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

Young Canada Works (YCW) in Heritage Organizations (YCWHO) is an employment program for students. It offers them the opportunity to improve their skills while acquiring practical knowledge in the heritage field.

Full-time positions last from six to 16 weeks. Students may work full-time or part-time.

Note: Priority will be given to employers that submit applications for full-time jobs.

Who can apply

A student may be eligible for employment if they:

  • 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.

Archival Assistant

The Brant Historical Society is seeking an Archival Assistant. The Archival Assistant will be responsible for data entry of pre-digitized collections, greet guests and visitors to the museum, and assist with day-to-day museum operations.

Language of Work: English

Hours: 35 hours per week for 12 weeks

Salary: $15.00 per hour

Knowledge and Skills:

The ideal candidate will have an interest in heritage and be working towards a degree in history, information & library sciences, museum studies, or education. In addition, the ideal candidate will:

– Has knowledge of archival collections management and Past Perfect Software;

– Have good written and verbal communication skills;

– Have experience with customer service;

– 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, negotiating small spaces, and climbing narrow staircases. An additional requirement of working weekends is essential.

Application deadline:

Applications must be received no later than Sunday, May 29th, 2022. Please submit a resume and cover letter to:

Nathan Etherington
Program & Community Coordinator
57 Charlotte St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2W6
E-mail: nathan.etherington@brantmuseums.ca

Please include in the subject line “Archival Assistant Position” 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.

Museum Educator

Start Date: 2022-05-09
End Date: 2022-07-02
Wage: $15.00/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022

The Museum Educator will focus on providing weekly programs during museum month for members of the general public and education experiences for students at Margaret Chandler House at the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind. The student will also be responsible for improving existing displays in the historic house, developing a tour guide script, and delivering tours to school children and members of the general public in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the School.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than April 30, 2022. 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 Educator – Margaret Chandler House” attached with your cover letter and resume.


Records Digitizing Technician

Start Date: 2022-05-09
End Date: 2022-07-02
Wage: $15.00/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022

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 April 30, 2022. 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.


Photography Museum Curator

Start Date: 2022-06-06
End Date: 2022-07-30
Wage: $15.00/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: May 23, 2022

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

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than May 23, 2022. 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.


Museum Education Officer

Start Date: 2022-07-04
End Date: 2022-08-27
Wage: $15.00/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: June 10, 2022

The museum education officer will assist with our 8 weeks of 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 10, 2022. 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 Education Officer” attached with your cover letter and resume.


Archivist Assistant

Start Date: 2022-07-04
End Date: 2022-08-27
Wage: $15.00/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: June 10, 2022

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 June 10, 2022. 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 “Archivist Assistant” attached with your cover letter and resume.


Tour Guide

Start Date: 2022-07-04
End Date: 2022-08-27
Wage: $15.00/hour @ 35 hours/week
Application Deadline: June 10, 2022

The Tour Guide will focus on providing daily tours at Margaret Chandler House at the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind for its 150th anniversary. The student will also develop and deliver a weekly drop-in programs for members of the general public.

Application deadline:
Applications must be received no later than June 10, 2022. 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 – Margaret Chandler House” attached with your cover letter and resume.