Job Opportunity: Project Archivist

November 6 2019 – March 28 2020
Application deadline: October 21, 2019
Full time (30 hours per week) – $18 / hour
Please note there will be a two-week unpaid closure during the holidays.

The Hamilton Artists Inc. is offering a 4-month Project Archivist position to work 30 hours per week in the centre’s in-house archives. 


The applicant must hold an undergraduate degree. Additional education at a graduate level in archival studies or a related field (e.g., library and information science, history) is preferred.


Practical experience in basic archival handling, as well as familiarity with archival arrangement and description standards, specifically the Rules for Archival Description (RAD) is desirable; practical experience performing other archival functions is an asset. Knowledge of contemporary art and artist-run centres in Canada an asset. The applicant must have thorough understanding of Finding Aids through coursework, with practical experience developing and/or writing Finding Aids preferred. Experience researching, developing and implementing a major project such as a thesis.

This position is funded through Young Canada Works and the Canadian Museums Association. 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; will be 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 an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time; are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment; are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


The successful applicant must have excellent, demonstrated written and oral communication skills, as well as excellent, demonstrated organizational skills, and must be able to work without constant supervision. The applicant must have demonstrated experience in Word and Excel. Experience in posting content to the internet and in the use of an archives database. The applicant must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position, which include extended periods sitting and working at a computer, as well as periodic lifting of archives boxes weighing up to 20 lbs. They must meet the qualifications for YCW Internships in Canada.

About the Hamilton Artists Inc:

The Inc. is a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. We are dedicated to social and cultural diversity in our operations and programming and encourage applications from students of diverse communities and backgrounds. The hiring committee is composed of the Executive and Programming Directors whose decisions are informed through a policy and procedures document that considers diversity in the hiring process. Hamilton Artists Inc. is committed to employment equity.

Please email a cover letter (including YCW eligibility), resume, and short writing sample describing your understanding of our organization, your interest in the position, and related skills to:

Subject line: YCW Application – First and Last name

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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