EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Conservator

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
(Deadline Extended)

Aanischaaukamikw is the cultural centre for the nine Cree communities of Eeyou Istchee in Northern Quebec. This major new facility is located in Oujé-Bougoumou, QC, a community of 700 persons. Aanischaaukamikw is a multi-purpose cultural entity, bringing together regional cultural programming for the Cree Nation for all to share on-site and throughout the communities. Aanischaaukamikw is presently seeking a:

Conservator
ACCI is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual for the position of Conservator. As part of the collections team, the Conservator is responsible for maintaining and conserving Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute’s material collection through conservation treatments, and preventive conservation. He or she ensures the safety of ACCI collections, and establishes appropriate procedures to support exhibitions, transport and storage of collections. Working closely with all nine Cree communities of Eeyou Istchee and with the support of ACCI staff and partners, the conservator provides advice and training to cultural centres, band offices and other entities on how to properly preserve their collections. Working closely with collections department staff, Facilities Manager, Security and Maintenance worker, the conservator develops and maintains conservation and preservation procedures, is a key member of the Emergency Preparedness team and oversees the implementation of the Preservation Policy, and Integrated Pest Management.

QUALIFICATIONS, ABILITITIES AND EXPERIENCE

– A Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree or graduate certificate in Conservation, Museum Studies, or a related field with field experience
– Three to five years of conservation work experience in a museum setting and preferably in a cultural institution environment
– Experience in preventive conservation or collections management
– Experience with travelling exhibitions an asset
– Experience in creating condition reports, treatment proposals and artefact treatment
– Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
– Knowledge of James Bay Cree history and familiarity with Cree culture an asset
– Excellent writing skills in English, with Cree and French being a definite asset
– Experience in studio photography a significant asset
– Strong computer skills
– Ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines under pressure
– A valid drivers license
– Knowledge and experience with Cree entities and their administrative systems is an asset

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

– Carries out detailed examinations and treatments on artefacts, across a variety of media, including organic materials, metals, textiles, hides and furs, and paper.
– Works with collections team to prepare and deliver exhibitions
– Trains and mentors students, volunteers and other members of the Cree community in conservation techniques
– Provides workshops and presentations on conservation topics
– Finds innovative and creative conservation solutions to enable access and respect to the collections
– Provides specialist advice and assistance for the preventive conservation of the collections, including recommendations on accepted standards of showcase design, archival materials, lighting, and environmental controls
– Assists with specialist preventive conservation recommendation for travelling exhibition projects
– Prepares objects for exhibition and transport, including making mounts and supports, and provides recommendations and advice for how artefacts may be exhibited or loaned
– Completes and maintains conservation records and the conservation database, including condition reports, treatment reports, and photo documentation
– Monitors and documents the condition of incoming artefacts, as well as objects on exhibit and storage.
– Maintains integrated pest management procedures and liaises with Facilities Manager and other staff and provides support for pest control, quarantine and freezing procedures
– Maintains and implements the Emergency Preparedness plan and is part of ACCI’s Emergency Preparedness Team
– Maintains the conservation lab and its supplies, preparation areas and exhibition supplies

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

– Self-confidence, optimism, persistence, and stamina
– Ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines under pressure
– Excellent oral and written skills
– Commitment to working in a participatory, team-based environment.
– Excellent at planning and organizing
– Strong analytical and problem solving skills
– Ability to build positive relationships with the organization’s partners and supporters
– Direct, clear, approachable and compassionate, able to make decisions and compromises with various stakeholders
– An open, friendly communicator with superior interpersonal skills
SALARY AND WORKING CONDITIONS
– Contract, 12 months – January to December: 35 hours per week
– Salary and benefits are based on ACCI salary scale (approximately $50, 000 per year plus northern allowance), relevant experience and education
– Subsidized housing may be available

Please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae and an example of a treatment report that you have written via regular mail, fax or email by Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm to the following address:

Laura Phillips
Coordinator of Collections
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
205 Opemiska Meskino
P.O./C.P. 1168

Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec
G0W 3C0
Tel: 418-745-2444 Ext. 2009
Fax: 418-745-2324
Email: laura.phillips@creeculture.ca

We thank everyone that applies, but only the chosen candidates for an interview will be contacted.