Is it really work if it’s this much fun?

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As I turn around and look out the window, there is gold shining off the branches of the giant pine tree, making the green which is becoming so vibrant from all the sunshine and melting snow glow. It is kind of a stunning sight really, with the enormous steam engine in black and red seeming tiny against the snow capped mountains that form a backdrop the length of the valley.

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This is not today, this was actually our early fall. But it’s almost always this beautiful. Except for that awkward muddy early early spring. Then it’s a little drab. but that’s about it.

I’m so excited to see that actually…once the weather warms up a little and the ground begins to dry, we will set to work on the usual: some spring cleaning will happen, things will be shifted about, moving into the new activity exhibit will begin…all of it out in the fresh air!

And then summer rolls around…ahhhhh summer…an especially interesting time…apart from the STUNNING setting (we are on a plateau overlooking the flats, an old flood plane now growing in a quilt like pattern of farm crops at the bottom of the valley), the season brings visitors from the world over, to wander, observe, learn, kill time, hunt for their favorite topics and artifacts, and to participate in programs and activities… almost all of them based off of playing with something! be it an artifact or a game revolving around the topic…we make ice cream, occasionally cook and bake goodies…we even have a giant tea party! Sometimes we even get our hands dirty with some garden tending.

 

Wouldn’t you like to spend your day in a place like this?

 

Well guess what.

I have good news for you.

You can.

It is almost spring, which means job postings for the summer students. So, consider this…a heads up to a job posting.

We are hoping to have openings for four (4) students for the summer. There are usually 2 positions that change every year depending on just what kind of projects we have going on, and two that generally stay for the most part the same.

-Programming Assistant

-Research Assistant

-Collections Assistant

-Community Liaison

I will now proceed to describe each position in great detail.

{just kidding.} but I will describe them.

 

NOW …

before we go any further…

A) These are FULL TIME (30-40hrs/week with some evenings and weekends) grant based positions, so we are still at this moment waiting for confirmation that we got the monies.

But…that being said…

B) are you…

-A Canadian Citizen or permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada?

-Legally entitled to work in Canada?

-Between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment?

-Finished the school term at the start of employment?

-(have you) been a full time student January-April 2016?

-Intending to return to full time studies in September 2016?

-Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment?

-(do you) not have another full time job (over 30hrs/week) over the summer?

If you answered ‘NO’ to any of the above questions, then feel free to keep reading because, well, it is a pretty fantastic and hilarious piece of writing even if I do say so my self… but you probably won’t be a good fit for the grants considering how stickly they are.

Sorry.

Buuuuuutttt….If you answered ‘YES‘ to the above questions, then carry on and see what exhilarating and fulfilling opportunities possibly maybe could potentially await you!

 

Programming Assistant:

Ahhhh yes…the programming assistant…-sneaky muahahaha-. The summer programming assistant will be working closely with ME!!

*ahem* [best infomercial voice]

Are you a great multi-tasker? Do you like working with people? Do you like to have fun? Then this is the job for you!

*ahem* [back to my normal voice]

lol…I jest; although there is some truth to my ridiculousness.

Multi tasking…YES. This job requires some serious multi-tasking super powers. The successful candidate will be responsible for multiple events, in addition to planning, preparing, and delivering weekly programming, both on and off site.

First up: Kids Day

This is an annual summer opening event that we have, where children are free to participate in a courtyard full of pioneer themed activities. It is loud, and it can get messy, and it is a total blast! not to mention there is ice cream and lemonade. because obviously if there is a summer event you neeeeed to have ice cream and lemonade. There is also…

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THE NOODLE CABIN…

It is a great way to get your feet wet in the responsibilities of the position. You will organize the activities, work with the community liaison to get out advertising and see that as many new faces show up at the event as possible, recruit and organize volunteers, and float through the event, making sure all goes smooth, chat with parents {you know, schmooze the public to get them to come back for more events *winkwink*}

Some other responsibilities you will/may have include…

Annual Afternoon Tea…this years theme is the Dirty Thirties…so basically we all get to dress like hobos! Your job will be to plan, arrange, script write, menu plan…everything required to pull off the museums signature event. It sounds like a lot, but it actually isn’t all that bad, and you will have some help.

Weekly Programming…So we have a bunch of programs that run through the week that attempt (and gloriously succeed if i may say so) to turn history from being boring to being fun. This includes a walking tour of down town and a bus tour of more than the downtown; one you have lots of big old pictures and discover awesome and ridiculous stories about the buildings and downtown, and the other you get to put on your best acting face and dress up and channel a character from 100 years ago, and lead our orchard industry game (basically the game of life but awesome-ized), and organize with local orchardists and farmers to do tours of their operations after the awesome-ized game of life like game.

 

*BACK TO JAMES EARL JONES VOICE*

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL

*POSSESS SUPERIOR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

(or… perhaps… not superior; but, at the very least…great…or if not great, you’re willing to learn to real fast)

*IS A VERY RESPONSIBLE PERSON

*AND ALSO FANTASTIC AT TIME MANAGEMENT

because there is lots of…things…to…be responsible…for…

like time management. and being self motivated.

*ARE A VERY. ADAPTABLE. PERSON.

Because here, days most often go the way of a toddlers brain. One minute, you will be doing something wonderfully peacefully out in the gazebo, typing away at your project…and then…it happens… 😐 the hectic, chaotic stampeding herd of patrons…and children running, and seniors senioring, and people…peopling……and just like that you have to drop everything! and do smiley happy tour stuff. And then…like a desert rain…as fast as it appeared, it disappears, and then all is once again quiet. And your fingers fly as fast as they can to make up for all the lost time. Will the tourists flood the place again…or will it stay calm…

Adaptable.

*WORK WELL WITH OTHERS.

AND PROBLEM SOLVING.

*AND SOMETIMES WORK WELL WITH OTHERS TO PROBLEM SOLVE

*it happens more than you’d think.

 

oh. and also; having at least a little bit of understanding/ability to speak french would be a fantastic asset. fantastic.

 

Research Assistant:

This. This most highly coveted of positions…

**Angels singing**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This…the position where you have access to the climate controlled archive room in the dead of summer…

you, lucky recipient… will be the source of much, much envy.

 

Are you part awesome-story-and-buried-information-sniffing bloodhound?

Do you enjoy spouting random trivia and suddenly becoming the most extremely interesting person to anyone and everyone?

Is it your goal in life to get as much attention on social media as possible?

THEN HEY!!

it looks like you should apply!

Apart from having the position that means you get to spend time in the air-conditioned concrete vault; the Research Assistant will be responsible for creating the Museums famous ‘On This Day’ posts for Facebook [they are kind of a big deal], as well as adding to our online exhibit {it’s on the Great War. It’s pretty cool.}

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL…

BE FANTASTICALLY SELF MOTIVATED AND AND ABLE TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY IN A COOL ENVIRONMENT WHILST OTHERS ARE SLAVING OUTSIDE IN THE HEAT

-ALSO BE FANTASTICALLY SELF MOTIVATED AND ABLE TO WORK IN A TEAM ENVIRONMENT IN A NOT COOL ENVIRONMENT SLAVING OUTSIDE IN THE HEAT WITH THE REST OF THE GANG

-BE PROFICIENT WITH THEIR COMPUTER, SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS, AND WIT. ESPECIALLY WIT.

-BE WILLING AND EXCITED TO LEARN NEW SKILLS AND INFORMATION

-ABLE TO DELIVER SUPPORT TO STAFF AND PUBLIC  WITH A SMILE

 

You don’t have to have a ton of knowledge of history, or local history. We have a clicker and lots of chocolate, we will train you. But, if you are looking for a career in museums or heritage {obviously}, education, writing or journalism [there is a lot of writing], or a study related to that career this will be a fantastic stepping stone for you!

 

Community Liaison:

CALLING ALL SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES!!!

SOOOOOOOOOCIAL BUTTERFLIES!!

ALLLLLLLL SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES!

RIGHT HERE!! YUP! OVER HERE!!

……..i just might have a job for you………….

 

YOU GET TO DECORATE AND RIDE A PARADE FLOAT!!! WHICH MIGHT ACTUALLY JUST BE A RESTORED 1921 MODEL T  WITH PRETTIES ALL OVER IT. BUT YOU GET TO RIDE IN AN ALMOST CENTURY OLD VEHICLE. SO… SWEET.

You know what else is sweet about this job? You, you lucky…person…student…umm…whatever you are…YOU get to deliver tours to fantastic and wonderful tourists (actually…uhh… mostly doing this), whilst preparing and designing exhibits and presentations…and presenting those presentations…also creating presentation kits…to present presentations…

and you get to work with community groups including new arrivals and ESL families. How cool is that. Not to mention that you get to go out (possibly even around town) and network with businesses and people; and social media.I used social media as a verb because in this context it is. and verbs are actions. Because it’s a thing that you will do.  you get paid…to social media.

If that isn’t social butterfly fodder, I honestly don’t know what is.

SO YOU WONDERFULLY SOCIALLY ADEPT BEING…

IF YOU HAVE A PERMANENT SMILE PLASTERED TO YOUR FACE AND MAKE FRIENDS EVERYWHERE YOU TURN EVEN IF THEY JUST GRAVITATE TO YOU LIKE DOGS TO A MAILMAN WEARING LADY GAGA’S MEAT DRESS WHETHER YOU WANT THEM TO OR NOT AND ARE A TACTFUL CHATTERBOX WHO SOMEHOW LOOPS EVERYONE ELSE INTO CHATTER BOXING AND COMMUNICATING AND NETWORKING THEN THIS IS YOUR CALLING!!!!!!

 

Collections Assistant: 

WELL NOW if this ain’t the mini M&M’s of the candy coated chocolate world…

(don’t EVEN try and argue with me on this one. they. are. the. very. best. …. that crunch to chocolate ratio…ahhhhhh….. ya. really… you will loose.)

So back to the job…it’s great.

See, after a period of time; museums tend to collect…a lot…of stuff…and, well…after so much time we need to do a heartless purge…we need someone to be super. A student… to be super.

A… SUPER STUDENT!

DO YOU HAVE A HIGHLY ANALYTICAL MIND AND/OR MILD ORGANIZATIONAL OCD? OR MODERATE ORGANIZATIONAL OCD? OR EVEN EXCESSIVE ORGANIZATIONAL OCD?

I’M BEING MILDLY DRAMATIC. [you don’t even have to have OCD.] BUT IF YOU DON’T THEN ENJOYING SYSTEMATICALLY AND MERCILESSLY TURFING THINGS THAT JUST DON’T MAKE THE CUT WOULD BE A FANTASTIC ASSET.

we’ve got you.

This is actually an extremely unique job, and pretty darn cool. You get to be part Sherlock Holmes (if you want to wear the hat and carry around a magnifying glass we won’t judge you. in fact, we may very well just give you a knowing head nod as we casually pass, all secret society like. it could be cool.), because another part of the job is being all investigatey and find the missing artifacts and clean up/organize the database in order to manage and sort the collections for our brand new storage project.

So if you are physically fit (because you will be lifting stuff and moving furniture and snuffling around in dusty areas and climbing stairs and stepladders in your Sherlock Holmes hat), like to solve puzzles, (ahem…that is…like to solve problems), and want a full time summer job that is more fun than waiting tables and looks WAAAAAAAY better on a resume, and are good with people of all ages (so no running away and screaming and hiding when seniors or children or people your age or slightly older or slightly younger or any combination thereof come your way looking to communicate or otherwise interact)

then you should indeed apply.

yesterday.

 

 

 

So if one of these opportunities is calling out to you, then you can either drop a resume& coverletter in person at the office, or email it to crestonmuseum@telus.net. It’s that easy.