Summer jobs for history students in Victoria – 2017

We are nearing the end of the winter semester and that means employers are looking for students to work for them.

If you are hoping to spend this summer NOT flipping burgers or cashiering (or whatever other horrible customer-service job you might have to do) this is a good place to start.

I’ve complied a list of jobs for history students in Victoria, in BC, and beyond and have given a brief summary of each position. If you are going to apply, make sure you read the official job description and follow the posting’s instructions.

Do you know of any jobs that history students need to know about? Send me a message or leave a comment below.

I will update this list as I find more so keep checking back. (Last updated April 9)

History Student Jobs in Victoria, BC

Programming Assistant for the Maritime Museum of British Columbia Application due date passed.

history summer jobsApplication due: April 7, 2017

Wage: $14 an hour (full time)

This job may be for you if…

  • You have strong inter-personal skills and enjoying engaging with the public
  • You have a basic knowledge of Canadian and BC history
  • You would like to educate visitors to the museum through tours and programs

Here is the official job posting.

Museum Worker at Craigdarroch Castle Application due date passed.

This is a casual position (not full time). However, it is a great opportunity for those who are looking for an entry-level job.

Application due: March 24, 2017

This job may be for you if…

  • You want to work in museums but don’t have much experience
  • You like cool old buildings
  • You have good customer-service skills and Point-of-Sale experience

Here is the official job posting.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2 jobs)

Public Engagement and Events Assistant Application due date passed.

This position is not specifically targeting history students, but many of you may be qualified to apply anyway.

Application due: April 7, 2017

Wage: $14 an hour (full time)

This job may be for you if…

  • You are organized and enjoy planning
  • You are passionate about art
  • You are interested in marketing and communications

Here is the official job posting.

Summer Collections Assistant

Application due: April 28, 2017

This job may be for you if…

  • You have prior museum/gallery experience
  • You are interested in collections management
  • You have strong computer skills and experience navigating databases

Here is the official job posting.

Jobs elsewhere in BC

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby (3 jobs)

The following positions are all based out the NNMCC in Burnaby, BC.

Education Assistant

Application due: April 14, 2017

Wage: $13.50 an hour (full time)

This job may be for you if…

  • You are interested in Canadian and Japanese-Canadian history
  • You want to educate people about history through programs, tours, outreach, and events

Here is the official job posting.

Matsuri Festival Assistant Application due date passed.

Application due: April 8, 2017

Wage: $13.50 per hour (full time)

The Matsuri Festival is a two-day Japanese cultural festival that happens during the Labour Day weekend, in September.

This job may be for you if…

  • You are organized and enjoy planning
  • You are interested in communications, marketing, and outreach

Here is the official job posting.

Collections Assistant (Landscapes of Injustice)

Application due: April 14, 2017

Wage: $15 an hour (full time)

Landscapes of Injustice is a SSHRC-funded research project run by UVic history professor Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross. The project is in its fourth year of researching the dispossession of Japanese Canadians on the British Columbia coast during World War II.

This job may be for you if…

  • You think digging through archival documents is the coolest thing
  • You are interested in Canadian and Japanese-Canadian history
  • You want to be a part of a huge, collaborative research project

Here is the official job posting.

Bulkley Valley Museum, Smithers (3 positions)

All applications due: April 23, 2017

Wage: $11.15 (full time)

The official job postings for the following positions.

Collections/Curatorial Assistant

Each of these positions focus on continuing an inventory project of the Museum’s collection.

These positions may be for you if…

  • You are interested in artifacts and archival work.
  • You enjoy teaching others about local history through tours and interpretive programs.

Digitization Technician

This position focuses on making the Museum’s digital collections more accessible.

This position may be for you if…

  • You are comfortable working with computers.
  • You are interested in collections management.
  • You have social media experience.

Postings outside of BC

Arts and Heritage: St. Albert (St. Albert, Alberta)

  • Lead Historical Interpreter (also bilingual positions)
  • Seasonal Historic Interpreter (also bilingual positions)

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum (Ottawa, Ontario)

This list is far from exhaustive and there are many more history-related job opportunities out there if you take the time to look.

If you really want to develop your work experience, check our my post about the Humanities and Fine Arts Co-op Program:

Making your history degree work for you: Seven reasons why you should do co-op

Do you know of any other upcoming job opportunities for history students? Send me a message or leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.

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