ALL CBU STUDENTS – Digital Archives Assistant, Beaton Institute


Candidate must meet the Young Canada Works Program criteria (under the age of 30 and returning to full-time studies) and be registered with YCW,

Position Description:

The Digital Archives Assistant will work with the Archivist and Digital Archivist to make archival records available for the Canadian public on the Beaton Institute Digital Archives website ( The Digital Archives Assistant will describe primary source documents according to national standards and best practices. They will edit and write descriptive metadata and upload digital content for inclusion on the Digital Archives. Improved metadata and digital objects will be added to the records creating a much more robust and informationally rich digital resource. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase access to our cultural heritage using digital technologies as well as provide primary source material for researchers across the country. Publishing thousands of new archival records will allow for greater digital discovery of our shared documentary Canadian heritage.

Minimum/Essential Qualifications Needed to Perform Job:

  • Ability to work according to an established schedule
  • Computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work without close supervision
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to lift and move heavy boxes
  • Ability to work with the public
  • Understanding of historical research methods and approaches
  • Ability to solve problems.


Preferred Qualifications: Interest in historical methods, research, archival or museum studies.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application Details

Position:           Digital Archives Assistant: Beaton Institute

Duration:           May 22 – August 25, 2017 (14 weeks, 32.5 hours per week

Rate:                $14.00 per hour

Language Requirement: English

Employer:         Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

Application deadline: 08 May 2017

Contact:  Catherine Arseneau, Director of Cultural Resources

Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

P.O. Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

Tel: (902) 563-1326