Research Assistant (Cultural Trailway – Phase 3) - Regina

Closes March 22nd, 2019

Position: Research Assistant (1 position available)

Date: April 29 – August 28, 2019 

Hours: 35 hours per week at $16/hour. 

Application deadline: March 22, 2019 

Position Summary:

Which famous Canadian rebel was hidden under the floorboards of a church in downtown Regina? Which Regina event from 1912 involved a survivor of the Titanic? Which downtown building was the home of one of Saskatchewan’s first ever department stores? Join the team of Regina Downtown Business Improvement District as a Research Assistant and develop historical tours that brings to life the answers to questions on the history of Regina. 

Cultural Trailway is a heritage preservation partner project between Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and Heritage Regina. It seeks to deepen a sense of place and community in the downtown area by connecting Reginans with their shared history. The project consists of three central components: a booklet that outlines the historical significance of buildings, events and people that have shaped Regina, two 90-minute walking tours that share the stories of historical Regina residents, events and  buildings, and an audio tour/mobile app that allow for further exploration into Regina’s history. The project features buildings and events central to the historical development of Regina, including Union Station (Casino Regina), the Hotel Saskatchewan, and the Dominion Government Building. 

The Research Assistant will support the development of Cultural Trailway walking tours of culturally significant events, buildings, and people in the downtown area. They will conduct research into the social and built history of the city of Regina, making extensive use of archival materials and objects from the City of Regina Archives, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, and the Civic Museum of Regina. They will develop routes and schedules for two new walking tours to be launched in the summer of 2020: Icons of Regina (on individuals and events who have influenced the history of Regina) and Brick by Brick (on the architectural heritage of the city). They will collaborate with RDBID’s graphic designer on the format and content of the Cultural Trailway printed booklet that will amplify the walking tour experience. The Research Assistant will be responsible for updating the Cultural Trailway mobile app and audio content to accompany the walking tours. The Research Assistant will also organize an event to celebrate the relaunch of the updated Cultural Trailway booklet. The Research Assistant may be called on to assist with other RDBID events and projects as needed, dependent on available staff. 

The ideal candidate has experience in historical research, heritage interpretation, public speaking, and project coordination.  A background in history or another humanities discipline, education, or urban planning is preferred. The successful applicant will work closely with key project partners, including Heritage Regina, property owners and City of Regina representatives. Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of products including Word, Excel, and Power Point is required. The Research Assistant is responsible for projecting a professional and positive image of RDBID at all times.  This is a temporary, full-time position from late April to late August.

Reporting:

The Research Assistant reports directly to the Manager of Member Engagement.  In the absence of the Manager of Member Engagement, the Research Assistant reports to the Executive Director. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate offerings of walking tours 

Preferred Qualifications:

The Research Assistant must possess exceptional research and writing skills, strong organizational, problem solving and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people. An interest in Canadian history is required. Previous knowledge of Regina/Saskatchewan history is an asset. An educational background in history (or another humanities discipline), education, museum and/or cultural studies, geography or urban planning preferred. The Research Assistant must be able to work independently with minimal supervision while meeting project milestones.  They must be creative and outgoing with the ability to engage both project partners and our membership base.  Experience in Microsoft Office is essential. 

The Research Assistant position is affiliated with the Young Canada Works program.  As such,
Applicants must fit the following criteria:

How to apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to Amber Parker, Manager of Member Engagement, at hr@reginadowntown.ca. Please include “Research Assistant” in the subject line.

You can also mail or drop off your resume in person at 1822 Scarth, Second Floor, Regina, SK S4P 2G3. 

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.  
The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019.

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