Our Team

The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum is composed of: 
  • Volunteer Board of Directors 
  • Museum Manager 
  • Accountant
  • Museum Intern (seasonal) 
  • Volunteers

We are proud to offer interns a supportive, creative work and learning environment. Many thanks to the Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage program for making this possible

We happyily welcome new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to inquire about potential internship opportunities, please email us at tofinomuseum@gmail.com. 

Join Our Team

Museum Intern
Full-time, May 15, 2024 - August 18, 2024

Program stream:

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Job title:

Museum Intern

Organization name:

Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum

Job location:

Tofino, British Columbia

Length of assignment:

2024-05-15 to 2024-08-18 (13.57 weeks)

Hourly wage:


The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum is seeking a student interested in regional heritage. Our community museum is a compact institution, requiring flexibility of skills and the ability to work on a variety of diverse tasks, all museum related.

The student will be working at the “front desk”, being the first point of interaction with a high volume of visitors and locals alike. The student will be mentored through a research project task with an end-product of an exhibition/display. They will also lead walking tours that guide visitors through Tofino with the lens of local history.

Mentorship in proper handling practices and archival procedures will be ongoing as the student assists with collections and records management.

Ideal candidate will:
• have an interest in Vancouver Island history and museum administration
• have flexible communication skills
• be comfortable working independently
• be familiar with collections and records experience (an asset)
• be familiar and comfortable with primary and secondary research
• have exceptional organizational skills
• excel at time management.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
As an intern employee at the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum, the incumbent will experience the range of practical and specific work relative to the ongoing functions and operation of a community museum.

This position offers the opportunity to work on short-term projects, marketing and events, collection management, administration and public relations as well as curatorial projects and assisting with research and development. 

Museum Intern Duties – Curatorial will support by assisting with the following project goals:

• Research and development for exhibits;
• Marketing of the museum and its exhibits, and maintaining the museum’s social media presence;
• Administration including monitoring visitor attendance;
• Special events;
• Process new accessions into the collection;
• Photograph and digitize collection items;
• Conduct collections inventories;
• Curatorial tasks, including inventory and cleaning;
• Assist with day-to-day museum operations including opening and closing, reception and communication with visitors.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills required for this position include:

• University or college student with courses in museum or archival studies, history, anthropology, fine arts, or other related field;
• Computer skills including knowledge and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point, social media, website content and collections database software are considered assets;
• Excellent organizational, technical and content writing, research, and manual skills with an aptitude for attention to details;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, preferably with some experience in public presentation and interaction and service industries, working as a team member as well as working independently;
• Previous experience in a museum or heritage site environment is considered an asset;
• Must be physically fit - capable of lifting 35 lb. from floor to table height and 20 lb. from table to head height.

This position is being offered pursuant to a federally funded employment program. Funding for the position is conditional on the applicant meeting the following criteria:

• Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible). 
• Are legally entitled to work in Canada. 
• Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment. 
• Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment. 
• Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program. 
• Are unemployed or under employed. 
• Are a college or university student; and 
• Are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.

The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum is committed to employment equity and is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
CANADA’S JOB EQUITY GROUPS The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. As an employer TCHM welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified candidates within the scope of each job opening. Applications are welcomed from all members of Canada’s job equity groups.
This position is defined by the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum as a position of trust (Child Safety). The successful candidate will be required to have a police information check as a condition of employment (However, not as part of the application process).

Temporary accommodation is available to the appropriate candidate for the duration of their role as Museum Intern. There will be a separate agreement covering that.
We appreciate all applications; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This competition will close when the position is filled. 

The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum gratefully operates in the ƛaʔuukʷiaʔtḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) hahoulthee (traditional territory).

Send email with resume and cover letter to:
Marcia Pound
Museum Manager
Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum 
331 Main Street 
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
Email: tofinomuseum@gmail.com


The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum has a collection of artifacts and archival materials relating to local history and more specifically, fishing, cannery, logging, whaling, municipal activities, town development, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations history, and more: 

The museum last limited space, though we are able to accommodate one-time research visits on an individual basis. All other research inquiries will be processed by museum staff with the following fee:

    Request                                                                                                                                                               Cost

  • Research request for museum staff up to 30 minutes                                                                       Free
  • Research request for museum staff over 30 minutes                                                                        $50.00/per hour
  • Reproduction of documents for research only                                                                                     Please inquire
  • Reproduction of documents for publication                                                                                          TBD

For more information, contact us at tofinomuseum@gmail.com with an email subject line containing "research inquiry" and the focus or title of your project. 



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The Tofino Museum gratefully operates within the Ha-houlth-ee (unceded traditional territory) of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and their Tribal Parks

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