Assistant, Collections Management- Guelph Museums

Position Overview

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Assistant, Collections Management at Guelph Museums, within the Culture and Recreation Department of Public Services. Reporting to the Curator, the Assistant, Collections Management will contribute to and advance a Reorganization and Deaccession Project in large object storage at Guelph Museums.
The Assistant, Collections Management position is a paid internship opportunity, partially funded through Canadian Heritage: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Guided by the RE-ORG method (created by the Canadian Conservation Institute – CCI and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property – ICCROM), the incumbent will assess 385 physical items in a 95 square metre (1,023 square feet) collection storage space at the Guelph Civic Museum. They will:
    • Complete condition reports;
    • Prepare deaccession paperwork for objects that do not meet the museum’s collecting mandate;
    • Reorganize objects to optimize storage space;
    • Identify objects with strong narrative history, determine gaps in knowledge, and conduct new research; and
    • Update catalogue records in accordance with established best-practice policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

As a member of the Curatorial team, the Assistant, Collections Management will acquire career-building work experience in a specific museum environment and skills that are broadly transferable across Canada’s museum sector, including: collection management (artifact handling, interpretation, condition reporting, and storage strategies); training and experience with PastPerfect (CMS); multi-tasking and personal time management; and critical thinking, analysis, and research.


Qualifications and requirements

  • Completion of one of the following post-secondary programs of study: History, Art History, or Other Humanities/Social Sciences, Collections Conservation and Management, or Applied Museum Studies.
  • Strong organizational skills, good computer skills, and some experience in artifact handling and data management.
  • Experience with PastPerfect (or other collections management system) is considered an asset.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of truth and reconciliation, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Must be registered with Young Canada Works:
  • Must meet eligibility requirements as determined by Young Canada Works:
    • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent resident status are not eligible);
    • are legally entitled to work in Canada (have a valid social insurance number);
    • are between 16 and 30 years of age inclusively at the start of employment; and
    • are a college or university graduate (certificate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate).

Hours of work
35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. This is a fixed term contract, from September 3, 2024, until March 28, 2025.

$21.58 per hour (for candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree)
$23.74 per hour (for candidates who have completed a graduate degree)

How to apply
Interested candidates can submit their application by June 14, 2024, to


For more information, please contact:
[email protected] (subject line: Assistant, Collections Management – YCW-BCH)

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