Exhibit Assistant


Coquitlam Heritage Society


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

Organization Description: 

Coquitlam Heritage not only operates Mackin House, a heritage home in Coquitlam, but also curates many exhibits throughout the year both in the house and off-site throughout the community. 

The Exhibits Assistant will work with the Heritage Manager to develop material for community exhibitions. A fundamental part of Coquitlam Heritage’s mandate is community outreach. Throughout the year we install exhibitions in local community centres, libraries, and other venues. The student will research, conduct oral histories or information interviews with members of the public, write exhibit text, handle artifacts, assist in the preparation of exhibits and gain experience assisting in the installation of exhibitions. In addition to assisting with off-site exhibits, the student will also work closely with our curator to bring together Mackin House’s feature exhibit of the year, Heirlooms & Other Family Treasures. 

Coquitlam Heritage is seeking an Exhibit Assistant to help with curation of future exhibitions.



Job Description: 

• Research and write copy for exhibit panels
• Source exhibit graphics and photos, including the proper copyright usage and permissions
• Clean and prepare artifacts for display
• Write, layout, and mount object labels
• Develop interactive opportunities for engagement throughout the house under the direction of the Heritage Manager and with assistance from the Program Assistant
• Other duties as assigned
• Conduct and transcribe interviews with members of the community for research material under the guidance of the heritage manager
• Gain a basic knowledge of Coquitlam’s history and offer tours to the public


General Requirements:
• Sound understanding of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word
• Curation assistance including research, interviews, and writing
• Displays a helpful, outgoing personality, works well as part of a team or individually
• Demonstrates a genuine interest in community, heritage, history, and culture
• Has the ability to focus and complete tasks in a timely manner
• Is organized and can prioritize tasks
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Is curious, learns quickly, excels in research and problem solving
• Must pass a Criminal Information Check


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 assist in the curatorial development of off-site and in-house exhibitions. They will receive guidance on best practices for curation and exhibit design. They will develop their skills in the following areas: critical thinking, communication, presentations, team building, research, artifact handling, and exhibit display techniques.

This position is suitable for those considering a career in research, archival studies, museum studies, curatorial work, or collections management. Applicants should be working towards a degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Curatorial Studies, History, Museum Studies 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 Tuesdays to Saturdays. 

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

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



Contact Name: Jasmine Moore
Contact Email: jmoore@coquitlamheritage.ca
Contact Phone: (604) 516-6151

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