Collections Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Collections Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Abbotsford, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-07-10 à 2017-08-25 (8 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,00 $

Summer Employment Opportunity – Young Canada Works

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford

Position: Collections Assistant


Are you interested in art, museums or collections management? The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is offering a unique opportunity to work closely with a significant collection of material cultural heritage as the Collections Assistant. This is a 15 week position, which runs from May 15 to August 25, 2017. The Collections Assistant will gain practical, hands-on learning experience in several areas of the museum and gallery sector, with a focus on collections management, digitization and collections management software. The hourly rate for this position is $14.00 plus 4% vacation pay.


Under the supervision of the Curator of Historical Collections, the Collections Assistant will assist in the successful transfer of collections documentation to a new database software system. The Reach is in the process of improving the functionality of our collections management efforts, with the end goal of making our digitized collection available to the public online and through our exhibitions using touchscreen technology. The candidate will develop valuable skills related to collections management, research, data management and digitization.


The Reach is seeking a mature, motivated individual who has a high degree of attention to detail and be thorough in his/her approach to a project. He or she must also be comfortable working independently to a high standard. The ideal candidate will be a returning post-secondary student at the undergraduate or graduate level studying museum studies, library and information science, anthropology, history, cultural studies, art history, or a field related to culture and heritage. While not a requirement, a background in database software are considered an asset. The candidate should have excellent oral and written language skills, be highly organized and have good time management skills. The candidate must have a valid criminal record check and a valid driver’s license.


Applicants wishing to be considered for this job must be registered for the YCW on-line candidate inventory. YCW criteria state that candidates must be between 16-30 years of age; must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee status; must be a returning student in Fall 2017; must not have another full-time job (30 hours +); must not be collecting Employment Insurance (EI) while employed by YCW; and must be legally entitled to work in Canada.


The Reach is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from candidates who are Indigenous, visible minorities, persons who are differently-abled, or New Canadians.


Cover letters and resumes will be accepted electronically and emailed as PDFs to Curator of Historical Collections, Kris Foulds at kfoulds@thereach.ca. Applications should be received by April 24, 2017.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is dependent upon funding from the Young Canada Works in Heritage Program.


Characteristics of the City/Region


Abbotsford, British Columbia is nestled between Mt. Baker, Washington and the north Shore Mountains in the heart of the Fraser Valley. Located approximately 60km east of Vancouver, along Highway 1, Abbotsford has a population of approximately 150,000 and is home to the University of the Fraser Valley. Abbotsford is an expanding community that has an eclectic blend of modern urban style and friendly country living and is home to a wonderful diversity of citizens including First Nations, Sikh/Punjabi, Mennonite and other ethnic communities.


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