Opportunities

Interested in working to preserve and promote heritage in the City of Edmonton? The Edmonton Heritage Council offers a variety of ways to work with us, from employment to short-term contracts to volunteer opportunities.

Contribute to ECAMP: 2020 Call for Story Contributors

A view of the High Level bridge crossing over the North Saskatchewan River, looking west. Edmonton, Alberta, March 2015.

Are you passionate about Edmonton’s history or cultural heritage? Do you enjoy writing, researching or storytelling? Is there a story from our city’s past or your past in the city that you want to share with Edmontonians? Then contribute your history or heritage story to the Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP).

For 2020, the Edmonton City as Museum Project is soliciting 26 new stories for our online collection. Stories will be published on the ECAMP website, one per week, from July to December 2020.

What kinds of stories?

The Edmonton City as Museum Project is an initiative of the Edmonton Heritage Council that explores the history & heritage of our city through story: the stories that connect us, the stories that have divided us, and the stories that will nurture an understanding & appreciation of our differences as Edmontonians.

ECAMP shares stories about:

  • The PeoplePlacesThings, & Moments significant to the history and cultural heritage of Edmonton & Edmontonians.
  • *NEW* YEG Arrivals: Getting Here & Being Here. A city is made up of its people, and many Edmontonians came to our city from somewhere else. As such, stories of migration are essential to the story of Edmonton. Consider sharing how you or someone from your family came to be in Edmonton and what life was like when you arrived.

Those interested in contributing to ECAMP may submit a pitch for any story/stories relevant to the history and cultural heritage of Edmonton. The ECAMP Curator is available to help develop story ideas and provide advice throughout the process. Do not hesitate to reach out.

A list of potential ECAMP People generated by the ECAMP Facebook community, January 2020

Who can contribute to ECAMP?
ECAMP explores the multifaceted history & cultural heritage of Edmonton from the perspective of Edmontonians. Anyone with an interest or experience in writing, researching, storytelling, history or cultural heritage is encouraged to contribute.

For 2020, priority will be given to stories and story contributors historically excluded from representations of Edmonton’s past, such as Indigenous and racialized peoples, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community & later twentieth-century newcomers.)

What are the expectations?

ECAMP stories are between 600-1000 words. Stories can be one-off articles or a series of posts exploring a single topic or theme.

Each story includes at least three images. Photos may be personal photos, or they can be archival photos from museums and archives across Alberta. ECAMP will cover any fees for archival images. Stories may also contain embedded audio and video content from the Internet, as long as story contributors have written permission to do so.

A list of potential ECAMP Places generated by the ECAMP Facebook community, January 2020

Payment

Payment is between $240-$400 per story, depending on the length of the piece. Payment takes place after the final draft has been submitted to the ECAMP Curator.

How to Submit
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) can be submitted between February 1 and March 31, 2020. ECAMP accepts EOIs in a variety of formats (written submissions, audio or video recordings, or in-person presentations.) Written submissions should be 1-2 pages in length and submitted as a single PDF. Recorded or in-person submissions should be between 3-5 minutes in length. EOIs can be submitted via Dropbox.

EOIs should include:

  • Your contact information (email address, mailing address & phone number);
  • A brief description of the stories you would like to share relevant to the history & cultural heritage of Edmonton & Edmontonians;
  • The number of stories you are interested in producing;
  • A brief description of your writing, researching or storytelling experience.

To submit an EOI, schedule an in-person submission, or to ask a question, please contact the ECAMP Curator, Christina Hardie.

Project Contact
Christina Hardie, ECAMP Curator
E: info@citymuseumedmonton.ca
T: 780-429-0166 ext. 223

Download a PDF version of the Call for Contributors or see the post on the ECAMP website.

Call for Casino Volunteers

What: AGLC casino fundraiser benefiting Edmonton Heritage Council
Who:  You! (if you are 18 years of age or older)
When: May 12-13 and May 13-14, 2020
Where: Century Casino (13103 Fort Rd NW, Edmonton)
Why: To raise essential funds for EHC and give community members a chance to contribute in a fun and exciting way.

The Edmonton Heritage Council is looking for some casino volunteers we can count on. We need people who can commit to work any of the casino shifts listed below.

Available casino shifts (times are approximate) for May 12-13 and May 13-14:

  • Day shifts: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Partial night shifts: 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • Full night shifts: 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM

No prior experience is required for count room workers, cashiers, chip runners, and bankers; training will be provided.

As a not-for-profit society, Edmonton Heritage Council depends on this important fundraiser as a means to cover equipment costs, invest in online resources, and fund heritage celebrations through sponsorships to other organizations.

On a personal level, this volunteer opportunity gives community members a refreshing change of pace and a chance to spend time with other heritage enthusiasts and practitioners in a lively setting. In recognition of possible barriers to participation in such events, EHC will provide volunteers with free meals and reimbursement for the cost of transportation, childcare, or elder care.

Please indicate your interest and availability in an email to:

Attention: Mary Schuurman                 Email: mschuurman@edmontonheritage.ca

Download the posting in PDF format here.

Nomination Deadline Extended for Edmonton’s Next Historian Laureate

The nomination deadline for Edmonton’s next Historian Laureate has just been extended to January 31!

Have a look at EHC’s latest blog post, featuring insights from Historians Laureate Marlena Wyman, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, and Shirley Lowe for inspiration if you or someone you know might be interested in working to create awareness of Edmonton’s heritage and to act as an ambassador for the city on historical matters.

The backgrounds of those who have held the post in the past represent a great diversity of experience, and some of them didn’t see themselves as obvious candidate for the position before rising to the occasion.

Read the complete blog post. The Historian Laureate program is administered jointly by the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Historical Board, and Edmonton Heritage Council.

The next Historian Laureate will receive an annual honorarium provided by the Edmonton Historical Board, for the length of the two-year term.

Sponsorships

The Edmonton Heritage Council’s sponsorship program is currently under review as we work to better allocate limited resources to support our goals of engaging citizens with the city’s heritage places, stories and ideas, and empowering citizens’ relationships with the community’s heritage.

We look forward to supporting your exciting heritage projects and events again in the near future! Please visit this page again soon for updates to the EHC sponsorship program.

For more information, please contact info@edmontonheritage.ca or 780-429-0166.