Collections Assistant, Summer Student Position (YCW)

Job Positing (YCW)
Collections Assistant
Summer Student Position
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.

About the Job

The MacLaren Art Centre is seeking a summer student to assist with various tasks associated with the MacLaren’s permanent collection. Working closely with the Associate Curator/Collections Manager, the student will assist with a collections inventory to ensure that catalogue information is up-to-date within the computerized museum database system. In addition to these duties, the student will assist with: installation of permanent collection artworks in temporary exhibitions; assisting with labels and signage for permanent collection displays; compiling research materials on collection works; and other duties as assigned. All applicants must be registered with YCW and meet all eligibility requirements for that programme.

Position:                                              Collections Assistant
Duration:                                             up to 15 weeks*
Rate of pay:                                        $11.40/hour
Hours:                                                  37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday
Suggested start and end date:      May 15 to August 25, 2017*


  • Must be a post-secondary student studying visual art, art history, curatorial studies, library and information studies or museum studies with experience in museum or art gallery environments
  • Must maintain a high standard of professionalism
  • Must be personable, detail oriented and able to work as a team member
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 kg
  • Must arrange his/her own travel to and from the MacLaren Art Centre on a daily basis

YCW eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be 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 YCW
  • Has been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job
  • Intends to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job

The deadline for applications is 9 am on Monday, April 17, 2017
The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

Please send a personalized cover letter and curriculum vitae in confidence to: Emily McKibbon, Associate Curator/ Collections Manager, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or email to: 

*Availability and duration of the position are conditional upon approval of Young Canada Works.