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Seasonal Museum Attendant - Seasonal / Saisonnier

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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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Industry Sector: Other / Autre

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Canada's Penitentiary Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the fascinating history of Canada's federal penitentiary system. Currently more than 50,000 people per year visit this award-winning museum housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary. We work to assist the Correctional Service of Canada with the preservation of Canada's correctional story.  Our museum features 8 rooms full of artifacts and exhibits, run by volunteers and staff.

Job Listing #1316

Seasonal Museum Attendant • Seasonal / Saisonnier

Date Posted: 16 May 2018

Application Deadline: 31 May 2018

Location: Kingston and Surrounding Area

Category: Other / Autre

Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week

Pay Rate: Hourly Wage / Rémunération Horaire 14$, raising to 15$ September 1st

Language Requirements: Bilingual / Poste Bilingue

Job Description:

  • Greet visitors to the Museum, provide basic information about the Museum, and answer general questions by visitors during self-guided tours
  • Provide oral introductory interpretation of the Museum (provided by Curator) for pre-arranged tours
  • Maintain daily attendance records
  • Answering questions concerning exhibits, regulations, facilities, etc. if possible
  • Circulating through museum to monitor exhibits
  • Check displays frequently, watch for damage or potential safety hazards, and report any issues immediately to Operations Coordinator or Curator
  • Clean glass displays, check cleanliness of washrooms, and collect trash in the morning and again in the afternoon
  • Open and close of museum
  • Clean glass displays and collect trash in the morning and again in the afternoon
  • Perform administrative duties in gift shop items, answering phone, maintaining Visitor Book
  • Assist with basic outdoor grounds maintenance such as sweeping front porch and watering flowers
  • Interact with visitors to the gift shop by explaining/showing merchandise as requested
  • Manage cash and complete cash/credit/debit sales transactions
  • Monitor level of stock on shelves and re-stock as needed
  • Keep gift shop and storeroom is tidy, clean and organized
  • Advise Operations Coordinator when gift shop stock is getting low
  • Count and record cash in the donation box with another staff member or volunteer as required, usually a bi-weekly basis
  • Assist with/carry out cash reconciliations on a pre-determined basis
  • Other duties as required


-Fluency in both English & French
-Current CPIC
-Experience in a museum-type setting an asset
-Interest in Museum Studies, Public History, History or Tourism a definite advantage
-Knowledge of retail sales an asset
-Good interpersonal skills, energy, good humour, ability to adapt to changing situations, good team player, ability to -work without constant supervision
-Ability to present a neat, professional appearance at work as a representative of the Museum

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