Summer Student Jobs

We're Hiring!

(and it could be you!)

The Creston Museum is now hiring summer students for full-time work, starting May 6 and going until August 25, 2018.

We hope to have four positions available this summer. Click on the tabs below for more details on each one. All are full-time jobs (40 hours per week); wage is $12.65 per hour plus 4% holiday pay.

These positions are funded by Young Canada Works. In order to apply, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;

  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

  • have finished the school term at the start of employment;

  • have been a full-time student January-April 2018;

  • intend to return to full-time studies in September 2018;

  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

  • not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) over the summer.

These are full time jobs (40 hours per week) from early May through to the end of August. Generally, that means we can only hire college or university students. If you are a high school student, you are welcome to apply IF your class and exam schedule will allow you to work roughly 9:00 - 5:00, five days a week in May and June.

To apply: 

Send your resume and cover letter to Tammy Bradford, Manager, at 219 Devon Street, Creston BC, V0B 1G3 or by email to

Do you like a challenge? Are you good at following a process to complete a complex task? Can you weigh the options and make tough decisions? Would you like to make a big contribution to your work place? Do you love to work with your hands as well as your mind?

Well, then, do we have the job for you!

As Collections Assistant, you will:
• Inventory individual shelves and storage bins, reorganising objects according to categories and preparing labels for shelves and storage bins;
• Ensure proper storage of all objects, in storage bins and on open shelving;
• Make recommendations for removing duplicate and unprovenanced objects from the collections, and dispose of those objects as recommended by the Board of Directors;
• Update database records for all objects;
• Present information about the objects and the Museum’s collections to Museum visitors;
• Work with volunteers, members of community organisations, and school groups to complete the tasks while providing learning, public engagement, and skill-building opportunities.

In addition we are looking for someone who:
• Demonstrate a very strong ability to successfully complete complex projects;
• Have excellent problem-solving abilities;
• Have high degree of familiarity with Microsoft Access and Excel to use the database and to generate lists and tables
• Be comfortable working with people of all ages, and enjoy working with the public.

You will spend some of your time at a computer preparing reports and doing database updates, but you need to know that this is NOT a desk job. It requires lifting boxes, moving furniture, working in dusty areas, and climbing stairs and stepladders, so you need to be physically able to do those tasks.

You love talking to people. You enjoy being in the spotlight, and love nothing better than to share your interests and enthusiasm with others. You’re creative, energetic, and fun to be around. You especially like helping people get involved, learn new things, and have a great time in the process.

Does this sound like you? Then you’re probably the person we want at the Creston Museum, as our Hands-on History Programmer.

When it comes to making local history fun and fascinating for visitors to the Creston Museum, the Hands-on History Programmer plays a pivotal role. You work with our programming co-ordinator to develop and deliver programs that range from week-long Pioneer Camps to our historically-themed Afternoon Tea. You also get to prepare special programs on request for schools and large groups, give guided tours of the Museum, host on- and off-site presentations on local history, and provide assistance in the creation of hands-on and interactive elements for exhibits. Many of the programs are delivered in character – so if you have always wanted to portray an historical figure, here’s your chance!

In addition to the basic Young Canada Works eligibility requirements, we want to hear from you if you are working towards a career in heritage interpretation, education, museum education, public programming, or similar fields. We want you to be creative! Not to mention self-motivated and enthusiastic, outgoing and confident, and since this is a VERY people-oriented job, you’ve got to LOVE working with people of all ages, especially children.

Other things we’re looking for:
• Some drama experience and/or previous experience providing in-character interpretation
• A very positive approach to visitor service
• A very strong ability to manage your time and to balance numerous tasks
• A love of history and a desire to share it with others, and a strong ability to make history fun and engaging to people of all ages and backgrounds

Intermediate spoken French language ability is an asset, and abilities in other languages are a definite bonus. Let us know if you have WorldHost, FoodSafe, or Serve-It-Right training – they’re not required, but could give you an edge.

You don’t need to start with a lot of knowledge of local history (though it would be helpful), but you must be willing and able to learn it quickly so you can start sharing it with the public right away. Above all, when we call you for an interview, be prepared to show us your enthusiasm for history, for this job, and for working with the public.

Do you love history and sharing it with others? Do you make your friends and family crazy with your love of historical detail? Then you should consider working at the Creston Museum & Archives this summer, as a Community Research Liaison!

We have been asked to undertake a BIG project: a complete and detailed history of the Creston Valley Fall Fair, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This history will be used by the Museum, the Fall Fair committee, and others to create exhibits celebrating the Fair, for presentations, press releases, newspaper articles, and more. We need your help to gather all that information and make it available!

You’ll spend an intense six to eight weeks doing the research (in newspapers, personal memoirs, and other historic documents) and writing reports, and the rest of the summer sharing what you’ve learned with anyone and everyone who asks. You also get to post things you’ve learned in your research – about the Fall Fair and other topics – to our Facebook page, and write some of the articles we’ve just mentioned. This is not just a research job, though – it involves a fair bit of working with the public, too.

You must meet all the eligibility requirements of the Young Canada Works Program.

You don’t need to start with a lot of knowledge of local history (though it would be helpful), but you must be willing and able to learn it quickly. We want to know about your experience in historical research and your ability to gather and compile a lot of information quickly. You’ll also need very good writing skills and English-language abilities. Ideally, you’re planning a career in museums or heritage, education, or heritage interpretation, and are enrolled in a field of study related to that career. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about the Archives’ collections you’ll be working with, but previous experience in a museum or archives setting would be good. Good computer skills (Microsoft Word, photo scanning and editing software, Facebook, email, etc) are important, as are excellent customer service skills.

Above all, when we call you for an interview, be prepared to show us your enthusiasm for history, for this job, and for working with the public.

Do you love history? More importantly, are you interested in helping other people learn about history? Are you creative, enthusiastic, and able to tackle complex projects? Do you know which end of a hammer is which?

Well, then, do we have the job for you!

The Creston Museum has recently undertaken an exhaustive review of our exhibits. What we’ve heard is that some of them – five, to be precise – could use some work to make them more interesting and engaging, to help people better understand what they’re all about, and to make them more approachable for people with a range of disabilities.

As Exhibit Assistant, you will upgrade five exhibits – Model Railway, Schoolhouse, Trapper’s Cabin, War Stories, and Women’s Work – to address shortcomings in all those areas. The specific tasks will vary from one exhibit to the next, but in general, you can expect to:
• Identify and develop themes and storylines, using artifacts, photographs, and other elements to illustrate them
• Select the most suitable artifacts and photographs, and install them in the exhibits, building supports and mounts for them as necessary.
• Physically reorganise the exhibits, adding or removing artifacts and photographs as necessary.
• Prepare artifact labels, text panels, and display panels for each exhibit, creating graphic elements as necessary.
• Design and help build display cases and other furniture.
• Provide visitor interpretation and excellent visitor service to every visitor you encounter.
• Work with volunteers, members of community organisations, and others to complete the tasks.
• Assist with Museum events and public programs as required.

If you answered “Yes” to all the questions at the top of the page, and you meet all the Young Canada Works eligibility requirements, you’re probably a good candidate for this job. You’re an ideal candidate if:
• You have previous experience in exhibit design or interpretation in a museum or heritage setting;
• You intend to pursue a career in museums or the heritage field, and are enrolled in a relevant field of study.

In addition, applicants must:
• Demonstrate a very strong ability to successfully complete complex projects;
• Have excellent problem-solving abilities;
• Have previous experience in historical research and writing, with previous experience writing for a public audience an asset;
• Have previous experience working with people of various ages and abilities, with prior knowledge of special needs an asset.
• Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Publisher, and Picture Manager); ability to use Photoshop is an asset.
• Have very strong written and spoken English language abilities, and a basic understanding of non-verbal communication techniques.
• Demonstrate excellent visitor service skills and experience.
• Have some knowledge of basic hand tools and their function.
• Be physically able to undertake the work involved, which requires moving furniture and artifacts, working in dusty areas, and climbing stairs and stepladders.

You will spend some of your time at a computer preparing labels and text panels, but this is NOT a desk job. You will be working primarily in the exhibit galleries, where you will interact with visitors about your work and the Museum in general. You’ll be doing research in the archives, digging through boxes in the storage areas, moving artifacts, using stepladders and hand tools, maybe even building display cases. We’re looking for someone who has a lot of basic skills in many different areas, and most importantly someone who is up for tackling anything.

If you have some carpentry and/or website coding skills, that’s great, but it’s not required – we can partner you up with experts as long as you are willing to learn.