Summer Job Opportunity – Gallery Assistant

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Gallery Assistant – Summer Student Position
Carnegie Gallery / Dundas Art and Craft Association

Summer Student Position Description: Gallery Assistant
Post-Secondary level (Community College, CEGEP, Technical Institute, University)  – enrolled in school this year and returning to school full time in fall 2017. 18+ years of age. This position provides career-related work experience.

Terms of Employment: Temporary 7-week job starting Tuesday June 6th, 2017. Must be able to work through to Saturday July 22nd, 2017. 30 hours per week. Tuesday through Saturday.

Job Title: Gallery Assistant
This job will require the summer student to communicate with a curator, participating artists and stakeholders connected with a special exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art to be held as part of the Carnegie Gallery’s programming in August of 2017.

The summer student who qualifies for this position will play an important role in preparing and coordinating arrangements for the delivery, installation, de-installation and promotion of the exhibition. Some of the key duties for this position will include:

  • communications with organizers (curators) and artists
  • preparation of walls (sanding, painting) for display, wall labels (including titles and descriptors), printing of textual materials (artists bios, statements) and assisting with media release preparations
  • design of promotional materials for social media and website platforms

Weekly duties in the Gallery, over the duration of the work period, will also require the summer student to assist with the daily operations of the store and exhibition space, including such tasks as: sales, processing invoices, customer relations, stock and artist identification, membership updates, stock intake, storage, shop design, and opening and/or closing of the gallery.

The student will learn the business of the gallery and its day-to-day programme, act as an assistant to the Administrator, through retail duties, exhibition prep, installation and deinstallation, mailings, other event duties and marketing as assigned by the administrator.


  • Strong familiarity with PC computers,  Microsoft Word, Excel, Photoshop/Adobe Suite 6, and online researching   tools and applications
  • a facility to learn to use Not for Profit Software, Sumac
  • strong command of oral and written English. Writing facility in, and/or oral knowledge of Mohawk is an asset
  • a positive attitude
  • comfortable with physical work
  • demonstrated ability to organize information and prioritize tasks and projects
  • self-motivated and able to work independently, as part of a team and with volunteers
  • retail and gallery experience preferable
  • show initiative and creative thinking
  • strong interest in the arts, including visual and performing arts. Active involvement in the arts is an asset.


  • College/University, Indigenous Studies, Peace studies, Fine Art, Art History, Design, or related arts fields
  • Post-secondary school experience in these fields desirable and an asset
  • Understanding of marketing/communications is desirable and an asset
  • PR experience, retail, an asset
  • Word Press Website/Facebook knowledge an asset

Please note that this position is being offered through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The successful candidate must be an individual who:

  • Is 18 years of age or older at the start of employment
  • Is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program
  • Intends to return to post-secondary school during the next academic year
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

Please apply with a cover letter and resume by Monday May 22nd, 5:00 pm. Applications may be submitted as a single Word document or pdf and should be directed to:

Greg Davies
Carnegie Gallery
10 King St. West
Dundas ON L9H 1T7

Job Type: Temporary
Salary: $11.75 per hour

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