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Historical Researcher

August 1, 2022

We're looking to expand our research team with a talented, enthusiastic Historical Researcher, in either our Ottawa or Calgary offices. This is an excellent, full-time opportunity for a recent graduate looking to get their feet wet in the world of historical research services.

As a Historical Researcher, you’ll conduct file review, data entry, research, quality assurance, and use technical writing to support the goals of various projects. You’ll report to Project leads, participate in regular team meetings, and your enthusiasm and ideas will be a vibrant contribution to our up-beat, collaborative culture. We're looking for someone that is a team player, a quick learner, and most importantly, passionate about history!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct archival and genealogical file review.
  • Provide research support including document management, data processing, filing, and copying files.
  • Conduct archival document identification, collection, and digitization.
  • Conduct genealogical research in databases and digital repositories.
  • Transcribe written and oral records.
  • Support project administration (creating and distributing work assignments, creating delivery lists, updating and maintaining project standards, and other similar tasks).
  • Contribute to the development of process-driven research methodologies.
  • Assist with quality assurance and Burden of Proof assessments.
  • Update and maintain research databases.
  • Assist community outreach and engagement.

Position Details

  • Location: Ottawa, ON or Calgary, AB
  • Salary: Starting at $22-24/hr, with paid vacation, paid sick leave, and extended health and dental benefits.
  • Hours: This is a full-time position, with flexible hours.
  • Other: State-of-the-art equipment provided (e.g., laptop, dual monitor, peripherals), team members are also provided other resources, facilities, and training

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of or experience working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis history and communities
  • Experience using databases for conducting data entry and research
  • Ability to follow workflows and guidelines
  • Understanding of different kinds of genealogical and historic documents and their corresponding repositories.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office or similar suite of office software
  • Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills (plain language writing is essential!)
  • Completion of a degree in a relevant field, (i.e. History, Indigenous Studies, etc) or equivalent experience
  • English is the working language; however, knowledge of an Indigenous language(s) or French is an asset

How to Apply

If this sounds like you, then please submit your CV (2 pages max) by Wednesday, August 31st. Please also include either a recent writing sample or a brief cover letter that tells us, in 350 words or less, how your past academic and work experience has made you:

  • a meticulous researcher,
  • a resourceful high achiever, and
  • passionate about history.

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