Visitor Experience and Research Assistant (x2 CSJ)


Wage: $14/hour
35 hours/week

Do you love working with people from all ages and backgrounds? As the Visitor Experience & Research Assistant, you will be the first point of contact for visitors to the gallery and museum.  You will be responsible for ensuring that visitors receive a friendly welcome and assistance with their inquiries.  You will also be responsible for compiling research on various historic topics relating to Homer Watson and the gallery.

What it’s like to work here

Homer Watson House and Gallery is the oldest operating art gallery in Ontario and one of the oldest galleries in Canada.  Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Our mandate is to engage in four-part program of:

  • – Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of the Doon School of Fine Arts.
  • – Exhibition of the broad spectrum of Watson’s art and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
  • – Education through instructional programs in the visual arts for the general public and curriculum-based school programming.
  • – Enrichment through special programs, events and activities.

What you’ll be doing

As an operating museum and art gallery we welcome guests from all age groups and backgrounds. Reporting to the Director/Curator, the Visitor Experience and Research Assistant is responsible for greeting and welcoming visitors, recording visitor numbers, processing payments using our point of sale system, answering the phone and assisting visitors with inquiries.  In light of the recent situation regarding COVID-19, the successful candidate will also have some cleaning/disinfecting duties.  While not attending to visitors, the Visitor Experience and Research Assistant will undertake various research objectives with the aim of further developing our knowledge of Homer Watson, the community and the site. 

Who we’re looking for

To be fantastic in this role you:

  • – Are genuinely enthusiastic about working with people
  • – Have excellent customer service skills
  • – Have a good understanding of HWHG and what we do
  • – Are willing to learn new skills
  • – Have some cash handling experience
  • – Are comfortable working with point of sale software for processing payments
  • – Are competent with computers and using a telephone
  • – Are available to work a flexible schedule including regular weekends
  • – Have proven research skills
  • – Are self-sufficient and comfortable working both as part of a team and on your own

 *This role is funded through Canada Summer Jobs; all applicants must meet the following criteria outlined by CSJ:

  • – be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;  
  • – 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.  

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to by June 17, 2020.  Interviews will take place June 18 and 19, 2020.

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