PART-TIME: Gallery & Collections Assistant

  • Location: Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: August 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Gallery & Collections Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Gallery & Collections Assistant
  • Organization name: Cape Breton University Art Gallery
  • Job location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Length of assignment: 2021-09-13 to 2022-03-25 (28 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $15.50

Gallery and Collections Assistant


Work Term: September 13, 2021 – March 25, 2022 (28 weeks @ 32.5 hrs., per week)

Rate of Pay: $15.50 per hr.


The Gallery and Collections Assistant will work with the Cape Breton University Art Gallery Curator, the Gallery and Collections Technician, visiting artists and the Gallery’s programming partners. The successful candidate will assist with the delivery, installation and de-installation of visiting exhibitions, collections management and the handling of permanent collection works, social media posting and website updating. The successful candidate will also act as a gallery attendant, working directly with the public, and generally assisting in various day-to-day gallery operations; she/he/they will be responsible for assisting in periodically delivering public outreach programming; she/he/they will assist the Curator and Gallery and Collections Technician with collections care and collections management duties; she/he/they will assist with upgrades to the digital collections management system, and updates the gallery’s online database. The Gallery and Collections Assistant will also assist staff in the development of a social media strategy for 2021-2022.


The Cape Breton University Art Gallery works to broaden and enhance the knowledge, understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary and historical accomplishments in the visual arts. The Gallery is seeking a flexible candidate with diverse strengths to assist with day-to-day, exhibition production, gallery events planning, and special projects work. She/he/they should be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) and internet applications. Experience with social media platforms is essential. Familiarity with In-Design and or Photoshop is an asset. The candidate must have excellent oral and written language skills. Reading and / or speaking facility in Mi’kmaq will be considered a strong asset for the position. The candidate should have strong interpersonal, planning, organizational, and time management skills. She/he/they must also possess the ability to work independently and/or collaboratively with others to achieve overall goals and objectives.


This project will provide the intern with excellent professional development and networking opportunities. The candidate will also gain experience and knowledge of a breadth of roles related to work in an art gallery and in general, a public cultural institution.


Please send a cover letter and resume by email to Greg Davies (Curator, Cape Breton University Art Gallery): c/o


Applications must be received by 4 pm Friday August 27, 2021.


Applicants wishing to be considered for this job must be registered for the YCW on-line candidate inventory. An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• are unemployed or underemployed;

• are a college or university graduate; and

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.

Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.

CBU Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Characteristics of City/Region:


Sydney, Nova Scotia is a post-industrial community within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality ( With a population of 102,000 it is the second largest urban centre in Nova Scotia. The Gallery & Collections Assistant will work out of the CBU Art Gallery of Cape Breton University ( The CBU Art Gallery is the only public art gallery serving Cape Breton Island and houses a permanent collection of over 2000 works which it holds in trust for the community.