Shipyard Collections Assistant - Conservation Internship

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Shipyard Collections Assistant - Conservation Internship
  • Nom de l’organisme : Fort McMurray Heritage Society
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-08-07 à 2018-03-31 (32 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 18,00 $


The Shipyard Collections Assistant position has been designed to help process the large number of artifacts in our Heritage Shipyard collection. The project includes assessing, cleaning, photographing, and when necessary rehousing and relocating these artifacts, and will include careful consideration of Heritage Shipyard exhibit spaces.

Our major vessels at Heritage Shipyard contain a number of artifacts which have been accessioned but have not been properly housed or cleaned; with the assistance of specialist contractors and the Collections Technician, this employee will assess these artifacts room-by-room in order to determine where the artifacts would be best located and how they would be best secured, and will then execute this decision. These artifacts’ records also need assessment and improvement, and must in some cases be entered into our database. During winter months when work in Heritage Shipyard is limited by inclement weather, the Shipyard Collections Assistant will assist in historical research and artifact care at Heritage Village. Finally, like all Society staff, the Shipyard Collections Assistant will be called upon to assist in the regular operation of and especially special events at the Heritage Village and Heritage Shipyard; in the intern’s case, this will mostly likely involve cleaning and some guest services or light manual labour.


early August: Orientation, Training, Job Shadowing

August – mid-September: Assess and secure or remove artifacts on CCGS McMurray; begin this process on Dredge-250

mid-September – 30 September: Prepare for winter (bring in artifacts from Dredge-250 and CCGS Miskanaw for work, ready space for inside work)

October – March: Clean artifacts at Shipyard as able; when weather prevents work at Shipyard, update PastPerfect, assess current PastPerfect records for quality, and help other staff with work as needed (ie. filing, organizing historical information, provenance research)


Candidates are expected to have the following traits and accomplishments:

• Completed a degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Conservation, Fine Art, History, or Museum Studies

• Written and spoken English necessary

• An interest in northern heritage and history an asset

• An interest in nautical history an asset

• Experience with artifact conservation an asset

• Good communication skills

• Ability to work with others

• A proactive personality: responsibility, creativity, and a problem-solving approach

• A willingness to learn and develop new skills


The Fort McMurray Heritage Society is open to hiring any qualified candidate from across Canada.

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