Collections Information Specialist – Artifacts

Job Information
Author museedelhistoire
Date February 22, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Canadian Museum of History
Salary $53,427 - $67,360 (Job classification: E5) - Annual
Location Gatineau, Quebec
Category Nonprofit
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The Canadian Museum of History offers you a place to develop your career and to accomplish rewarding and meaningful work in an inclusive and engaging work environment dedicated to museological excellence. 

Collections Information Specialist – Artifacts

Permanent Full-Time Position

Position Number 9526 

We are looking for an experienced Collections Information Specialist – Artifacts to join our Business Partnership and Information Management Division. Reporting to the Supervisor, Resource Centre, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing specialized advice and guidance regarding consultation and understanding of the CMH artifact collections for all disciplines (related to Canadian Aboriginal history, material culture artifacts or Canadian historical collections);
  • Responding to all requests for information, consultation, accessibility, usage and reproduction of CMH artifact collections;
  • Assisting CMH colleagues in Information Management (IM) and in Collection Management and Conservation with artifact collections integrity, maintenance and recordings;
  • Leading, influencing and informing others to promote interest in, and access to, the CMH’s collections, in support of corporate priorities and shares the Resource Centre (RC) responsibilities.

Successful candidates have the following qualifications, which are a deciding measure of success for this challenging opportunity: 

A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working with artifact collections in a large scale institution in:

  • The registration, description and cataloguing of artifact collections;
  • Computerized artifact database (KE EMu) and computer based office systems;
  • Care and handling of museum artifacts and/or archival material;
  • Archival documents consultations;
  • Delivery of reference and client service practices in a cultural environment;
  • Effectively communicating with curatorial staff, external researchers and museum clients;
  • Undertaking research projects in relation to material culture requests.

Knowledge of:

  • Canadian History in general and the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) artifact collections;
  • Collection registration, documentation and cataloguing, with specific emphasis on Canadian Aboriginal history, material culture artifacts or Canadian historical collections;
  • Applicable legislation pertaining, but not limited to Copyright, Access to Information, Protection of Privacy, Cultural property import and export regulations;
  • Research methodology and best practices in these and related fields;
  • General artifact handling principles and techniques;
  • General conservation requirements;
  • Repatriation and intellectual property issues and the land claims negotiation processes;
  • Collection database systems such as KE EMu and Vubis;
  • Client service principles and best practices;
  • General principles of project management;
  • CMH’s programs, activities and operating environment. 

Working conditions:

    • Ability to lift up or carry weights of up to 15 kg;
    • Ability to work on ladders at heights of up to 5 meters;
    • Ability to work, sort, handle and consult artifact material in a refrigerated environment (average temperature as low as 4° Celsius). 

Education: University degree in Canadian History, Humanities, Social Sciences, Archaeology, Anthropology, Material Culture or Collections Management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Core competencies: Information Seeking; Client Focus; Flexibility; Planning; Teamwork and Collaboration; Organizational Awareness.

The Canadian Museum of History is committed to the principles of employment equity and to achieving a workforce that is representative of the Canadian population. We strongly encourage candidates to self-identify if they are an Aboriginal Person, a member of a visible minority group, a person with a disability or a woman. 

We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment processes and work environments. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all candidates for showing interest; however, only retained candidates will be contacted. The results of this competition may be used to staff similar temporary or permanent positions over the next twelve months, following the results of the competition.

Bring your expertise to this position at the Canadian Museum of History. Apply no later than March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. as instructed on the website: under “Current Job Opportunities.”

Compensation: $53,427 – $67,360 (Job classification: E5)

Language: CBC imperative (for a detailed definition of the linguistic level required, access our website). We encourage all candidates to submit their application, regardless of whether they believe they meet the linguistic requirements of the position. As part of its hiring process, the Museum sends qualified candidates for linguistic validation to determine their language proficiency.

Security Clearance: Enhanced reliability

Open to: Museum employees, external candidates and/or candidates from our inventory. Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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