Job Opportunities

The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum has a permanent staff of 2 and relies heavily on volunteers to support areas of the museum, year round.  During the operational season, from May 15 through October 15, we are joined by seasonal staff working in a variety of functions, from exhibits and archives to retail and marketing, to gardening and grounds keeping.  Current job postings are listed below.

For positions marked “Student” please note that they are dependent upon successful government funding and all applicants must have been enrolled as a full time student in the semester prior to the start date and must be returning to full time studies in the fall.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter stating why you wish to work at the Farm Museum to or mail to 471 Poplar Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2W 4L2.


HORTICULTURALIST (Garden Interpreter), 2017

The garden of the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is at the heart of the Museum’s interpretation. The Horticulturalist will be its central resource and through this position will develop holistic gardening skills while making a meaningful impact on the 2017 season.

Duties of the Horticulturalist shall include:

– develop an appreciation for the role the garden plays in the everyday operation of the museum from its interpretation of the community’s agricultural past to its value in promoting healthier lifestyles and use of local produce
– collaborate with interpretive staff and tearoom staff to make the garden responsive to their needs
– record and coordinate the activities of garden volunteers and oversee the master plan for the gardening year
– perform routine tasks (with the guidance of staff and gardening volunteers) to keep the garden thriving and productive including planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting
– learn the names of as many species as possible and which are of special significance to the area’s gardening history
– conduct garden tours for school and other groups
– track and record highlights of the 2017 garden season; successful plantings, challenges, etc.
– develop awareness of and care for the museums resources including its buildings, collections, gardens and animals
– share knowledge with visitors, respond to inquiries & contribute to the overall success of the season

Desired qualifications/skills include:

– enrolled in or graduate of a horticultural, agricultural, science, or food and nutrition degree or certificate program and/or demonstrated interest in horticulture
– a genuine interest in gardens and their importance in society through the ages
– excellent customer service and oral communications skills
– ability to work well with others – the garden is a collaborative effort
– experience with children’s programming
– planning and organizational skills

Preferred Start Date:  May 8, 2017 for 14 weeks

Wage:  $12/hour for 35 hours per week

Hours of work:  5 days/week on any of 7 days, 9am to 4:30 pm.




The CHRHS seeks a mature, responsible and conscientious individual who loves the Farm to fill the position of server in the Tearoom.

Inspired by the beautiful Victorian verandah of the Harris House and its plentiful roses, the Rose and Kettle Tearoom has been the heart of the Farm for 25 years. The menu is a blend of old English influences, Nova Scotia favourites, and Cole Harbour kitchens, all created from scratch and using the Farm garden’s own produce wherever possible.

This is a truly unique service position, running from mid May to mid October.  Please note the successful applicant must be available to work until October 15, 2017.

Preferred Start Date:  Mid-May, 2017

Wage:  $10.85/hour for approximately 30 hours per week (will vary)

Hours of work:  5 days/week on any of 7 days, approximately 10am to 4pm.