Collection Technician

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Collection Technician
  • Organization name: Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
  • Job location: Cole Harbour , Nova Scotia
  • Length of assignment: 2018-06-11 to 2018-08-31 (11.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $12.50

The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is an original Cole Harbour farm, cultivated continuously for over 200 years. It has operated as a community museum since 1978 and is owned and operated by the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society (CHRHS). The museum site is a rural oasis tucked into the middle of a now bustling urban centre. The main museum site consists of 12 buildings. Of those, two are historic houses, six are historic barns and outbuildings and the remainder are museum support structures. This "open air" museum also includes gardens, pastureland, pathways and a small wetland and natural reserve. In addition to the heritage buildings, the museum collection consists of approximately 3000 artifacts representing the evolution of agriculture in the area, along with the implements and personal items of the peoples who made Cole Harbour home. A small representation of traditional farm animals is kept on site along with heritage gardens and native species of trees and shrubs, creating our living collection. The site contains a busy tearoom and gift shop within the original farmhouse, a working blacksmith shop and is a cultural and social hub for the community of Cole Harbour. The Museum operates on a free will donation basis, welcoming over $20,000 visitors per year.

Working with the Museum Director, curatorial staff and Collections Committee, the Collection Technician will develop and implement a new collection storage plan for the Farm Museum within our collection database. The Farm Museum is a participating partner of NovaMuse, the award-winning collection database of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums. For the successful candidate, this opportunity will provide a very hands-on, grass roots experience in collection management within a heritage building and community museum setting. It will also provide in-depth training in the use of a collection database.

Reporting to the Museum Director and in accordance with the Collection Management Policy of the Museum, the duties of the Collection Technician will include:

- Learn the workings of and become proficient with the collections database NovaMuse.

- Identify the function of storage locations within NovaMuse and how the storage function relates to collections accessibility

- establish a methodical and systematic approach to identifying/labelling collection storage areas (building, room, shelf, etc.)

- label physical storage locations accordingly

- prepare a ”quick reference” plan for users

- begin the work of reconciling artifacts with new storage locations

- report anomalies, concerns to curatorial staff

- attend Collections Committee meetings and perform follow up tasks, i.e. relocating artifacts, collections care

- participate in daily museum activities and programs, special events and visitor engagement

Desired qualifications/skills include:

- enrolled as a full-time student in a museum, archival, library or information technology studies or technician degree or certificate program, and returning to studies in September 2018

- experience in a community museum or demonstrated interest in community museums and heritage

- excellent organizational skills

- experience using a collections database

- excellent customer service and interpersonal skills – the incumbent will frequently be working in display areas and be asked questions by visitors

- demonstrated ability to work with others

- some knowledge of collections management issues and practices

- experience within a cultural institution considered an asset

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society is an equal opportunity employer. Anyone meeting the skill requirements is invited to apply. Chosen candidate must be under 30 and registered on the official site for Young Canada Works. Rate of pay is $12.50/hour for a 35 hour work week. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018 and should be addressed to Janice Kirkbright, Executive Director, Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2W 4L2 or emailed to The interview will be conducted by a panel of a minimum 2 persons consisting of Executive Director, Curator and/or Board Representative.

The HRM is a large geographic entity made up of the cities of Halifax, Dartmouth and surrounding communities. The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm is situated on the outskirts of Dartmouth in former Halifax County and is serviced by three convenient bus routes and just minutes from the “Link” service which takes riders to downtown Halifax in 20 minutes. The Cole Harbour area is a bustling urban district that has convenient amenities, shopping, natural history and recreational opportunities close at hand.,_Nova_Scotia