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Rothney Astronomical Observatory Indigenous Museum Assistant, Indigenous Summer Student Program

Job ID: 22583

Updated: April 6, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Rothney Astronomical Observatory within the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Rothney Astronomical Observatory Indigenous Museum Assistant. This Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 4 months. 

The University of Calgary plays a key role in the Calgary community as it is a hub of curious inquisitive and civic-minded students, faculty and staff.  Our campus community is foundational to fostering an environment that is respectful and inclusive of Indigenous peoples as demonstrated by the development of ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy. ii’ taa’poh’to’p  is a commitment to deep evolutionary transformation by reimagining ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being. Walking parallel paths together, "in a good way," UCalgary is moving toward genuine reconciliation and Indigenization.

The Indigenous Summer Student Program is an opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students to contribute to our Indigenization, while also gaining valuable work experience. This program is in partnership with Community Futures Treaty 7 and the Rupertsland Institute.

As per funding rules, currently this position is only available to First Nation treaty-status or Métis students.

This position regarding day-to-day tasks will be assigned and supervised by the in-scope supervisor (Jennifer Howse) and the incumbent would report to the Director of the RAO (Phil Langill). Effective start date will be May 1, 2021 ending August 31, 2021. The successful incumbent is expected to work a full-time (35 hour work week). Hours may vary with occasional evening and weekend work.

Successful candidate must have own transportation to and from the Observatory, which is located twenty minutes southwest of Calgary.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide assistance in completing educational programs for grade six, eight and nine learners. The programming blends the core work of the observatory with its connections to the surrounding environment and Indigenous traditional knowledge. The programming is a piece of our Convergence Project. This project is into its second year of development. This position will be an excellent opportunity to develop artistic and written story-telling and research skills, which will involve speaking to Elders and other Indigenous community members, and information gathering from the literature and the internet. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Assist with the research and development of Indigenous themed content for educational programs for grade six, eight and nine learners.
  • Assist with public programs, greeting the public and providing interpretation of the observatory collections and history within the context of traditional Indigenous knowledge.
  • Assist with creation of Indigenous themed content for summer evening tours.
  • Assist with conducting summer tours, two events in July and two events in August.
  • Complete special project encompassing the development of grade six curator initiative that partners with indigenous community schools. This position will be assisting with development of the projects and structure of program. 

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Graduate or Undergraduate student who is returning to full time post-secondary studies Fall, 2021
  • Must be First Nation treaty-status or Métis status

Application Deadline:  April 12, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Operational/Administrative Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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