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 Program and Events Assistant position described below.

Position Overview

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Program and Events Assistant – McCrae House at Guelph Museums, within the Culture and Recreation Department of Public Services. Reporting to the Supervisor, Visitor Experiences, the Program and Events Assistant will support in-person visitor experiences at McCrae House and conduct research in support of the McCrae Collection. The Program and Events Assistant is a bilingual (English and French) position, partially funded through Canadian Heritage: Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages program.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • In both official languages, the candidate will assist with the coordination and implementation of special events and in-person visitor experiences at McCrae House (Summer Teas, Tours, Backyard Theatre, and Piping Evenings).
  • In both official languages, the candidate will assist with reception and sales activities at McCrae House, including opening and closing, welcoming visitors, collecting admissions, answering telephone inquiries, monitoring security cameras, and assisting with gift shop activities and sales.
  • The Program and Events Assistant will contribute to a curatorial project that focuses on members of the McCrae, Gow, Eckford, and Chisholm families, representing 35 individuals whose stories are held in the McCrae Collection. The incumbent will:
    • Conduct research to verify and correct record information for reoccurring personalities throughout the McCrae collection;
    • Develop updated biographical briefs to be added to PastPerfect (CMS) records to increase accessibility to online researchers; and
    • Update the associated catalogue records to present-day standards, per museum sector best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Enrollment in one of the following post-secondary programs of study: History, 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, digital programming skills, and some experience in research.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written in both French and English) and interpersonal skills.
  • Food handling & bar service experience an asset.
  • 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: Program and Events Assistant – YCW-BOL)


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 in order 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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