Curatorial Collections Assistant, Museum – Summer Student

Date Posted: Feb 08, 2019

Salary: CAD 14.7100 To 16.3400 (CAD) Hourly
Province: Ontario
City: Markham
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Doesn't apply
Job's focus: Both
Job Type: Summer Jobs
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

City of Markham
The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.

Job Description

Applications are now being accepted for two (2) Curatorial Collections Assistant – Junior &
Varsity Specialist (Summer Students) positions at the Markham Museum, Development
Services Commission. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume online by March 9, 2019 at:
The duration of the placement is 16 weeks: May 13, 2019 - August 30, 2019


The Museum offers two concurrent summer placements in the Curatorial Division. The students will work side by side during the summer, but will take on specialized tasks associated with either junior or varsity summer camp programs as well as individual exhibition and research projects. The role of the Curatorial Collections Assistants within the Markham Museum is to assist with the day to day tasks associated with the care and use of the collections. The curatorial function develops, manages and documents collections, conceptualizes & develops exhibitions and provides access to collections for programming & research. These positions report to the Curator.

  • Assists with preventive conservation, environmental monitoring, and maintenance of exhibits, research assignments and preparation of accurate location inventories for collections.
  • Assist with collections access for summer camps and other education programs, including making regular presentations to children and colleagues.
  • Develops at least one small exhibition project and participate in research, planning and installation of other displays at the direction of the Collections Coordinator. This will involve: project research, exhibit planning & design, preparation of artifacts, fabrication of mounts, scanning, digital photography and installation.
  • Assist other curatorial staff supporting external researcher inquiries.
  • Assist with data entry and updating of catalogue records in the Museum’s collections management system – MIMSy.
  • Assist with the production and support of special events, especially where the Museum’s collections are featured.
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining a safe and organized work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education: Enrolled in a post-secondary degree program in Museum Studies, History, Archives, Anthropology, Archaeology, Natural Sciences, Education or another relevant degree.
  • Experience: 
    • Previous experience working with volunteers, material culture collections, research & writing, and public speaking is desired.
    • Knowledge of digital photography and post-production as well as an understanding of collections management principles thesaurus-based cataloguing (Chenhall, RAD) would be considered assets.
  • Licenses/Certifications:
    • Completion of a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening check as determined by the City of Markham.
    • High Five PCHD and G Drivers License are assets.
  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
Note: applicants must be current full-time students who are registered with and meet the eligibility requirements of Young Canada Works ( Students must be returning to school full-time in Fall 2019.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied however only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please respect our scent free area by not wearing scented products when visiting the office.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume online by March 9, 2019 at: