Archives technician

Program stream:
Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Job title:
Archives technician
Organization name:
Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg
Job location:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Length of assignment:
2023-09-11 to 2024-03-31 (28.86 weeks)
Hourly wage:
The Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg is seeking candidates for an Archives Technician. This is a variable hours term position to begin September 11, 2023. The Archives Technician will make oral history collections in the OHC archive discoverable and accessible online by listening to oral history interviews; editing interview transcripts; creating collection, session and interview indexes and summaries; preparing collections for ingest into the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) software; integrating transcripts and indexes and synchronizing them with interview recordings in OHMS; and preparing and publishing descriptive catalogue records for collections, interviews, and interview sessions in the AtoM descriptive system. The candidate would be working with oral history collections that represent Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, and ethno-cultural communities.

This is an exciting opportunity for a student with an interest in oral history, archival studies, public history, library or information studies or related disciplines such as Indigenous studies, cultural studies, anthropology, and human rights, to work directly with archived oral history collections and gain invaluable experience employing the technology, standards, and best practices for preserving and facilitating access to heritage resources. The student would gain knowledge and experience related to records description and metadata, archival arrangement, copyright, oral history ethics, outreach, and the online tools that facilitate access and use.

Required qualifications:
• Masters or Bachelor degree in the fields of oral history, archival studies, public history, library or information studies or related disciplines such as Indigenous studies, cultural studies, anthropology, and human rights
• Ability to easily learn new technologies
• Ability to listen carefully and pay attention to detail
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
• Flexible, adaptable, reliable, and organized

Preferred qualifications
• Prior experience working in the field of oral history and/or archives
• Prior experience with OHMS and/or AtoM
• Prior project work and/or project management experience

Applicants must be registered in the Young Canada Works program and meet its eligibility criteria found here: Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications should be submitted through the Young Canada Works job portal by clicking on the job title and then on “Express interest in this job.” Please include both a resume and cover letter in your application.

The Oral History Centre is located in historic Bryce Hall at the University of Winnipeg located on Treaty One territory, original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. At the OHC, we offer training in oral history and related technologies through in-class support and workshop programming, as well as provide consultation, training and support for oral history research projects at the University of Winnipeg and for our Members.

Enquiries about the position may be addressed to Brett Lougheed, Director of the Oral History Centre,

The closing date for applications is August 25, 2023.

The University of Winnipeg has a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires all those coming to designated indoor campus spaces to provide proof they are fully vaccinated. The Policy was suspended effective May 2, 2022. However, prospective employees should know that the Policy may be reinstated in the future based on changing public health circumstances.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff and faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons to confidentially self-identify at time of application.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to ensuring employment opportunities are accessible for all applicants. If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact
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