Job Title:  Curator/Archivist

Duration:  Permanent, 35 hours per week

Rate of Pay:   Salary range: $45,000 – $51,000 commensurate with experience + Extended Health and Dental. Please indicate your expected salary range.

The Thunder Bay Museum is a medium-sized, not-for-profit institution with a staff of eight. It was founded in 1908 as a historical society but, over time, developed museum and archival functions. Though not part of the City of Thunder Bay, the Museum receives municipal funding and acts as the city’s history museum. Its geographical mandate, however, encompasses all of Northwestern Ontario.

Job Summary

The Curator/Archivist will be responsible for the care, organization and enhancement of the Museum’s collections and archives , and for maintaining orderly access to the collections for research and display purposes. The new Curator/Archivist will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the Thunder Bay Museum’s future direction though the strategic enhancement of collections as well as innovative research, interpretation, exhibitions and programs.

Reporting to the Director, the Curator/Archivist’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the care, development and enhancement of the Museum artifacts, archives, and library.
  • Working with the Registrar to research, document and catalogue collections.
  • Acquiring new additions to the collections.
  • Overseeing the work of volunteers and their use of the collections.
  • Helping to generate and develop an ongoing programme of permanent and temporary exhibit installations.
  • Assisting the development and display of travelling exhibitions.
  • Helping to develop education and public programs and events that align with the exhibition schedule.
  • Overseeing the use of the collections for display purposes and providing and monitoring the historical content of displays and labels.
  • Collaborating with other staff to develop educational and extension programmes and provide their historical content.
  • Providing reprographic services from the collections and responding to research requests.
  • Recommending policies, programmes and procedures that enhance both the accessibility of the collections to the community and the overall management of the collections.
  • Administering grants and specially funded programmes.
  • Developing and maintaining effective partnerships with those who can enhance the Museum and its collections.
  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of public relations and publicity for the Museum.
  • Helping the Director and other staff to establish the directions, goals and priorities of the Museum.
  • Serving as an advocate and representative for Museum’s programs and collections to the enhancement of its reputation by publishing, lecturing, participating in symposia, and professional memberships.
  • Assisting the Director in policy development, and budget preparation and implementation.
  • Helping to ensure the protection and preservation of the collections in storage and on display.
  • Participating in fundraising and other special events organized by the Museum.
  • Assuming a leadership role for the Museum in the absence of the Director.

Candidate Profile:

The successful candidate will have:

  • Substantial experience working in a museum and a demonstrated track record of curating;
  • Knowledge and experience working with archival collections;
  • An advanced degree in history or a related field, with an appropriate specialties relevant to the Thunder Bay Museum. A record of exhibition experience, published writing, and an understanding of present-day technologies would be assets;
  • Proven planning and organization skills;
  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers;
  • High energy and initiative and a willingness to work hands-on; must be capable of lifting overhead weights of up to 23kg;
  • Experience in program evaluation, planning and management;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Administration, organizational and budgetary skills;
  • The ability to inspire and motivate others;
  • A Firearms Acquisitions Certificate, or be capable of acquiring one;
  • Patience, persistence and an ability to work with others in good humour;
  • The capacity to manage multiple projects at the same time.


Resume with covering letter emailed or dropped off to:

Dr. Tory Tronrud, Director, Thunder Bay Museum, 425 Donald St. E., Thunder Bay, ON   P7E 5V1


Only qualified applicants will contacted

Deadline:  Sunday June 18th by 5:00pm

Our Community:

Thunder Bay has a long history beginning with the first peoples some 10,000 years ago and continuing through the fur trade and industrial eras. Today, it’s a vibrant urban community with a metropolitan population of more than 120,000. It’s built on the shores of Lake Superior and its citizens have ready access to hundreds of inland lakes and recreational areas. The U.S. border is only an hour’s drive to the south and both Minneapolis and Winnipeg are within a day’s drive. Thunder Bay is home to major industries, such as Bombardier and Resolute Forest Products, but it also boasts centres of higher learning such as Lakehead University, Confederation College and a school of medicine that is adjunct to a modern acute care hospital. The city has live theatre, a symphony orchestra, several museums and galleries, an auditorium that hosts world-class acts, and a lively cultural scene   it’s annual Blues Festival rivals any of its kind. Some of Thunder Bay’s restauranteurs are world class. Real estate prices are among the most affordable in Canada for cities of comparable size. For more information check out the City of Thunder Bay’s website at www.thunderbay.ca