Job – Curator, History, The Royal BC Museum (RBCM)

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Curator, History, The Royal BC Museum (RBCM) 
Research and Collections Management Department
Archives, Collections and Research Division
Full Time, Permanent
Heritage Resources Officer 30
Annual Salary Range: $88,152.35 – $100,665.30

The Royal BC Museum (RBCM) was established in 1886, making it one of the oldest continually operating museums in Canada. Since its inception the museum has changed and evolved alongside the rest of the province. Today’s RBCM is committed to creating community connections, gathering spaces and educational programs, and to providing opportunities for critical thinking, self-reflection, and thought-provoking experiences to people across BC and around the world.

The archives were founded in 1894 and in 2003, both organizations joined together to become BC’s combined provincial museum and archives, with its purpose being to broaden the understanding about our province. We are passionate about inspiring curiosity and wonder, while sharing BC’s story with millions of visitors who walk through our doors and explore our website each year.

IMAX® Victoria is also part of the RBCM and provides incredible immersive cinematic experiences and work in tandem to deliver inspiring educational and entertaining experiences.

The RBCM, is updating not only the facilities and infrastructure, it is creating a new Collections and Research Building in Colwood, BC. It is an exciting time to join the museum team as we rethink and modernize our methods and processes, and welcome the perspectives and stories of all British Columbians.

The Research and Collections Management Department of the Royal BC Museum provides for the acquisition, documentation, preventative conservation, preparation, and management of the human history collections. The department plays a central role in preparations for packing and moving the Royal BC Museum collections to a new Collections and Research Building in 2026. Staff plan, execute and track progress, and evaluate collection management of the collections in consultation with respective Curators, Collection Managers and Researchers, Sr. Lead, Prep, Pack and Move and Director, Research and Collections Management, towards prep, pack and move goals. Staff support educational and research access to the collections, information and curatorial expertise as required.

The Curator, History is responsible for the following functions: collect, preserve, and make available objects, specimens and artifacts documenting the human and natural history of the province that meet the criteria of the Collections Strategy; work with staff across departments to follow best practices and make informed decisions regarding acquisitions, care and handling, storage and access to the holdings; and conduct original and general research on the collections and areas of their individual specialties in order to interpret and disseminate knowledge about the collections and about their discipline or specialty in relation to the collections. 

We are currently looking for a Curator, History who brings a wealth of expertise to our team. The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree or PhD in History, with four years of museum experience. This role requires knowledge of exhibit development methodology, and museum practices, standards and collections development. Strengths in the areas of curatorial practice, community-engaged research, and the ability to use museum database software such as Heritage Research Impact Assessment software (HRIA) will be an asset.

We welcome those interested in this opportunity to review the job description for a more detailed description of the position. If this role sounds like the next step in your career, we invite you to apply and contribute your expertise to our dynamic team.

Before you apply for this position, you must meet the eligibility requirements.  To be eligible to work in Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada under the federal Immigration Act.  Eligibility to work in Canada is granted through citizenship, permanent resident status, or a work permit.

An eligibility list may be established for future temporary and/or permanent vacancies.

How to Apply:

Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed with the job profile.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in pdf format by December 26th, 2023 at 11:59 pm (PST) with the following subject line:  Last Name, First Name, RB2023 – 63 via email to:

Additional Information:

This position requires a Criminal Records Check under the BC Public Service Screening Policy and the Criminal Records Review Act. All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e., have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status). 

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) person seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview, please contact or call #778-405-3452.

The Royal BC Museum, Archives and IMAX Victoria celebrate culture and history, sharing the stories of British Columbia in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. Through research and learning, we strive to broaden understanding of our province and inspire curiosity and wonder. Located in Victoria on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Xwsepsum Nations), we are proud to welcome 800,000 visitors annually.

We are committed to creating a diverse workplace where everyone is celebrated.

As an inclusive and accessible employer, please advise People and Development of any accommodations required to assist you to ensure equitable participation in this hiring process.

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Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed with the job profile.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in pdf format by December 26th, 2023 at 11:59 pm (PST) with the following subject line:  Last Name, First Name, RB2023 – 63 via email to:

Feature Image: “Something Mammoth at the Royal BC Museum” by jurvetson is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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