Curatorial Assistant

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  • Titre de l'emploi : Curatorial Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Carp, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-12-04 à 2018-03-31 (16 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 16,00 $

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Curatorial Assistant

Location: Carp, ON, CANADA

Position Type: Fixed-term, hourly full-time contract, with the possibility of extension; up to 37.5 hours/week, includes weekends and occasionally evenings. This position begins on December 4th, 2017.

Salary: $16/hour

Closing date: March 31, 2018

The Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, is a not-for-profit, community museum in rural Ottawa. Originally built in 1961 to house key members on Canada’s government and military in the event of a nuclear attack on Ottawa, the Diefenbunker has been a museum since 1998.

Job Summary

The Museum currently offers an annual schedule of temporary exhibitions, such as an artist in residence program, art shows, and community partnership exhibitions., Public tours are also offered throughout the year on a variety of themes including military history, women’s history, communications and continuity of government. In addition to these usual events, the Museum is currently preparing to host an international academic conference on the Cold War in the autumn of 2018.

Under the supervision of the Curatorial Manager and Visitor Services Coordinators, you will assist in the planning for the 2018 conference. You will also contribute to the mandate of the Museum by both offering public activities for visitors, such as guided tours, and assisting in exhibition development.

Central Responsibilities

- Aiding the Curatorial Manager in conference planning and administration

-Conducting guided tours of the museum in both official languages. Tours will be conducted on a variety of Cold War subjects (i.e.) social history, military history, continuity of government, internal affairs, women's history, etc.

-Expanding the interpretive role of the museum by running programs that appeal to people from different age groups.

-Providing customer service.

-Cash handling: admissions and gift shop sales.

-Performing light indoor and outdoor maintenance (i.e.) dusting, sweeping and cleaning of visitor areas.

- Researching/gathering information on artefacts in the collection

- Writing and preparing labels

- Preparing exhibitions spaces (e.g. filling holes, painting, cleaning, monitors, moving display cases and plinths)

- Handling and assisting with the display of artefacts

- Setting up seating for performances

- Uploading exhibition and performance details to community listings

-Supporting community and corporate special events.

Key Requirements

-certification in First Aid/CPR C

-minimum 1 year previous experience working with the public

-Fully functional on both official languages

-strong communication skills and excellent presentation skills in both official languages

-adaptability, innovation, as well as proven ability to work in a teamwork environment

-knowledge of proper artefact handling procedures

-experience working with exhibition design and installation

-familiarity with computers and Microsoft programs such as Outlook, Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

- a recent university graduate in a related field (museology, history, communications, education, or comparable studies)


-studies in history, especially military and/or Cold War history

-ability to communicate in additional languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin

-experience in dealing with high school groups and children.

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter by October 30, 2017 to or by mail to:

Nic Clarke Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum

Box 466, 3929 Carp Rd.

Carp, ON K0A 1L0


• This position will include work on weekends and holidays and on occasion during the evening.

• We are committed to employment equity and we encourage applications from qualified men and women, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

• Only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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