Museum Assistant – Summer Student Job

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is seeking students with interests in history to complete curatorial projects and assist with the operations of the Museum for the summer of 2020.

Job Description:

Title: Museum Assistant


Provides assistance to museum operations by:

  • Improving the catalogue records of the Museum collection which includes activities such as: safely handling objects, archives, and photographs; inputting data and images into PastPerfect museum software; and safely rehousing (repackaging) collection items;
  • Assisting with research and development of exhibits;
  • Visitor assistance through greeting/welcoming visitors and answering inquiries;
  • Conducting research to answer in depth inquiries which may include liaising with other local organizations;
  • Interpret and conduct tours of local history exhibits as necessary;
  • Assist with day to day museum operations including opening and closing the building, working the reception desk, and administrative duties.


  • Currently enrolled in and returning to full-time post-secondary studies
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or refugee status in Canada) between 16 and 30 years old
  • Previous work experience in the cultural heritage or education sector will be considered an asset
  • Preference will be given to those enrolled in a relevant field of study such as: Museum studies, history, anthropology, archaeology, classical studies, philosophy, literature, sociology, Indigenous studies, art history, Canadian studies, etc.

Skill and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Strong research, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills
  • Flexible, resourceful
  • Able to work both as part of a team and independently
  • Robust knowledge computer software applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

Term: Seasonal full-time (40 hours a week) for up to 16 weeks from May to August 2020

Wage: $16.00/hour

Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Copy of Post-Secondary  Transcript and/or proof of enrollment in Fall of 2020

Application Deadline: April 27, 2020

Send application documents via e-mail to Alex at

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

This position, including but not limited to the wage amount and term of employment, are subject to funding through the Young Canada Works Program and the Canada Summer Jobs Program for 2020.



City of Williams Lake’s 91st Birthday Celebration Postponed

The City of Williams Lake’s 91st Birthday has been postponed!

In light of the recent government health advisories surrounding COVID-19, the Museum has made the final decision to postpone the City of Williams Lake’s 91st Birthday Tea until further notice. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by the event cancellation, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our community. We will notify the community when a new date has been set for the City’s Birthday celebration, and we greatly appreciate your understanding.

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Saddle Cleaning Workbee!

We are seeking volunteers to assist cleaning the Museum’s saddle collection! Are you interested in volunteering at the Museum, or learning how to clean leather and saddles?

The Museum will be hosting a saddle cleaning workbee on Wednesday March 11th starting at 9:30am. Together with saddle maker Mark Denny of Cariboo Saddlery, we will be cleaning the Museum’s collection of saddles. It will be held at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, inside the Tourism Discovery Centre, Williams Lake.

We would greatly appreciate your help!. Please contact the Museum at 250.392.7404 or for more information or to RSVP.


BC Cowboy Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees Announced!

We are excited to announce and recognize this years BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees with the BC Cowboy Heritage Society.

Frank Armes – Ranching Pioneer

Allison Everett – Builder of Western Culture

Chilancoh Ranch & the Bayliff Family – Century Ranch & Ranching Pioneer

Paul “Buck” Mammel – Working Cowboy & Ranching Pioneer

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin would like to congratulate the 2020 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees!

For more information on each inductee please visit the BC Cowboy Heritage Society website!


2017 Wildfire Exhibit – Seeking Stories!


The Museum is busy preparing a new exhibit on the 2017 Wildfires of the Cariboo Chilcotin, and is seeking your help! We want to hear your short stories and experiences during the 2017 wildfires. Selected stories will be displayed as part of the exhibit.

Please email your short stories and contact information to 

If your story is selected, we will contact you to follow up.

We look forward to hearing from you!

#BCStrong #CaribooStrong #BCFires2017 #ChilcotinStrong #CaribooWildfires

UPDATE – POSTPONED City of Williams Lake’s 91st Birthday Tea!

UPDATE – The City of Williams Lake’s 91st Birthday Celebration has been postponed.

Join the Museum to celebrate the City of Williams Lake’s 91st Birthday on Monday March 16th with tea, coffee and birthday cake!

Will be held at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin (1660 Broadway Ave South/inside the Tourism Discovery Centre).

11am – 1pm Tea & Coffee Served                            12pm Introductions & Welcome                              12:30pm Cake Cutting

Admission is FREE and we encourage you to bring others with you!

Note: City of Williams Lakes incorporation date is March 15th, 1929 but due to the 15th being a Sunday this year, the Birthday Tea  will be held Monday March 16th, 2020 to celebrate.


Sleigh Bells & Silver Spurs New Year’s Eve Party a Success!

We rung 2020 in with our new event the Sleigh Bells & Silver Spurs New Year’s Eve Party on December 31st! 

The evening consisted of door prizes, appetizers, drinks, and a live performance from Tennessee Walker, with safe rides home from Adventure Charters and Operation Red Nose.

We are happy to report the event was a success! With this event being a pilot project, we learned lots and are looking forward to planning future events. 

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did, and we would like to thank everyone who braved the winter roads and joined us that night to ring in the new year! Also congratulations to the lucky winners who won the door prizes!

This event would not have been possible without the support of many volunteers, local organizations, groups and the local businesses of Williams Lake! Thank you for helping us make this event a success!



Holiday Hours

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Holiday Hours! 

Be sure to pick up your tickets for the Sleigh Bells & Silver Spurs New Year’s Eve in the Cariboo Concert while you can! Tickets are also sold at Margetts Meats and All-Ways Travel and are $50 each.