Employment Opportunities

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is recruiting!

Heritage Education Technician Intern

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is a unique facility. As Canada’s only Prime Ministerial museum in Western Canada, the DCC’s purpose is to help people make meaningful and personal connections to ideas of citizenship, leadership, and Canada’s role in the international community. Exhibitions hosted by the DCC emphasize the history and importance of such concepts as Canadian nationalism, political leadership, and symbolism. The DCC is committed to educating and engaging its visitors through programming relating to its mandate and permanent collections. 

The DCC is recruiting for a full-time Heritage Education Technician (HET) intern for a 20-week period, from October 17, 2022, to March 17, 2023 (there is a two-week unpaid holiday closure in December). Candidates must be a recent graduate of a college or university program, ideally in museology or fine arts. The rate of pay is $18 per hour. 

Under the guidance and mentorship of both the Programs and Outreach Coordinator (POC) and the Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits Manager (CCEM), the Heritage Education Technician (HET) will gain professional experience and experiential learning associated with all aspects of museum operations, including administration, exhibits and collections, programming and outreach. The HET will work with the CCEM to gain experience with collections management and exhibit design, working with the Diefenbaker collection to select a theme, conduct artifact and content research, and create a unique exhibition to be displayed in the Diefenbaker Gallery. The HET will also work with travelling exhibits, including installation and de-installation. Under the mentorship of the POC, the HET will learn about the development and delivery of heritage-related programming, including curriculum-based education programs, guided exhibit tours, special events, and outreach. As time allows, the HET will also gain practical experience writing heritage grant applications, daily museum administration, and visitor relations. These practical, transferrable skills will allow the technician to discover career options in the heritage sector, increase their competencies & prepare them for a career in museology.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience in or the willingness to learn the following skill set: 

  • have experience working in a museum or heritage setting
  • have the ability to follow directions
  • be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • be detail-oriented
  • be computer literate, and have the ability to use/learn various computer applications
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently; be tactful, sensitive, and pleasant to the needs and opinions of others
  • work under time constraints and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects
  • have good attendance
  • be flexible, adaptable and take initiative
  • have strong research skills, and the ability to learn and retain information
  • have strong organizational skills and the ability to set and adhere to work priorities
  • must be able to lift 25 lbs, climb ladders, work within 32-inch aisles, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks
  • proficiency with MS Excel and knowledge of and ability to work on the internet and with various programs and applications related to databases. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign is beneficial.
  • The ability to communicate in French (both oral and written) would be considered an asset.

This position is funded through Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage, Graduates program. Candidates must meet all YCWBCH program eligibility criteria

This position requires flexibility and may include evening and weekend shifts.

The DCC is dedicated to assisting in the development and career enhancement of its interns. The DCC has a proven track record of providing quality employment opportunities, during which interns gain valuable work experience and practical skills, expand their knowledge in the field of museology, and have the opportunity to experience a vibrant cultural workplace. In turn, the DCC has benefited from passionate interns who are excited to share their knowledge and ideas.

Applications will be considered beginning August 29, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

To apply, send the following information in a single PDF file by email to jsgs-hr@usask.ca (note that the subject line of the email must state, “Heritage Education Technician intern application”):

  • Resume;
  • Cover letter stating how you meet the qualifications, why this position appeals to you, and what you feel you can bring to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre team; and
  • Names and contact information of three references.

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus, on which the DCC is located, is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

USask 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.

Saskatoon is a city with a prolific arts and culture scene; there are many events, festivals, and tourist attractions to be enjoyed throughout the summer. The DCC itself is located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River and is connected to the Meewasin Trail, a 90 km walking trail that runs through the middle of the city. Find out more about Saskatoon at https://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/.