Summer Job - July & August (8 weeks)

Closing Date: June 19


Children’s Programming

 Job Title:                    Summer Student

Reports to:                 Gallery Manager

Salary:                         starting at 14.50/hour

Hours:                        35 hrs/week

Hiring period:          8 weeks from July through August, including some statutory holidays and occasional evenings. Start/end dates will be negotiated

Special conditions:   Must be aged 15-30 years per Canada Summer Jobs program guidelines.                                


Responsibility for:

Assisting the summer art programs for children; assisting with the administration of exhibitions and workshops; opening the gallery to the public; handling art sales, registrations for classes and art camps, memberships;
assisting at exhibition evening receptions at the start of new shows;devising and delivering kids’ art activities at community events; assisting with marketing and promotion of exhibitions, programs and events; general office duties;
gallery cleaning and maintenance; other duties as required.

The Summer Student works very autonomously and will frequently be in sole charge of the Gallery. We are therefore looking for a highly responsible and energetic self-starter with a creative spirit and the ability to work with minimal supervision.  Preference will be given to qualified First Nations applicants. Competency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel and Publisher) and social media platforms is an asset.


The Summer Student reports to the Gallery Manager and is responsible assisting with the delivery of summer art camps and other arts programming for children & youth; opening the gallery to the public; supporting the Gallery Manager with general administration and office duties.


The Summer Student works 35 hours a week for 8 weeks from July through August.


Internal: works closely with the Gallery Manager, numerous volunteers, and the Board of Directors.

External: works with the BV Museum staff, public, community organizations, Town Office.


 Children’s Summer Art Programming

Planning, organising and delivering a weekly drop-in art activity for children of all ages every Saturday morning; additionally, promoting the program and recording participation rates
Assisting 4, week-long art camps for children aged 6-12yrs, promoting the program, purchasing art supplies in consultation with the art instructors, managing all set-up and take-down, assisting art instructors during art camp, and teaching classes if an instructor is unexpectedly unavailable.  Assisting with monitoring the budgets for all children’s summer art programs (training will be provided)

 Exhibitions Administration

General administration associated with gallery exhibitions including preparation of display materials, advertising and promotion, tracking and recording visitors, other duties as required

Preparing appetizers for opening receptions (two Friday evenings during the hiring period) and assisting with set-up and clearing away.  Handling sales of artwork, cards and memberships

Gallery & Store Staffing

Opening the exhibition gallery to the public, being the “public face” of the gallery to welcome visitors, and dealing with enquiries
Maintaining an overview of the schedule of volunteers, encouraging volunteers to sign up for shifts
Gallery cleaning and maintenance


Legally entitled to work in Canada, between 15 and 30 years of age, and a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or have refugee status in Canada.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; fluent in English
Must be willing to undertake a Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment


Experience working with children or youth
Exhibits an energetic and creative spirit, ethical approach to work, and willingness to try new ideas
Strong organisational and time-management skills, and competent computer skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
Confidence in dealing with the general public and children of all ages

An interest or training in fine arts, arts administration and/or education including Early Childhood

Driving licence and vehicle an asset or ability to walk between our two locations

Applications must include a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position and a copy of your current resume
Applications may be submitted by post or email:

Smithers Art Gallery, Box 122, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0  |



Thank you for your interest. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.