Assistant Curator

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Assistant Curator
  • Organization name: Quartermain Earth Science Centre
  • Job location: Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Length of assignment: 2020-10-05 to 2021-03-31 (25 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $15.00

Start Date = October 6th, 2020

End Date = March 31st, 2021

The Quartermain Earth Science Centre (QESC) houses one of the largest Palaeozoic invertebrate, plant and trace fossil collections in Atlantic Canada. We have invested in a comprehensive database system for natural specimens as well as refurbished space within the Department of Earth Science for sustainable care.

The QESC is also devoted to public education through its museum exhibits and outreach programs. Our newest exhibit in development celebrates the relationships between our Atlantic Canadian geoheritage as well as evolutionary biology.

RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: The Assistant Curator will help the Curator at the museum in cataloguing these historic museum specimens as well as prepare them for storage (training is provided). Duties also include: 1) working with the exhibit design and instillation team in preparing specimens and materials for the new Geo to Bio Exhibits, and 2) maintaining and developing interactive hands-on Earth Science outreach activities. Duties may also include interacting with young students and the general public during Earth Science outreach events.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have an interest in information management, museum collections and the natural world. The candidate should also have an interest in science education and comfortable with young students. Must have self-motivation to complete projects in a timely manner, to work independently, as well as in consultation with the curator, science researchers, educators, and exhibit designers.

OTHER DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Basic knowledge of computers and photography equipment, familiarity with database structure and management, ability to work with a team as well as independently, high degree of organization and attention to detail, thrives in a co-operative environment. Preference will be given to candidate with a university science degree that includes courses in the geological and/or biological sciences.

BENEFITS: The successful applicant will enhance their information technological skills by working with a robust and comprehensive oracle-based museums collections database called MIMSY XG, which is also used in over 175 museums worldwide. The applicant will gain knowledge on the basic techniques of museum procedures and collection care methodology. She or he will broaden their knowledge of rocks, minerals and fossils as they are presented in a museum setting, enhance their presentation skills, as well as develop/improve teaching abilities in the Earth and Biological Sciences. The applicant will also achieve her or his legacy at the QESC by contributing to these important projects to preserve our geoheritage, our history, and contribute to education in promotion of science literacy.

An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

-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;

-are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

-have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resumé to the attention of:

Ann C Timmermans

Curator, Quartermain Earth Science Centre

Applications should be received by midnight on September 30th, 2020.

For additional information, please email or call:, 506-458-7205

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