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Junior Conservator (Furniture and Wooden Objects)

Reference number: PCH23J-023036-000491
Selection process number: 23-PCH-EA-LHR-6459
Canadian Heritage - Canadian Conservation Institute
Ottawa (Ontario)
$65,091 to $73,808

Closing date: 23 February 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

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In the conservation treatment laboratories, we work with clients to contribute to the knowledge, the accessibility and the sustainability of their collections over time. We are a dynamic and creative multidisciplinary team of conservators that develops innovative solutions, tools and approaches to treat and preserve collections objects.

Through the Emerging Professionals Program and with guidance from senior staff the Junior Conservator will:
• carry out conservation treatments on objects.
• conduct research on topics related to heritage conservation.
• provide technical advice on behalf of the Canadian Conservation Institute.

During the employment, the incumbent will have the opportunity to work on an important piece of Chinese heritage.

Work environment

Working at the Canadian Conservation Institute means:

• Collaborating with a team of conservation professionals in conservation treatment, preventive conservation and conservation science.
• Collaborating with specialists in publications, communications and training.
• Working with clients primarily with heritage professionals and institutions, such as museums, libraries, archives, and cultural centres in Canada.
• Maintaining close connections with organizations and colleagues from around the world to collaborate on research projects or to share their knowledge at professional conferences.

This position is subject to the hybrid work model. In general, the employee appointed to this position should expect to work a minimum of two days per week from our office, which is located at 1030 Innes Road, Ottawa.

Creating a welcoming, diverse, accessible, accommodating and inclusive workplace remains a top priority for the department. Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) in Canada are diverse and have customs that dictate the care and handling of sacred or other important items. CCI recognizes the importance of respecting all such protocols and strengthening partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, guided by reconciliation. As such, CCI recognizes the special status of Indigenous applicants as the holders of unique, constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights.

Intent of the process

The need is to staff the position of Junior Conservator on a temporary basis for 1 year.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Definition of an essential qualification: Mandatory for the work to be performed. Be sure you have these qualifications when you apply.

Education (essential qualification).

1. Diploma from a post-secondary institution in the conservation field or a combination of education, experience and training.

Acceptable combination means a high school diploma in combination with a few years of relevant work experience and professional development courses related to the job's duties.

Degree equivalency

Experience (essential qualification).

1. Experience in objects conservation treatment.

The experience may have been acquired through professional work, academic studies or volunteer or extracurricular activities.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English or French
The linguistic profile of the position to be staffed is unilingual: English or French essential

Information on language requirements

Competencies (Essential qualifications): The competencies being assessed will be confirmed at each stage of the process.


1. Heritage conservation treatment techniques:
- Carry out direct interventions on the cultural property with the aim of retarding further deterioration or aiding in the interpretation of the cultural property.

2. Showing initiative and being action-oriented:
- Adapt to opportunities and problems.

3. Demonstrating integrity and respect:
- Act in compliance with organizational rules and values.

4. Thinking things through:
- Recognize relevant facts of a situation.

5. Working effectively with others:
- Develop harmonious relations with peers.

6. Service excellence:
- Provide responsive client service.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Definition of an asset qualification: Not mandatory for the job.

You may still apply for this position even if you do not possess the asset qualifications.

Experience (Asset qualifications).

1. Experience in furniture conservation.

2. Experience in conservation of wooden objects.

3. Experience in conservation of decorative surfaces.

4. Experience in conservation of Asian lacquer.

5. Training in cabinet-making.

6. Experience working with or within Chinese communities or organizations.

Organizational needs.

In support of our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy, preference may be given to qualified candidates who indicate (by self-declaration) that they belong to the following Employment Equity groups: Persons with disabilities, Racialized Persons, and Indigenous Peoples.

We encourage you to self-declare during the online application process under the Employment Equity section.

Operational Requirements.

1. Willing and able to work in a laboratory space where exposure to chemical vapors or dusts may occur,resulting in mild discomfort.

Conditions of employment.

Reliability Status security clearance.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Assessment method.

A portfolio of your conservation treatments will be asked at a later assessment stage.

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Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Marie-Ève Marsan, Staffing Advisor
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