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Work Opportunity: Education Program Developer

Education Program Developer - The History of Indigenous Peoples in Ontario

This position is being funded through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program.

This position will be based at Westfield Heritage Village, a living history museum located in Rockton, Ontario. The primary tasks of this position are to modify Westfield’s current school programs, and create a new school program, to better reflect the rich history of indigenous peoples in Ontario. These programs would examine the history of the many indigenous populations in Ontario and examine the positive and negative consequences of contact between First Nations communities and European immigrants. These programs would take into consideration aspects of health, diet, technology, land and resources, treaties, education, language, family and gender roles, spiritual beliefs and more. These new programs would be introduced within Canada’s Sesquicentennial year, 2017.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a graduate with extensive knowledge of the key issues related to Canada’s Indigenous history and contemporary issues, preferably gained through both personal experience and completion of a university degree in an Indigenous Studies or related program. In keeping with the Government of Ontario’s Job Equity priorities, applicants of Indigenous ancestry, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This position requires excellent skills in research, oral and written communication and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. As Westfield is not easily accessed by public transit, a driver's license and access to a vehicle are required. Additionally, occasional travel to other museums, research facilities and meetings will be required.

One internship position is available. The duration of the position is 25 weeks, based on 30 hours per week at $13.90 per hour. The position will begin on or around October 1, 2016 and be completed on or around March 31, 2017.

Who can apply?
An individual may be eligible for a Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage Internship if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

How to apply:
Applications, in the form of a cover letter and resume, should be sent to Westfield Heritage Village, Post Office Box 27, 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton, Ontario, L0R 1X0 or emailed to lisa.hunter@conservationhamilton.ca. Deadline for submission is Friday September 30, 2016.

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