Job Posts in Canada: Young Canada Works edition

Consider this the first part in a yearly multi-part series.

Collections Assistant, Old Log Church Museum, Whitehorse, YK

The collections assistant will serve as an integral part of the Old Log Church Museum team. They will assist the executive director in a number of collections related tasks throughout the summer including environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, photographing museum objects, cataloguing, research, and record management. In addition they will serve as frontline staff responsible for delivering an excellent customer service experience. They will work with the Heritage Interpreter and Museum Attendant to greet visitors, orient them to the museum and conduct tours of the exhibit area.

Curatorial/Managerial Assistant, Sturgis Museum, Sturgis, SK

Assist the Curator/Manager in a number of daily operational tasks and other planned programming activities and events for the 2015 operating season.

Museum Assistant, Bulkley Valley Museum, Smithers, BC

Museum Assistant: artifact cataloguing, artifact conservation, updating database records, research and content development for museum exhibits, development of educational programming materials and activities, provide guided tours and interpretation to visitors, assist with daily administrative operations such as social media, gift shop, etc., assist with special events or fundraisers.

various student jobs, including Collection Assistant, Registration Assistant, and Development Assistant, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Under the direction of the Manager, Collection Information & Resources and key staff, the Collection Information & Resources Assistant will provide key support for a digital access project. The successful candidate will gain experience digitizing and preserving primary collection documents and will be trained and work directly in TMS, The Museum Systems, the AGO’s collection management system.


The Art Gallery of Ontario seeks a Registration Assistant who will provide support for the Registration function by coordinating the archiving of exhibition, loan, and acquisition files. The position will be involved with the organizing and arranging of file and documenting and liaising with AGO Archivist for transfer to the AGO Archives.


The Art Gallery of Ontario seeks a Development Assistant to support the AGO’s Development Department launch the first phase of a donor and fundraising digital archive initiative. Working with the development team under the supervision of a Manager, the Assistant will play a key role in the initiation of this project and would participate in developing the criteria and guidelines for digitization and archival activity. In addition, the Assistant will also implement the archiving of the first pool of donor records according to the newly formed criteria and guidelines.

various student jobs including Library & Archives; Museum; Education, Interpretation & Public Programming Assistants, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Ouje Bougoumou, QC

We are seeking an enthusiastic Library & Archives Assistant to work alongside our Librarian and Archivists for 8 weeks, starting 2 July 2015 and finishing 27 August 2015, to help maintain ACCI’s standards according to our policies and procedures. The Library and Archives Assistant is a full-time, temporary position that reports to the Coordinator of Collections & Exhibitions. Their daily tasks are supervised by the Librarian and the Archivist. This position will assist with basic library and archive projects. The language of work is English. French is an asset. Any Cree language abilities are an asset but not required. Students from one of the 9 Cree communities of the Cree Nation are highly encouraged to apply. ACCI will try to assist with accommodation arrangements if required.


We are seeking an enthusiastic Museum Assistant to work alongside our Registrar, Conservator and Collections Officer for 8 weeks, starting 2 July 2015 and finishing 27 August 2015, to help maintain ACCI’s standards according to our policies and procedures. The Museum Assistant is a full-time, temporary position that reports to the Coordinator of Collections & Exhibitions. Their daily tasks are supervised by the Registrar, Conservator and Collections Officer. This position will assist with basic museum object collection management projects.


Animator/Interpreter assistants will assist with education programming, special events, tours, and any other duties, or tasks required.

And, not YCW, but also a summer job that’s fairly underpaid:

Summer Curator, Hart House Library, University of Toronto

Job Postings: Student Jobs at the University of Toronto

Graduate Student Assistant in Visual Resource Library

Description and duties:

The graduate student will help to digitize teaching, research and archival collections for FADIS and other image resource collections at the University of Toronto. This position will involve skills and knowledge about the visual arts and an interest in in archives or museums. An interest in cataloguing is important.


This position will involve skills and knowledge about the visual arts, archives or museums. An understanding of archival inventories and/or museum collections would be helpful. Knowledge of basic computer programs, as well as, photoshop for editing images is required.

Candidates must be eligible for the work study program.


$18.00 per hour for a maximum of 120 hours; starting October 2014 through to April 2015; flexible work hours can be arranged.

Archives Assistant

Description and duties:

Sexual Representation Collection, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

The Sexual Representation Collection at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies is looking to hire an archival assistant for a work study position. The student will work on a team to complete a variety of listing and housing projects as well as aid in hosting researcher hours and contributing to other projects through the year as needed. Please forward cover letter, resume and a copy of unofficial transcript to curator


The ideal candidate will be interested in sexuality and general archives management, as well as have some experience working in archives, especially archival listing and housing.


This is a work study contract position for 180 hours between hire date and February 27, 2015. No more than 12hr/week, $11/hour, 4% vacation pay.

Job Posting: Archives Assistant (Young Canada Works), Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is looking for one archives assistant under a Young Canada Works contract for 25 weeks. (The job posts are always in French, but they hire Anglophones, depending on the nature of the materials.)


 Identification de l’emploi

Titre de l’emploi :  Assistant aux archives (emploi JCT)

Division :      Collection

Supérieur immédiat : Directeur associé, Collection

Statut :        Temporaire à temps complet (35hrs/semaine; 18$/h)

Durée :         16 à 21 semaines – de septembre à mars 2015 (selon la subvention)

Sommaire de l’emploi

Fondé en 1979, le Centre Canadien d’Architecture (CCA) est un centre de recherche international et un musée créé avec la conviction que l’architecture est d’intérêt public. Il a pour mission de sensibiliser le public au rôle de l’architecture dans la société, de promouvoir la recherche dans ce domaine, et de stimuler l’innovation dans la pratique du design. Le CCA possède l’une des riches collections et comprend des publications, des revues, des fonds d’archives, dessins, plans, maquettes, gravures et photographies. Amorcée il y a 50 ans par Phyllis Lambert, cette collection est une pierre angulaire de l’institution. Aujourd’hui la collection du CCA compte des œuvres datant de la Renaissance à nos jours qui révèlent la richesse de l’histoire et de la culture architecturale dans le monde entier. Des chercheurs du monde entier viennent chaque année poursuivre leur recherche au CCA grâce à la richesse de cette collection.

Le stage consistera à fournir un accès intellectuel aux archives d’Arthur Erickson- un des architectes du Canada le plus important du siècle passé- et plus spécifiquement sur la récente arrivée de documents d’archives dont la description détaillée est manquante. Les travaux seront effectués dans une des bases de données du CCA, The Museum System (TMS), et donneront lieu à la création d’un instrument de recherche qui pourra être diffusé sur le Web. Le projet prévoit également une opération de tri et de conservation préventive, ce qui améliorera l’accès physique au matériel.

Principales responsabilités de l’emploi

  • Rechercher et analyser toutes les informations disponibles sur ce fonds, incluant des inventaires, descriptions, ou toute autre information existante ;
  • Participer à la création du cadre de classement spécifique à ce fonds en fonction de ses versements et enregistrer ce schéma de classification dans la base de données TMS pour permettre l’organisation des enregistrements selon les niveaux appropriés (fonds, séries, dossiers et pièces) ;
  • Participer à la création et/ou l’ajout de descriptions au niveau du fonds, des séries et des dossiers, selon les besoins,
  • Saisir les données selon les normes acceptées et les procédures du système ;
  • Vérifier l’instrument de recherche qui en résultera pour diffusion sur le Web ;
  • Évaluer les besoins en conservation du matériel ;
  • Préparer le matériel classé et décrit en vue de son rangement dans les réserves.

Qualifications requises pour l’emploi

  • Préférence : baccalauréat en histoire, histoire de l’art ou histoire de l’architecture;
  • Requis : étudiant inscrit à un programme de maîtrise en muséologie ou en archivistique et ayant complété un cours de base en catalogage;
  • Précision et souci du détail;
  • Connaissances des systèmes de gestion des collections (tels que TMS) ou ouvert à l’apprentissage;
  • Bonnes connaissances informatiques dans l’environnement Windows et avec les logiciels de la suite MS Office;
  • Habileté et soin dans la manipulation des objets;
  • Bilinguisme, français et anglais;
  • Intérêts : documentation muséale ou de bibliothèque, recherche.

Critères d’admissibilité

  • Avoir entre 16 et 30 ans au moment de commencer l’emploi, être légalement autorisé à travailler au Canada et avoir la citoyenneté canadienne ou la résidence permanente et ne pas occuper d’autre emploi à temps plein (plus de 30 heures par semaine) durant l’emploi avec Jeunesse Canada au Travail;
  • Être inscrit dans la banque de candidats JCT en ligne.

Veuillez soumettre votre candidature par courriel à l’attention du Service des ressources humaines, Centre Canadien d’Architecture, 1920, rue Baile, Montréal (Québec) H3H 2S6, à l’adresse : Seuls les candidats retenus seront contactés. Veuillez ne pas téléphoner.

Le CCA a une politique d’équité en matière d’emploi.

Job Posting: Reference Intern, OCAD University, Toronto


This temporary placement is targeted to students, with an undergraduate degree in the humanities, who are in the process of completing graduate level studies in Library and Information Science and/or Art History. The incumbent will assist with provision of reference services, on a part-time and occasional basis, within the Dorothy H. Hoover Library at OCAD University, and under the supervision of the Head of Instructional Services.


• Work scheduled shifts at the Reference Desk, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays
• Provide backup circulation services using Horizon ILS
• Maintain weekly schedule for Scholar’s Portal Ask a Librarian services
• May participate in other areas of Library services, including library instruction, orientations, research workshops, inter-library loans and document delivery, liaison with faculty and collection development/digital curation, under the direction of the Head of Instructional Services.



• Partial completion of an ALA-accredited Masters of Information/Library Sciences or MA in Art History
• Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art & design
• Related work experience, preferably in a post-secondary academic library
• Experience with Ask a Librarian LivePerson software an asset
• In-depth knowledge of print and electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences
• Technologically proficient with a strong public-service orientation
• Strength in presentation, interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to work collegially with faculty, staff and students
• Demonstrable creative aptitude and capabilities in organization and problem solving
• Teaching experience or knowledge of instructional methods, as well as evidence of active contribution to the library profession, considered assets



• Scheduled shifts, 8 – 10 hours per week for up to 30 weeks (including Reading Week) during the 2014/15 academic year


• $18 per hour (includes 4% vacation pay)

Application deadline:

Aug 18 2014