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2019 Collection Assistant

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is seeking to hire a motivated individual to work as a Collection Assistant at the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village, Pembroke’s community Museum, from May 21st to August 9th, 2019.

Duties include:

  • accession backlogged artifacts and put them into storage or into an exhibit
  • assist the Curator to process incoming artifact or archival donations
  • set up an outreach exhibit at the local library
  • work on an inventory of Area 3 and make notes on action items for each artifact
  • entering accession records into the collection management database
  • record temperature and humidity once a week in designated areas of the Museum
  • photographing textiles and labelling storage boxes with photos
  • rolling and storing quilts and other textiles
  • responding to research requests from the public
  • assist in providing tours of the Museum to the general public and school groups when needed
  • assist in putting together exhibits and/or presentations for outreach events
  • cleaning and maintenance of the Museum and grounds as required


This job is suited to a University or college student from a community/social studies field, i.e. museum studies, history, etc.   Preference will be given to a student enrolled in a Museum studies program.  As this job includes a fair amount of computer collections work, the successful candidate should have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office and various programs.

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Good public speaking skills
  • An interest in history and heritagedExperience working in a Museum is an asset but not necessary
  • Research skills
  • Photography skills
  • Valid First Aid and defibrillator training would be an asset
  • Must provide a recent police check with vulnerable sector check upon hiring

Must be a full-time student this past spring and returning to full-time studies in the fall.  Bilingualism is a definite asset.

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer, and will consider all applications with relevant qualifications.  Final decisions on employment are based on the merit of the applicant.

Wage is $14.00 an hour.

Resumes with cover letter will be accepted until Friday, April 12th 2019.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only individuals short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Apply in person or by e-mail to:

Jory Turcotte, Acting Curator, Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 6Z2.


Please note that this position is grant dependent.  Funding would not be possible without funding from Young Canada Works.

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