Audain Art Museum

Become an integral part of the Audain Art Museum, a 56,000 square foot institution in Whistler, British Columbia. Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, the Museum, designed by the award-winning architectural firm Patkau Architects, is a must-see experience in Whistler, Canada’s favorite year-round destination.

The Museum’s permanent collection showcases the art of British Columbia from the late 18th century to present. Anchoring the collection is James Hart’s The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), the most significant contemporary carved cedar Dance Screen in the world. Other highlights include an important collection of 19th and 20th century First Nations masks and works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists including Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes and the internationally renowned photo-conceptualists Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas. In addition to the permanent collection the Museum hosts touring exhibitions of art from Canada and around the world.

Whistler has a lot to offer; vibrant arts and culture opportunities, two majestic mountains with an energetic village, epic skiing and snowboarding, championship golf courses, hiking trails and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. Dive in and make Whistler your home.

Job Summary

The Registrar assists with all aspects of the Museum’s permanent art collection, including registration, care, maintenance, security and exhibition. The position supports the AAM’s Director & Chief Curator and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator to confirm all aspects of the physical and records management of the permanent art collections, as well as incoming and outgoing loaned exhibitions and artworks. The position also plays a supporting role by assisting the curators in the development of temporary exhibitions; a variety of research activities; production of engagement initiatives and producing exhibition didactics and publications. The incumbent works closely with the curators and exercises considerable independence of judgement and action within established guidelines.

Position: Registrar

Reporting to: Director & Chief Curator

Hours: 37.5 per week

Term: Permanent, full-time

  • Assists the curators with all aspects of collection management: documentation, condition reports, care, conservation, security, and storage.

  • Recordkeeping, cataloguing, research, and data entry tasks; records management tasks by ensuring collection information entry, updating and maintaining collection database, images and records.

  • Assists the curators with the development and installation of AAM’s temporary exhibitions.

  • Coordinate activities of staff members and contractors to ensure smooth, safe and efficient operation.

  • Engages in research activities; locates, assembles, analyzes, consolidates and presents information on a variety of topics; prepares support materials for grant, sponsorship, marketing, programming and retail activities, as well as didactic material for exhibitions and publications.

  • Ensure loans management, object packing and logistics of touring exhibitions.

  • Organizes small exhibition projects, such as a short-term temporary exhibition.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts; as directed, and attends meetings when required.

  • Catalog and maintain artwork credits and descriptions for ongoing public and promotional use, ensuring the curatorial integrity of the collection is preserved.

  • Conduct research, as required, in order to enhance engagement production and assist with providing information to Docents.

  • Assist, as required, with the delivery of collection tours to the public.

  • Travel may be required.

  • Other duties as required.

  • Knowledge of art museum methods and techniques, such as those relating to the identification, and cataloguing of art.

  • Knowledge of computerized recordkeeping methods and techniques related to the work performed.

  • Knowledge of the value and significance of art.

  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques applicable to the display of objects.

  • Ability to conduct research and to prepare reports, didactics, and related informational material.

  • Ability to implement and administer a variety of procedures related to the accession, storage, handling and display of art museum objects.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and to represent the gallery on external committees as required.

  • Superior attention to detail.

  • Keyboarding skills and ability to use Word, Excel, Outlook, the Internet, and other computer programs as required.

  • Ability to meet deadlines, maintain program and administrative priorities, and adapt to shifting priorities and timelines.


  • Valid B.C. Driver’s license


  • A university degree in Art History, Education, Museum Studies, History, Visual Arts or a related discipline is highly desirable;

  • One to two years’ experience working in a museum, art gallery or cultural setting desirable.

  • Criminal Records Check will be required by the successful candidate.

Applicants are requested to submit their résumé including a cover letter describing their qualifications prior to 5:00pm on Friday, May 21, 2021. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply


Brianna Beacom, Director of Operations


Subject line: Registrar Application

Posted on May 4