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City of Ontario, Assistant Curator

Position Description

Assistant Curator

The City of Ontario reserves the right, if necessary, to accept applications from the first one hundred (100) applicants that meet the qualifications guidelines below.

Are you passionate about sharing the mission and goals of a Museum? Looking for a new career where you have the ability to utilize your exhibition skills and be a part of an exciting and diverse team? If so, the City of Ontario has the perfect opportunity for you! The Ontario Museum of History & Art is searching for an organized and self-motivated individual to join the team as a part-time Assistant Curator. The Assistant Curator is responsible for the exhibition development, coordinating traveling exhibitions including installation and dismantling; and all aspects of exhibition care, upkeep and security oversight. The Assistant Curator provides support to maintain professional levels of care for the Museum’s collections of historic materials. In addition, this position assists in the development of public programming and outreach materials resulting in effective communication of the Museum’s exhibits and community programs and activities.

The ideal candidate for this position will have chosen to make public service a career in order to make a positive impact on the community. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a role model for City’s Approach to Public Service – Commitment to the Community, Achieving Excellence Through Teamwork, and Doing the Right Thing the Right Way – and emulate the qualities of a 5 Tool Player – Leader, Thinker, Operator, Communicator, and Public Servant.

The Community Life and Culture Agency

The City of Ontario’s Community Life & Culture Agency endeavors to meet the Ontario City Council goal to “encourage, provide or support enhanced recreational, educational, cultural and healthy city programs, policies and activities.” Community Life & Culture does this through a comprehensive array of programs, activities, services and events available through the Recreation & Community Services, Library and Museum Departments as well as the Arts & Culture program.
Founded in 1979, the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Ontario is a public-private museum operated by the City of Ontario. Facilities include educational space, permanent local history exhibits, temporary exhibitions, and a museum store. The purpose of the Museum is to enhance knowledge and understanding of our community through dynamic and vibrant experiences. Ontario Museum of History & Art is a welcoming place that reflects pride in who we are, where we live and our legacy.

The City of Ontario

The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading community in the Inland Empire with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and volunteer opportunities. Ontario enjoys the reputation of being a progressive City which provides solid leadership to its citizens and to the business community. The City provides a full range of services to the community including; Police, Fire, Administrative Services, Community Services, Development, Economic Development, Housing, and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City’s team is staffed with approximately 1,200 full-time and 200 part-time diverse and talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing excellent service to the community.

We invite you to learn more about the City of Ontario by reviewing the City’s website. A few useful links are also listed below:

Approach to Public Service (Download PDF reader) (Core values for City of Ontario employees) (Information about City of Ontario employee benefit plans)

The Ontario Plan (The City’s Comprehensive Business Plan for Development)

Examples of Essential Functions

The essential functions performed by the Assistant Curator typically include the following:

Coordinates in-house exhibition research, development, preparation, and installation.
Coordinates traveling exhibition installation, dismantling, care, upkeep, and security.
Coordinates transportation and insurance requirements for traveling exhibitions.
Assists Education and Collection Curators on expanded public program development.
Assists with docent and volunteer programs.
Develops exhibits using collection based objects.
Assists in the development of graphic materials related to cross marketing with local and regional exhibits.
Assist curatorial positions and provides support in focus areas of collections management and care, and educational programming.
Assists with the development and implementation of marketing strategies and tools.
Assists with public programs and tours.
Assists with researching and developing grant applications and other funding opportunities.

Qualification Guidelines


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in U.S. or California History, Museum Studies, Art, History, Anthropology or closely related field.


Two years of museum experience, including collections management, exhibition development, and the development of public education programs. Possession of a Master’s degree may substitute for one year of related experience.


Valid Class C CA driver’s license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout employment.