Bill Reid Gallery Collections Assistant

March 24, 2017

Collections Assistant
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
639 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC

Period of employment: May 9 - August 26, 2016 (16 weeks)
Hours: 9:30 am – 5pm Monday to Friday (7 hours per day with 1/2 hour lunch)
Salary: $15.00 per hour

The mission of the Bill Reid Gallery (BRG) is to reveal the vital and diverse indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through the extraordinary work of Bill Reid and inspirational contemporary art.

Job description:
The Collections Assistant, under direction from the museum staff, will participate in researching and planning for a major collections storage project. The Assistant will take part in an inventory of the collection and will also assist with cataloguing, arranging, describing and caring for selected collection items, and planning the storage move. There will also be opportunities to engage with visitors and community members.

The Collections Assistant must be organized and detailed oriented and will perform other related duties as required. The Assistant will acquire skills in cataloguing, museum standards and policy, artifact handling and preservation, storage, and research procedures. They will gain strategic planning, problem solving and leadership skills under direction of museum staff. The setting will provide experience in cultural diversity, working as a team, working collaboratively with other programs and exhibitions, and the importance of cultural preservation for future generations.

Skills required

  • Student in the field of history, First Nations Studies, anthropology, museum studies, curatorial studies or library and archival studies
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 30 and intend to return to your studies in the fall.
  • Good level of computer literacy including spreadsheets, database software, email.
  • Familiar with the Rules of Archival Description
  • Familiar with preservation and conservation
  • Fluent in English, Indigenous language would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Northwest Coast art and Indigenous cultural history an asset
  • Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability therefore we welcome all applicants regardless of race, gender or disability.

Please forward applications with resume by email to:
Beth Carter, Curator
Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2016.

We thank all applicants for their interest;
However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted