Education and Collection Research Assistant


Museum of Vancouver


Jun. 1, 2018

Organization Description: 

The Museum of Vancouver inspires inquiry into the city. As an urban museum, it interprets, presents, and archives the continuous transformation of the City of Vancouver. 

The Museum congregates a community of the curious who come to engage with ideas and each other in dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be to the City of Vancouver. 

We want to provoke, engage, and animate.


Job Description: 

Nature of the position
Made possible by support from the RBC Foundation’s Museum Mentorship Program, the Education and Collection Research Assistant is a 23-week opportunity for an emerging Indigenous museum professional to gain experience in educational programming and curatorial practices. 

Working under the supervision of the Education Program Officer, the successful candidate will assist in the evaluation, development, and delivery of the MOV’s education programs and public tours. The Assistant will review the Museum’s current program syllabus and recommend the integration of Indigenous worldviews and histories, where applicable. 

In addition, the Assistant will work closely with Curator of Indigenous Collections and Engagement to research and asses the Museum’s Indigenous collections and ensure that Indigenous perspectives are embedded in interpretive materials. 

Hours: This position is a limited term (23 week), part-time contract (25 hours/week). Typical hours of work will fall between 10:00am – 2:00pm on weekdays. Some evening and weekend work may be required. 

Note: This position falls under the jurisdiction of CUPE local 15.


Major Duties
• Study the BC Ministry of Education’s K-7 school curriculum
• Identify areas where existing education programs can better align with the province’s new curriculum
• Review existing education programs with objective of providing an Indigenous cultural perspective into course content
• Identify and establish Indigenous protocol for education content development
• Develop and design programming materials for feature exhibits
• Catalogue, research and document Indigenous belongings in the Museum’s collection


Required Qualifications
• Must be a Canadian Indigenous citizen (First Nations, Inuit, Métis)
• Must be 18-35 years of age at the start of the mentorship
• Must be enrolled within, or a recent graduate of, one of the following programs: museum studies, art studies, curation, conservation, or arts administration
• Must be able to commit to the entire term of the mentorship

Skills and Abilities
• A background or genuine interest in local history, culture, and heritage
• Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and Outlook)
• Previous experience working with children and youth preferred
• Knowledge of databases and registration systems, or a willingness and ability to learn
• Fluency in English; knowledge of a second language considered an asset

How to Apply: 

Please submit application by email no later than 4:00pm, June 1, 2018 to:



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