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Join the Sharon Temple team today! At the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum, we are always looking for new faces and ideas to add to our team.


We are not currently looking to fill any positions for 2024.

Job type: Full-time, fixed term contract

Contract length: 16 weeks

Salary: $17.50

Schedule: Wednesday - Sunday, holidays.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (required)

Experience: Library, Archives, & Museum Occupations: 1 year (preferred)

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2024

Expected Start Date: May 15th, 2024

The Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum is an open-air museum with eight heritage buildings and two interpretive buildings located on-site. The Museum is located in the heart of East Gwillimbury on four acres and features three heritage gardens in addition to the collection of heritage 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:

  • Curate a small exhibit from concept through development to implementation based on an individual research project to be displayed offsite in a community partner’s display case in August. This will consist of researching an object or theme in the collection, writing panels and labels, choosing artifacts, and installing and deinstalling the exhibit.

  • Complete training on PastPerfect collections management software for accession, cataloguing, and database management. 

  • Accession, catalogue, and digitize archival material, photographs, and artifacts from the collection into the Museum’s PastPerfect, including photographing or scanning material.

  • Conduct basic preventative conservation and maintenance under the supervision of the Programming & Collections Manager, and handle artifacts and other historical material to rehouse them into new storage solutions.

  • Select a new variety of artifacts to be displayed in several of the heritage buildings onsite, including the Study, Log Cabin, Drive Shed, and different rooms in Doan House.

  • Provide daily site tours as required for individual visitors and groups based on their specific interests through the Museum’s eight heritage buildings.

  • Assist with day-of implementation of special events at the Sharon Temple.

  • Assist in front of house services, which includes welcoming visitors, answering phone calls, processing admissions, and completing gift shop sales where necessary in the Museum’s Gate House Giftshop.

  • Support summer camp staff with the implementation of historical educational programming for a variety of ages.

General Duties:

  • Provide interpretation to the public through tours, educational programming, outreach opportunities, and special events.

  • Assist staff with daily attendance tracking, giftshop inventory, and cash balancing.

  • Conduct daily and weekly preventative maintenance checks on heritage buildings.

  • Provide support for on-site events, weddings, 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.

  • Have an interest in the career fields of Museums, History, Data Management, Conservation, and/or Library and Information Studies.

  • Aged 16-30 years old and registered in the Young Canada Works (YCW) candidate inventory accessible on the YCW website as per the Young Canada Work in Heritage Organizations guidelines.

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

  • Strong research and analytical skills and written and oral communication with a high level of attention to detail.

  • The ability to work well independently on specific tasks and collaborate with colleagues.

  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Knowledge of PastPerfect or other collections management software is an asset.

  • Licensed G2 or G Class driver with daily access to their own vehicle.

  • Must possess or be willing to train in 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.

Interns must meet eligibility criteria for Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage Organizations. Individuals may be eligible if they:

  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, 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;

  • Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

  • Are currently enrolled and returning to post-secondary studies;

  • Are registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;

  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

  • Are unemployed or underemployed;

  • Are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and


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 heritage buildings, the candidate will be required to move between these buildings and around the site as needed to conduct various activities. The ability to lift 30 pounds is required.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Subject line: Collections Assistant – [Last Name]. 


Deadline for applications: Friday, March 15th, 2024, at 5:00pm.


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. This position is part-time, 35 hours per week, and the contract is for 16 weeks beginning May 13th, 2024, until August 30th, 2024.

The Sharon Temple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise if you require accommodations.

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