BCRC is Hiring -Researcher

Position Overview

Reporting to the Project Coordinator the Researcher will assist in identifying and locating historical materials from a variety of sources (documents, artefacts, interviews etc.) for the creation of Memoryscapes (soundwalks) promoting the history and culture of the Montréal’s Black English Speaking population. This will include conducting historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and promotion of historic places, events and persons, important to the history of Black English Speaking Montreal. The researcher will assist in outreach and recruitment of youth participants for the project, project workshops as well as the creation of the memoryscapes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Gather historical and local information from a variety of resources sources such as archives, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals for input into the project.

Conduct interviews in order to gather information about historical locations, and to record oral histories.

Assist in the recruitment of youths to participate in a yearlong history project (2018-2019).

Provide research guidance and assistance to youth.

Organize information for publication and for other means of dissemination, such as use in Mp3 players and Internet sites.

Animate cultural classes, workshops and presentations, to ensure that they are meeting project goals.

Assist youth in the creation of 15 Memoryscapes using information gathered during research.

Accompany youth on walking tours of historical sites.

Ensure and maintain effective and on-going communication with youths and groups involved directly or indirectly in the project.

Assist Project Coordinator in the organisation of community forums, consultations and meetings and other research events.

Communicate on a constant basis with the Project Coordinator, providing weekly reports as needed.


• Should have a minimum equivalent of a final year of B.A. in history, or related social science field
• Experience with historical, cultural and/or research projects an asset
• Strong familiarity with community development, heritage and cultural concerns
• Knowledge of local Montreal histor(ies) or geograph(ies), particularly English Speaking Black Montreal
• Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and age
• Competency in both official languages essential (English & French)
• Strong writing and organizational skills
• Can work with a team and support project activities as needed
• Experience in video pre and post production including planning and executing video interviews desirable
• Experience with social media & web content or blogging

All interested candidates ready for this challenge are requested to send their resume to the attention of Ms. Raeanne Francis, Administrative Coordinator. Applications will be accepted until September 5th, 2017. Please note that we will only contact those candidates retained for an interview. Selected applicants must provide attestation to academic study.  BCRC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. At BCRC we provide equal employment opportunities to the four designated groups and we welcome applications from women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We thank you for your interest in working for BCRC.

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