Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Museum Collections Technician

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Friday, 11th January 2019
Sunday, 10th February 2019
Pay Rate: 17.00
Duration: May 6th to September 2nd, 2019

Job Description:


Project and Job Objectives

The object of the project is to steward the historic resources held in trust by the Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society, for the benefit of all Canadians. This material will enrich programs, be available for researchers, and preserve technology from an earlier time.


Job Overview

Catalogue recent archival and artifact donations to the Atlas Coal Mine, and update the database. Look after exhibits through inspection, cleaning, and repair as needed. Investigate contents of Supply House in collaboration with Executive Director and Building Conservator, and take steps to open up more of the building to the public.



  • Catalogue recent donations to the Atlas Coal Mine, following procedures laid out in the Collections Management Policy and Procedures handbook.

  • Maintain exhibits through inspection, cleaning, and repair needed.

  • Learn about the history of the Atlas Coal Mine and Drumheller Valley. 

  • Become familiar with the objects and archival material preserved here, and appreciate their value.

  • Learn how to drive the Mantrip Locomotive and be a back up train driver.

  • Communicate new findings about objects to the interpreters.

  • Review the database, and correct errors as time allows.

  • Other related duties, as requested by the Executive Director

  • Occasional front desk duty

  • Conduct public programming and presentations (both internal and external) - occasional

  • Assist in conception & development of the Omer Patrick Exhibit in the Mine Managers Office as time allows.

  • Develop and deliver Collection Connections talks with the Curator 


Preferred Skills:


We seek a student with interest in heritage and museum practice who can learn and apply the principles of collections management. 

Must be comfortable working with the public and making presentations

Training in museum studies is a strong advantage

Coursework in history, science, math, library science, or techniligy is an asset

Good work ethic, adaptability, mechanical aptitude, and personal leadership skills

Mastery of Microsoft Access and attention to detail are important attributes of the candidate

The student must be physically fit, and relish the challenge of working outside

A car is necessary as we are located 15 minuted east of Drumheller