YCW Archives Assistant

Organization Name: 
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA)
About the Organization: 

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. Primarily a volunteer-run organization, with a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. The organization offers a range of research, exhibition, educational and community programming.

Toronto, Ontario
Description & Duties: 

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is hiring an Archives Assistant (YCW) for a 12-week term, beginning May 24, 2017. The position will expose the student to a variety of archival situations designed to improve skills and allow the Archives to improve public access to its rich holdings of LGBTQ2+ heritage. The successful applicant will work with the Executive Director to convert existing finding aids to standardized EAD-encoded format and make these available publicly through ARCHEION, Ontario’s Archival Information Network. In addition, the Archives Assistant will arrange & describe records, assist with reference services, and complete accurate data entry, as required.


• Meet requirements of the Young Canada Works program

• Have completed at least 1 year of a graduate degree in archival studies, in which coursework has focused on archival arrangement and description and/or metadata.

• Be able to demonstrate ability to apply EAD encoding through completed catalogue records and/or published finding aids.

• Have excellent written & oral communication skills.

• Have an ability to work effectively independently & as part of a team.

• Possess the physical ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 30 pounds (up & down a set of stairs).

• Knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ2+ history, communities and their issues/interests

• A strong commitment to the mission of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.


$20/hr; 35 hrs/wk.

Additional Information: 

The CLGA is committed to supporting and encouraging a diverse environment and seeks candidates from underrepresented communities who can make positive and imaginative contributions. Women, trans, gender non-conforming, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour people are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: 

Email a cover letter and CV to the attention of Raegan Swanson, Executive Director jobposting@clga.ca

Application Deadline: 
5 May 2017 (All day)