Photograph Archives Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Photograph Archives Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : The Multicultural History Society of Ontario
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Toronto, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-07-16 à 2018-11-16 (18 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 18,00 $

Job Title: Photograph Archives Assistant


A not-for-profit heritage organization established in 1976, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO) collects, preserves, and makes available irreplaceable records of our histories of migration and ethnicity, and it undertakes educational programming to increase appreciation of the importance of diversity to the development and ongoing vitality of Ontario and Canada. The Society is the creator of the most extensive assemblage in the country of primary sources documenting immigrant and ethnic experiences. Its collections include over 5,700 oral history interviews, 84,000 historical photographs, and 610 hardcopy and 330 microfilmed ethnic newspapers.


The Society is in the midst of a multi-year initiative to create an online digital archive, Discovering Multicultural Canada, which will include digitized resources from its collections augmented by contextual information and innovative educational programming. It is looking for a Photograph Archives Assistant to prepare a portion of the photograph collection for online publication.


Location – Toronto

Duration – 18 weeks (July 16, 2018 – November 16, 2018)

Salary – $18 per hour


Job Description: The Photograph Archives Assistant will plan and coordinate arrangements for the loan of approximately 8,700 photographs, slides and negatives in the MHSO fonds at the Archives of Ontario to the MHSO Archives. The Assistant will then scan the images in accordance with established professional standards, name the digital files based on a pre-established naming convention, and finalize the metadata for the digital archive.


Qualifications of a strong candidate include:

• demonstrated knowledge of and skills in photography preservation and collections management evidenced by completion of a graduate-level degree and obtained through relevant work experience;

• demonstrated knowledge of current theories/practices relating to records/information management, and demonstrated experience with computer applications (spreadsheets, databases, etc.) and web-based systems … prior digitization or digital curation experience an asset;

• strong oral and written communications skills;

• ability to take direction and work within the parameters of established processes and practices;

• ability to work independently with minimal supervision;

• ability to ask for clarification or assistance when needed;

• ability to meet deadlines; and

• good judgment and demonstrated professionalism.


Candidate Eligibility


To be eligible for this YCW internship, you:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadian holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


Apply to: info@mhso.ca by Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


Please indicate “Photograph Archives Assistant” in the subject line of your email.



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