Part-Time Collections Assistant, Technicians and Master Instructors, Oakville

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Part-Time Collections Assistant (Oakville Museum), Ceramic and Woodworking Technicians, and Master Instructors for Ceramics, Minecraft Coding and Woodworking

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) is a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility located in Oakville, Ontario. QEPCCC offers many drop-in and registered recreational, cultural and aquatic programs, including a studio drop-in program and memberships, and an exhibitions program.

The Oakville Museum includes the historic buildings of Erchless Estate, Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms, as well as satellite exhibition spaces at various town facilities. The museum holds a diverse collection of objects reflecting the history of Oakville from its establishment to the present day including costumes and textiles, fine and decorative arts, ethnological artifacts and Chisholm family-related materials.

Job Designation: Part-Time Collections Assistant, Ceramic and Woodworking Technicians, and Master Instructors for Ceramics, Minecraft Coding and Woodworking
Start Date: January 2020
Salary Range: starting at $14.97 for Collections Assistant, $28 for Instructors, and $21.08 for Technicians
Temporary: Contract hours scheduled as needed or by course appointment, up to 24 hours weekly


Job Responsibilities: Collections Assistant (Oakville Museum and Corporate Art Collections)

Under the supervision of the Curator of Collections and the Culture Supervisor, the Collections Assistant will assist with the documentation, care and development of digital records and objects on display, in transit and in storage for the Oakville Museum and Town of Oakville Corporate Art collections. Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • To assist with ensuring individual objects within the collection are catalogued, digitized, and housed according to standard museum practices.
  • To assist with moving objects and archival material into permanent storage and public exhibition
  • To assist with routine collection cleaning and the ongoing maintenance of period displays and exhibits
  • To assist with monitoring, recording and maintaining the data loggers for exhibition and storage areas
  • To assist with testing and logging lighting levels for exhibition and storage spaces
  • To assist with researching individual objects in order to update existing records or create new ones
  • To assist with tracking individual objects as they are used for exhibitions, loans, or publications
  • To assist with organizing, photographing, and cataloguing additions to the collections an ongoing basis
  • To assist with exhibition installation and dismantling
  • To notify the Curator of Collections of problems and/or recommendations regarding collections, exhibitions, collection management systems, conservation materials, or Museum facilities, which may affect the ongoing operation of the museum.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Skills:

  • College Diploma/Degree in museum studies and/or collections management
  • Experience in registration/collections management and conservation practices
  • Familiar with Museum nomenclature to describe collection artifacts
  • At least 6 months experience working with collections management systems
  • Familiar with the safe artwork handling practices
  • Familiar with The Museum System (TMS) collection management software an asset
  • Requires lifting and moving of a variety of objects and boxes
  • Health and Safety training

Letters of application should address the candidate’s expertise in the areas of Museum collections management, conservation practices, art handling, and professional work.

Refer to the Oakville Museum and the Public Art and Exhibitions webpages at https://www.oakville.ca/museum/index.html and https://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/public-art-and-exhibitions.html


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Job Responsibilities: Master Instructor Ceramics, Minecraft Coding, Woodworking

This position provides instructional wood working classes at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre to children, youth and/or adults in a studio clay studio, wood shop or digital lab. Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing, leading and delivering clay hand building and/or wheel throwing, fine woodworking and Minecraft classes to meet the needs of all participants registered in the program including children and parented programs.
  • Assisting with research and development of appropriate clay, wood or digital programming for beginner and practicing artists, ensuring that art activities are safe, creative, and inclusive of all program participants
  • Providing a positive learning and recreational experience for all participants
  • To support Town department objectives and mandate

Qualifications

  • Enrollment in or completion of a post-secondary program in clay, wood or coding, or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated abilities and a strong knowledge of contemporary visual art
  • Familiar with a broad range of artistic techniques, practices and materials with one or more of the following interests/skills: painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, mixed media, textiles/fibre arts, ceramics, woodworking, digital art, dance and movement, culinary arts
  • Experience developing lesson and activity plans
  • Previous teaching experience in an educational setting
  • Strong organizational, planning, time management and leadership skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt instructional practices to diverse audiences
  • Ability to work independently
  • Training in HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD)
  • Successful candidates who are new hires and/or who have not performed in this position previously will be required to provide as a condition of employment a satisfactory police vulnerable sector check at their own expense dated within the last 30 days.

Letters of application should address the candidate’s expertise in the respective area. All applicants for teaching must be able to provide a portfolio that demonstrates all of the above during the interview process.


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Job Responsibilities: Ceramic Technician and Wood Shop Technician

To provide occasional technical support for specialized equipment in the wood shop ensuring equipment is being operated and maintained to manufacturer’s standards. Ensuring all procedures are followed to maintain warranties. Assist users with the proper use of the equipment. Assist in developing, maintaining and enforcing all safe operating procedures. Specific duties include:

  • Maintaining the wood shop equipment is in good operating order including weekly and monthly maintenance.
  • Ensuring safe operation of all equipment and adherence to proper handling of all products in the wood shop studio according to WHMIS standards.
  • Ensuring adherence to all Health and Safety procedures/standards.
  • Providing technical support to users and staff to ensure equipment is used properly and safely.
  • Developing and providing all safety training to users.
  • Communicating regularly with the Cultural Coordinator about any problems and/or recommendations regarding equipment and facilities which may affect the safe operation of the wood shop.
  • Maintaining all maintenance and safety logs for the wood shop equipment.
  • Ensuring all warranty requirements are maintained by ensuring operating procedure and maintenance is followed according to warranty requirements.
  • Ensuring the continuing safety of all users while in the wood shop and document all accidents/incidents immediately. All reports must be received by the Department within 24 hours.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a college diploma/degree or other recognized technical qualifications specializing in wood/sculpture or ceramics. Candidate will have three years’ experience in a wood shop or clay studio as well as some experience as an assistant technician. Health and Safety training, WHIMIS and First aid certification are also required. Excellent communication and customer service skills are required. Must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends.

Letters of application should address the candidate’s expertise in the respective area. All applicants for technician must be able to provide a portfolio that demonstrates all of the above during the interview process.


The successful applicants must be independent, reliable individuals able to work with minimal supervision and expected to assist in developing curriculum. For more information, please contact the Cultural Coordinator at (905) 815-5979.

Refer to the Parks Recreation & Culture Fall 2019/Winter 2020 course guide for descriptions of children, youth and adult art programs.

Applications will be accepted on-line at Oakville.ca in the current opportunities section no later than midnight on January 3, 2020.

DATED: December 10, 2019

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.