PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT (Canada Summer Jobs Position)

Wage: $15.50/Hour

Positions Available: 1

Duration: 16 weeks

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2023

Anticipated Start Date: May 8, 2023

Hours: 30 hrs/week, Wednesdays to Saturdays 9:00-5:00pm 

Contact: James Jensen, Executive Director

City/Town: Vernon

Province: Ontario

Region: Ottawa South



Osgoode Township Museum, located in Vernon, Ontario is housed in a mid-century two room schoolhouse. It shares the story of Ottawa’s rural and agricultural heritage. 

Job Summary 

The Osgoode Township Museum seeks a summer student for the position of Programming Assistant to contribute to the development, preparation and delivery of public and educational programs. They will work as part of a team giving local history presentations on-site and virtually, deliver family programs, run workshops and assist with special events. The Programming Assistant will support the Education Officer in the execution of Museum programs and visitor experiences. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, job descriptions may be altered to accommodate the Museum’s needs as employees work from home. Additional requirements will include internet access and personal electronic equipment; including a personal computer and smartphone both with audio and video capabilities. Where restrictions permit, employees will work a hybrid schedule of on-site and remote work.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Assist with the delivery of educational programs and events 
  • Complete detailed event summaries for programs and/or events 
  • Create a year-long program agenda for the heritage garden and develop themes and content for different themes 
  • Conduct family-friendly Museum tours for visitors
  • Use social media and Museum publications to promote programs and engage online audiences 
  • Open and close Museum, perform gift shop transactions and work as part of the visitor services team 
  • Assist with marketing campaigns


  • Meets employment requirements for Canada Summer Jobs (see statement below)
  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking and communication skills
  • Preference given to candidates with a background in museum studies, art history, library and information studies, archival studies, history or with experience in museum environments
  • French is an asset 


  • Technology: Use of Adobe Creative Suites, Google Suites and Canva for design purposes and web-based programs 
  • Communications: Interpersonal, public speaking and writing for social media
  • Organization: Track projects and measurable outcomes 
  • Customer Service: Ensure visitors have a positive experience 
  • Research: Local history, genealogy, interpretive panels and historical presentations
  • Time Management: Deliver content within specified time requirements 

This position is contingent on successful funding from Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ). All offers of employment for this position will be conditional upon satisfactory reference checks.

An individual may be eligible if will:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment, and
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a single PDF file containing their CV and a letter of interest to Osgoode Township Museum’s Executive Director, James Jensen, at with the subject line “Application: Programming Assistant” by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2023. The letter of interest should include a brief outline of the applicant’s knowledge of our organization. The letter should also demonstrate an understanding of the position and should speak to relevant qualifications and experiences.

Mailed, faxed, and late applications will not be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

General Information:

Osgoode Township Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all equity seeking groups, including women, Indigenous peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. The OTM can provide accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request to applicants with disabilities.

This position is contingent on successful funding from CSJ. All offers of employment for this position will be conditional upon satisfactory reference checks. There is no public transportation to the Museum site. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The former Osgoode Township was a division of Carleton County which became a part of the City of Ottawa during amalgamation in 2001. The Osgoode Township Museum is located in the southernmost section of the City of Ottawa. The communities in the former Osgoode Township include Vernon, Marvelville, Marionville, Kenmore, Greely, Metcalfe, Osgoode, Manotick Station and Enniskerry. Our organization is committed to preserving and sharing the history of these Osgoode communities.