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CHA Summer Student Research Assistant

10 Weeks June 19 (flexible) – Sept 2, 2017

English language skills, a driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required

The Calgary Heritage Authority (CHA) is looking to hiring a Research Assistant to work for the Calgary Heritage Authority from June 19 (flexible) – Sept 2, 2017. This position is for 35 hours a week at $18.50/hour. The Research Assistant will report to the Executive Director.

To be eligible the candidate must meet the following criteria.
  • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
  • Legally Entitled to work in Canada
  • Will be between the ages of 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Full Time Student during the preceding academic semester
  • Intends on returning to school next semester
  • Has not participated in Young Canada Works program with your organization for 2 or more years
This position will be responsible for researching plaque programs in other jurisdictions, writing a plaque program policy. This policy will include the process, plaque text guidelines, plaque installations guidelines, cost, text requirements and photos.

The Research Assistant will also be tasked with creating an inventory of current CHA plaques. This would include creating a database of CHA plaques that lists plaque subject, text, photo on the plaque and a picture of the plaque. The CHA has a list of plaques awarded from 1992-2017 but do not know if they still exist and for some of earlier plaques we don’t know the text of the plaque or if it is still on the building. There are about 75 plaques to photograph and document.

The Research Assistant will also conduct research to see what other cities and jurisdictions are offering for heritage incentives in terms of tax credits and property tax abatement.

The Research Assistant may conduct evaluations to add properties to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources.

Description of Tasks:
  • Research plaque programs in other cities and provinces
  • Create plaque policy and process for new plaques
  • Creating plaque tracking system
  • Document and photograph current CHA plaques
  • Conduct research to see what other cities and jurisdictions offer for heritage incentives
  • Other projects as assigned
Candidate Profile:
Minimum education, requirements and qualifications:
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a diploma or degree program related to Urban Planning/Urban Studies, Heritage Conservation, Records Management, Public Policy (or equivalents), and be returning to full-time studies in the fall. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest in heritage/heritage conservation.
  • Excellent event management skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge of the heritage of Calgary and Alberta is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate with varied audiences, including business and academic communities. Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Attention to detail and good follow-up discipline
  • Time management and the ability to prioritize, effectively manage, and execute multiple and competing tasks under tight deadlines
  • Proactive nature, quick learner, and the ability to work under limited day-to-day supervision
  • Ability to work well independently as well as a part of a smaller team
  • Computer literacy with specific knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
Please send cover letter, resume and the names of two references to:

Interviews will either be in-person or via Skype. To ensure eligibility, job advertisement will require students applying to be registered with the Young Canada Works national database.

About the Calgary Heritage Authority:
The Calgary Heritage Authority (CHA) is an advisory board to the City of Calgary and advises City Council on heritage matters and promotes the public awareness and appreciation of Calgary’s heritage. The CHA also evaluates potential heritage sites for inclusion on the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources, which identities properties that have significance in the history of our city. The CHA also hosts the biennial Lion Awards and runs a community plaque program. The CHA works to ensure that the Calgary heritage sector is well organized, collaborative and efficient in its efforts to promote understanding of and broaden citizen participation in Calgary’s heritage.

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