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Collections & Exhibitions Technician

Location: National Music Centre, Calgary
Reporting to: Manager, Collections and Conservation

Commitment to Diversity 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 this Position

The National Music Centre (NMC) collection is held in trust for the public; it consists of primarily cultural (human- made) objects and intellectual property related to music in Canada to be used for the exclusive purposes of preservation, restoration, use, presentation to the public, and research. The Collections & Exhibitions Technician will be an integral member of the Collections and Exhibitions team.

The Collections & Exhibitions Technician will assist with monitoring of collections and exhibition spaces, and assist in the maintenance, repair and refurbishment of exhibits including their related interactives and audio-visual equipment. The Collections & Exhibitions Technician will be responsible for some elements of exhibit construction and installation and possess a general working knowledge of accepted museum/gallery standards with regard to exhibit maintenance, materials, construction, use of tools and equipment.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with monitoring and maintaining permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Utilize mechanical drawings, schematics, and product manuals towards maintenance and repair of exhibit components
  • Adjust and maintain lighting for exhibits to acceptable lumen requirements set forth by the Conservation staff
  • Keep up to date maintenance records and supply inventories
  • Construct and finish exhibit elements, including woodwork, metalwork and painting
  • Facilitate the set-up and tear-down of temporary/traveling exhibits and displays while ensuring safety of artifacts
  • Assist with monitoring collections on exhibit
  • Maintain Woodshop and Workshop tools and machinery
  • Maintain a safe and orderly workspace
  • Assist with other duties as assigned


  • Post-secondary training in the field of carpentry and/or equivalent experience
  • Post-secondary training and/or practical experience in museums, theater design or musical instrument repair an asset
  • Must be comfortable working with a wide variety of power tools and workshop equipment: table saw, skill saw, pneumatic tools, router, etc.
  • Be adaptable, flexible and function effectively in a team environment
  • Be capable of taking initiative with a positive attitude
  • Be able to set and achieve goals
  • Have effective written and oral communication skills
  • Be available some evenings and weekends

Preferred Skill Set

The successful candidate should possess the following skills:

  • Proficient in construction practices
  • Experience in audio-visual and/or musical instrument maintenance and repair
  • Works well with others
  • Ability to communicate well with staff and the public
  • Ability to provide a self-starting approach to daily tasks
  • Strong attention to detail and organized approach to day-to-day tasks
  • Critical thinking skill set
  • Problem solving and logistic skill set
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Key Relationships

  • Manager, Collections and Conservation
  • Director of Collections and Exhibitions
  • Collections and Exhibitions staff, partners and collaborators
  • Programming, Marketing, ICT and Fund Development teams

This position is a part time, casual position and qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter to Claire Neily, Manager, Collections and Conservation