Curatorial Collections Assistant
- Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
- Job title: Curatorial Collections Assistant
- Organization name: Markham Museum
- Job location: Markham, Ontario
- Length of assignment: 2017-11-13 to 2018-03-23 (18 weeks)
- Hourly wage: $14.49
YCW Website Job Poster
The Markham Museum, a division of the Department of Economic Growth, Culture & Entrepreneurship in the City of Markham is seeking an enthusiastic candidate for the temporary contract position of Curatorial Collections Assistant (YCW Intern). You are encouraged to apply online at www.markham.ca
Anticipated start Date | November 13, 2017
Period | 18 weeks, 35 hours per week
Wage | $14.49 - $16.10 per hour (Grade 7, Steps 1-4)
Markham Museum offers unique family and education experience, on 25 acres of parkland, featuring over 20 historic buildings. Presenting the main themes of settlement as it relates to the environment, and the technologies used to adapt to life. Markham Museum connects the history of Markham to today’s new ‘settlers’ by examining our environment and the tools we use to adapt to our changing world. The 25-acre Museum site offers year-round: exhibits, school programs, public programs and events, private event venues and research facilities.
This community museum’s collection consists of approximately 80,000 artifacts, specimens and archival documents. We offer research services to members of the public, scholars and to the staff of other departments within the City of Markham.
Reporting: This position reports to the Curator (Collections Coordinator).
The Assistant will work as a member of the curatorial team and will be responsible for the systematic review, inspection and analysis of collections at the Markham Museum in order to improve the general storage, care and management of the collection. The objective of this project is to refine the collections and develop a new collecting plan that betters supports our research, exhibition and program requirements.
The successful candidates will:
• Update catalogue records in the collections management system (Mimsy XG)
• Design and build new standard reports for collections analysis
• Prepare and update inventory lists of items for each major collection area and draft recommendations for refining the holdings by object type. In order to complete this process the following tasks are required:
o Analyze the extant documentation in order to identify duplications and gaps in the holdings
o Verify the provenance and significance of items under review
o Update the locations of items in the general inventory
o Inspect the materials for condition and prepare updated schedules for items of immediate concern and those that are stable but may require treatment for future use
• Identify gaps in the collections to be addressed in a new collecting plan.
• Train and direct volunteer team members.
• Propose consolidation strategies for collections, where appropriate, to improve care and management
• Assist with presentations to Collections Committee and Board
• Create additional collections procedures and update the general manual for use by all team members
• Participate in the life of the Museum by attending regular team meetings and supporting colleagues upon request
• Work in a safe and responsible manner respecting all corporate policies. Report all incidents promptly and thoroughly to their supervisor using correct forms and processes.
• Other duties as required
Required Skills Qualifications:
Applicants should be a recent graduate with a degree or a diploma in Museum Studies, Archives, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Natural History or a related field and have:
• An interest in museum work as a possible future career;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Superior oral and written communication skills;
• The capacity to work both independently and on group projects in a dynamic and fast paced environment;
• Flexibility to manage multiple priorities and work
• Experience working with volunteers;
• Computer skills – standard Microsoft Office Suite, proficiency with managing large amounts of data with care and precision;
• Capacity to perform work requiring some heavy lifting (up to 20 Kgs.), as well as bending, and stooping, overhead reaches while positioning objects, and general manoeuvrability on a 25 acre site; and
• Previous experience working with artifact collections, knowledge of digital photography and an understanding of collections management software and thesaurus-based cataloguing would be an asset.
• Ability to provide an up to date Vulnerable Sector Screening form from their local police department;
• G Drivers License, Work at Heights and Fire Arms Posession and Acquisition Licence are an asset;
• Second language is and asset.
We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Characteristics of Markham
The Museum is actively reaching out to our rapidly evolving community in all our activities. As the most diverse community in Ontario, 69% of Markham residents were born elsewhere and 65% do not speak English or French as a first language. Markham’s population is 340,000. The community was founded in 1794 by settlers of German, Pennsylvania German and British ancestry. Primarily a farming community until the 1950s, the City first expanded as a bedroom community for Toronto and more recently, development is creating a unique urban centre with an economy built on high tech industries.
The newest City in Canada (2012), Markham operates the Markham Theatre and the Varley Art Gallery and hosted four sports as part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games. Markham is home to the largest four-day agricultural fair in Canada, and hosts many seasonal and community festivals throughout the year. The Museum’s Applefest, now in its 31st year, draws 5,000 visitors annually for a two-day event every September.
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