Community Services Assistant 3 – Heritage Services – Curatorial Assistant – City of Surrey

12 July 2023

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City of Surrey

Community Services Assistant 3 – Heritage Services – Curatorial Assistant

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building vibrant, sustainable communities through technology and innovation.

City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city—and their careers—forward.
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The City of Surrey is looking for an enthusiastic, collaborative, and creative Curatorial Assistant with the experience and drive to work amidst a dynamic civic artifact collection and community. The City’s artifact collections consist of over 20,000 objects, housed and exhibited at the Museum of Surrey, Historic Stewart Farm, and other civic venues. The collections play a central role in the presentation, interpretation, and understanding of the City’s past, present, and future.
With demonstrated experience in artifact handling and documentation, preventative conservation, and database systems, the Curatorial Assistant aids in facilitating community engagement through artifacts. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate pursuing a career in Museums or Heritage.

Employment Status
Union – CUPE Local 402 – Temporary Grant

The Curatorial Assistant will:

  • Photograph and document artifacts, maximizing the use of the Minisis database.
  • Undertake analysis and reporting of collection and environmental monitoring conditions.
  • Undertake primary and secondary source research.
  • Facilitate collections access and use for exhibitions, research, and programming purposes.
  • Support public access to collections via the online database: Surrey Online Heritage Search (SOHS).


  • Completion of Grade 12 and some post secondary education from a recognized institution, supplemented by 2 years related experience including supervision in cultural work or area of specialty or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate or acceptable equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license, with a safe driving history.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Experience in a cultural heritage facility, with training and experience in artifact handling and documentation, is considered an asset.

Days of Position: Tuesday – Saturday
Hours of Position: 9:00am – 4:00pm
This position is supported by Heritage Canada’s Young Canada Works (YCW) Building Careers in Heritage. The position is contingent on Federal Government Grant funding. The successful candidate must meet the criteria set forth by the grant program, including:

  • 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).
  • Must be available to work the full duration of the grant sponsored position.
  • Be a recent post-secondary graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
  • Registered on the Young Canada Works on-line candidate category.
  • To view the full requirements, visit here.

Applicants under consideration will be required to consent to a Police Information Check/Vulnerable Sector Check.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at to Job ID 5369.