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Position: Garden Demonstrator Summer Student
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: Dundurn Castle
Location: Hamilton, Ontario

The Garden Demonstrator Summer Student job description is not included on the City of Hamilton page where you apply, so has been included here. Your qualifications will be determined by a questionnaire when you apply.

To apply: 

  • Go to
  • Select the “How to Apply” tab
  • Drop down menu shows “apply now for a summer student job”
  • Search in the search bar for “student” and select “2019 Summer Students – COURSE SPECIFIC/ADMINISTRATIVE”. Select the Green “Apply for Job” button on the top right of the webpage. You will have to register as a new user to apply for the job. You will be given a questionnaire which will determine your experience in customer service, gardening, and historic interpretation.
  • You can also apply by going to, clicking Jobs at the City -> Student & Youth Opportunities -> Summer Student Program

Applications close January 25, 2019.


Reports to the Curatorial Programming Assistant. Provides visitor orientation and interpretation of Dundurn National Historic Site; interprets nineteenth century gardens and grounds and demonstrates historical gardening activities; plans, co-ordinates and conducts period garden activities and programmes.


  • Works as part of a team with Historic Garden Coordinator, garden demonstrators and other summer students and volunteers.
  • Receives visitors, gives tours and provides historical interpretation of the site (including Dundurn Castle, the historic Kitchen Garden, Dundurn Park and all associated out buildings).
  • Wears period costume and acts the role of a nineteenth century servant/gardener
  • Responsible for all aspects of tours, programmes and special events such as demonstrations, timing, group control, visitor and artifact safety, planning, promotion, and implementation for the site.
  • Provides interpretation while engaging in historical gardening activities.
  • Plants and maintains period gardens using both traditional and modern methods and equipment.
  • Researches traditions, techniques, information and equipment for 1850s gardens and estate grounds as well as information relating to Dundurn Castle.
  • Maintains security for historic kitchen garden, associated out buildings and artifacts.
  • Assists with developing and implementing public programs such as workshops, special events, educational programs, lectures, demonstrations, tours, etc. for the public including school age children, seniors, adults, disabled and special interest groups.
  • Represents the museum at off site functions
  • May be required to take tickets and complete related forms.
  • Maintains tools and reports maintenance deficiencies.
  • Opens and closes historic garden as required.
  • Word-processes correspondence, garden notes and educational support material.
  • Works in accordance with the provisions of applicable Health and Safety legislation and all City of Hamilton corporate and departmental policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Performs other duties as assigned which are directly related to the major responsibilities of the job.

Position requirements:

Able to work evenings and weekends.

Applicants must be returning to full-time schooling in the Fall 2019 semester.

Successful applicants have been from a range of programs, including Music, Engineering, Art History, Environmental Science, and French. If you have ANY experience in customer service, gardening, historic interpretation, or working with children, please apply.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Dec 19 2018    Numéro : 49815