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Collections Archivist (Summer Position)

Collections Archivist (Summer Position)

Location: Studio Bell, home of National Music Centre, Calgary
Reporting to: Manager of Collections and Exhibitions Development

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

National Music Centre (NMC) believes in the power and importance of diversity and inclusion both in music and in the workplace. We ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and encourage people of all visible minorities, including Indigenous applicants, and those of any religion, sex, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to apply.

About the National Music Centre

NMC is dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and developing the diversity of voices of music in Canada. Entrepreneurial, thoughtful, accessible, and connected, NMC strategically partners with multiple local, regional, and national organizations to create meaningful programming through exhibitions, collections, educational programming, and live music as well as development programs that nurture, inspire, and prepare the next generation of artists and creators in music. Proudly based in Calgary, NMC is a key cultural institution in the city and is increasingly recognized as a pillar in the Canadian music sector.

About this position

Reporting to NMC's Manager of Collections and Exhibitions Development, the Collections Archivist will play an important role in the National Music Centre’s Collections/Exhibitions team. The Collections Archivist will assist in the creation, development, and publishing of content sharing the story of National Music Centre's 450 years of musical technology.

Summer student funding for this position requires that applicants are under 30 years old, are currently enrolled in a post-secondary program of study related to this position, and are returning to full-time studies in the fall of 2023.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and compose artifact-related didactic content (stories) for online public engagement.
  • Complement stories with audio-visual assets.
  • Create a publication schedule tying release of stories to key dates.
  • Assist with collections and exhibition activities as educational opportunities arise.


  • Enrolled in a post-secondary program in September 2023 in Museum Studies or a related field.
  • Strong research and written communication skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Experience working with sensitive and confidential information is considered an asset.
  • Experience in artifact handling, cataloguing, photography, and mount-making considered an asset.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in both Mac and PC-based computer platforms such as Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent time management and ability to meet goals in a timely manner.
  • Adaptability, flexibility, creativity, and the capacity to function effectively in a fast-paced and active team environment.

Key Relationships

  • Manager of Collections & Exhibitions Development
  • Collections and Exhibitions staff
  • Volunteers

Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter in PDF format to the Manager of Collections and Exhibitions Development at on or before April 24, 2023.

Please ensure that your full name is in the file name (ex: Smith_John_cover_letter_resume.pdf) and that the subject line of your email is Collections Archivist Application.

No phone calls please.