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Museum Collections Assistant

Website Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

Deadline: April 24, 2024

Term: 16 weeks: May 15 to September 3, 2024

$17.00 per hour for a 35-hour week

All work will take place at 1-329 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 1T2

The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (MCML) seeks a motivated and enthusiastic individual to work on a collections photography project.  This will include photographing approximately 1,500 items in the museum collection and making improvements to written documentation and storage conditions. The student will also produce on-line content for blogs and social media.

The student will also be responsible for visitor services and shop staffing, and perform light janitorial/maintenance in the gallery.

MCML is a dynamic small museum with a focus on craft, located in the C2 Centre for Craft, a facility shared with the Manitoba Craft Council. As such, it is an exciting venue for those interested in craft and art, as it features both historic and contemporary work.  The MCML collection is one of the oldest in Manitoba, established in the early 1930s, and now holding over 11,000 objects. MCML is a supportive workplace that values its employees, and provides a quality work and learning experience to student employees.

MCML is a PC/Windows (not MAC) based workplace.

Educational Qualifications

  •  Post Secondary student in Museum Studies, Archival Studies, History Art History, School of Art or related field
  • Students with comparable education and/or employment experience will be considered
  • Priority will be given to senior students (4th year undergraduate or higher preferred)

Personality Traits

A student who is enthusiastic, creative, reliable, and interested in art/craft/history, and eager to learn and to work in the heritage/arts field

Desired skillset

  • Previous experience with museum/archival collections, cataloguing, working in storage and handling preferred
  • Database skills an asset
  • Digital photography and/or video skills, particularly experience with DSLR cameras, using a light box, photographing object, and using photo editing software
  • Experience with WordPress, Canva, Later and Adobe products an asset
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Experience with producing on-line content an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good research skills
  • Comfortable working with the public
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills

If you feel you are a good candidate for this position, but your experience does not match the desired skillset, please provide details in your cover letter.

How to apply

Send a résumé, cover letter and two references to Andrea Reichert, Curator, at mcml@c2centreforcraft.ca, or 1-329 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1T2, by April 24, 2024.

Please include “Photography Summer Position” in your subject line.  We prefer attachments in pdf format.

Employment Equity Statement

The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes the importance of equity and diversity in the workplace.

We follow a Terms and Conditions of Employment Policy and a Human Rights Policy, both revised in 2022.

Issues of accessibility, anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts are also embedded in non-employment related policies such as our Exhibit Policy, Public Programming Policy, Social Media Policy and Collections Management Policy, further strengthening our commitment to diversity in our organization.

MCML recognizes the importance of equity and diversity in the workplace. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in their cover letter, résumé or application if they are members of the Government of Canada job equity groups, such as women, persons with disabilities, candidates who identify as Black, a Person of Colour, Indigenous, Métis or Inuit peoples, or those in the LGBTQ2 community.

Physical demands of the job include sitting at a desk for long periods, using a computer, camera and other digital devises, and being able to access the collections in storage (may include using a ladder, lifting items up to 20lbs, and moving items safely off the shelves).

Please declare in your cover letter if you require accommodation for barrier free employment. Full Accessibility Inform is available here: https://c2centreforcraft.ca/accessibility-information/

YCW Requirements

This project is funded through Young Canada Works. Candidates must verify that they meet all the requirements before they are offered an interview:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • have finished the school term at the start of employment
  • be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory
  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
  • not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW

To apply for this job email your details to areichert@c2centreforcraft.ca.

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