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Employment Opportunity - Collections Manager

The TRMF is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our team in the position of Collections Manager.

Position: Collections Manager
Job Status: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Successful applicant will be required to reside in Tumbler Ridge.
Remuneration: $50,000 - $55,000 per year and will be based on experience and skillset.
Employee benefits applicable after 3 months

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) collects, researches, archives, and displays over 400 million years of Peace Region history, from early examples of marine life, dinosaurs, and the ice age, to Indigenous Peoples, early explorers, mining, and the founding of the town. Detailed information about the museum can be found at

Tumbler Ridge is a remote community located in the foothills of northeast British Columbia. In 2014 the community received a UNESCO Global Geopark designation due to its internationally important geological, palaeontological, and heritage resources. The area is known for its extensive hiking trails and is the waterfall capital of the north. More information about the Geopark can be found at  

Job Description:

The TRMF is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our team in the position of Collections Manager. The Collections Manager will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for the general care and maintenance of the Museum’s varied collections and storage spaces, maintenance of physical and digital collections records, and will contribute to collections policy, procedures, and strategic planning.

As someone who has worked with collections, your experience includes specimen preparation, documentation and care, along with significant collections management database experience.


• Ensure all aspects of TRMF collections records management are handled to the highest professional and ethical standards.
• Ensure accurate and up to date record keeping, including physical and digital records. This includes the upload of the collection into a web based electronic collections database.
• Manage the general care, preservation, conservation, and maintenance of the collections, storage areas, exhibits, and related assets.
• Manage specimen and artifact acquisition and loans.
• Aid in the development and implementation of best practices, policies, and procedures for the TRMF’s collections using Canadian, international, and UNESCO museums standards, and UNDRIP as guidelines.
• Coordinate and support research of the materials in the collections.
• Coordinate and support research at sites throughout the Peace Region.
• Maintain collections permits.
• Build and maintain positive and productive relationships with stakeholders.
• Work with staff across departments to ensure collections related capital and special projects are managed and completed within deadlines.
• Contribute to program and exhibit design and development.
• Respond to requests for object identification and verification from the public, industry partners, and government agencies. Coordinate with experts as required.
• Train and supervise seasonal staff and volunteers who report to this position.
• Assist with other museum activities such as special events, fundraising, and education programs as required.
• Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications and Experience:

• A degree in Earth Sciences from an accredited university. A major in palaeontology is considered an asset.
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience in a museum environment.
• Demonstrated experience in developing best practices, policies and procedures for collections management, particularly as it relates to fossil materials.
• High degree of digital competency working with a web-based collections management system.
• Comfortable working with databases and online mapping software e.g. ArcGIS, Google Maps, Google Earth.
• Intermediate to advanced project management skills.
• Proven supervisory and leadership experience.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and educational levels.
• Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment with minimal direct supervision.
• First aid certification would be considered an asset.
• Applicants must have a clear criminal record check prior to employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

What you brong to the role:

• Natural curiosity and enthusiasm to share that curiosity.
• A bridge builder, someone who can generate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
• A desire to integrate with the community and become involved in local events through attendance or volunteering.
• Adventurous spirit – you may need this as you will be working in a remote northern environment that can challenge you through winter.

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject “Collections Manager” by February 24th, 2023.

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation recognizes that Canadian museums have a responsibility to support a society that respects diversity and fosters accessibility, respect, and inclusion. We encourage applications that support a diverse and multi-talented workforce. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.