Reports to: Executive Director

Position Type: 7 hours/day, 5 days/week

Duration of Position: May 13th, 2019 through August 9th, 2019

Salary: $15.85/hr

Summary of Position:

Heritage Abbotsford Society has a proven track record as a great place to learn new skills and improve already earned ones, be mentored, and build your resume. Come join our staff this summer!

We are looking for an indigenous person who is interested in working with digital records management, database management, cultural resource management, and heritage interpretation.


Reporting to the Executive Director, and in collaboration with the Society’s collections care team, the Collections Assistant will be trained in basic artifact collection care and digital records management. The incumbent will be responsible for updating and editing the digital catalogue records, performing artifact condition reports, and uploading digital photos to the artifact records, in an effort to ready the catalogue for online publication. Additionally, the Collections Assistant works with student peers to plan and execute the Society’s storytelling program and walking tours. Planning for these offerings will involve consultation with members of local First Nations bands and other local community members, School District #34, Fraser Valley Regional Library staff, and Society volunteers.  The incumbent will also be able to participate in the day to day running of the Heritage Site. This entails tasks such as hosting tours of the site (“docenting”), answering the phones, greeting visitors, site maintenance and more hands on collections care. No two days are the same, as your day to day activities include working with not just a range of people, but with a variety of media and artifact categories.

The Society’s Executive Director, along with our Programs Manager, will share their wealth of knowledge and experience with you, guide you and lend support as you hone your skills of collections management, heritage interpretation, communication, and presentation.


As this is a Sto:lo Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET) funded position, candidates must meet the following SASET criteria:

  • Must be First Nations/Inuit, status/non-status, reside on or off reserve, within SASET catchment area
  • Should be minimal 15 years of age and returning to school
  • Secondary and post-secondary students must be registered full-time students during previous academic year and intend to return to full-time studies in the following academic year
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of the program.

Due to the fact that this is position that involves working with children, a criminal records check is required.

A valid Driver’s license and/or access to a vehicle or driver is a requirement.

Desired Skills, Personal Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently under supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of team
  • Experience working with- and as a volunteer is an asset, as are supervisory skills
  • Ability to answer questions clearly and concisely

Please submit a covering letter and resume by email to Executive Director Christina Reid ( or by mail to Heritage Abbotsford Society, 2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford BC, V2S 6C9. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Heritage Site Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
(Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm)

Trethewey House Tours:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm