Curatorial Research Intern

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Closing date: 
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Full or part time: 
Competition status: 
Job description: 

Under supervision and guidance by the Royal Roads University Museum and Archives Specialist, as well as the Manager, Indigenous Education and Student Services, the Curatorial Research Assistant will research the Indigenous history of the site, working with local Nations and building on the strong relationship between RRU and the Xswepsum and Lkwungen families. In addition, the intern will gather information and stories relating to the experience of the large Chinese labour force employed during the Dunsmuir era from 1908-1937. Ideally, the intern will be able to make connections in the local community to help surface stories of those that shaped the residential development of Hatley Park in the early part of the 20th Century.

The intern will use the information gathered in the defined research areas to make connections with the artefacts in the RRU museum and archives permanent collection and, where appropriate, provide interpretation that incorporates a wider socio-historic perspective. The intern will have the opportunity to create displays, articles, and interpretive panels for the museum and other community events. The intern will be expected to approach the interpretation of the site’s Indigenous history from an Indigenous perspective, respecting the cultural protocols regarding the stories the Xwsepsum and Lkwungen families wish to share in the museum context.


The candidate is required to be a graduate of a degree programme in a relevant discipline. A graduate degree is preferred with subject specialization in Museum Studies, Library and Archival Studies, History, Anthropology, or Archeology. Research experience and previous work with a museum or archival collection is preferred. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills 
  • Strong computer skills in a Windows environment 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on multiple projects at once 
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs 

Young Canada Works eligibility requirements:

  • are 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.
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week)  while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW;
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.
Application submission information: 

This is a temporary full-time position working on campus for approximately four months. The hourly rate is $22 per hour and the university is pleased to offer a percentage of salary in lieu of benefits.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

17-086-G0077 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570  Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition began on August 2, 2017 and will close on August 20, 2017 however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf. format.