CBU CO-OP or ALL CBU STUDENTS – Buffalo Nations Museum, Collections and Research Assistant


The Collections and Research Assistant will update the collections database, conduct research on the Museum’s artifact collection and organizational history, assist in moving in temporary exhibitions, draft policy, and apply for grant applications.   The student will work independently on specific projects assigned by the Manager, largely research and writing.  The job also includes supervision and relief of admissions staff during their lunch and breaks.

The Collections and Research Assistant will acquire skills in cataloging collections, understanding of museum standards and policies, database software, artifact handling, museum collections and research procedures. They will also gain problem solving, leadership, and time management skills under the direction of the Museum Manager, and for certain projects, assisting the graduate research assistant.

The successful candidate will be a responsible team player who can work independently on projects and interact with museum contractors, as well as staff on the floor.  Excellent computer and technology skills, research and ability to write, and interpersonal skills are required. All post-secondary students are encouraged to apply with preference provided to students entering their 4th year of full-time studies in fall 2017, who are enrolled in any of the following fields of academic study; Museum Studies, Indigenous and Canadian Studies, history, information technology, political science, and business. Knowledge and curiosity about Indigenous culture, experience working with museum collections are desired.


The Collections and Research Assistant position is open to all candidates who meet the following mandatory qualifications;

  • Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Are between the ages of 16 and 30 years at the start of employment;
  • Are registered in the Young Canada Works (YCW) on-line candidate inventory;
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Have been a full-time student in the semester proceeding this job posting;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall 2017 semester;
  • Does not hold another full-time job while employed in this position.

Orientation and training will be delivered by the Museum Manager and will include;

  • An overview of the day-to-day museum operations;
  • Introduction of and to the roles of fellow staff members including the technology supervisor;
  • Introduction to the museum collection, database and safe handling practices;
  • Projects will be assigned with deadlines
  • Mentoring techniques will include on-going feedback, discussions, meetings and guidance to provide the initiative for the student to organize their time thoughtfully and methodically to ensure deadlines are met and tasks assigned are completed successfully
  • Training and supervision will be provided by the Museum Manager.

The Buffalo Nations Museum tells the stories of the First Nations people of the Northern Plains and the Canadian Rockies. The Museum contains not only visual and sound technology, but also historical life-size dioramas of the traditional life and ceremonies of the Plains Indians at the turn of the century and examples of beadwork, quillwork, native regalia and trade items. The Museum is located in the town of Banff, Alberta, a municipality of about 8,300 people, and within Banff National Park, a world UNESCO Heritage site.

Application Details

Our Mandate is to provide cross-cultural education through the operation of a museum filled with history and facilitation of programming to connect the significance of First Nations’ culture to all people.

The Museum will undertake a fair and balanced selection process and encourages applicants who are part of the Government of Canada’s job equity groups.

Only those applicants that meet the above criteria and are selected for an interview will be contacted. We will endeavour to respond to all short-listed applicants in a timely manner.

Start and End Dates: May 19th – Aug. 31st, 2017

Wage: $15.00 /hour

Please forward Cover Letter and Resume by email to Angelika Eirisch, Museum Manager; angelikacpa@gmail.com

*No phone calls please

*NOTE: Position is subject to funding availability

For more information on the Co-op Option with Cape Breton University, please contact Carly Turnbull at carly_turnbull@cbu.ca