Student Positions


The Brant Historical Society has been connecting youth with the job market for several decades and assisting with building their skill sets as part of the Youth Employment and Skill Strategy (YESS). Two federal government grants support these positions through Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs. This year we have a variety of positions from April 2021 – February 2022.

Young Canada Works Positions

Young Canada Works is supported by the Canadian Museums Association. In order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

Shared Museum Assistant

Start Date: 2021-06-07
End Date: 2021-08-28
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application deadline: May 25, 2021

The Brant Historical Society is seeking Shared Museum Assistant. Under the direction of the Program & Community Coordinator, the Shared Museum Assistant will be responsible for providing in person program at a number of local volunteer museums and assisting with basic museum operations. When the Shared Museum Assistant is not delivering program at volunteer museums, they will be able to assist with a small project to improve that museum’s collection management. The Shared Museum Assistant will also assist with staffing Myrtleville House Museum on Saturdays.

Knowledge and Skills:
The ideal candidate will have an interest in heritage and be working towards a degree in history, museum studies, or education. In addition, the ideal candidate will:
– Work well with a variety of people with different abilities and age groups;
– Has a broad knowledge base of museums and education programming;
– Have good written and verbal communication skills;
– Have experience with creating social media plans; and,
– Be able to work with the Microsoft Office Suite of products; and,
– Meet the Young Canada Work eligibility requirements.

This position will require lifting objects of various weights and a valid drivers license. An additional requirement of working weekends is essential.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than May 25, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Share Museum Assistant” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is provided through Employment and Skills Development Canada. Youth must meet the following requirements:

  • 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

Tour Guide

Start Date: 2021-05-03
End Date: 2021-08-22
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 17 hours/week
Application Deadline: April 28, 2021

The tour guide will provide youth with an opportunity to work at the Brant Museum & Archives during part of their school year. The student will staff the museum on Wednesday evenings and on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Job responsibilities include:
1. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and provide tours of the museum, as needed.
2. Promote the museum through our social media channels.
3. Assist with regular cleaning of the museum.
4. Assist with collections entry into our Past Perfect database.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than April 28, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Tour Guide Position” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Photography Museum Curator

Start Date: 2021-06-07
End Date: 2021-07-31
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: May 25, 2021

The photography assist will improve our photo database by digitizing oversized photos and improve digitization of artifacts by taking photos of artifacts not yet in the database. Tasks performed by this position include:
1. Setting up photography equipment to capture high-resolution photos of 4 drawers of oversized photos.
2. Take pictures of objects in the museum’s collection that have no photographs currently.
3. Inventory and take pictures of objects in permanent displays.
4. Enter photos into our Past Perfect database and improve records where needed.
5. Open the museum, greet visitors, and provide tours of the museum as needed

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than May 25, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Photography Museum Curator” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Video Producer

Start Date: 2021-07-05
End Date: 2021-08-28
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: June 18, 2021

The Video Producer will create Season 2 of Brant History Happy Hour. Brant History Happy Hour is a local spin off of the popular show, Drunk History, where we encourage residents to tune in for a history story with a single themed drink (non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions). Last year’s themes included: The Forgotten Fued of the Ford, The Life and Times of William Cochrane, and Down the Hatch. Job duties for the Video Producer include:
1. Creation of a weekly script for a 20-minute show, including a story telling portion and scene re-enactments.
2. The audio and video recording of scenes on a weekly basis.
3. Video editing of scenes to produce an episode.
4. Use other members of staff in scenes, where appropriate and observing physical distancing protocols.
5. Posting videos to social media channels and through our website.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than June 18, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Video Producer” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Museum Educator

Start Date: 2021-07-05
End Date: 2021-07-28
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: June 18, 2021

The museum education officer will assist with our 8 weeks of virtual summer camp that provides a balance of history, crafts, games, and activities that engage youth. Duties of this job include:
1. Working with the education officer and other staff to create activities that allow children to engage with history and the farming history of the site.
2. Supervision of drop off, pick up, and over care of children.
3. Communicate with parents on the activities of the day.
4. Create a safe and fun environment for children.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than June 18, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Esther Brouwer
Education Officer
34 Myrtleville Drive
Brantford, ON N3V 1C2
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: esther.brouwer@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Museum Educator” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Records Digitizing Technician

Start Date: 2021-08-02
End Date: 2021-09-25
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: July 16, 2021

The Collections and Digitization Assistant will contribute to our mass digitization initiative and assist with making our collections more accessible to researchers and the public. Tasks completed by this position include:
1. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and providing tours
2. Scanning specified collections with proper archival standards.
3. Converting archival files into JPEGS
4. Entering collections into our Past Perfect database and attach digital files.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than July 16, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Records Digitizing Technician” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Museum Registrar

Start Date: 2021-09-06
End Date: 2021-10-30
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: August 20, 2021

The Museum Registrar will improve our accession records and digitize our original collections register from 1908-1977. Duties for this position include:
1. The digitization of the original ledger 300-page using a digital camera.
2. Enter the appropriate accession information in our Past Perfect database starting with the earliest number.
3. Open the museum, greet visitors, and provide tours of the museum, as needed.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than August 20, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Museum Registrar” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Tour Guide

Start Date: 2021-09-27
End Date: 2021-01-23
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 17 hours/week
Application Deadline: September 10, 2021

The tour guide will provide youth with an opportunity to work at the Brant Museum & Archives during part of their school year. The student will staff the museum on Wednesday evenings and on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Job responsibilities include:
1. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and provide tours of the museum, as needed.
2. Promote the museum through our social media channels.
3. Assist with regular cleaning of the museum.
4. Assist with collections entry into our Past Perfect database.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than September 10, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Tour Guide” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Records Digitizing Technician

Start Date: 2021-10-04
End Date: 2021-11-28
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: September 10, 2021

The Records Digitizing Technician will be responsible for digitizing portions of the Expositor Collection. The duties include:
1. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and providing tours when needed.
2. Digitizing specified archival collections according to museum standards. 3. Converting archival files to usable JPEGs.
4. Entering information into our Past Perfect Database.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than September 10, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Records Digitizing Technician” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Exhibition Designer

Start Date: 2021-11-01
End Date: 2021-12-24
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

The Exhibition Designer will create a new exhibit that will open in December 2021. The Exhibition Designer duties include:
1. De-assembling current exhibit, packing objects and returning objects to their original location.
2. Create an exhibit proposal identifying objects and archives for the display.
3. Researching material and creating digital text panels.
4. Install the exhibit into the gallery
5. Promoting the exhibit on social media channels.
6. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and providing tours of the museum.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than October 15, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Exhibition Designer” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Collections Archivist

Start Date: 2021-11-29
End Date: 2022-01-29
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: November 12, 2021

The collections archivist will assist with inventory, data entry, and photography of collections currently on display in our permanent exhibits. The Collections Archivist duties include:
1. Inventorying of permanent exhibit collections.
2. Cataloguing and updating entries in our Past Perfect Database.
3. Photography of objects in permanent exhibits.
4. Research collections and accession new found objects.
5. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and providing tours, as needed.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than November 12, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Exhibition Designer” attached with your cover letter and resume.

Assistant Archivist

Start Date: 2022-01-03
End Date: 2022-02-26
Wage: $14.25/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: December 10, 2021

The Assistant Archivist will assist with data entry of pre-digitized collections into our Past Perfect database. Job duties include:
1. Opening the museum, greeting visitors, and providing tours, as needed.
2. Entering archival records into our Past Perfect database.
3. Conversion of archival quality images into usable JPEGs.
4. Attaching digital images into our Past Perfect database.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than December 10, 2021. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
Phone: 519-752-2483
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Assistant Archivist” attached with your cover letter and resume.