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 farm.museum@ns.aliantzinc.ca or mail to 471 Poplar Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2W 4L2.

HORTICULTURALIST (Garden Interpreter) (Student) **FILLED**
TEAROOM SERVER ** FILLED**
GROUNDSPERSON (STUDENT) **FILLED**
MUSEUM PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT 
(STUDENT) **FILLED**


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.

 


 

TEAROOM SERVER

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.


 

GROUNDSPERSON, 2017

The Groundsperson maintains and enhances the grounds, gardens and public areas of the Museum; an integral part of the Heritage Farm’s interpretive value and a much enjoyed community green space.

Duties of the Groundsperson shall include:

– ensure that museum grounds are kept safe, free of debris and attractive
– maintain museum recreation/games areas
– assist with the development of new farm walk and interpretive trail
– mow lawns, trim shrubs, prune trees as required
– weed and maintain pathways, small scale landscaping as required
– maintain/paint/repair public picnic tables and benches, fences, signage
– empty exterior refuse and recycling bins
– empty exterior donation receptacles, restock exterior leaflets/museum literature
– prepare main courtyard for scheduled festivals and events, including canopy set up, seating arrangements, bandstand assembly
– assist museum gardeners in aspects of garden maintenance
– other site maintenance as required
– be friendly and welcoming to museum visitors, assist with queries where possible or refer to other museum staff; assist generally in making the visit enjoyable
– contribute to the overall success of the summer season

Desired qualifications/skills include:

– enrolled in agricultural, horticultural, landscaping or recreation studies
– a genuine interest in agriculture, gardens and livestock
– excellent customer service and oral communication skills
– ability to work well with others – tours and tasks are generally collaborative efforts though there is plenty of possibility for individual ideas
– planning and organizational skills to assist with festivals, events and programs
– supervisory skills and working with young people – one of our primary audiences
– desire for continuous learning – each day brings new questions and challenges
– knowledge of gardening, landscaping, horticulture considered a definite asset
– handy skills and manual equipment use considered an asset

Preferred Start Date:  Mid-May, 2017

Wage:  $11/hour for 30 hours per week

Hours of work:  5 days/week on any of 7 days, 9am to 3:30pm.


 

 MUSEUM PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT, 2017

The Museum Programming Assistant provides a first point of contact for visitors, assisting them in getting the most from their time at the site and creating a welcoming and enjoyable visitor experience.

Duties of the Museum Programming Assistant shall include:

– greet and welcome museum visitors
– promote the museum’s resources and inform visitors of exhibits and programs, places of special interest
– assist with and/or conduct guided tours
– assist museum staff with festival & event planning, preparation and interpretation activities
– emphasize and promote museum garden, including the Canada 150 Commemorative Flower Bed, through reception display; cutting fresh flowers for reception area, showcasing harvest, etc.
– record daily museum attendance
– support museum gift shop; cashing in purchases, keeping displays orderly and neat, replenishing stock, and assisting in merchandising ideas
– refer visitors to the Curator and/or Interpreters, where necessary, or pass on
requests for information
– other museum duties as required
– contribute to the overall success of the summer season

Desired qualifications/skills include:

– enrolled in tourism or museum studies, or alternatively history, social sciences, agriculture or other relevant area of study
– a genuine interest in museums and cultural history
– excellent customer service and oral communication skills
– ability to work well with others – tasks are generally collaborative efforts though there is plenty of possibility for individual ideas
– planning and organizational skills to assist with festivals, events and programs
– supervisory skills and working with young people – one of our primary audiences
– desire for continuous learning – each day brings new questions and challenges
– experience in leading tours considered an asset

Preferred Start Date:  Mid-May, 2017

Wage:  $11/hour for 30 hours per week

Hours of work:  5 days/week on any of 7 days, 9am to 3:30 or 10am to 4:30pm.