Historic Collections Assistant- CSJ


Wage: $14/hour
35 hours/week

The Historic collections Assistant will report directly to the Director & Curator.  They will work with the Marketing & Collections Specialist to update improve our collections documentation and storage.  They will assist with cataloguing collections, updating our database, photographic and condition reporting our collections and repacking collection items.

What it’s like to work here

Homer Watson House and Gallery is the oldest operating art gallery in Ontario and one of the oldest galleries in Canada.  Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Our mandate is to engage in four-part program of:

  • – Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and his story, and that of Phoebe Watson and the Doon School of Fine Arts.
  • – Exhibition of the broad spectrum of Watson’s art and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
  • – Education through instructional programs in the visual arts for the general public and curriculum-based school programming.
  • – Enrichment through special programs, events and activities.

What you’ll be doing

As an operating museum and art gallery we have a collection of historic art pieces, artifacts and archive materials.  We are currently working to better document and care for these collections.  As the Historic Collections Assistant, you will be involved with the documentation and care of the historic collection.

Tasks will include the following:

  1. Assigning inventory numbers to uncatalogued items and splitting out complex items. This will be completed using museum standards.
  2. Handling fragile museum collections including works on paper and paintings.
  3. Assisting with photographing historic collections
  4. Inventory marking historic collections
  5. Updating collections database
  6. Collections Monitoring- recording damage or areas of concern on historic collections on a digital condition report
  7. Research- historic research to update collections database

 Who we’re looking for

To be fantastic in this role you:

  • – Are comfortable working as part of a team
  • – Have experience working with fragile historic collections
  • – Have a good understanding of HWHG and what we do
  • – Are willing to learn new skills
  • – Have experience working in heritage or museums
  • – Are competent with computers and databases (experience with Past Perfect Collections Management System is an asset)
  • – Are available to work a flexible schedule including regular weekends
  • – Have proven research skills
  • – Have a strong attention to detail

*This role is funded through Canada Summer Jobs, all applicants must meet the following criteria outlined by CSJ:

  • – be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;  
  • – be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment and
  • – have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.  

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to by June 17, 2020
Interviews will take place on June 18 and 19, 2020.

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