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Gatineau, QC
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Term until March 31, 2023
$92,196 - $104,637
Closing Date: 
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 11:59pm

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

Reporting to the Manager, Heritage Collections, the Conservator is responsible for providing preservation management practices for the Government of Nunavut (GN) collections and supporting the exhibits program at the Canadian Museums of Nature Collections (CMN) and Research Facility in Gatineau, QC. The position acts in accordance with established museum conservation practices, regulations, agreements, and policies to ensure the preservation of Nunavut’s heritage collections.

The Heritage division is responsible for the conservation, protection, promotion, and enhancement of the cultural richness of Nunavut. Through innovative and collaborative preservation, education, training and exhibit programs, the transfer of Nunavut’s Museum and archives collections to the CMN presents an opportunity to provide greater public accessibility to the collections for research purposes, and opportunities to promote broader awareness and appreciation of Inuit culture and heritage

The position will provide information, services, and advice on the preservation of GN collections, through object handling and best storage practices. The position will also assist with the development, design, production, and installation of museum quality exhibits using the GN collection through permanent, temporary, traveling and on-line exhibits.

The Conservator is responsible and accountable for:

  • Overseeing physical preservation of the GN collections.
  • Developing policies and procedures for the preservation of the collection and ensures they are reviewed as necessary.
  • Providing recommendations to the Manager on the suitability of preservation and storage standards
  • Identifying conservation and preservation requirements for all exhibits
  • Developing a program for travelling exhibits throughout Nunavut that showcase local history, art, assessing preservation needs for travelling exhibits.
  • Managing the conservation program.
  • Providing conservation and preservation expertise, training and advice to Nunavut heritage societies and museums.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized  Diploma in cultural heritage conservation and management or applied museum studies along with three (3) years of related conservation experience. At least one (1) year working with Inuit collections is required. Experience in project management and experience working in cross-cultural environments is also required for this position. This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. The ability to speak Inuktitut and/or Inuinnaqtun is considered a strong asset. The ability to speak French is considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.

Acceptable combinations of education and experience may be considered for this position. We encourage you to apply if you have equivalent years of education and/or experience equal to the education and experience requirements listed above.

As this is a term position until March 31, 2023, current indeterminate Government of Nunavut employees may be offered a competitive transfer assignment for the duration of the term if they are deemed to be the successful candidate, however this is subject to managerial approval.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce, therefore priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered. 
  • Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check. 
  • Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution.  Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application
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