Title:Research Assistant (Cultural Trailway – Phase 3)

Position: Research Assistant (1 position available)

Date: April 29 – August 28, 2019 

Hours: 35 hours per week at $16/hour. 

Application deadline: March 22, 2019 

Position Summary:

Which famous Canadian rebel was hidden under the floorboards of a church in downtown Regina? Which Regina event from 1912 involved a survivor of the Titanic? Which downtown building was the home of one of Saskatchewan’s first ever department stores? Join the team of Regina Downtown Business Improvement District as a Research Assistant and develop historical tours that brings to life the answers to questions on the history of Regina. 

Cultural Trailway is a heritage preservation partner project between Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and Heritage Regina. It seeks to deepen a sense of place and community in the downtown area by connecting Reginans with their shared history. The project consists of three central components: a booklet that outlines the historical significance of buildings, events and people that have shaped Regina, two 90-minute walking tours that share the stories of historical Regina residents, events and  buildings, and an audio tour/mobile app that allow for further exploration into Regina’s history. The project features buildings and events central to the historical development of Regina, including Union Station (Casino Regina), the Hotel Saskatchewan, and the Dominion Government Building. 

The Research Assistant will support the development of Cultural Trailway walking tours of culturally significant events, buildings, and people in the downtown area. They will conduct research into the social and built history of the city of Regina, making extensive use of archival materials and objects from the City of Regina Archives, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, and the Civic Museum of Regina. They will develop routes and schedules for two new walking tours to be launched in the summer of 2020: Icons of Regina (on individuals and events who have influenced the history of Regina) and Brick by Brick (on the architectural heritage of the city). They will collaborate with RDBID’s graphic designer on the format and content of the Cultural Trailway printed booklet that will amplify the walking tour experience. The Research Assistant will be responsible for updating the Cultural Trailway mobile app and audio content to accompany the walking tours. The Research Assistant will also organize an event to celebrate the relaunch of the updated Cultural Trailway booklet. The Research Assistant may be called on to assist with other RDBID events and projects as needed, dependent on available staff. 

The ideal candidate has experience in historical research, heritage interpretation, public speaking, and project coordination.  A background in history or another humanities discipline, education, or urban planning is preferred. The successful applicant will work closely with key project partners, including Heritage Regina, property owners and City of Regina representatives. Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of products including Word, Excel, and Power Point is required. The Research Assistant is responsible for projecting a professional and positive image of RDBID at all times.  This is a temporary, full-time position from late April to late August.


The Research Assistant reports directly to the Manager of Member Engagement.  In the absence of the Manager of Member Engagement, the Research Assistant reports to the Executive Director. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate offerings of walking tours 

  • Research the social and built history of the city of Regina, making extensive use of archival materials and objects.
  • Coordinate with graphic designer to develop both a booklet outlining heritage buildings and events on the walking tours and a trailway map linking cultural assets.
  • Develop tour routes and a schedule of offerings for walking tours of heritage properties, individuals and events in the downtown area.
  • Work closely with project partners such as Heritage Regina, the Civic Museum of Regina and the City of Regina.
  • Update and upload content to the mobile app and audio tour segments of the Cultural Trailway project.
  • Coordinate development of project identity and signage design, with direction from the Manager of Member Engagement.
  • Develop a digital version of walking tour content for presentation in seniors homes’, community centers, and outreach organizations (for those who may not be able to attend a walking tour).
  • Plan a small reception for the unveiling of the completed booklet and updated audio tour and mobile app.
  • Attend/administer meetings with project partners as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

The Research Assistant must possess exceptional research and writing skills, strong organizational, problem solving and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people. An interest in Canadian history is required. Previous knowledge of Regina/Saskatchewan history is an asset. An educational background in history (or another humanities discipline), education, museum and/or cultural studies, geography or urban planning preferred. The Research Assistant must be able to work independently with minimal supervision while meeting project milestones.  They must be creative and outgoing with the ability to engage both project partners and our membership base.  Experience in Microsoft Office is essential. 

The Research Assistant position is affiliated with the Young Canada Works program.  As such,
Applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

How to apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to Amber Parker, Manager of Member Engagement, at hr@reginadowntown.ca. Please include “Research Assistant” in the subject line.

You can also mail or drop off your resume in person at 1822 Scarth, Second Floor, Regina, SK S4P 2G3. 

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 
The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019.


The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) is an organization that provides a range of business and community services to promote and enhance Downtown’s unique assets, to improve conditions for businesses operating in the district, and to improve the quality of life for those who shop, work, live and play Downtown.
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1822 Scarth St., 2nd Floor
Regina, SK S4P 2G3


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