WORKING AT THE HANGAR

COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT (FULL-TIME, TEMPORARY) 

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Collections Assistant will complete essential tasks and projects in collections, supporting the Collections Manager and Collections Director to preserve and present the collections of The Hangar Flight Museum for current and future generations.

TERM OF WORK: 

2024-09-16 to 2025-03-14 (26 weeks)

ORGANIZATION:  

The Hangar Flight Museum is a museum in northeast Calgary with the vision to inspire dreams of flight. Formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, The Hangar Flight Museum is a busy and growing museum that fosters the understanding and appreciation of the evolution of flight by telling stories related to our collections and the people related to our historically significant aircraft. The Hangar Flight Museum provides a community place and historical resource in Calgary. The history of aviation is closely tied to Canada’s development as a nation and to Calgary’s development as a vibrant, international city. Our Museum tells this history, expands and inspires visitors’ knowledge of the stories surrounding aviation’s role in immigration, oil and gas exploration, war and civilian pleasure travel. Many roadways in Calgary are named after renowned aviators such as McKnight, McCall, Barlow and Palmer – who, after serving their country in wartime, went on to develop civilian passenger and transport aviation. The Museum is a civic partner of the City of Calgary and a large part of our collection is owned by the City. We are honoured to be entrusted by the City and others who have donated artifacts to us with the stewardship of our collection for the benefit of Calgarians and visitors from around the world

 

Positions available:  1

 

REPORTING:  

This position reports directly to the Collections Manager. 

 

Tasks and Responsibilities: 

  • Organizing collections and sorting through archival records; ensuring all artifacts are in PastPerfect (PP).
  • Ensure all records in PP are updated and accurate, with photos.
  • Sort through old accession records and digitize where necessary.
  • Accession, catalogue and number 350 – 600 photographs in the photography collection. This will include scanning the photographs and updating data of the material in PP.
  • Assist with the accessioning backlog by accessioning 50+ new artifacts. This will include cataloguing each object as per training, including inputting the data into PP.
  • Catalogue aircraft manuals into the collections.

 

Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate for this position should have a degree related to museum studies, history, or archival studies. Related degrees are acceptable. Some experience with museums or archives is preferred, particularly working with collections and/or exhibitions. A desire to work in museums, heritage, historic sites, or related is preferred. Computer skills should be intermediate, particularly working with Microsoft office and collections management databases.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to work within a small team environment, and be able to work independently.
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

 
Other Requirements:

  • English language proficiency is essential.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work with museum collections, this includes high attention to detail and may include working in cramped and/or dusty spaces

 

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA:

Candidates must meet all of the Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage requirements. An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent resident status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada (have a valid social insurance number);
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age inclusively at the start of employment; and
  • are a college or university graduate (certificate, bachelor's, master's or doctorate). Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs and that are unemployed or underemployed.

 

Position is dependent on funding.

 

Salary 

$22/hour. 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

The Hangar Flight Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Candidates should apply by September 1, 2024 with a cover letter and CV to Elizabeth Haupt, Collections Manager. Email applications are preferred, but applications will also be accepted by mail or in-person at guest services. Please submit applications to: collections@thehangarmuseum.ca The Hangar Flight Museum 4629 McCall Way NE Calgary, AB T2E 2A5

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

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