Manuscript Archivist

Canada Summer Jobs 2019

Since 1989, the Trent Valley Archives has promoted the preservation and care of archives. We encourage local history and family history research, maintain a web-page and quarterly magazine, operate a major research facility, and raise public awareness of history and archives through historical tours and community events. At present, we have about 1800 cubic feet of documents relating to people, events and places connected with the Trent Valley.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 30 hours per week (10:00 am to 4:30pm with some flexibility for TVA events outside of business hours)

Position to run for 16 weeks starting May 7, 2019
Wage $14.00 per hour plus CPP, EI and WSIB

Job description

Working under the direction of the Archivist and Associate Archivist, the Student Manuscript Archivist will participate in the operation
of the Trent Valley Archives in accordance with its established procedures.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • processing archival fonds (accession, appraise, arrange and describe)
  • retrieving materials for clientele and writing precise and coherent responses
  • providing research and support for heritage-related projects and assisting with necessary reading room tasks
  • making boxes, moving archival materials and other routine tasks as required
  • preparing documents for digitization and digitizing as required
  • writing reports about the collections and their potential value to researchers
  • other related duties as assigned

The applicant must:

  • be eligible to work within the parameters of the Canada Summer Jobs program. Visit Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Overview for details.
  • be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a history, museum studies, or archival studies program
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • be able to follow directions and work independently as well as with staff and volunteers
  • be proficient in basic computer applications including word processing and spreadsheets
  • have demonstrable record-keeping and planning skills
  • have the ability to work productively in an unstructured environment with frequent interruptions
  • have own transportation to the workplace which is not on the city bus line
  • familiarity with Rules for Archival Description (RAD) is an asset
  • familiarity with archival digitization methods is an asset
  • be able to move or lift heavy boxes (up to 40 pounds)

Availability of this position is subject to award of a grant from Canada Summer Jobs.

Apply in person at Trent Valley Archives, 567 Carngie Ave, Peterborough or by e-mail to . Please include two references.