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Museum Curator

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

About the Organization

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) was formed in 1987 by a small group of volunteers wishing to preserve Ontario's rich bushplane and firefighting heritage. CBHC  tells the story of Canada’s bushplane and forest fire protection heritage and how it has shaped life in northern and remote parts of Canada. The CBHC collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets a collection of bushplanes and related material and promotes public understanding of their significance by offering quality presentations, education programs and visitor experiences in a public museum facility. It also serves as a centre of research and information on bushplane and forest fire fighting 

About the Opportunity

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is seeking a full-time Museum Curator in beautiful Sault Ste Marie.

As the Curator, you will be responsible for all aspects of curatorial, collections and programming developments.

More specifically, you will provide vision, direction and oversight for exhibit, research and collections development at the Museum while representing the Museum regionally in these respective human history areas and building support for the Museum through fundraising efforts.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

  • Developing, implementing and managing successful institutional strategies (budgets, work planning, fundraising and strategic planning)
  • Working cooperatively with the Board of Directors, Committee, volunteers and staff to ensure organizational stability and best practices in Museum Management
  • Developing and monitoring Museum capital and maintenance projects with CBHC personnel including the maintenance of climate controls, ensuring a safe environment for all Museum collections
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships within and beyond the local community
  • Development of Exhibits, Collections care, maintenance and safety for all artifacts in the current and future (temporary and permanent) collections at the Museum
  • Growing relationships and networks with provincial and national museums and museum organizations to further repatriation efforts
  • Working to increase fundraising efforts for the Museum
  • Facilitating the development of archival and research materials at the CBHC  for exhibition and public use
  • Writing grant applications and applying for alternative sources of funding for projects and large capital expenses at the Museum

This is the ideal role for someone who is truly passionate about history, art and culture.

We invite you to apply if you have a University Degree or College Diploma in Education, Museum Studies, History, Visual Arts or a related discipline.  Experience working in a museum, art gallery or cultural centre setting would be an asset.

You will also possess:

  • The ability to manage effectively, problem solve and set priorities in a fast-paced, complex and evolving multi-stakeholder environment with multiple competing deadlines and competition for resources.
  • A history of solid fiscal management and organizational financial health through frugal management techniques, and be well versed in the creation of annual budgets, capital budgets and budget tracking
  • Proven curatorial track record of collections management, acquisition, research, interpretation and exhibition creation, fabrication and installation
  • An in-depth knowledge of curatorial and educational programming
  • A working knowledge of Museum methods and techniques, such as those relating to the identification and cataloguing of objects
  • Knowledge about Municipal, Provincial and Federal funding and granting programs accessible to museums and a demonstrated ability to complete successful grant applications
  • Knowledge of bushplane history, forest fire and forest management practices in addition to school curriculum guidelines would be an asset.

Along with excellent leadership qualities, you will possess outstanding skills in team building, meeting management, facilitation, conflict resolution and public relations. As a creative professional, you must have the ability to work in a collaborative community context to increase the Museum’s impact in Sault Ste Marie and Northern Ontario.

Finally, you must possess a valid Driver's Licence and be flexible and adaptable to changing work schedules, priorities and timelines.

Apply for this position with cover letter and resume in person or by mail to 50 Pim Street, Sault Ste Marie, P6A 3G4, by fax to 705-942-8947 or email to ,  attention Dan Ingram. 

Deadline for applications is October 12, 2018.


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