Position Summary

Assistant Archivist (FT – 12 months)

Department: Musqueam Archives and Research

Hours/Status: Contract (Maternity Leave) 12 months, 35 hours/week

Reporting to the Archives and Research Manager, the Assistant Archivist will work with the Senior Archivist to acquire, process and provide access to Musqueam’s documentary heritage in a manner consistent with Musqueam cultural protocols, archival standards, and best practices. This role will  “Musqueamize” archival practices, internally and externally, by incorporating Musqueam language and culture into all aspects of archival work.

The Assistant Archivist is responsible for leading Musqueam’s unique Community Heritage Digitization Program and engaging with the Musqueam community to offer digitization services and training. It is important to note that this is a temporary position.


  • Implementation of Musqueam archival policies and standards
  • Collections processing and access
    • Archival arrangement & description, descriptive database metadata creation, entry, and management, preserving, and provision of access to library and archival holdings
    • Digitization of archival holdings and transcription of A/V records
  • Collections development
    • Engagement with perspective donors on records acquisition
    • Acquiring library and archival resources and the transfer or administrative and governance records to archival control
  • Reference and research requests
    • In support of self-governance, defense of rights and title, language revitalization, education and outreach, etc., uses analytical and research abilities to identify relevant records and provide timely responses to internal and external records requests in a manner consistent with confidentiality, protection of personal information, and cultural imperatives
    • Work across departments in archival projects
  • Outreach and engagement
    • Leading Musqueam’s unique Community Heritage Digitization Program and engaging with the MIB community to offer digitization services and training
    • Providing social media outreach
    • Developing and deploying archival resources for the community and community partners
    • Engaging with the community and outside institutions on Musqueam archives projects as required
    • Represents Musqueam when requested as a liaison to internal and external bodies; participates in conferences, panels, and other meetings
    • Identification and maintenance of culturally sensitive information internally and, where needed, to communicate these requirements externally
  • Training and mentorship
    • Training and supervising volunteers and project staff as directed by the Archives and Research Manager
  • Other duties as required


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • A minimum of two years working in an archives or other cultural heritage institution
  • Knowledge of Musqueam culture and protocols, or a willingness to learn, is required
  • Knowledge of Musqueam history and the evolution of its government structure/business processes is preferred
  • Ability to differentiate the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and Musqueam cultural practices from other communities, or an ability to learn, is required
  • Understanding and competency of Musqueam hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language required
  • Experience working within a First Nations community, with elders, and knowledge holders is preferred
  • Advanced computer skills are required
  • Able to maintain the strictest confidentiality of protected information
  • Provides a safe and secure environment for community members by being sensitive to the needs of each individual during service delivery
  • Ability to navigate complex and sensitive social situations in a respectful, thoughtful, and culturally-appropriate manner
  • Detail oriented and capable of maintaining focus during repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work and deliver under pressure in a quickly changing environment with shifting priorities
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and escalate issues appropriately
  • Ability to work in cultural spaces, eg. the longhouse, is required
  • Ability to work in a non-office environment


  • Wage rate at $24.06 per hour


How to apply

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected] with job title as the subject line.

Applicants of Musqueam or Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.

The posting will remain open until the position is filled.