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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Job Posting - Museum Exhibits Researcher, Waterloo ON

Job Title: Museum Exhibits Researcher
Institution / Organization: The Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Closing Date: October 04, 2010
Fax number: 519-575-4454
Salary range: $46,264.40 - $52,561.60 per annum
Web link to Institution

Job description:
Temporary Full-time (for approximately 15 months)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Completion of historical, contemporary and
material culture research, including writing interpretive exhibit labels,
for static, interactive and living history exhibits at the Waterloo Region
Museum. Assists the Curator of Exhibits and/or exhibit project teams in
the development of museum exhibits, including primary and secondary
research, Internet and other on-line resources, oral history interviews,
and material culture research; Researches and writes reports using
catalogue data, archival and library resources, as well as outside
contacts and resources, including the Internet and other on-line
resources; a resource for programming and education staff regarding
education and curriculum links in exhibits; Serves as an information
resource to exhibit design teams, providing background research, advice
about appropriate artifact selection and presentation, and recommends
photographs and archival material for exhibitions; writes text for exhibit
labels and other interpretive media; Conducts and transcribes oral history
interviews of community members as part of research; Assists with the
installation and dismantling of exhibits. Ensures safekeeping of historic
artifacts, photographs, and archival material during exhibit planning.
Work requires attention to detail, heavy visual and mental concentration
90% of the time when researching, editing labels for accuracy and
completeness, as well as manual dexterity about 40% of the time. Moves
artifacts weighing up to 12 kg from one location to another on a weekly

research methods including knowledge of social history, Canadian history,
local history, and material culture history. Knowledge of
three-dimensional interpretive and interactive exhibit design and label
writing for large and varied audiences. Knowledge of Canadian copyright
law and other applicable laws as they apply to public exhibition. General
knowledge of artifact handling. Such knowledge normally acquired through
formal training at the post-graduate university level in Museum Studies,
plus 2 years of related museum exhibit experience. Skill in the operation
of a computer, using software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and
Excel, as well as image scanning; Human relations and communications
skills to communicate and exchange information with peers; and to
participate as an effective team member. Ability to work on multiple tasks
simultaneously, balancing task priority and time demands. Ability to
travel to various locations within, and occasionally outside, the Region.
Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization;
Ability to read collection records, loan agreements, ownership documents,
library resources, journals and correspondence; Ability to write and edit
research documents, exhibit labels and summaries sometimes involving
technical explanations and descriptions. Work is performed in a standard
office environment, subject to regular travel to libraries, archives,
museums and private residences when conducting research.
We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only
with those selected for an interview.

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