Revelstoke Railway Museum Seeking Both an Executive Director and Curator

Two jobs have opened up at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. If you or someone you know might be interested in working for a vibrant local museum that sees visitors and train enthusiasts from around the world, check out the info below.

Executive Director, Revelstoke Railway Museum

Position Description:

The Revelstoke Railway Museum seeks an experienced Executive Director to lead the organization, oversee its operations, and drive strategies to fulfill the Museum’s mission to preserve, share and inspire a sense of wonder and awe for our Canadian Pacific Railway story.   The Executive Director is responsible for carrying out the directives of the Board of Trustees and acts as an active participant in discussions and decisions impacting the museum.  At all times the Director will act in a manner consistent with the Societies Act.

The Executive Director, Curator, and Retail Manager together are year-round positions and make up operational management team. The Executive Director is responsible for the following:

BOT Participation:

  • Attends all regular meetings of the Board of Trustees.

  • Prepares the Board of Trustees’ meeting agenda and presents regular committee and operational activity reports.

  • Participates, along with the Curator, in developing the Board’s long-term plans for museum development.

  • Works with committees as required.

  • Prepares documented procedures to implement Board of Trustees’ policies.

  • Works with the Finance Committee, Curator and Retail Manager to develop the Museum’s annual budget.

Operational Management:

  • Performs office administrative and managerial duties required to ensure the smooth operation of the museum.

  • Promotes a cooperative team environment that meets the Board of Trustees’ goals and objectives.

  • Manages staff in accordance with museum policies and procedures.

  • Works with the Retail Manager and Curator to oversee effective management of the part-time and volunteer staff.

  • Works with the management team to ensure effective use of all museum resources.

  • Responsible for staff recruitment including job postings and interviews.

  • Manages the janitor and any other casual or contract staff, including: training, performance reviews, verifying hours of work, etc.

  • Ensures proper facility opening/closing and security procedures are followed.

  • Prepares and submits necessary paperwork for events (BC Gaming licences, liquor licences, temporary health permits etc.)

  • Carries out regular site inspections and reports any issues or problems to the Building and Grounds Committee and informs the Board of Trustees of any major problems.

  • Purchasing all office, programming and event supplies.

  • Stays current in the field of museum operations.

Financial Duties:

  • Develops and manages the annual budget and reports regularly on the budget and any variances to the Board if Trustees.

  • Maintains a database of cash and in-kind donations received during the year, and issues acknowledgement letters and tax receipts as required.


  • Researches available funding opportunities and applies for funding when appropriate.

  • Provides reports to funding bodies as required.

  • Works with the Board of Trustees to educate patrons, members and the community about the Revelstoke Community Foundation Railway Museum Fund.

Members and Volunteers:

  • Develops meaningful ways for the volunteers to contribute to the mission of the Museum

  • Involves volunteers in Museum activities and allocates tasks.

  • Maintains a record of volunteers, their areas of interest and volunteer hours.

  • Develops strategies to build Museum membership and engagement.


  • Acts as an advocate for the Museum.

  • Raises the profile of the Museum as a good citizen and valuable resource by promoting community awareness of the Museum’s goals, mission and programs.

  • Represents the Museum within a local, regional, provincial and national context as appropriate.

  • Builds strong working relationships with relevant government and non-governmental agencies.

  • Represents the Museum at industry trade shows as required.


  • Oversees the marketing of the museum and its activities and events by utilizing a variety of strategies such as social media, press releases, website updates, newsletters, print publicity, and free listings.


  • Plans, researches and implements public programs, fundraising initiatives and special events.  Evaluates their success and identifies areas to improve their effectiveness.

  • Promotes active participation within the local community.

  • Facilitates school programs and group tours.

  • Represents the museum at community events and  in local media.


Understanding of the non-profit sector and sustainable development. Minimum three years of business management experience. Ability to prioritize, problem solve, multi-task and make effective decisions.  Proven capacity to develop and manage major projects to successful completion. Demonstrated people management and organizational skills, and excellent consultation and conflict resolution skills. Ability to develop realistic, long and short term goals and work efficiently and effectively toward their implementation. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must have a valid BC driver’s licence.

Position information:

This is a permanent, full time position (37.5 hours per week)

Remuneration: $55,000 per annum + health benefits

Start date: April 2020

Application closing date: 27th February 2020

How to apply:

Email your resume with cover letter to Hayley Johnson, Executive Director, Revelstoke Railway Museum email:

Or drop off in-person to the front desk of the Revelstoke Railway Museum between 11am and 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday. Address: 719 Track Street West, PO Box 3018, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0.

For more information:

Please contact Hayley Johnson via email: or phone: 250 837 6060.

Curator, Revelstoke Railway Museum

The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society is seeking an innovative and resourceful individual to plan, develop and maintain displays and exhibitions, and oversee the preservation and organization of the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s archival, photographic and artifact collection. The Curator responds to research requests and provides historical information and related assistance to staff, the public and other museums and institutions. The position will report to the Executive Director and will be a member of the management team.

Archives and Collections:

  • Ensures that the collections are handled, cataloged and managed according to the Museum’s policies and procedures and consistent with generally accepted professional archival processes.

  • Recruits, trains and supervises any staff or volunteers assigned to collection management projects, and oversees collection activities including accessioning of artifacts, database entry, storage and conservation.

  • Chairs collections committee meetings and overseas the appraisal of all material considered for the collection. Prepares donations and paperwork prior to meetings.

  • Prepares necessary loan agreements for any collection material that it is loaned out or borrowed.

  • Manages and oversees public access to the collection by communicating and promoting the collection to the wider community by contributing online content via the Museum’s website and social media platforms. Ensures that research requests are responded to in an appropriate and timely fashion.

  • Reviews the collection policies on an annual basis and submits recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

  • Organizes and offers oral history presentations through the regular retired railroader Coffee Club sessions or other opportunities as identified.


  • Develops an overall plan for museum exhibits and oversees the upgrading and development of exhibits. Ensures exhibits are refreshed or rotated to maintain visitor interest.

  • Researches and writes interpretive material to engage the public with exhibitions and coordinates the production of this material with graphic designers, printers, and other contributors.

  • Arranges for the loan of special exhibits or artifacts from other museums and galleries when appropriate.

  • Develops travelling exhibits and coordinates all details with prospective venues.

  • Generates and manages a regular maintenance and cleaning schedule for all exhibits.

  • Monitors artifacts and archival material on display for conservation analysis.

  • Assists with group tours and events by developing education kits and artifact demonstrations.


In consultation with the ED, apply for funding for exhibitions, collection management and restoration projects as required.


  • Post-secondary education in history, museum studies or another professional discipline pertinent to the job function, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of current practices in collection management.

  • Experience in the development, production and installation of displays and exhibitions.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) and a demonstrated ability to deal effectively with the public, diverse community stakeholders, staff and volunteers.

  • Ability to develop and implement policies, plans and strategies surrounding the collection and exhibitions.

  • Experience in seeking grant funding opportunities and writing grant applications.

Position information:
This is a permanent, part-time position (20 hours per week)
Remuneration: $25/hour + employer contributions to EI & CPP
Start date: April 2020
Application closing date: 21st February 2020

How to apply:
Email your resume with cover letter to Hayley Johnson, Executive Director, Revelstoke Railway Museum email: or drop off in-person to the front desk of the Railway Museum between 11 am and 4 pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Address: 719 Track Street West, PO Box 3018, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0

Questions about the position should be directed to Hayley Johnson ph: 250 837 6060


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