Registration/Conservation Assistant


Vancouver Art Gallery


Apr. 20, 2018

Organization Description: 


Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected and exciting visual art institutions. As the largest public art museum in Western Canada, the Gallery has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade in its artistic and educational programs, as well as in its organizational capacity. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, an emphasis on advancing scholarship through major publications, and an increasingly dynamic collection, the Gallery continues to significantly raise Vancouver’s profile within international cultural communities.

Outstanding historical presentations have become a Gallery hallmark, ensuring that visitors have access to some of the world’s most important historical art collections, with such highlights as:

  • Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man
  • The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art
  • The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors

Ambitious contemporary exhibitions featuring the work of British Columbia artists have included those for Douglas Coupland, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Brian Jungen, Ken Lum, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace, among many others.

These are offered in a wider programmatic context that includes the important work of international artists such as Yang Fudong, Andreas Gursky, Martin Honert, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Kerry James Marshall, Huang Yong Ping and Fiona Tan.

As well, major thematic exhibitions are undertaken that comprehensively explore visual culture, including architecture and design. Examples of these include:

  • Massive Change: The Future of Global Design
  • KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art
  • Art Spiegelman. CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps 
  • Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

In the past two decades, the Gallery has welcomed nearly 4.5 million visitors, including approximately 36,000 members annually. Beyond British Columbia, the Gallery draws significant tourist audiences from across North America, Europe and Asia. Our collection, representing the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia, now numbers over 11,715 works.


Job Description: 

Term: May 23 – Aug. 18, 2018 (12 weeks)

This is a Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works position. Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years of age, permanent residents or have refugee status in Canada. Applicants must have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job and intend and intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

Subject to Funding Approval
The Vancouver Art Gallery is seeking a post-secondary student for a temporary summer position to work with staff in the Registration and Conservation departments to assist with collections care, documentation, and exhibition activities.


The Registration / Conservation Assistant will primarily work on updating documentation for art works stored offsite and preparing, documenting and relocating additional works to be relocated offsite. The Registration / Conservation Assistant will also assist with archiving Registration files, other duties as needed and day-to-day monitoring of environmental conditions.


The successful incumbent will be a post-secondary student majoring in conservation, museum studies, library studies, fine arts, art history or other related fields with experience in artwork handling and information management, ideally in a museum/art gallery setting. Excellent communication and computer skills are required. Previous experience working with database systems is an important attribute. Strong attention to detail, demonstrated ability to follow through on projects in an organized and efficient manner, ability to work well with co-workers and independently will be sought.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Director of Human Resources, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Fax: 604-682-1086 or email

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those short-listed will be contacted


SALARY Pay Grade 17 $22.16 / hour plus 10% in lieu of benefits HOURS 7 hrs per day, 5 days per week

Contact Name: Debra Nesbitt
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 662-4700

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