Collections Assistant-2020

Application Deadline: April 20, 2020, at 4:20pm

The Yukon Transportation Museum is looking for a person to fill the role of Collections Assistant at the Yukon Transportation Museum. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about museum collections and wants to use their associated experience and degree or diploma in a museum that is very interested in seeing its collections improved.

The year 2020 is special at the Yukon Transportation Museum as we’ll be celebrating 100 years of Yukon aviation history. We’ll be hosting events, opening new exhibits, and offering new programs. We’re looking for someone who will be involved in any projects involving collections in this year, but also for someone who will take care of the items we already hold.

In this coming year you will be involved in a full reorganization of the collections storage spaces, take part in one of our first total inventories, design storage and mount solutions, and work on a project based on your experience and skills in museum collections. You will be working under and with the Assistant to the Executive Director (collections and exhibit manager) during the summer and will have the opportunity for more independent work in the fall.


  1. English speaking. Good speaking skills and excellent written skills. French, Indigenous language, German, or Japanese as a first or second language would be considered an asset.
  2. Good knowledge of Yukon history or geography (or a willingness to learn).
  3. Friendly, outgoing, and self-motivated.
  4. Proficient with computer use. Proficiency (or willingness to learn) FileMaker Pro, Word, Excel, and/or InDesign would be considered an asset.
  5. A completed degree in a related field, such as heritage conservation, museum studies, public history, history, anthropology, geography, or arts.

The Yukon Transportation Museum is committed to hiring women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginals.

The start date for this position is late-April/mid-May at the Yukon Transportation Museum, with an end date of November 2020 (possibility of going till the end of December or later).


Participants must also meet all requirements of the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program. The selected candidate must:

-be a Canadian citizen, be a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; and are legally entitled to work in Canada;

-be between the ages of 16 and 30 at the start of employment;

-be willing to commit to the full duration of the work period, not have another full-time job during the program, and not receive EI benefits while in the program;

-be an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate who is not employed full-time or a recent graduate that has graduated from college or university within 24 months of the start of employment; and

-have not participated in or been paid under YCWBCH or any other Career Focus internship program funded under Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


Application Requirements:

Applications may be sent by email or mail to the Yukon Transportation Museum, and must include:


-Short cover letter introducing the applicant and answering the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. What are your 1 year and 5 year goals?
  3. Describe something you are passionate about, and make us interested in it.

Address cover letter to Janna Swales, Executive Director.


37.5 hrs per week at $20/hr DOE.


This duties of this position may change based on COVID-19 measures, and this position relies on approved funding.