SUMMER COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT

The Fernie Museum will be hiring a Collections Assistant to assist with our upcoming Collections Management project. 

Term: May 13 to August 31, 2018 | Pay:  $15.00/hr


The Fernie Museum is a vibrant, community-based cultural institution which integrates regional history, art and culture to understand, communicate and preserve what is unique about our community and region. Since it was formed in 1964, the museum has acquired over 10,000 objects which represent the history of Fernie and the Elk Valley. The Fernie Museum is located in historic downtown Fernie in the 1909 Home Bank building. The Museum has two floors of exhibits, a gift shop and offers the public a wide range of programs and events which showcase Fernie’s history and vibrant arts scene.

The Fernie Museum seeks a candidate with a background in museum studies and/or Canadian history, ideally with previous volunteer or paid experience in collections management, to assist museum professional staff to undertake the first phase of a four-phase project that will see the entire collection moved, catalogued and stored according to accepted Canadian standards of museum practice. This position is ideal for those candidates seeking an hands-on opportunity to enrich their theoretical and practical experience in collections management.

The Collections Assistant will:

  • Assist museum staff in establishing criteria to evaluate the museum’s collection;
  • Assist in inventorying the collection in situ;
  • Assist in determining conservation issues (ie. mold, pests, breakage) and isolate objects for treatment. – Assist in moving objects to a new storage facility;
  • Unpacking objects;
  • Assist in the evaluation of objects using Board established criteria;
  • Cataloguing objects accepted into the core collection;
  • Inventorying objects accepted into the education collection;
  • Preparing objects to be stored, including making mounts.

Essential Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in archival, library, or museum studies;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining accuracy under pressure;
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a dynamic team;
  • Organized, detail‐oriented, self-motivated, and have very good time‐management skills;
  • Good level of computer literacy, including Word, Excel, Outlook and database software.

Desired Qualifications

  • Creativity and enthusiasm;
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector;
  • Knowledge of Fernie and the Elk Valley’s history.

This position is funded by Young Canada Works through the Canadian Museums Association. As such, candidates must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • Have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment; and
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

How to Apply

For more information about this position or to submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications, please contact Ron Ulrich, Executive Director at 250.423.7016, ext 2 or by email at director@ferniemuseum.com.