2017 Summer Jobs

Located on the University of Saskatchewan campus, the DCC is dedicated to assisting in the development, education, and career enhancement of students. By providing quality summer employment opportunities, students are able to gain valuable work experience and practical skills, expanding on their knowledge in their chosen field as well as the opportunity to experience a vibrant cultural work place.

The DCC relies on the strength of its team of dedicated student assistants each summer to continue to offer outstanding interpretative tours and programming that consistently provides an engaging, exceptional visitor experience. 

These positions  may be funded in part, by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCW), the YCW candidate eligibility guidelines are:
be legally entitled to work in Canada;
be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada;
be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
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;
have been a full-time student (as defined their educational institutions) in the semester preceding their job with YCW; and
intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following their job with YCW.

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre seeks to employ a current post-secondary student, returning in the fall, preferably in the disciplines of History, English, Education, Indigenous Studies, or International or Political Studies as a Special Projects and Research Docent. All phases of this position are focused on Indigenous, U of S, and Canadian history, directly relating to the above mentioned fields.

The SPRD will undertake the research for developing an Indigenous-history focused interpretive heritage walking tour of the U of S campus. The SPRD will be responsible for establishing partnerships and contacts to assist in the research and compilation of material pertaining to the historical narrative of Indigenous activity and influence on campus to develop the tour and accompanying docent guide. They will also deliver youth and public educational programming and interpretive gallery and campus tours and attend community outreach events.

The UofS is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. We are actively seeking Aboriginal candidates for this position.

Full-time

Start Date:May 8, 2017

End Date:August 28, 2017

Salary: $13.30

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Targeted Level: Second - Final Year


This position requires schedule flexibility as some weekend and evening shifts are included. The ideal candidate will be passionate about history and culture and will have some general familiarity with or the willingness to work towards the following skill set:
• Strong research skills
• Culturally sensitive and eager to work with the public and school groups
• Understanding of and interest in Aboriginal and Canadian history
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal and networking skills
• Flexible and able to adapt to change in a fast-paced setting
• Organizational and administrative skills
• Ability to show initiative and set and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects
• Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team in both a leadership and support capacity
• A commitment to creating an exceptional visitor experience, including excellent in person, phone and email communication with diverse patrons
• Ability to utilize the knowledge and skill set of peers and seek guidance when needed
• Ability to problem solve effectively in an independent manner
• Basic computer skills, including familiarity with MS Office and Windows

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Initiate research and work collaboratively to develop an Indigenous history-focused interpretative campus tour, docent training guide, and compiled additional interpretive material to enhance the visitor experience and fulfill the DCC’s mandate of educating and engaging the community and working towards implementing the TRC calls to action for museums.
• Together with the DCC manager and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, draft a list of potential contacts (elders, Aboriginal stakeholders, faculty and other community experts). Hold initial meetings and use archives and other primary sources to inform and guide research.
• Explore ways to connect Diefenbaker’s legacy to project research.
• Become familiar with the pertinent political, historical, and cultural themes of the DCC in order to conduct effective research, develop, and deliver high quality interpretative tours and programs, and be able to communicate accurate information to a varied audience.
• Create a pleasant and inviting atmosphere through contributing to a culturally aware staff that encourages patrons to engage with DCC exhibits and programs.
• Welcome visitors by creating a pleasant atmosphere and ensuring that each visitor receives a high quality experience, offering to provide additional information and answering questions.
• Participate in, and contribute to, the orientation and continued training offered throughout the work term, including hands-on and job shadowing.
• Analyze the evaluation tools used to assess the impacts of exhibits and programs, provide feedback, and contribute to program assessment through a variety of techniques including on-site observation, surveys and visitor comments, and maintaining accurate statistical records.
• Collaborate with the DCC docent team at community events and summer festivals such as Optimist Canada Day, The Saskatoon Exhibition, Saskatoon Doors Open, and others.
• Additional job duties include assisting with the overall administration of the educational programming and tour process, dealing with the logistical challenges around scheduling, assisting with minor room set up for day to day and special events, as well as the potential to participate in various off-site community events, and other duties as assigned.

Application Deadline: April 9, 2017

Submit cover letter and resume with references by email to Terresa Ann Demong at dief.centre@usask.ca

Submit one application package for all of this employer's positions being applied for. In your cover letter, please indicate the positions you are applying for in order of preference.
Interested students should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to dief.centre@usask.ca

This position may be contigent on grant funding.  
Further, this position may be funded in part, by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCW),

The YCW candidate eligibility guidelines are:

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada;
    be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • 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;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined their educational institutions) in the semester preceding their job with YCW; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following their job with YCW.
  • be registered in the YCW candidate inventory (www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca); (Please note this step does not have to be completed prior to being selected for an interview)

 
Thank you for submitting your application; candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further upon confirmation of the eligibility criteria.