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Do you love working with children and have a passion for art? As a Studio Assistant, you will be working in the studio helping HWHG’s artists deliver art programming to children 4 and under. You will be an integral part of making our art programs a creative and fun environment for all!

About Us

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.

Duties include but are not limited to:

● Welcoming and greeting parents and children to camp each day.

● Planning, preparing, and facilitating 2-5 art lessons per week for children between the ages of 4 and 12.

● Studio maintenance. Preparing studio spaces for lessons including gathering supplies, taking stock of inventory, tidying and resetting studios after lessons.

● Child supervision during the hours of camp. Monitoring and engaging campers during art activities, morning drop off, sign in, sign-out, breaks. lunch time, along with afternoon extended care and pick up. Ensuring safety for all participants at all times.

● Recording and documenting the progress of camp participants to regularly communicate to parents at pick up time and the weekly student exhibition.

● Collaboratively prepare and install an exhibition of student artwork at the end of each camp week.

To be fantastic in this role you:

● Enjoy working with children

● Have strong communication skills

● Have a passion for visual art

● Work well as a team

● Have a good understanding of HWHG and what we do

● Are willing to learn new skills

● Education/ECE training and working with children is an asset.


● Actively pursuing a college diploma or university degree in the Arts, Education or Recreation and Leisure or other related field.

● Previous experience working with children

● Standard First Aid

● Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.

This is a grant funded position. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

● Must be currently enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution or within six months of graduation. Proof of enrollment must be provided.

● Between the ages of 15-25 years old upon commencement of employment or up to 29 years of age for persons with a disability, within the meaning of s.10 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, as amended from time to time.

● Available to work full time for the duration of the contract length.

● Students must be eligible to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Experience and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated experience and interest in arts programming including supervising groups of children in a camp or program setting
  • Keen and enthusiastic attitude and approach to children, parents and arts programming
  • Excellent organizational and customer service skills.

Accommodation needs and protection of privacy

The Homer Watson House & Gallery is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the recruitment and hiring process.

Please contact the Public Programs & Education Coordinator to make your needs known in advance, with the nature of any accommodations that you may require in respect to any materials or processes used to ensure your full and equal participation throughout the recruitment and hiring process.

Personal information collected in relation to the recruitment process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and used solely to determine eligibility for employment with the Homer Watson House & Gallery only

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 3 months

Salary: $17.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • On-site parking

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • KITCHENER, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2023-05-19
Expected start date: 2023-06-19

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