Archivist-South Peace Historical Society (Dawson Creek, BC)

The Archives division of the South Peace Historical Society is seeking a resourceful, energetic person for the position of full-time archivist. The South Peace Historical Society (SPHS) oversees a museum, pioneer village, archives and a genealogical group. It covers the Peace River British Columbia area, south of the Peace River. The archives were first established in 1997 and became the Society's repository for print documents, photographs, and maps pertaining to the region's history. The archives are located in the newly renovated Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts in downtown Dawson Creek. It features a climate-controlled storage vault and public research space.

Position Summary

The Archivist will be responsible for the organization, care, storage and preservation of the archival collection according to professional standards. The Archivist will be responsible for enhancing access to and use of archival resources through designing, coordinating, and implementing electronic and paper-based access and retrieval tools and systems. The Archivist will be responsible for managing a comprehensive reference and outreach program that furthers use, understanding, and appreciation of South Peace Historical collections and mandate. The Archivist will also be responsible for the over-all management of the archives and facility, staff and volunteers and will report to the "SPHS Board of Directors".

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week.

Wage: $45,000 to $48,000.

Care and management

- appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation and digitization of archival records 

- knowledge, familiarity and implementation of legal requirements or copyright, patent protection, Canadian privacy and freedom of information acts.

- provide records management care and advice for organizations within the geographic area and collections mandate.

Community engagement

- encourage public awareness through various outreach activities including lectures, workshops, exhibitions and education programming.

- receive, select and analyze acquisitions of private archival records in accordance with our mandate and policy manual.

- use social media to engage community involvement and promote the archives. Information services

- arrange and describe material using the Rules of Archival Description to allow efficient and effective access retrieval of records; using Collective Access software.

- facilitate the work of researchers and assist with public queries.

- continually increase the number of records publicly available, particularly digitally and on-line.


- prepare the budget 

- apply for archives grants and provide supervision of projects.

General Duties

- manage daily operation of the archives.

- assist with the marketing and promotion of the archives.

- ensure the collections remain protected from deterioration.

- respond to public queries via phone, mail, email, social media and in person.

- provide tours to the public.


  • Master's in Archival Studies, or post-secondary degree in Library and Information Studies,
  • History, Museum Studies, and experience in Archival Management.
  • Research experience with primary and secondary resources.
  • Two years experience in the heritage field preferred.
  • Training in National Archives standards (RAD) and privacy and copyright issues in archives preferred.

Additional Information

Conditions of Employment: Must possess a valid driver's licence and be physically fit and able to lift items up to 12kg in weight.

Any questions about the position can be submitted to Stew Flinn at on behalf of the South Peace Historical Society.

Resume may be submitted via email to Stew Flinn at

Closing date: June 30, 2017.

Your browser (Internet Explorer 6) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.