Curatorial Intern

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Curatorial Intern
  • Nom de l’organisme : Museum of Vancouver
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-11-01 à 2018-03-06 (17 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 20,89 $

Pending approval of funding, the Museum of Vancouver is seeking a Curatorial Intern to carry out the cataloguing and digitization of new acquisitions and to assist with collections work in the production of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit, Haida Now!.


The Museum of Vancouver invites applications for the temporary position of Curatorial Intern. This full-time position is funded in part by the Young Canada Works employment initiative; a joint venture of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Parks Canada Agency. The successful candidate will be responsible for cataloging, numbering, condition reporting, digitizing and storing new acquisitions. The position will also assist in collection based work in the preparation of the exhibition Haida Now! such as collection inventory, condition reporting and mount making. The successful candidate will work closely with the Curator of Collections, Curatorial Associate and the Conservator, and will participate in Collection Committee meetings, Curatorial and Engagement Team meetings, and all-staff meetings.


The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field such as anthropology, archaeology, history, or museum studies. Previous experience in a museum or archives environment involving object handling and databases is an asset. The candidate should possess superior written and oral communication skills in English, be detail oriented, manually dexterous, possess a sensitive eye, be comfortable in a fast-paced, multi-faceted organization, and have enthusiasm for both museums and collections.

Eligible candidates must:

• be 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);

• be legally entitled to work in Canada;

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

• 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 the program;

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

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

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

• not have 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.

Note: Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work

The Museum of Vancouver is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants. We invite visible minority and aboriginal applicants and applicants with disabilities to consider MOV as a potential employer.

Position: Curatorial Intern

Hourly Rate: $20.89 per hour + 8% in lieu of benefits and statutory holidays

Hours of Work: 35 hours regular work week

Deadline for application: October 15, 2017

Start Date: November 1, 2017 2017-11-01 - 2018-03-06

End Date: March 6, 2018

Please apply in writing with a resume and cover letter to the attention of Wendy Nichols, Curator of Collections, at wnichols@museumofvancouver.ca. Regretfully, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


Characteristics of the city

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city that enjoys a mild winter climate combined with close proximity to alpine peaks which makes it ideal base for outdoor recreation. The coldest month is January at 4°C, and the wettest month is November with an average of 200mm of rain. With a population of 2.463 million (2016 census), Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada and supports a wide range of artistic and cultural events. Winter festivities include seasonal concerts, a lantern festival, a Christmas market, and the Chinese New Year’s Parade. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.


The Museum of Vancouver is located on the waterfront with a spectacular view of the North Shore Mountains. Waterfront bike-ways connect the Museum to False Creek and the downtown in one direction and to UBC campus in the other direction. The Museum is a 15 minute walk from Granville Island where a busy public market offers excellent food and free outdoor entertainment.



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