Collections Assistant

(Summer 2020)

Job Duration: 13 weeks

Anticipated Start Date: May 27th, 2020

Anticipated End Date: August 23rd, 2020

Wage: $14.00/hour

Number of positions: 1

General Description:

The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum is an open-air museum with 8 heritage buildings and two interpretive buildings on-site. The ideal candidate has an interest in history, research, collections and/or archives. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, be energetic and a self-starter, and have exceptional organizational skills.

Primary Job Functions:

- Propose, undertake and successfully complete an individual research project based on a personal choice of an object within the collection that will help advance their professional development.

- Create one mini-exhibit display for a community partner in promotion of the anticipated Road to Rebellion 2020 exhibit at the Sharon Temple.

- Clean, reorganize and digitize the Museum’s 19th Century Drive Shed.

- Provide daily site tours for individuals and groups based on their specific interests through the sites 8 heritage buildings.

- Assist in front of house services, including welcoming visitors, processing admissions and providing gift shop sales when necessary in the museums Gate House.

- Select and update artifacts for inclusion in the Study, Cookhouse, Log Cabin and upper rooms of the Doan House (as related to the specific time period(s)).

- Be trained on the PastPerfect Collections Management database.

- Further the preservation of our heritage buildings and artifact collection through basic preventive conservation and maintenance under the supervision of the Event & Programming Manager.


General Duties:

- Provide interpretation to the public through tours, education, outreach programs and special events.

- Assist staff with daily attendance tracking, gift shop inventory, and cash balancing.

- Conduct daily and weekly preventative maintenance checks on historic buildings.

- Provide support for wedding and rental preparation.

- Provide support as needed to other staff members.

- Other tasks, as required.


- Currently enrolled and returning to full time post-secondary studies in Museum Studies, Conservation, History, Art History, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Archaeology, or a related field.

- The ideal candidate will have an interest in the career fields of Museums, History, Data Management, Conservation and/or Library and Information Studies.

- Aged 16-30 and registered in the YCW candidate inventory accessible on the YCW website as per the Young Canada Heritage Organizations program guidelines.

- Previous experience working with the public in a structured setting, in a paid and/or volunteer capacity.

- Strong research, analytical and communication skills with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to work independently on specific tasks.

- Computer proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of PastPerfect or other Collections Management software is an asset.

- Must possess or be willing to train for Standard First Aid and CPR.

- Must possess or be willing to obtain a successful Vulnerable Sector Screening.

- Be prepared to work a variety of shifts, including weekends, and evenings.

Physical Requirements:

The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum is located north of Toronto on 4.5 acres. As this is a large site with multiple buildings, the candidate will be required to move between these buildings and around the site as needed to conduct various activities.

Additional Information:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to

Subject Line: Collections Assistant - [Last Name]

Deadline for Applications: March 20th, 2020 at 5:00 pm

This position is dependent on receiving funding through Young Canada Works. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.   

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