About Our Organization
When you join the City of Guelph, you join a team of 2000 full and part-time employees who deliver services the community relies on every day. Together, we are bringing to life Guelph’s vision of an inclusive, connected, and prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.
As a regional top employer, the City of Guelph values its employees and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefit packages, opportunities for professional development, a healthy work-life balance, and many roles with flexible work options. Our corporate values are integrity, service, inclusion, wellness, and learning. Guelph is consistently ranked as one of the best places in Canada to live, work, and play—all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.
Guelph Museums consists of three heritage sites – Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, and Locomotive 6167 – through which we explore our local histories in the form of exhibitions, online access, educational programming, and community events.
Guelph Museums is located on the ancestral homelands of the Anishinabek Peoples, specifically the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The place we now call Guelph is on land described in the Between the Lakes Purchase No. 3 Treaty (1792), an agreement between the Mississaugas of the Credit and the British Crown concerning over 3 million acres of land between Lakes Huron, Ontario and Erie. Today, Guelph is home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
As a centre of learning, Guelph Museums is a trusted source for understanding our cultural past; however, as a colonial institution, we have contributed to the marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour and their communities. Now and forward, Guelph Museums is centering the voices of peoples historically silenced in colonial spaces.
In 2023/24, we are committed to projects that strengthen and build relationships and are embedded in rigorous research, consultation, and collaboration. We aim to create safer and braver spaces for truth telling, attract and connect with diverse audiences, deepen visitor engagement, and embrace innovative, leading-edge museum practices and technologies. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums and, as such, extend to the incumbent in the Curatorial Assistant position described below.
The Education Assistant will support in-person visitor experiences at all three heritage sites of Guelph Museums and contribute to a substantive curatorial project in the Civic Collection.
The curatorial project focuses on a unique aspect of the Civic Collection, comprising 214 material objects, acquired by the museum in 2018 and 2019. These objects tell stories about past and present industries in Guelph, including: Shinn Manufacturing Co. (1920-1940); Matthew-Wells Co. Ltd. (1931-1968), International Malleable Iron Company (IMICO, 1906-1990); and Wellington County Brewery (since 1985), among others. All of the objects need to be measured and the dimensions catalogued. Twenty (20) of the objects need to be photo-documented and the digital images added to the associated records. The incumbent will examine each catalogue for completeness, identifying opportunities for additional research and scholarship.
- Assist with development, coordination, and implementation of special events and activities that highlight and promote our local histories to the citizens of Guelph and to the wider community.
- Develop front line customer service skills; become knowledgeable of local history in order to facilitate programs and interact with visitors at Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, and Locomotive 6167;
- Develop strong communication skills, as well as an understanding of group dynamics within the museum context; acquire an understanding of the value of teamwork; and develop strong professional relationships within the museum community.
- Enrollment in one of the following post-secondary programs of study: History, Education, Anthropology, Art History, Studio Art, or other Humanities/Social Sciences (3rd or 4th year undergraduate-level), or Applied Museum Studies (1st or 2nd year college-level).
- Strong organizational skills, good computer skills, and some experience in research.
- Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
Up to $17.90 per hour
How to Apply
Interested candidates can submit their resume and cover letter by April 14, 2023, to https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/
For more information, please contact: [email protected] (subject line: Education Assistant – YCW)
The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.
Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.