Collections Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Collections Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : MacLaren Art Centre
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Barrie, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-09-18 à 2018-03-23 (27 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,00 $

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.

About the Job

The MacLaren Art Centre is seeking a recent graduate of a curatorial studies, art history, library and information studies or museum studies programme to assist with various tasks associated with the MacLaren’s permanent collection. Working closely with the Associate Curator/Collections Manager, the intern will assist with collating documentation related to the long-term preservation of the MacLaren’s permanent collection. The intern will also assist with researching and rehousing the Sovfoto Archive, a collection of 23,116 vintage Soviet press prints, in advance of exhibitions looking at circumpolar issues using this collection. In addition to these duties, the student will assist with: installation of artworks in temporary exhibitions; labels and signage for exhibition displays; compiling research materials on collection works; and other duties as assigned. All applicants must be registered with Young Canada Works and meet all eligibility requirements for their Building Careers in Heritage programme.


• Must be a recent graduate of a curatorial studies, art history, library and information studies or museum studies programme with experience in museum or art gallery environments. Master of Arts degree preferred.

• Knowledge of Russian history and/or language, or courses in circumpolar or Indigenous studies are assets

• Must maintain a high standard of professionalism

• Must be personable, detail oriented and able to work as a team member

• Must be able to lift up to 15 kg

• Must arrange his/her own travel to and from the MacLaren Art Centre on a daily basis

In order to meet YCW Building Careers in Heritage eligibility requirements, all candidates must demonstrate that they:

• 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) while employed with the program;

• are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program;

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

The deadline for applications is 9 am on Monday, August 14, 2017

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

Please send a personalized cover letter and curriculum vitae in confidence to: Emily McKibbon, Associate Curator/ Collections Manager, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or email to:

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