Archives Research Assistant


The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC


May 13, 2018

Organization Description: 

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is dedicated to the collecting and sharing of community memories of Jewish life in British Columbia. The ever-growing collection includes documents, photos, and oral histories that recount the history of our community. Through innovative exhibits and programming, the JMABC builds bridges with the diverse communities of BC and heightens awareness of the rich 150 year history of Jews in BC.


Job Description: 

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is accepting applications for the position of Archives Research Assistant to work on the collection phase of the 2019 edition of our annual journal, The Scribe.


The JMABC has published its annual journal, The Scribe, consistently since 1979 and covered wide ranging topics from pioneers to women’s charitable groups to the local Jewish newspaper and many others. The JMABC Publications Committee has proposed topics through 2021 with the aim of completing oral history interviews, acquiring photographs and archival material, and compiling research well in advance of each journal’s editing and publication dates. The 2019 issue will focus on BC based Jews who have made ground-breaking contributions to the medical community, from the local to the international.

The Scribe is collected by institutions across Canada and the world, and its research process allows significant opportunities for outreach and acquisition for the archives. The Young Canada Works Assistant for this project would have an opportunity to see not only how material is collected and preserved, but will also see the process of sharing this material through selecting and editing it for publication.


The ideal candidate for the YCW Archives Research Assistant 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 will be given to archival studies students;
  • 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, all candidates must meet the following eligibility qualifications set out by the Young Canada Works program:

  • 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 the project;
  • Meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program to which they apply;
  • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours per week) while employed with YCW;
  • Have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • Have intent to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

How to Apply: 

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 Research Assistant position is 5:00 pm, Sunday May 13th, 2018.

Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist



$15 per hour

Contact Name: Alysa Routtenberg
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Contact Phone: (604) 257-5199

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