Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The Niagara History Center is taking applications to fill two student positions funded by the Grigg Lewis Foundation Workership Program at the museum this summer. The grant will support the student positions of a registrar assistant and an office assistant. Both staff will work from late May to mid-August, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

The registrar assistant will be supervised by the curator and executive director and will work at the 215 Niagara St. museum complex and Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., both in Lockport.

This person must have good organizational skills, Microsoft Office program knowledge and aptitude for customer relations. This individual should also be highly motivated, have phone skills and multi-tasking abilities. The registrar will need to learn Erie Canal history to assist the education curator with school tours of the Flight of Five Locks restoration on site. In addition, the candidate will need to learn use of the History Center’s Past-Perfect museum software.

The office assistant would work primarily at the 215 Niagara St. site but also at the Erie Canal Discovery Center and Bond-Hawley House, 143 Ontario St. in Lockport.

This individual should possess good organizational, customer relations and phone skills, Microsoft program knowledge, multi-tasking ability and ease in speaking before a group. The assistant will be required to assist in interpreting the Flight of Five Locks restoration for visitors when others are not available. The audience would include tourists and locktenders.

Both positions will also include light housekeeping and assisting with moving light objects, such as books and artifacts, writing, filing, copying and working in the museum gift shop.

Summer is particularly busy at the History Center, with many additional visitors and research requests. Both positions will enable staff to be more responsive to visitors’ needs. The diversity of duties and skills in our non-profit museum setting offers students many opportunities for new learning experiences.

Eligible applicants must be students currently enrolled in college or accepted for college this fall, and must be residents of Eastern Niagara County. Applicants cannot be a close relative of a History Center staff or Board member.

Interested students should contact the History Center for an application at 434-7433 or email

The Grigg Lewis Workerships are intended to provide financial assistance to local college students, allow institutions to expand summer programs and provide meaningful summer experiences to participating students.