Collections Assistant


Coquitlam Heritage Society


May 7, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)

Organization Description: 

Coquitlam Heritage operates Mackin House and Fraser Mills Train Station. We offer a variety of programming throughout the year and provide tours of the restored Edwardian-era historic house. We preserve, honour, and promote the diverse history of Coquitlam through the collection, research and display of museum objects in exhibitions. 

In 2017 alone, Coquitlam Heritage received over 1200 items into its collection. These, and others that are donated throughout the year, need to be accessioned, catalogued, cleaned, stored, photographed, and researched. The Collections Assistant will have the opportunity to develop their skills working with museum collections through the digitization of objects in the museums collection while assisting in the cataloguing process. 

Coquitlam Heritage is seeking a Collections Assistant to work with our collection.


Job Description: 

• Inventory of artifacts
• Curatorial Cleaning of artifacts (training will be provided)
• Artifact research
• Photographing and cataloguing artifacts according to museum best practices
• Conducting tours of Mackin House and Maillardville
• Caring for Mackin House, including light cleaning, gardening, tidying the rooms and grounds
• Other duties as assigned


General Requirements:
• Sound understanding of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word
• Digitization of material in the collection
• Displays a helpful, outgoing personality, works well as part of a team or individually
• Demonstrates a genuine interest in community, heritage, history, and culture
• Ability to working independently or part of a team
• Ability to focus and complete tasks in a timely manner
• Is organized and can prioritize
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Is curious, learns quickly, excels in research and problem solving
• Must pass a Criminal Information Check
• Experience with museum database systems like PastPerfect is an asset


Eligible student participants must:
• Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
• Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Coquitlam Heritage is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from underrepresented groups, including new immigrant youth/refugees, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities.
The successful candidate will receive guidance on best practices for collections management. They will develop their skills in the following areas: critical thinking, communication, team building, research, cataloguing, artifact handling, object photography, and curatorial cleaning. 

This position is suitable for those considering a career in research, archival studies, museology, curation, or collections management. Applicants should be working towards a degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Art History, History, Cultural Studies, Heritage Management or a related field.

How to Apply: 

This position is pending funding. Candidates will be considered as applications are received. 
This is a 30 hour a week position that will run for 13-weeks, working Sundays to Thursdays. 

Please send your cover letter and resume in PDF outlining how you meet the requirements to: 

Jasmine Moore
Heritage Manager
Subject line: YourName_CollectionsAssistant_CSJ_Application
Closes: Monday May 7, at 5:00pm



Contact Name: Jasmine Moore
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 516-6151

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