Researcher/Curatorial Assistant

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  • Titre de l'emploi : Researcher/Curatorial Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Waterloo Region Museum
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Kitchener, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-10-23 à 2018-03-30 (23 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 30,36 $

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Are you a history buff who loves to research and engage with local history experts? The Waterloo Region Museum is looking for an outgoing, detail-oriented, and organized individual to join our team as a Researcher/Curatorial Assistant. This position is responsible for undertaking historical and material culture research on Waterloo County schools, school plans, and furnishings that will assist museum staff in replicating a one room school house at its Doon Heritage Village site. This role will also involve collections activities related to this project and other day-to-day tasks, where there is the chance to acquire skills in collecting, collections management, and cataloguing. He/she must be able to work with minimal supervision and be available for regular weekday work, with the occasional after hour meeting.

The Region of Waterloo owns and operates the Region of Waterloo Museums, including: the Waterloo Region Museum (WRM) and Doon Heritage Village; Schneider Haus - National Historic Site; and McDougall Cottage - Heritage Site. Administrative staff, including curatorial and programs, work out of the Curatorial Centre, located behind the Waterloo Region Museum and Village site. The WRM is open year round, and the Village seasonally May through December. Learn more about our museums by visiting our website:

Annually, the Waterloo Region Museum undertakes capital projects alongside its regular operational activities. One such project involves the addition of a school house to its living history Doon Heritage Village site (ca. 1914), which comprises over 20 historic buildings situated in a natural 60-acre setting along Schneider Creek, in Kitchener, Ontario.

Key Responsibilities:

The goal of this position is to undertake research and prepare a paper that examines key aspects of the one room school house in Waterloo County (i.e.). The Researcher/Curatorial Assistant will have a variety of tasks including researching:

• initial information assembled on topic, including literature sources, school locations (maps), images of schools in museum collection, school-related artifacts;

• school developments in Ontario and Waterloo County/Region, partially captured in Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC) inventory of public buildings;

• school consolidations, creation of school boards in Waterloo County;

• furnishings, including an inventory to furnish building;

• specific events, programs, activities that took place in Waterloo County schools;

• architectural drawings, functional plan and services for proposed school house;

• location and landscaping details (e.g., fencing, school yard, trees, garden, baseball diamond, horse tie-up, outhouses);

• points of distinction for Waterloo County schools, e.g. Mennonite education, German language instruction; cultural diversity characteristic of Waterloo County ca. 1914.

Required Qualifications:

• a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, History, Architecture, Anthropology, Museum Studies, or related subject area;

• Excellent writing and communication skills;

• Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel;

• Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential;

• Positive teamwork experience, self-motivation, and organizational ability.

Desired Qualifications:

• Academic familiarity and/or experience with Ontario architectural heritage;

• Knowledge and/or experience with late 19th century and/or early 20th century material culture as relates to rural Ontario life;

• Familiarity with the Region of Waterloo and its many heritage sites and resources is desirable.

Employment Conditions:

This is a temporary full-time position, beginning October 23, 2017 and reporting to the Manager/Curator. The Waterloo Region Museum provides orientation training and professional development opportunities. Interviews will be conducted in September. Applicants wishing to be considered for this job must be registered in the YCW in Heritage Organizations candidate inventory databank. YCW criteria state that candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 30 years; must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee status in Canada; and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

The Waterloo Region Museum welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified Canadian students, including Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online to: The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Human Resources Department, 150 Frederick Street (3rd Floor), Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3. Visit our website at:

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