Summer Experience Program - Gallery Assistants

Gallery Assistants

Learning Department

(Summer Experience Program – Full-time 32-day work term)



Do you have a passion for culture, the arts, natural history, and science? Do you have a keen interest in how these elements aesthetically come together to tell the many stories of humanity? Then consider a career at ROM.  Are you someone that bubbles over with energy loves working in high traffic busy environments? Are you highly inquisitive and love to ask questions about everything, do you enjoy sparking this curiosity in others especially children? Do you find ways of making everything fun? Apply Now!

The Summer Experience Program sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and ROM are offering summer employment to students as Gallery Assistants (4). As a Gallery Assistant you will be working full-time to provide responsible, friendly and resourceful assistance to visitors in ROM’s Biodiversity & Schad Galleries. In these Galleries you introduce Museum visitors to the amazing variety and natural interdependence of plants and animals.  The galleries are based on the ROM’s extensive collections and research.  Successful candidates must be available for weekdays, weekends, evening, and holiday shifts and have a clear vulnerable sector check or in the process of getting one as a condition of employment.



Supervised by the Gallery Coordinators and under the direction of the Manager, Learning, you will:

  • Provide assistance to museum visitors by engaging visitors in an interactive gallery environment and guiding them through a learning process.
  • Deliver programming in a variety of galleries throughout the ROM.
  • Ensure safety of specimens and objects and enforce gallery rules
  • Provide general administrative assistance in gallery offices (e.g. photocopying, arranging schedules, inventory and answering phones).
  • Assist with gallery operations (set up multi-media technologies, development of resources, replenish supplies, program set up, ensure proper cleaning procedures are followed)
  • Work with gallery collections to ensure proper cataloguing of museum objects and specimens.
  • Provide leadership to the volunteer team
  • Assist with additional programming in the Museum.
  • Perform related duties as required

Summer Projects

  1. Assist with entering artifacts/specimens into the handling collection databases.
  2. Research artifacts and specimens to create information sheets.
Posted Date 2022-06-06
Closing Date 2022-06-30
Department None
Type Temporary



  • Experience working with the public, particularly with children
  • Must have a valid vulnerable sector check or in the process of obtaining one
  • Computer skills and familiarity with MS Office
  • A proven work record of being responsible and reliable
  • The skills necessary to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays


The student hired must meet the eligibility criteria of the SEP:

  • All students must be currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution or within 6 months of graduation and have reached the age of 15 and not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment, or up to 29 years for persons with a disability, if disabled, within the meaning of s.10 of the Ontario Human Rights Code;
  • Students must be available to be employed full time for 32 days at 7.25 hours per day
  • Proof of student enrolment must be provided at the time of employment;
  • Students must be residents of Ontario during the period of employment;
  • Students must be eligible to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Note: the student must be living in Ontario at the time they start work. The intention of the program is to provide career related experience to eligible students that are also eligible to work in Ontario

How to Apply

STARTING DATE:                      ASAP

SALARY:                                     $15.00 per hour (in accordance with the SEP guidelines)

UNION:                                      OPSEU local 543


HOURS OF WORK:                   36.25 hours/week (six week contract between July 2nd and      September 5th, including weekends & holidays

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At the ROM, we consider equity, diversity, and inclusivity to be foundational to our institutional success. We seek to foster a workplace that reflects [the full breadth of] the communities we serve and welcome applications from women, racialized persons/BIPOC, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities.  

The ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.  

The selected candidate will be required to participate in a Criminal Background Check conducted via Profile Investigation Inc.  



Royal Ontario Museum recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.   



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The ROM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.