Why Guelph

When you join the City of Guelph, you join a team of over 2000 employees who deliver services the community relies on every day. Together, we are bringing to life Guelph’s vision of an inclusive, connected, and prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment. As a single tier municipality, we offer a variety of occupations and career specialities within our organization. Guided by the goals and objectives of the Future Guelph: Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision for an inclusive, connected, prosperous city.

Guelph Museums

Guelph Museums consists of three heritage sites – Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, and Locomotive 6167 – through which we explore our local histories in the form of exhibitions, online access, educational programming, and community events.


The place we call Guelph has served as traditional lands and a place of refuge for many peoples over time, including the Attiwonderonk and the Haudenosaunee. This land is held as the treaty lands and territory with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Guelph lies directly adjacent to the Haldimand Tract and is part of a long-established traditional hunting ground for the Six Nations of the Grand River. Many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, from across Turtle Island, call Guelph home today.


As a centre of learning, Guelph Museums is a trusted source for understanding our cultural past; however, as a colonial institution, we have contributed to the marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour and their communities. Now and forward, Guelph Museums is centering the voices of peoples historically silenced in colonial spaces.


In 2024, we are committed to projects that strengthen and build relationships and are embedded in rigorous research, consultation, and collaboration. We aim to create safer and braver spaces for truth telling, attract and connect with diverse audiences, deepen visitor engagement, and embrace innovative, leading-edge museum practices and technologies. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums and, as such, extend to the incumbent in the Education Assistant position described below.

Position Overview

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Education Assistant at Guelph Museums, within the Culture and Recreation Department of Public Services. Reporting to the Supervisor, Visitor Experiences, the Education Assistant will support in-person visitors experiences at Guelph Museums’ heritage sites and conduct research in support of the Civic and McCrae Collections. The Education Assistant position is partially funded through Canadian Heritage: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Support in-person visitor experiences at all three heritage sites of Guelph Museums and contribute to a substantive curatorial project in the Civic Collection.
  • Assist with development, coordinator, and implementation of special events and activities that highlight and promote our local histories to the citizens of Guelph and to the wider community.
  • Be knowledgeable of local history to facilitate programs and interact with visitors at Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, and Locomotive 6167
  • Under curatorial scholarship, the incumbent will focus on the Military Medals Project, comprising about 150 medals in the Civic and McCrae Collections. Priorities of the project include:
    • Organization of existing research and understanding of language standards for description of the medals
    • Conducting biographical research
    • Updating associated catalogue records to current museological standards and to incorporate recent/new research.
    • Examine each catalogue record for completeness, identifying opportunities for additional research and scholarship.
    • Make historic information available through PastPerfect Online (collections management system).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Enrollment in one of the following post-secondary programs of study: History, Education, Anthropology, Art History, Studio Art, or other Humanities/Social Sciences (3rd or 4th year undergraduate-level), or Applied Museum Studies (1st or 2nd year college-level).
  • Strong organizational skills, good computer skills, and some experience in research.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be registered with Young Canada Works:
  • Must meet eligibility requirements as determined by Young Canada Works:
    • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent resident status are not eligible);
    • are legally entitled to work in Canada (have a valid social insurance number);
    • are between 16 and 30 years of age inclusively at the start of employment; and
    • are a high school, college, CEGEP or university student.

Hours of work

35 hours per week, usually Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (must be available some weekends and evenings). This is a fixed term contract, from May 13, 2024, until August 30, 2024.



18.34 – $21.58 per hour


How to apply

Interested candidates can submit their application by April 15, 2024, to https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/.


For more information, please contact:

[email protected] (subject line: Education Assistant – YCW)


The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where employees feel welcome, valued and engaged. Our employment policies strictly prohibit all forms of discrimination on any of the grounds in relevant laws. All employment practices are solely based on individual merit, qualifications, and organization’s needs at the time. In keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, we are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals in our job application procedures. If you need an accommodation to participate in the hiring process, you may contact us to make your needs known in advance.


Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

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