Cultural Mapping Assistant


West Vancouver Community Arts Council


Apr. 22, 2018

Organization Description: 

The West Vancouver Community Arts Council (WVCAC), established in 1968, is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to increase and broaden the opportunities for West Vancouver and all North Shore citizens to enjoy and participate in cultural activities; deliver visual, literary and performing arts programs; foster interest in our diverse cultural heritage; and promote the many talented individuals living and working in our community. Since 1991, the WVCAC has operated the Silk Purse Arts Centre, a waterfront art gallery and studio that is open to the public free of charge, Tuesday through Sunday. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the WVCAC with special programming and events.


Job Description: 

The West Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking an enthusiastic, responsible individual as a Cultural Mapping Assistant to assist in data collection, organization, and content development for the West Vancouver portion of a regional cultural mapping project for the North Shore. Part of the Cultural Mapping Project led by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, this position will report directly to the Project Managers for the North Shore Cultural Mapping Project. The goal of the project is to build an accessible public resource of cultural assets including all three North Shore communities (District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and City of North Vancouver) and two First Nations (Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh). Information about the cultural assets within the three municipalities and two First Nations will be compiled into a free, online, GIS driven, interactive mapping tool that will become a hub for North Shore culture and available to everyone. This tool is intended for residents, tourists, planners, and the cultural sector, and will help build audiences, drive tourism, and encourage partnerships to better highlight our rich cultural diversity. To be accessible to a broad audience, the GIS-based map will be embedded in a responsively designed website, specifically designed for the North Shore Cultural Map (working title).


• Identify local cultural assets based on criteria established for project; 
• Collect information about cultural assets; 
• Add to existing inventory, both in Excel database and in GIS application; 
• Work with local municipal GIS staff in identifying relevant assets already in their databases;
• Work with GIS specialist to use the GIS application customized for this project for uploading and maintaining data;
• Assist with content development for assets as required (for example, photographing or writing content for online tool); Assist in community engagement activities for the cultural mapping project;

As part of the WVCAC staff, the student will assist with other community events, programmes, and administrative duties as required. These additional opportunities would complement the cultural mapping project which will contribute to the student’s broader understanding of the community.


The position requires: 
• A self-motivated individual to take initiative, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
• Experience working with MS Excel is essential and with GIS applications is an asset;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, and effective organizational skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment;
• A genuine interest in the arts, culture and community engagement;
• Enjoys working with the public and displays a helpful and outgoing personality;
• May require evening and weekend hours for community engagement activities and WVCAC events;
• Outstanding attention to detail;
• Background in geography, community planning, GIS technology would be an asset.

This position is subject to funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment. Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to:
Jennifer Lord, Executive Director

No phone calls please. Thank you to all those who apply. Only those short-listed for interviews will be contacted.


$13.50 per hour

Contact Name: Jennifer Lord
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 925-7292

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