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Historical Researcher

June 1, 2022

We're looking to expand our research team with a talented, enthusiastic Historical Researcher. 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! 

Responsibilities & Duties

  • 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.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications

  • 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 diploma or 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

Position details

  • Some fieldwork may be required
  • Training and equipment provided (includes laptop, dual monitor, keyboard, and mouse)
  • Location: Calgary or Ottawa

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining Know History’s team for this role, please send your resume to resume@knowhistory.ca by June 19th, 2022.

Know History is committed to providing equal employment opportunities. We know that, in order to understand our collective history, we need to prioritize Indigenous and diverse voices across all aspects of our organization. We strongly encourage candidates to apply and self-identify if they are Indigenous, members of racialized communities and visible minorities, people with disabilities, and people of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Please note that you must be located and legally entitled to work in Canada. 

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. If you have any questions or require accessibility or cultural accommodations, at any point in the application process, send us an email and we’ll work with you to make sure your needs are met.

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