The Museum of Health Care is hiring a Collections Intern for the Fall 2023 to Spring 2024 period! If you are passionate about preserving Canada’s healthcare history in its physical form and digitally, and have an interest in working in heritage, we want to hear from you!
The Museum of Health Care at Kingston is Canada’s premier resource devoted to bringing to life the story of health and health care. As a history of medicine museum, the Museum of Health Care strives to connect visitors with the experiences of people in past times and provide context and perspective on today’s health issues. To help Canadians better understand this history, the Museum preserves and promotes the rich material legacy of our medical and healthcare past.
As an equal opportunity employer, we strongly encourage women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, and persons who identify as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities to apply for employment.
Please note that in order to qualify for this Internship position, you must meet the eligibility requirements of the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage Program (listed below).
Think this position is right for you? See below for full details and instructions on how to apply!
Collections Intern (Museum Technician)
|Job Title||Collections Intern (Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage)|
|Hours||9:00am-5:00pm | 35 hours weekly (1 hour lunch daily)|
|Start & End Date||September 18, 2023 – March 15 2024 (*See below)|
|Location||Museum of Health Care at Kingston Ann Baillie Building, 32 George Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 2V7|
|Deadline to apply||Friday, September 1, 2023 at 5:00pm|
The Museum of Health Care at Kingston is Canada’s premier resource devoted to bringing to life the story of health and health care. As a history of medicine museum, the Museum of Health Care strives to connect visitors with the experiences of people in past times and provide context and perspective on today’s health issues. To help Canadians better understand this history, the Museum preserves and promotes the rich material legacy of our medical and healthcare past. The Collections Intern will work directly with the extensive collection of medical and health care objects, pharmaceutical and archival documents under the direction and supervision of the Collections Manager.
Please note: All candidates selected for interview will be asked to complete a Skills Analysis Test to catalogue and photograph an object as a major portion of the interview process
*This position will be for a total of 26 weeks and has flexibility in terms of start date. A start date anywhere from September 18, 2023 to October 2, 2023 is possible. Please indicate your possible start dates in your application package.
Projects during this work term
- Catalogue and photograph selected donations
- Retrieve, pack, transport and return objects and process object loans
- Review, assess, and inventory one collection and propose items to keep and to deaccession in a presentation to the Curator and to the Collections Committee
- Develop and film a collections-based YouTube video
- Keep accurate records through accession logs, donor files, cataloguing & inventory charts, and a daily activity log
- Prepare objects for storage according to accepted museological, collections management, and conservation standards
- Support other front of house staff as required including pulling objects and front desk and gallery duty
- Assist as needed in the presentation of museum public programming and special events that occurs during the work term
- Must be able to work a Tuesday to Saturday work schedule during September and October 2023, Monday to Friday work schedule from November 2023 to March 2024
- Excellent English oral, written and verbal communications skills
- Enjoys working with lists of numbers, accuracy, creating order and analyzing results
- Excellent critical thinking, communication, organizational, problem solving, and customer service skills
- Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently
- Must be able to sit for long periods of time at a computer
- Ability to perform moderate physical activity, such as climbing ladders, lifting, kneeling, standing, or walking for periods of time
- Basic research skills using various sources, both paper-based and electronic
- Able to monitor and maintain a safe work area
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational and time management skills, ability to work effectively with multiple tasks and tight deadlines
- Willing and able to complete a Skills Analysis Test as a major portion of the interview process
- Comfortable working with a range of medical items
Young Canada Works in Building Careers in Heritage Eligibility
An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:
- 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)
- legally entitled to work in Canada
- between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
- 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
- unemployed or underemployed
- college or university graduate; and
- not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program
- Knowledge of collection management methodology and techniques, including research, evaluation, handling, sorting, storing and labelling cultural artifacts, documents, and digital files
- Experience working in a museum environment, especially in collections management, cataloguing, and/or handling artefacts
- Experience using collections management database software InMagic
- Background or experience in one or more of the following areas: education, photography, museum collection management, public administration, record and information management, museology, archival science, library science, history, health sciences
- Experience with digital photography in a photo studio set-up
- Knowledge of French or other second language
Required for application
The applicants will submit:
- Cover Letter
- 2 work related references
- Indication of possible start dates
- Criminal Records Check (w/ Vulnerable Sector Screening) will be required by the successful candidate
Ready to apply?
To apply for this position, electronically submit (PDF or Word only) your cover letter, résumé, indicate your YCWBCH eligibility and possible start dates by
5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2023 to the attention of Kathy Karkut, Collections Manager Kathy.Karkut@kingstonhsc.ca
Please indicate in your cover letter and email subject heading that you are applying for the Young Canada Works Collections Intern position.
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Interviews may begin before the posting clos
Questions about this position? Reach us at MUSEUM@kingstonhsc.ca or (613) 548-2419.