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STUDENT JOB - Conservation Technician,Collections, Canadian War Museum
Location Canadian War Museum
Job Code 1000-83
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STUDENT JOB - SUMMER 2024
Division: Collections, Canadian War Museum


A student job at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) and the Canadian War Museum (CWM) allows you to apply your learning while acquiring experience, developing skills and making professional contacts. The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum offer you a place to develop your future career and do fulfilling and meaningful work, in an inclusive and engaging environment, dedicated to museological excellence.  

As a student Conservation Technician for the Collections, CWM Division, you will: 

  • Examine 2D and 3D artefacts, prepares written treatment proposals, performs treatments (under supervision), and prepare treatment reports complete with photo-documentation;
  • Undertake hands-on practical, and preventive conservation work and documentation for a variety of artefacts from all Collection types;
  • Ensure safe storage of all conservation materials and supplies, including adherence to all appropriate regulations regarding hazardous materials;
  • Fabricates custom artefact housing and packs/moves objects as needed;
  • Assists in the day-to-day operation of the conservation lab including handling paperwork and maintaining lab space and equipment;
  • Confers with supervisors, conservation staff, Collection Specialists, and other Collections staff members on complex artefacts.

What we are looking for:  

  • A  or working towards a diploma from an accredited program in Conservation, Heritage studies, or Museum studies from a recognized post-secondary institution 
    Knowledge in Conservation practice, principles, theory, and ethics are an asset;
  • Various computer application software including MS Office Suite and database software such as KE Emu, an asset;
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with site and collections care activities;
  • Holder of a Firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) is an asset;
  • Experience in conservation treatment or preventive conservation;
  • Good hand skills and experience handling objects;
  • Strong organizational skills, precision;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team; 
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Military history knowledge is preferred. 

Eligibility criteria:  

  • Must be a full-time student at College or University; 
  • Must be returning to full-time studies next session (a proof will be required);
  • Bilingualism, an asset;
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Working conditions:  

  • 37.5 hours per week;  
  • Ability to employ and work in personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Ability to stand for hours at a time and lift up to 15 kg (33 lb);
  • Hybrid work possible: None, work on site. 

Compensation:  $17.00/hour to $23.62/hour – variation according to the student’s level of education 
Duration: May 27, 2024 to August 16, 2024 
Workplace:  1 Vimy Place Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8 
Security Clearance: Enhanced Reliability 

Apply no later than March 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: 
Abiba Diarrassouba 
Human Resources and Talent Acquisition Coordinator
819 776-8176 or abiba.diarrassouba@historymuseum.ca 

We thank all candidates for showing interest; however, only retained candidates will be contacted.

The masculine form is used in this document for the sole purpose of simplifying the text: it is not discriminatory in any way.

The Museum is committed to creating an organizational culture that fosters an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment for all. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including candidates from all cultures, racialized communities, all abilities, all sexual identities and genders, and anyone else who can contribute to the diversity of ideas. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment.

The Canadian Museum of History subscribes to the Employment Equity Act.

If you require an accommodation (including alternate formats of materials) in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. Contact: Abiba Diarrassouba or Monica Lun Pun at 819-776-8176 and 819-776-8532 or at competition@historymuseum.ca.

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