Museum Curatorial Assistant

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  • Titre de l'emploi : Museum Curatorial Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Alberni Valley Museum
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Port Alberni, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-07-03 à 2018-11-02 (18 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 17,29 $

Alberni Valley Museum, City of Port Alberni, Department of Parks, Recreation & Heritage

Museum Curatorial Assistant (Intern)

July 3 - November 2 - 18 weeks

Required Qualifications:

• Current College/University graduatein related field.

• Related fields of study include History, Education, Museum Studies, other social sciences and arts programs.

• Criminal Record Check.

Hours of work: 35 hours/week, potentially including weekends.

Wage: As per the current collective agreement [$17.29/hr]

Deadline for application: 4:30 PM, June 1, 2018.

Duties: Please see the following job description.

1. Nature and Scope of Work

This is a technical museum position relating primarily to collections management and exhibit care. As directed by the Collections Curator and the Manager of Museum, Heritage & Culture, the incumbent will work with collections comprising ethnographic, historical and industrial artefacts, folk art, and fine art and prints. The Curatorial Assistant will undertake projects to review the collections displayed in the Museum’s permanent exhibit and storage areas. This will entail reviewing and confirming collections documentation, inspecting for condition and conservation needs, undertaking basic cleaning and conservation, and photographing objects. This position requires a basic knowledge of museum collection policies and practices, and photography.

This work with collections often will be performed in the visible storage permanent galleries of the Museum. In addition to their collections duties, the incumbent will be expected to present and interpret the collection, and the practices of collection care, to museum visitors. In consultation with the Collections Curator, the Curatorial Assistant will develop plans for improving the organization and display of objects in the visible storage permanent galleries. As well, the Museum Curatorial Assistant may perform a variety of reception, clerical, security and technical museum-related work, as required. Supervision is provided by the Collections Curator and the Manager of Museum, Heritage and Culture.

2. Illustrative Examples of Work

• Confirms the accuracy of museum collections records, including basic artefact and historical research.

• Checks the condition of artefacts, and undertakes cleaning and basic conservation, as determined in consultation with senior museum staff.

• Takes high-quality digital images of the objects in the collection, for use both in collections records and for online or other forms of presentation.

• Interacts with, and presents information to the public concerning the museum collections and the nature of the collections management work that is being done.

• Develops plans for the improved presentation of the museum’s collections, particularly in the visible storage-presented permanent exhibit galleries.

• Answers inquiries about all museum exhibits, collections and programs, both over the telephone and the counter, in a warm, friendly and informative manner.

• Performs data entry activities such as entering and editing catalogue data, entering exhibit labels and scanning historical photographs.

• Performs other technical duties as required.

• Will be generally informed about museum operations and programs and to relay patron concerns, questions, or comments to the appropriate staff person.

3. Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

• Considerable knowledge of the applicable policies, rules and regulations which govern the Museum’s functions and programs.

• Good understanding of museum collections management functions such as documentation, research, conservation, exhibition.

• A basic knowledge of photographic principles, particularly related to documenting artefacts.

• Working knowledge of office practices and procedures, familiarity with computer hardware and software, particularly as related to museum records and databases.

• Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and effective manner, and to present information relating to artefact collections.

• Skill in general technical procedures.

4. Training and Experience

• Completion of a university degree in a relevant discipline in humanities, social sciences, or education.

• Experience in a museum, historic site, or similar environment, and familiarity with the basic principles of heritage preservation and presentation.

• Experience in working with databases requiring high accuracy.

5. Licenses, Certificates, Registration

Class V , B.C. Drivers License.

Please apply to:

Krista Tremblay,

Manager of Human Resources,

City of Port Alberni

4850 Argyle Street

Port Alberni BC V9Y 1V8

Telephone: 250-720-2803


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