Museum Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Museum Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Lougheed House Conservation Society
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Calgary, Alberta
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-15 à 2017-08-04 (12 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 16,00 $

Position: Museum Assistant (summer) 1 position available

Location: Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic site in Calgary, AB

Term: Seasonal full-time, May 8 – Aug. 25, 2017

Salary: Up to $16.00/hr dependent on qualifications (35hrs/wk)

Hours: 5 days per week (may include weekends), 9:00am – 4:00pm


The Lougheed House Conservation Society is seeking a knowledgeable, innovative and highly motivated individual to be the Museum Assistant for the Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic Site. The successful candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated and creative person. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills as well as respect for, and the ability to work with, diverse populations. The Museum Assistant will be responsible for assisting with various museum tasks such as programming, special event development, interpretation, processing museum collections, and communications.

Tasks Include:

- Collections management duties such as inventories, accessioning, cataloguing and photographing artifacts, and arranging archival materials.

- Assist in the development of interpretive strategies for Lougheed House.

- Provide guided interpretive tours of the House.

- Help in the delivery of school programs.

- Assist with organization of programs.

- Help in delivery of programs. (May include some evenings or weekends)

- Ambassador of Lougheed House at all times.

- Address any questions visitors may have and provide additional interpretation of the House and exhibits when appropriate.

- Assist in planning and carrying out special events over the summer.

- Occasionally monitor the front desk/entrance to greet and provide information to visitors.

Under the supervision of the curator this position will work primarily in the Lougheed House building. This position will have the benefit of participating in familiarization tours of sites in Calgary, on-site training in museum curatorial practices, and experience in research, project development, interpretation and educational programming. Students of museum studies (or related programs) who wish to continue learning and gain valuable work experience to put on their resume are strongly encouraged to apply.


- A degree; some university/college; or training in museum studies, library/archival studies, history, anthropology, education or a related field is preferred. Relevant experience will also be considered.

- High level of written and verbal skills

- Attention to detail and thorough even with repetitive tasks.

- Friendly personality to be able to work with staff and volunteers in a busy team environment, but also self-disciplined to be able to work efficiently alone.

- Confident working with the public to guide tours, teach or facilitate a group.

- Willingness to learn and willingness to share your knowledge to help train others.

- Possess a knowledge of or interest in Calgary history including current issues.

- Exceptional organizational and time management skills, punctual and reliable

- Applicable computer skills and experience with some administration work is a must (Microsoft Office suite, Windows, email, search engines, etc.)

- Fluent English is required, fluent or intermediate use of French is an asset.

To be eligible for YCW individuals must be a current student or recent graduate who must:

• be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;

Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible;

• be legally entitled to work in Canada;

• be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program for which you apply;

• be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;

• be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.

To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:

• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;

• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,

• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.


Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to with “Summer Student Application” before the deadline date of April 3rd, 2017.

Characteristics of City/Region:

Calgary is a city of approximately 1.2 million located in southern Alberta just east of the Canadian Rockies. As the largest city in Alberta, with an international airport and situated on the trans-Canada highway and other major travel routes, Calgary attracts millions of visitors annually. The Museum occupies the 1891 sandstone, prairie mansion home of Senator James and Lady Isabella Lougheed on its 2.8 acre site with adjoining gardens. The rich history of early Calgary, the Lougheed Family and subsequent occupants of the House are represented in the Museum’s collections, exhibits, programs and special events.

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