Summer job opportunities

Summer Staff and volunteer pitching sheaves and text Summer Job Opportunities

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum near Austin, Manitoba has seasonal employment opportunities for students. These positions will assist with the day-to-day operations of the museum, provide visitor services, and each person will have special project assignments such as delivery of programs, management of point-of-sale transactions, or engagement with visitors.

Eligibility criteria for all positions:

  • A full-time student in Spring 2021, returning to school full-time in Fall 2021
  • Between 16 and 30 years of age at start of employment
  • Willing to commit to full duration of work assignment
  • Able to pass a Criminal Record check

Note: Successful applicants must provide their own transportation to and from the museum.

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is committed to equity in all its policies, practices and procedures. As such, we welcome applications from all qualified individuals who apply for this position. Please let us know if you require any support or accommodation as part of the hiring process.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Questions about the positions should be directed to operationsmanager@mbagmuseum.ca or 204-637-2354.

Application deadline for all positions is May 7, 2021 at 4:30 PM. Applicants should email a resume and cover letter explaining how they meet the requirements of the specific position to Eugene Fortin, Operations Manager, at operationsmanager@mbagmuseum.ca


Visitor Experience Officer & Volunteer Coordinator

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful applicant will provide service excellence, develop a volunteer program, and support the summer staff in charge of visitor experience. As part of a small and supportive staff team, the Visitor Experience & Volunteer Coordinator will show their ability to multitask, be flexible and supportive to the team efforts while developing their coordination and leadership skills and their knowledge of the heritage and tourism sector in a rural setting.

Duties (Visitor Experience)

  • Provide reception services in the office and answer/direct inquiries over the phone and in person
  • Support the summer staff team, including Programming Officers and Guest Services Officers
  • Review and assess welcome desk procedures and duties and recommends changes where applicable
  • Take payments from members, campers and visitors when required, keep track of museum attendance, and manage appropriate files
  • Monitor bookings of school programs and rentals as required
  • Contribute to the development of educational and interpretive initiatives by supporting the work of Programming Officers

Duties (Volunteer Coordination)

  • Communicate with volunteers and schedule them for museum events
  • Organize the physical and digital files of the museum volunteers.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of the current volunteer program and work in improvements.
  • Develop, along with the Operations Manager and with the support of the Board of Directors, a Volunteer Recognition Program
  • Identify avenues for volunteer recruitment

Qualifications

  • Completion of high school and strong interest in one of the following fields: history, heritage, not-for-profits, hospitality and/or tourism
  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills and a desire to assist others over the phone and in person
  • Attention to detail, ability to organize, multi-task, adapt, and work under pressure in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Willingness to learn and execute proprietary data entry
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Experience with online booking systems or willingness to learn

Assets

  • Experience working with volunteers and/or as a volunteer
  • Experience working in an office environment and/or in a museum or a not-for-profit organization
  • Ability to speak additional languages

Conditions of employment

  • Hourly wage: $15.00 (grant dependent)
  • Hours of work: May 10 – September 3 or as mutually agreed; 40 hours per week, normally Tuesday to Saturday or Sunday to Thursday
  • Flexibility is required from all staff to ensure the museum can open seven days a week
  • This position is funded through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program. Candidates must verify they meet the program’s eligibility requirements before they are offered an interview. Register with the Young Canada Works at http://young-canada-works.canada.ca
Guest Services Officer

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful applicant will be responsible for the provision of customer service to our visitors, including greeting and directing guests and operating the reception desk and gift shop. They will also contribute to guests’ experience by ensuring that the museum exhibits are a welcoming space for our visitors. In a small work team, the Guest Services Officer will occasionally support other staff members with grounds maintenance and programming duties.

Duties (Guest Services)

  • Greet guests and processes admission and gift shop sales
  • Provide directions to visitors on the grounds and engages in a respectful and engaging manner
  • Open and close the museum and ensure spaces are ready for guests
  • Monitor exhibits and artifact conditions, clean up the exhibit spaces as per guidelines provided

Duties (Maintenance, Programming, Administrative Support)

  • Provide support to keep the grounds clean and tidy
  • Assist the team with programming and administrative tasks as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Interpersonal skills and a willingness to work in a customer-focused work environment
  • Experience working with customers
  • Experience or interest in agriculture, history, museums, education, or tourism

Assets (not required)

  • Experience using a lawn mower, weed trimmer, and other tools
  • Experience handling cash
  • Ability to speak additional languages

Conditions of employment

  • Hourly wage: $11.90 (grant dependent)
  • Hours of work: May 17 – September 3 or as mutually agreed
  • Full- and part-time positions
  • Flexibility is required from all staff to ensure the museum can open seven days a week

Grounds Maintenance Assistant

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful applicant will be responsible for the maintenance and beautification of the grounds and museum exhibits. In a small work team, the Grounds Maintenance Assistant will occasionally support other staff members with customer service, admission duties, and special event support.

Duties (Grounds Maintenance)

  • Keep the museum and campground grounds clean and tidy by mowing grass, cutting weeds, identifying, and reporting on paths that need levelling
  • Suggest and implement beautification of the site
  • Contribute to the maintenance and monitoring of museum exhibits
  • Ensure that no litter is on the grounds and support the recycling efforts of the museum
  • Open and close the museum and ensure spaces are ready for guests

Duties (Customer Service and Administrative Support)

  • Provide directions to visitors on the grounds and engage in a respectful and engaging manner
  • Assist the team with reception duties and administrative tasks during peak season
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Interpersonal skills and a willingness to work in a customer-focused work environment
  • Experience or interest in agriculture, history, museums, education, or tourism

Assets (not required)

  • Experience using a lawn mower, weed trimmer, and other tools
  • Experience handling cash and working with customers

Conditions of employment

  • Hourly wage: $11.90
  • Hours of work: May 17 – September 3 or as mutually agreed
  • Full- and part-time positions
  • Flexibility is required from all staff to ensure the museum can open seven days a week
Programming Officer

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful applicant will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of museum’s programming initiatives, including school programs, museum tours, and public events. In a small work team, the Programming Officer will occasionally support other staff members with customer service, grounds maintenance and admission duties

Duties (Programming)

  • Support the Hands-on Program for schools (May-June)
  • Support the program volunteers, delivers museum tours and hands-on activities as required, set up and clean up picnic area and activities, encourage teachers to provide feedback
  • Provide tours to the public
  • Provide feedback and propose ideas to contribute to the evaluation and betterment of the museum’s programming
  • Support special events and other efforts focused on visitor experience

Duties (Customer Service and Administrative Support)

  • Provide support to keep the grounds clean and tidy
  • Assist the team with reception and opening/closing duties and administrative tasks during peak season
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Interpersonal skills and a willingness to work in a customer-focused work environment
  • Programming experience or experience working with children
  • Experience or interest in agriculture, history, museums, education, or tourism

Assets (not required)

  • Experience using a lawn mower, weed trimmer, and other tools
  • Experience handling cash
  • Ability to speak additional languages

Conditions of employment

  • Hourly wage: $11.90
  • Hours of work: May 17 – September 3 or as mutually agreed
  • Full- and part-time positions
  • Flexibility is required from all staff to ensure the museum can open seven days a week