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Unpaid Internship Opportunity: Art Advisor & Curatorial Intern, Pursuits Inc., Toronto


Organization Description

Pursuits Inc.

Pursuits Inc. is an internationally focused art adviosry headed by Marla Wasser that guides private and coroporate clients through each step of the collecting process with transparency and discretion.

Our vision extends beyond merely brokering art. We are committed to reflecting the unique interests and personality of the collector, working closely with them to facilitate a deeper apprecaition of the art world.


Job Description

Art Advisory & Curatorial Intern

An art advisory and curatorial firm in Toronto is seeking a new team member. The position offers the right candidate the opportunity to participate in the development of museum exhibitions and advising private clients on top-tier art collections. The firm requires an Intern who can actively contribute to ongoing projects, who shows consistent initiative, and who is dedicated to the growth of the company. The successful candidate will work directly with the Project Manager and President on all projects.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Familiarity with/interest in the art world, preferably with some experience in art history, curatorial work, or design
  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • Technological skills: highly proficient in social media, file management, and computer literacy
  • Good strategy and problem-solving ability
  • Positive and collaborative approach
  • Fluency in Photoshop and other graphic design an asset
  • Background in art business and/or public relations an asset


Availability at least 2 days/week is essential for a minimum commitment of 3 months.

Job Posting: Archivist / Curator, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON


Application Deadline:
June 26, 2015

This position reports to the Director of Patron Services and New Media and is responsible for leading the efforts to acquire, preserve, catalogue, describe and provide access to archives materials and special collections materials. This includes developing processes for the routine acquisition, preservation and access of archives materials created by the National Arts Centre (NAC) and serving as an expert in assessing preservation and access needs for archives materials.

The incumbent also acts as custodian of the NAC’s fine arts collection. He/She plans and oversees the arrangement, cataloguing and exhibition of collections, including online exhibits and, along with the Assistant Archivist and the New Media Senior Project Manager and Strategy Analyst, maintains the collections. He/She also researches topics or items relevant to the collections.

Salary: currently under review

Status: Full-time, continuing

Start date: September 1, 2015


Skill Requirements:

– Bachelor’s degree in archival science, history, fine arts or a related discipline and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in an archives environment and two (2) years of experience in the design, development and implementation of a content management system (CMS); or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

– Excellent knowledge of archival management practices and concepts, content management systems, procedures, legislation, methodology and techniques;

– Experience managing budgets and complex projects;

– Experience working with archive organizations and associations and the performing arts in Canada;

– Experience in managing collections of theatrical and performing arts artifacts;

– Experience overseeing the planning, development and presentation of exhibits; including online exhibits;

– Strong time management skills to coordinate activities and adhere to planning process timelines;

– Ability to assess operational requirements and to develop and implement operational policies and procedures;

– Experience with content management systems (CMS);

– Excellent knowledge of computer applications (MS Office, Word, Excel, Outlook and  Adobe Acrobat);

– Excellent interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality;

– Bilingualism in both official languages is a strong asset.

Regular attendance at work is an expectation of employment and an essential part of every job.

Job Postings in Canada: YCW edition, part ???

Summer Librarian / Curatorial Assistant, Norfolk Historical Society/Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives, Simcoe, ON



The Summer Librarian will assist the Curator in the care, cataloguing, and record keeping of the museum’s extensive local history and genealogy reference library and rare books collection including data entry in the collection database and physical storage optimization. The Summer Librarian will also assist Archives and Library staff with research requests. They will compile finding aids, indexes, and book listings for upload to the Norfolk Historical Society website.


The Curatorial Assistant will assist the Curator in the care, cataloguing, and record keeping of the museum’s collections including data entry in the collection database and physical storage optimization. They will research, design, and install temporary displays using the museum’s reference library and collections. The Curatorial Assistant will also research historical letters and journals from Norfolk County for the upcoming autumn exhibit.

Curatorial Assistant / Collections Assistant, the McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON



The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a summer student to assist with various curatorial duties. Working closely with the Curator/Registrar, the student will be exposed to a range of tasks, including: organizing an exhibition of Carl Beam prints from the MacLaren’s collection, assisting with exhibition installations and dismantlements, assisting with circulating exhibitions, and researching and drafting justifications for proposed acquisitions.


The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a summer student to assist with various collections duties. Working closely with the Curator/Collections Manager, the student will be exposed to a range of duties, including: researching and writing justifications for new acquisitions, cataloguing books into the internal research library, updating location tags in Mimsy and curating a virtual exhibition on women in the Soviet Union from the Sovfoto Archive at the MacLaren.

Curatorial Assistant, Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg, MB


Programming: Working under the supervision of Gallery 1C03’s Director/Curator, the Intern will assist with the organization and presentation of a University of Winnipeg faculty, staff, and student exhibition. Tasks include assisting with promotion via social media and other means, assisting with exhibit installation, creating artwork labels, attending the exhibition during public hours of operation, assisting with de-installation of exhibit. The Intern will also organize and carry out a two-day, off-site, educational art workshop or other public program during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival as part of a city-wide art gallery public program project.

Collections Management: Working under the supervision of Gallery 1C03’s Director/Curator, the Intern will conduct an inventory of selected works in the collection and carry out on-campus artwork loan requests. Through this process the intern will help the Art Curator identify and prioritize selected pieces for conservation treatment as the University’s budget allows. The Intern will also input appraisal values for those works where that information had not been entered but for which there exist paper records. If time allows, the Intern will assist in the development and distribution of exhibition and copyright release forms for selected works in the collection.

Curatorial Research: The Intern will conduct research on selected artworks in the collection identified by the Director/Curator in preparation for a forthcoming conservation and/or exhibition projects.

Art Collection Library Management: Gallery 1C03 also oversees a small library of publications on contemporary and historical Canadian art. The Intern will accession new titles into the library collection database, and participate in the distribution of the Gallery’s publications to other institutions to make them available to researchers.


Job Posts in Canada this week: normal-people salaries

Curator/Manager of Interpretation, Programming and Exhibits, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Campobello Island, NB


Unique international park seeks dynamic individual to manage the collection and lead a dedicated interpretive staff telling the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s summers on Campobello Island. The incumbent directs the day to day museum management functions, trains and supervises staff and develops interpretive programming and exhibits.
The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree with a strong emphasis on curatorial science and museum management. Prior experience in a museum setting is preferred. Solid writing and interpersonal skills are required.

Salary: $48,000

Archives Coordinator, Simpcw First Nation, Barriere, BC


The purpose of this position is to maintain, describe, preserve, provide access and protect the Simpcw First Nation’s (SFN) existing collections of archive, library and museum collection material including recommendations to the development of the Simpcw First Nations Archives. This position also primarily supports the archival research needs of Simpcw First Nation’s Rights and Title and Research Staff.

Salary: no information given.

Arts & Heritage Curator, Recreation, Culture and Parks, Langley, BC


Reporting to the Cultural Services Manager you will be responsible in this unionized position for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the department’s museum and exhibition programs and extension exhibition programs. You will access, catalogue, index and store the municipality’s collections of artefacts, specimens, fine art and archival materials, including firearms as well as undertaking research into local history and prehistory; providing reference services to researchers and developing materials for publication and dissemination. You will also assist in the planning, development and implementation of arts and heritage programs at various sites and facilities in the municipality.

Salary: $31.34 – $36.91 per hour (2015 rates), plus 12.4% in lieu of benefits.

Cultural Projects Specialist, Tourism & Culture, Hamilton, ON


Responsible for providing overall grant administration for the delivery of the City Enrichment Fund’s Arts Program  and Communities, Culture & Heritage Program as well participating in other Tourism and Culture Division led strategies, policies and planning initiatives.

Salary:  $35.266 – $40.075 per hour

Liaison and Emerging Technology Librarian, Sheridan College, Brampton, ON


Reporting to the Manager, Collections and Technical Services the position will work closely with the Library Liaisons on developing and implementing Library instruction programs and the Collections and Technical Services Team in developing and maintaining electronic resources and services.   The successful candidate will liaise with the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST) to build services that help in achieving FAST learning goals.  The position will work closely with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Sheridan, Marketing and Communication and the Information Technology departments to ensure that the  Library’s digital resources are being effectively integrated and discoverable to students and faculty.

Salary: $59,653 – $103,412

Innovator-in-Residence May – July 2015 (Arduino-specific), Toronto Public Library – Reference Library, Toronto


Qualifications: • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience with Arduino and teaching coding using context-based learning • Expert knowledge and experience creating Arduino-based projects demonstrated through a range of experience and/or formal education • Excellent communication skills in coaching, teaching and public speaking • A commitment to supporting Toronto’s maker community and to educating and inspiring makers and learners of all ages and skill levels • Facility with social media in a business setting

Remuneration: $2700

Librarian Archivist, University of Toronto Scarborough


Under general direction of the Chief Librarian, the Library Archivist appraises, acquires, accessions, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available records (multi-format) of archival value; provides reference service to readers wishing to access the archival holdings and recommends policies and procedures for the use, storage and preservation of multi-format collections.

In support of digital collections, the incumbent works in collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Unit to determine workflows and approaches to digital collections development. Incumbent supports the development and maintenance of digital collections by describing physical resources, creating metadata for the digital assets (text, media, images, objects, etc.), and applying various metadata schemes and standards.

Salary: $63,014 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $80,585

Job Postings in Canada this week

Archiviste Visuel, TFO Media Group, Toronto


Évaluer le visuel d’archives à des fins de réutilisation. Tenir à jour la banque de données du matériel d’archives, vidéos et photos. Créer les métadonnées nécessaires dans le système de gestion de chaîne « Louise ». Valider le matériel suggéré par la production. Effacer les visuels qui ne sont plus nécessaires. Vérifier les droits avec les responsables du service des droits d’auteurs. Effectuer toutes autres tâches connexes.

Director, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto


Xpace is seeking a Director who will work with Xpace staff, Volunteers, Interns and the OCAD Student Union, to manage, plan and execute gallery operations, internal and external collaborations and strategic development. The Director will work to develop and execute projects that offer students and emerging artists and designers the opportunity to develop and challenge their careers in art and design. Xpace’s goal is to facilitate and nurture experimental and developing practices in art and design. As Director you will work with the Xpace team to develop and maintain an environment that supports this mission. Additionally the Director will be responsible for overseeing the organization of annual fundraisers, operation/programming budgets, monthly/annual reports and our annual publication VOLUME.

Learning Zone Intern, OCAD University, Toronto


This temporary placement is targeted to graduating students and recent graduates of a Library Technician program. Under the supervision of the Learning Zone Librarian, the incumbent will assist with the provision of information services and with general operations, on a part-time and occasional basis, in the Learning Zone at OCADU.

Marketing and Graphic Design Associate, the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto


Working directly with operations and curatorial staff, the Marketing and Graphic Design Associate
designs and executes the Museum’s promotional and marketing program. Reporting to the Executive Director, they develop core marketing materials and facilitate the Museum’s public and media relations, online visibility, as well as provide design support for the Museum’s ongoing philanthropic, promotional and audience development projects and partnerships.

Binding / Processing Assistant, Carleton University, Ottawa


Under the direction of the Maintenance, Binding and Processing Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for assessing the condition of library materials and processing them for in-house mending, for commercial binding, or for review by Reference Services; processing all formats of library material for binding and entering data into ABLE (Binder’s database) and working in close co-operation with the Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MADGIC) to assess and process government documents, atlases and maps for binding; end processing of Library materials; processing revisions to catalogue records as directed by supervisor; providing office support; preparing and updating documentation related to duties; performs other duties as assigned.

Job Posts in Canada

This isn’t a great time of year for art-librarianship jobs, but there are always ongoing opportunities in research, publishing, curation, and administration:

Curator, Historic O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC


The position will involve all aspects of the curatorial function at this heritage site, including accepting, documenting and accessioning artifact donations; researching, developing and installing exhibits; monitoring and recording conditions in living history exhibits, museum displays and storage areas; monitoring heritage buildings and other structures and advising on programs of conservation and restoration; researching and preparing publications, signage and interpretive information on the history of ranching in British Columbia and on the O’Keefe family occupancy of the O’Keefe Ranch (1867-1977); overseeing the heritage interpretation program at the O’Keefe Ranch; and other aspects of the care, conservation, presentation and documentation of the O’Keefe Ranch collection.

Editorial Assistant, Historica Canada, Toronto


The Editorial Assistant for The Canadian Encyclopedia will be an individual who is passionate about Historica Canada’s work, has had experience working with a team to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion and is enthusiastic about creating a legacy for all Canadians. The successful candidate is creative, driven and connected with like-minded organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant include:

– Providing support to Managing Editor and Subject Editors, researching topics, anniversaries and commemorations, and gathering information.
– Coordinating the editorial calendar.
– Coordinating and reviewing all translation; assisting with minor translations.
– Coordinating copy-editing and fact-checking.
– Assisting Subject Editors in inputting changes and updates to articles.
– Running reports, under direction of Managing Editor, to create lists of articles needing update, missing translations, etc.
– Selecting, obtaining and uploading Maclean’s articles for inclusion.
– Monitoring news media and adding entries to Encyclopedia timelines.
– Other duties as assigned.

Festival Curator, Subtle Technologies, Toronto


(Disclosure: I volunteered for this festival last year, and they have some great workshops and presentations, including librarians discussing open-access and privacy, and other humanities-meet-science endeavours.)

The Festival Curator is responsible for implementing events that are already planned (Collide event with Continuum Contemporary Music) as well as developing a speakers’ series and other potential programming (such as workshops) within the limits of the budget, keeping to the Festival’s mission and objectives.

The Festival Curator will work with the outgoing Founding Director of Programs whenever appropriate to ensure a smooth artistic transition and continuation. In addition, the Curator will work closely with the General manager and Festival assistant who are responsible for budgeting, planning, marketing, administration and logistical coordination.

Curatorial Research Assistant, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto


The Museum seeks a part-time curatorial research assistant with strong research and writing skills to contribute to the reinstallation of the 18th  and 19th-century porcelain galleries display and to assist with research related to upcoming temporary exhibitions.

Reporting to the Chief Curator, the curatorial research assistant is a key member of the curatorial team, and works closely with the Collections Manager, the Curatorial Installations Manager.

Job Postings: Jobs from archivesgig

Archivist / Cataloguer Librarian, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

This position seems to be largely institutional archives for the art museum, but prefers art cataloguing experience.


Senior Archivist, Heritage Werks, Atlanta, GA

This position requires five years’ experience, but is a contract-based consultancy firm that serves a variety of clients, which I take to mean that an art specialization might be a choice thing to offer.


Museum Curator (Art / Photography), Smithsonian, Washington, DC

Surprisingly, this position requires only bachelors-level experience in curation.


Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, the Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

This position is suited to someone who has already completed a terminal degree in English, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, or Literature, with a record of scholarly publishing, and has transitioned to LIS work.


(Thanks, archivesgig!)