued digitization efforts.

The archival collections included in this project are family fonds, with many community leaders’ personal lives being represented within the collections, and also feature a large number of photographs and audio-visual materials that require appraisal and preservation activities. Upon the completion of this project finding aids will greatly enhance the public accessibility of these collections, as well as improving the internal ability to prioritize collections for digitization and exhibition. Select items from each fonds may be digitized to enhance the JMABC’s AtoM digital assets.



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.  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 9 pm, Wednesday October 9th 2018.

Applications to be e-mailed to:

Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist