Collections Registrar

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Collections Registrar
  • Nom de l’organisme : The Canadian Canoe Museum
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Peterborough, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-10-10 à 2018-03-30 (24 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 16,00 $

The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique national heritage centre that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. We’re an engaging, family-friendly museum with more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display. Visitors enjoy interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building and puppet theatre for children. Through inclusive, memorable and engaging exhibits and programs we share the art, culture, heritage and spirit of paddled watercraft with our communities.


Founded on a collection of the late Professor Kirk Wipper, and established in Peterborough, Ontario, in 1997, the museum’s holdings now number more than 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Together they span the country from coast to coast to coast and represent many of the major watercraft traditions of Canada.


The Canadian Canoe Museum is at a pivotal point in its history as the museum plans to move to a new facility within the next five years. Under the guidance of the curator, the Collections Registrar will work to complete a systematic inventory of the museum’s paddled watercraft collection, and assist in cataloguing and maintaining collection records.



The Collections Registrar will:

- Conduct a physical inventory of the museum’s paddled watercraft collection in the museum’s collections storage facility

- crosscheck the museum’s electronic and hard-copy catalogue records

- Confirm and record storage location of collection objects and update in PastPerfect as needed

- Identify objects to be considered for potential deaccession

- Identify collection “issues” (duplicate accession numbers, overdue loans, missing files, etc) and develop a strategy to resolve errors

- Process and track outgoing loans to other museums and institutions

- Draft, review and send gift agreements for incoming collections acquisitions

- Prepare an agenda and information package for Collections Committee Meetings and record minutes

- Assist with collections and registrar projects as assigned

- Assist in preparing for special events as needed



The successful candidate will:


- Have excellent written and oral communication skills

- Have superior attention to detail

- Have experience working in a museum setting, preferably in a Collections capacity

- Feel comfortable working alone and with others

- Have experience and knowledge of the proper care and handling of objects

- Have experience or interest working with specialized collections

- Have completed a post-secondary degree or diploma in the following fields of study: History, Canadian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Public History or Museum Studies

- Be familiar working with databases (experience with PastPerfect considered an asset)

- Posses intermediate computer skills (familiarity with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, etc.)



Please note the candidate must meet the requirements as outlined in the Young Canada Works: Building Careers in Heritage (graduates) criteria. (See requirements here. )


Interested candidates may submit their application to the Curator at the following email address:


Jeremy.ward@canoemuseum.ca











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