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Public Programs Assistant

The Lougheed House Conservation Society is seeking an outgoing, knowledgeable, innovative, and highly motivated individual to be a public programs assistant for Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic Site. The successful candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated, and creative person. They will have strong interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills as well as respect for, and the ability to work with, diverse populations. The Public Programs Assistant will be responsible for assisting with the organization, planning, and delivery of all summer public programs at Lougheed House, from weekly public tours to our Full Bloom Festival. In addition to ongoing programmatic tasks, the public programs assistant will also work with the programs manager and head gardener in the ongoing coordination of their volunteer programs, cultivation, and maintenance of the Museum’s public gardens and greenspaces.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this job will take place both online and in-person dependent on local public health regulations. Candidates must be able to work remotely. Lougheed House will provide a laptop and email address for use, as well as access to the Lougheed House server. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing a reliable internet connection.

Tasks Include:

  • Assist with researching and planning of public programs.
  • Assist with the planning, organization, and delivery of weekly programming, including guided interpretive tours of the House and gardens.
  • Under the direction of the programs manager, collect and create digital programming in the form of photos, videos, or blogs to be shared on all social media channels.
  • Help in delivery of programs and special public events including our Full Bloom Festival in July (may include occasional evenings or weekends).
  • Address any questions visitors may have and provide additional interpretation of the House and exhibits when appropriate.
  • Provide technical support during public programs including setting up and running onsite A/V equipment.
  • Support the programs manager in logistical tasks required in organizing an event including picking up and returning rented equipment or program materials.
  • Support the programs manager, contractors, and consultants in community engagement events in our public greenspaces or online.
  • Monitor the front desk, gift shop, and guest services area one to two days weekly to greet and provide information to visitors.

Under the supervision of the programs manager, this position will work in the Lougheed House building and gardens, as well as off-site to comply with local public health regulations. This position will have the benefit of receiving on-site training in museum and arts programming and will gain experience in research, project development and design, interpretation and inquiry-based educational programming. Students of museum studies, fine arts, education (or related programs) who wish to continue learning and gain valuable work experience to put on their resume are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:

  • Some university/college or training in museum studies, performing arts, history, communications, education, or a related field is preferred.
  • High level of written and verbal skills.
  • Strong public speaking skills and the ability to connect and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Passion for Calgary’s arts and culture scene and an interest in developing unique and diverse cultural events, programs, or workshops.
  • Attention to detail and thorough even with repetitive tasks.
  • Friendly personality to be able to work with staff and volunteers in a busy team environment, but also self-disciplined to be able to work efficiently alone.
  • Confident working with the public to guide tours, teach, or facilitate a group.
  • Willingness to learn and willingness to share your knowledge to help train others.
  • Possess a knowledge of or interest in local history including current issues.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, punctual and reliable.
  • Applicable computer skills and experience with some administration work is a must (Microsoft Office suite, Windows, email, search engines, etc.)
  • Experience operating A/V equipment such as cameras, microphones, mixers, and speakers would be considered an asset.
  • Experience and interest in developing programs or experiences for digital engagement would be considered an asset.
  • A valid driver’s licence, clean driver’s abstract, and access to a personal vehicle.
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check.
Important

This is a non-union position dependent on grant funding from Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs and applicants must fit the criteria of the Young Canada Works Program and/or the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

To be eligible for YCW individuals must be a current student or recent graduate who must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada.
  • Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
  • Meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program for which you 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 a week) while employed with YCW.

To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment.
  • Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3.
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
Application

Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to info@lougheedhouse.com with Public Programs Assistant Application before the deadline date of May 1, 2022.

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