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Collections Technician Intern (req4820)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Diefenbaker Centre
Location: Saskatoon
Posted Date: 8/6/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings:

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is recruiting!

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is recruiting for a Collections Technician intern. Candidates must be a recent graduate of a college or university program, ideally in museology or fine arts.

Located on the University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is dedicated to assisting in the development and career enhancement of its interns. Our interns gain valuable work experience and practical skills, expand their knowledge in the field of museology, and have the opportunity to experience a vibrant cultural workplace.

Under the guidance and mentorship of the Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits Manager (CCEM), the Collections Technician (CT) will gain professional experience in a museum setting through experiential learning. Working directly with the collection, the CT will assist with artefact research, documentation and digitization, data entry, and storage system review, thereby contributing to and learning about how collections are managed. These practical and transferrable skills will give the intern an opportunity to discover career options in the heritage sector, increase their competencies, and prepare them for a career in museology and collections management.

This full-time (35 hours per week), 20-week internship is funded in large part by Young Canada Works – National Trust for Canada and must be completed by March 31, 2020. The salary offered will be dependent on the background and experience of the selected candidate to a maximum of $18 per hour.

Candidates must be a recent graduate (within the last 24 months at the start of employment) of a college or university program, ideally in museology or fine arts. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience in or the willingness to learn the following skill set:

  • have experience working in a museum or heritage setting
  • have the ability to follow directions
  • be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • be detail-oriented
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently; be tactful, sensitive and pleasant to needs and opinions of others
  • work under time constraints and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects
  • have good attendance
  • be flexible, adaptable, and willing to take initiative
  • have strong research skills and the ability to learn and retain information
  • have strong organizational skills and the ability to set and adhere to work priorities
  • must be able to lift 25 lbs, climb ladders, work within 32-inch aisles, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel is required, as well as knowledge of and ability to work on the internet and with various programs and applications related to databases. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign will be considered an asset.
  • This position requires flexibility and may include evening and weekend shifts.

How to apply: 
To apply, send the following information in a single PDF file to Amber McCuaig, Executive Officer - Administration, Strategic Planning and Projects, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy by email to (note that the subject line of the email should state the position title):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating how you meet the qualifications, why this position appeals to you, and what you feel you can bring to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre team
  • Names and contact information of three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the DCC: 
The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker dreamed of a united Canada, one that would find strength through diversity. Named in his honour, the DCC proudly displays and preserves the core collection of personal artifacts bequeathed by Mr. Diefenbaker to the University of Saskatchewan. The DCC routinely hosts national exhibits that interpret the Canadian experience with a particular emphasis on the culture and heritage of the Nation’s many peoples.

As the only Prime Ministerial Centre in Canada, the DCC celebrates citizenship, leadership, human rights, and Canada’s role in the international community and enriches Saskatchewan’s civic and cultural knowledge through various educational programs.

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The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.