Job Description: Curatorial Assistant

Organization Background:  The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum serves as the home of Canada’s rich baseball history. Established in 1982, our museum, located in St. Marys, Ontario, is a registered charity with a vast collection of artifacts that date back to the 1860s. The Hall of Fame and Museum is situated on our 32-acre site, that also houses the Harry Simmons Memorial Library, four baseball fields and walking trails. We strive to not only educate our visitors and supporters but also champion a culture that prioritizes respect, diversity and a healthy lifestyle.

Scope:  The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is adding a Curatorial Assistant position to the team, through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program. This position is responsible for assisting the Curator in all aspects of our collection. The Curatorial Assistant will work with the Curator to catalogue and perform research on collection objects and archives, and rehouse objects in the collection. They will also assist with updating existing museum records by adding images and reviewing accuracy, and digitizing archival materials. The right player will have relevant museum experience, computer proficiency, exceptional organizational and communication skills and a passion for collections management.

Reporting to:  Curator

Responsibilities:
The Curatorial Assistant will work on specified projects, under supervision, such as care of collections, historic research, and digitization. This will include:

  • Assist in digitization project of archival records and photographs
  • Assist with requests from external researchers
  • Catalogue and process artifacts using spreadsheets and the museum database
  • Assist with photography of museum artifacts and editing of images
  • Rehouse artifacts in collections storage
  • Perform research and update relevant information to the database entries
  • Monitor museum environmental conditions
  • Create social media posts and blog posts about artifacts in the collection
  • Provide support for tours and visitors
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and organizational skills
  • Computer proficiency, including with spreadsheets, databases, and word processing
  • Knowledge of Past Perfect, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software, digital cameras, and scanners
  • Knowledge of archival principles, practices, and Rules for Archival Description (RAD) is an asset
  • Previous experience in a museum or archives setting preferred
  • Familiarity with social media such as Instagram and Twitter
  • Experience with cash handling
  • Comfortable interacting with the public and with public speaking

Education: Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function (e.g. Museum Management, Museum Studies, Public History, Curatorial Studies, etc.)

 Terms of Employment: Starts Wednesday, September 8 and lasts for 18 weeks.

  • The selected applicant must be able to meet the specific YCW grant requirements:
  • Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • Are unemployed or underemployed;
  • Are a college or university graduate; and
  • Are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.
  • Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.
  • Further details: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/careers-heritage-graduates.html

Rate of Pay:  $17.00/hour

YCW website post HERE.

Cover letters and resumes are due by Sunday August 8th, 2021.
Please email to baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca or drop off at 386 Church Street South in St. Marys, Ontario.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers Peter and Charlie

Several volunteer positions are always available at the Hall of Fame. We are looking for tour guides, BBQ’ers, office support and site support.

If you are interested in either opportunity please call 519-284-1838 or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca