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 : Colchester Historeum
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Truro, Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-10-16 à 2018-03-30 (23 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,00 $

Position Title: Collections Assistant (YCW-BCH)

Department: Colchester Historical Society Museum

Reports to: Curator


The Collections Assistant will be responsible for an inventory of sections 27-30 of the Historeum’s third floor artefact storage room. The inventory project will involve updating artefact’s permanent locations in the online database, Collective Access. The Collections Assistant will photography all artefacts in sections 1-12 in the third floor artefact storage room that do not currently have photographs on the online database. The Collections Assistant will edit, crop, and upload objects photographs to Collective Access database. The Collections Assistant will work weekly with the accessions group to assist with cataloguing and photographing newly acquisitioned artefacts. The Collections Assistant will be trained in collections management, data entry, and pertinent museum administration skills.

This position will be located at the Colchester Historeum, 29 Young Street, Truro, Nova Scotia.

The pay for this position will be up to $14 per hour


All applicants must:

•be registered in the Young Canada Works online candidate inventory ( and meet the eligibility criteria of the Young Canada Works internship program.

•be a recent graduate with a degree or college certificate in museology.

•have data entry experience

•have strong communication and organizational skills

•have strong computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, e-mail, Excel, WordPress)

•be fluent in English

•possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team

The following are considered assets to this position

•Knowledge of best practices in collections management.

•Experience handling artefacts.

•Knowledge of Nova Scotia history.

Physical requirements include standing, walking, crouching, moving around for extended periods of time, exposure to dust, lifting artefacts (no greater than 10 kgs), and the use of common cleaning fluids and ink.

Specialty statements:

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer or will result in termination of your employment. Checks may include one or all of the following: Reference Checks, Criminal Background checks, Child Abuse Registry and education.

Salary Range: $14/ hour for a 35-hour week plus 4% vacation pay

Period of Employment: 23 weeks

Start date: October 16, 2017

End date: March 30, 2018

Deadline for Application: October 9, 2017

Resumes and Cover Letters can be sent to:

Margaret Mulrooney, Curator/Administrator

Mission and Mandate of the Host Organization


Since 1976, the Colchester Historical Society’s mission has been to collect, preserve, and exhibit, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations, artefacts and documents relating to the social, cultural, and natural history of Colchester County, Nova Scotia.


The Colchester Historical Society Museum exists to:

•gather, compile, preserve, and exhibit artefacts of historic value and interest relating to Colchester County;

• maintain and store these artefacts and the records relating to them in a safe and orderly fashion,

•make the artefacts available to the public through temporary, permanent or traveling exhibits, inter-museum loan or for research purposes

•provide assistance to members of the public and researchers; and

•provide educational and outreach programming whenever possible to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Colchester Historical Society Museum.

Truro, Nova Scotia

Truro, Nova Scotia is a town with a population of approximately 12,250. The downtown has recently undergone a revitalization project with major renovation to the library and the addition of a Civic Square greenspace. The Civic Square is host to weekly events and in the winter months houses a skating rink. The Historeum is located in the Civic Square block between the Farmer’s Market and new library making it a prime location for local visitors and tourists. Truro is conveniently located in the heart of Nova Scotia and a recent graduate living in the area could have the opportunity to explore places like Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Cape Breton on the weekends. This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate who would like to explore Nova Scotia and the rest of the Maritimes.

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