Nikkei Centre – 2015 Summer Student Job Openings

April 17, 2015  |  Coming Events, News

 Summer Student Employment 2015 Opportunity

Position: Collections Assistant – Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre National Historic Site

Salary: $13.00 per hour

Period of employment: June 1 – August 23, 2015

Hours: 35 hours/week, Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 5:30pm

Eligibility criteria: Full-time student between the ages of 16 and 30 and returning to full-time studies in the fall

Application deadline: April 30th, 2015

General Information

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Situated on one of ten Japanese Canadian Internment sites which were located in the interior of BC, the museum consists of five original wartime buildings. The site is also home to the Heiwa Teien (Peace Garden) designed by the renowned Japanese Canadian gardener and former internee, Roy Tomomichi Sumi.
Job Summary
To assist with the extensive museum digitization project at the NIMC, including inventorying and conserving the museum collections.


Key responsibilities:

  • Re-organizing the artifacts and archives in the museum storage areas
  • Photographing, scanning and cataloguing museum collections. Uploading data on to the online database
  • Sharing the important history of the Japanese Canadian Internment
  • Assist with the implementation of museum outreach events
  • Other duties as required

The position is suitable for a student in the field of history, anthropology, social sciences, digital communications, records management, museum studies, curatorial studies or library and archival studies.


  • Familiarity with the Rules of Archival Description, preservation and conservation is also an asset
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Japanese Canadian History is an asset
  • able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Photography and photo editing skills an asset.


Marketable Skills

The Collections Assistant will acquire skills in cataloguing, museum standards and policy, database software, artifact handling, digitization techniques, museum collections arrangement and storage, and research procedures. Students will gain experience in problem solving and working in a team under the direction of the NIMC Manager. The setting will provide a unique opportunity to be immersed in the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during WWII, and will offer a better understanding of place making and the importance of preserving history for future generations.

Regional Information

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is located in the beautiful village of New Denver, BC. On the shore of pristine Slocan Lake and nestled in the foothills of the mountainous West Kootenay region, the community was founded as a mining town in 1892 and was briefly known as Eldorado City before being renamed after Denver, Colorado. It was incorporated as a village in 1929 and is currently home to a population of 500 residents. It has a moderate climate, clean air, clean water, and excellent offerings in the way of outdoor recreation. Valhalla Provincial Park is located nearby; there are many other hiking and mountain biking opportunities on local trails. In addition to the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, the town has other attractions including local galleries, museums, restaurants, gardens, campgrounds and shops. Several commercial and wild hot springs are can be enjoyed nearby in Nakusp and Ainsworth. The historic towns of Kaslo and Sandon are also located within a short drive.

The candidate will be chosen on a basis of their skill level and ability, therefore we welcome all participants regardless of race, gender or disability. Selected candidates who will be relocating for employment will be provided with assistance in finding accommodations.

Please forward cover letter with resume by email to

or mail to PO Box 40, New Denver, BC, V0G 1S0.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.