Curatorial Assistant (10-month contract)

Reporting to the Curator, the Curatorial Assistant is responsible for supporting the collections management function of the Museum of Dufferin as well as assisting with the development and implementation of new exhibitions and installations. The Curatorial Assistant manages incoming donations, creates new catalogue records, performs research, and updates old catalogue records, ensuring data accuracy and consistency. This position also conducts research to support the creation of new exhibitions and interactives which are interesting and engaging for the public, and assists with exhibition installation. The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for supporting volunteers in the Collections Room, and provides supervisory coverage in the absence of the Curator. Normal hours of work at 21 hours per week (Thursday through Saturday).

What you’ll do

  • Develop new themes and ideas for exhibitions and interactives that are engaging and educational, in collaboration with the Curator
  • Source props and décor items for exhibitions
  • Assist Curator with peer-reviewing products produced by external contractors
  • Review exhibit content and design to ensure it meets accessibility standards as outlined by Parks Canada and the Smithsonian Institution
  • Collaborate with Archivist and Archives staff to ensure archival materials used for exhibitions are free from copyright concerns
  • Ensure accurate records management during the donation process, including deeds of gift, charitable tax receipts and artifact catalogue records
  • Create, update, and maintain catalogue records in PastPerfect ensuring data integrity
  • Provide coaching, guidance, and direction to volunteers in the Collections Room
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Posting Date

Closing Date

What you’ll bring

  • Post-secondary education in History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies or a related field of study
  • 2-3 years working experience in a curatorial or collections management role, preferably in a museum setting
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, database management software, PastPerfect, and/or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Working knowledge of best practices in preventive conservation and artifact handling
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and navigate conflict resolution
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
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