Archival Processing Technician: Collection Backlog Project

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Archival Processing Technician: Collection Backlog Project
  • Organization name: Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village
  • Job location: Iona, Nova Scotia
  • Length of assignment: 2021-09-13 to 2022-03-25 (27.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $14.50

Position: Archival Processing Technician: Collection Backlog Project

Duration: Part-time - 490 hours over 28 weeks

Rate: $14.50 per hour

Language Requirement: English

Employer: Highland Village,


Candidate must meet the Young Canada Works Program criteria (under the age of 30 and returning to full-time studies) and be registered with YCW,


Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, is located in Iona, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and is a folk life centre dedicated to preserving the language, culture and custom of the Gaelic speaking people who came to Nova Scotia. By the mid-19th century more than 50,000 Gaelic speaking immigrants from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland had settled in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. By the late 19th century, Gaels formed the dominant linguistic population in the province’s eastern counties with scores of thousands living in homogenous communities, speaking Gaelic or more properly, Gàidhlig, as their mother tongue.


Position Description:

The Archival Processing Technician will work with the Collections Manager to organize, arrange, and describe a variety of collections from the Highland Village’s backlog holdings. The targeted collections will include a variety of formats including textual records, photographs, and postcards documenting Nova Scotia Gaelic history. As well, the selected collections will represent various geographic locations with distinct linguistic and cultural traditions.


The Archival Processing Technician, along with the Collections Manager will identify significant collections/fonds for prioritization. The selection criteria will focus on researcher requests, condition of the materials, relevance to future projects and research, and the unique nature of the content. The student will work to appraise the collections, researching for historical significance and relevance to other collections in the archive’s holdings, physically arrange the records and provide descriptions. The description metadata will follow the Canadian standard Rules for Archival Description (RAD) and will entered on the Highland Village’s archive database.

Minimum/Essential Qualifications Needed to Perform Job: Ability to work according to an established schedule, computer skills, attention to detail, ability to work alone without close supervision, organizational skills, ability to lift and move heavy boxes, ability to work with other staff, understanding of historical research methods and approaches, ability to solve problems.


Preferred Qualifications: Interest in Gaelic, historical research methods, archival or library studies.


Applications due: August 6, 2021


The Highland Village follows the Nova Scotia Government’s Fair Hiring process that insures that hiring activities are based on the principles of merit, and guided by public service values that include respect, integrity, diversity, accountability and the public good. Candidates will be asked to verbally confirm they meet the eligibility criteria and forward applicable documentation prior to hiring.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Contact: Director, Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, 4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3 - rodney.chaisson@novascotia.ca




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