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Museum Technician- Saskatoon Western Development Museum 

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This is a one year term position with the Saskatoon Branch of the Western Development Museum.  Under the general direction of the Museum Manager, the Museum Technician will be responsible for performing tasks and making recommendations relating to the museum’s collections and exhibits-related activities.

 

This position functions cooperatively with other members of staff and volunteers to develop and maintain exhibits, and to document and care for the artifact collections. All functions are carried out under the direction of the Branch Manager and in consultation with the Exhibits, Collections and Conservation departments located at the Curatorial Centre. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:       

GENERAL:

·      Orientate, train and supervise staff and volunteers within areas of responsibility

·      Ensure security of  the Museum’s exhibits and collection

·      Assist with the presentation of education programs insofar as they involve collections-based activities

·      Respond to visitor inquiries about the collection and exhibits

·      Other duties as may be required in the course of the branch’s daily operation

EXHIBITS:

·      In consultation with Curatorial Centre exhibit staff, to manage, organize and assist with exhibit maintenance, installation and evaluation

·      Prepare exhibit condition reports

·      Troubleshoot and coordinate repairs of exhibit audio visual equipment

·      Supervise and assist with installation and removal of temporary, travelling and other special Museum exhibits

COLLECTIONS AND CONSERVATION:

·      In consultation with WDM Curatorial Centre collections staff, maintain timely and accurate collections records for the permanent and extension collections

·      Respond to prospective donors concerning acquisition offers

·      Conduct artifact inventories in exhibit and storage areas.  Maintain accurate artifact location records and photograph artifacts

·      In cooperation with WDM Curatorial Centre conservation staff, monitor and work toward the overall well-being of the collection, including undertaking preventive conservation measures

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

·      Relevant, recognized formal museum training, or an equivalent of other training and museum experience, including knowledge of museum practices in conservation, collections management and exhibit principles and maintenance

·      Background in western Canadian history an asset

·      Familiarity with basic carpentry, electrical, mechanical and workshop procedures

·      Familiarity with computer/audio-visual equipment

·      Exceptional ability to work with people, including a well-developed sense of diplomacy

·      Ability to work effectively, either independently or as a team member

·      Valid driver licence

 

CONDITIONS:       

Salary L6 - 5 %, $ 1489.00 - $ 1884.00 bi-weekly plus benefits and other conditions as per the WDM Employees Handbook.  Able to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends

            Term position for 52 weeks, 40 hours per week

            Employment to commence October 14, 2014

                       

Application Deadline: September 12th, 2014

Apply to: Selection Committee

Western Development Museum

2610 Lorne Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK, S7J 0S6

Telephone: 306-931-1910 | Email: Saskatoon@wdm.ca

 

Written or email applications only, please.

Only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


 

Conservation Assistant-Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

 

The Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is seeking an energetic and highly motivated Conservation Assistant to survey the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s Natural History and Aboriginal History collections using portable XRF technology. Reporting to the museum’s Conservator, the successful candidate will prepare and conduct a survey of collection objects for the presence of inorganic pesticide residues. The successful candidate will develop in-house test protocols, participate in site visits at other Saskatchewan museums, and assist in developing a handling guide or other posters, papers, and presentations that may be related to this project. The project will require working closely with a variety of museum staff, including curatorial assistants, interns, and visiting staff from outside museums.

The successful candidate will have a post-graduate degree or post-graduate diploma in the conservation of cultural property, and demonstrate an interest and capacity in applying scientific research methods to museum collections. Excellent object handling skills and proficiency with large databases are a must. The work also requires the ability to lift up to 50lbs and to climb stairs. Experience with portable XRF and interpreting resulting spectra would be an asset.

 

This is a full-time (36 hrs/week) position up to 18 months in duration, to commence in October, 2014. Pay will be in the range of $19.00 to $21.00 / hr.

Applications will be received until end of day, September 19, 2014, and can be forwarded to:

 

Alyssa Becker-Burns, Conservator

Royal Saskatchewan Museum

2340 Albert Street

Regina, SK S4P 2V7

p: 306-787-2667

f: 306-787-2645

e: Alyssa.BeckerBurns@gov.sk.ca