Volunteer Position: Research Assistant
The Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre has multiple opportunities for volunteers to assist in building the collection and knowledge of our local histories. Research is largely project based, and will contribute to informing exhibits, collections, and the general knowledge of key areas of interest for the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. Volunteers may also come forward with a proposal for research pertaining to the key pillars of the Interpretive Centre and elements of local history, to be discussed with the Curator and Curatorial Assistant.
The position may call for occasional off-site research (archives, etc.), and working with collections at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre.
Ongoing Research Projects
Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Newspaper Project (off-site research possible)
Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery Research
Lakeshore Grounds Heritage Reports and Grounds Development Project
Mimico Asylum Patient Database (requires off-site research)
Oral History Project
Volunteers assisting in research projects can discuss commitments based on interest and availability. Time commitments can be discussed with the Curator and Curatorial Assistant, and to an extent can be built around the volunteer’s schedule and tailored to their interests and career goals.
- An interest and enthusiasm for local history, culture, and storytelling
Excellent communication and writing skills
Reliable and organized
Research experience or previous gallery/museum experience an asset
Respect, patience, and courtesy with all visitors, staff, and fellow volunteers
Volunteers will receive training on the Interpretive Centre, and its activities, as well as project and related information. Each volunteer will receive a digital welcome package that includes information, policies, and contact information prior to their training. One on one support from the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre staff is always available.
TO VOLUNTEER AS A RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Email a Cover Letter and CV to Jennifer Bazar, Curator and Nadine Finlay, Curatorial Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover Letter should include:
Whether you have visited the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre before
Why you want to volunteer with the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
Highlight your experience or opportunities you have had related to the position description
Please include attachments as PDF or Word files