Collections Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Collections Assistant
  • Organization name: Fort Calgary Preservation Society
  • Job location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Length of assignment: 2021-05-31 to 2021-08-20 (11.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $18.00

Young Canada Works – Collections Job Description

Program Stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Job Title: Collections Assistant

Organization Name: Fort Calgary Preservation Society

Job Location: Calgary, Alberta

Length of Assignment: 12 weeks

Hourly Wage: 18$/hr, 30hrs/week

Deadline: May 10, 2021

Tentative Start Date: May 31, 2021

Applications must be submitted through the Young Canada Works website at:

Job Description

Fort Calgary is looking for 1 Collections Assistant as part of the 2021 Young Canada Works Program in Heritage Organizations. This role is a perfect summer job opportunity for students with interest in the history of Calgary and Canada, museums, or the arts and culture sector who wish to preserve history for future generations.

This is an assistive role, working with the Collections Officer, to update collections records, assist with a collections move (or the preparation for the move) to an off-site storage location, and other tasks integral to managing a historic collection.

This is a critical piece of the work to move a new strategic plan forward; this move of the collection off-site will aid in the overall goal of the construction of a new museum.

Candidates must be eligible as per the Young Canada Works guidelines.

Critical Knowledge

A strong understanding of Indigenous relations in this region and Treaty 7, and a familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the relevant Calls to Action for Museums is a significant asset. This knowledge can be through lived or worked experience, or education (or both).


• Assisting with packing artifacts for collections storage move

• Past Perfect database work

• Cataloguing of artifacts

• Labeling and photographing artifacts

• Rehousing artifacts following museum standards

• Assisting with collections move if happening at the time

• De-installation of the permanent exhibits

• Numbering of the collection where the numbers have been missing

• Practice collections management and research according to the Alberta Museums Association Standard Practices Handbook

• Other museum-related duties as they are assigned

The Ideal Candidate Will:

• Be a current, full-time student in a post-secondary History, Museum Studies, Canadian Art History, or Archaeology program

• Have a general knowledge and passion of Canadian history, and/or Calgary-specific history, and its preservation

• Have strong and respectful interpersonal and communication skills with people from all backgrounds and cultures

• Be flexible with their work schedule hours

• Be able to work independently with minimal supervision

• Be able to demonstrate initiative in problem solving. Have a good knowledge of all MS Office software

• Knowledge of Past Perfect software would be an asset

• Knowledge of museum practices would be an asset

• Be organized with excellent attention to detail

• Work cooperatively with museum staff, consultants and volunteers

• Ability to undertake light to moderate physical tasks, as some artifacts will be relocated.

• A PAL license is an asset but not required

About Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary is located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, a site which has been a historical and cultural gathering place from the first Indigenous people thousands of years ago to the arrival of the North-West Mounted Police in 1875. From its origins as Mohkinsstsis (Blackfoot), Wîchîspa (Nakoda), and Guts’ists’i (Tsuut’ina), to its more recent history as a national, provincial and municipal historic site, Fort Calgary has a complex story to tell.

Inclusivity Statement

The Fort Calgary team is guided by a shared commitment to community, reconciliation, integrity, sustainability, inclusiveness and respect. People with diverse experience and backgrounds are valued.