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Job Posting
Summer Program and Outreach Coordinator
Deadline for submission: Friday, April 26, 2024 5:00 pm

Job Description

May 15 to August 30 2024. Wage $19.50/hour 35 hours/week


The position involves promoting the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, coordinating special events, running interpretive tours, assisting with the installation of a new sculpture, assisting with the maintenance of the collection, and media relations.

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is located in Glebe Park adjacent to the campus of the Haliburton School of The Arts. The Sculpture Forest has a permanent collection of over 40 sculptures and attracts thousands of visitors each summer.

Skills and attributes required: an interest in the arts, good computer and social media skills, good communications skills and initiative, good organizational skills, post-secondary studies related to arts, culture, education, marketing, or business would be helpful. 

We are looking for someone who is interested in the community, is eager to be an ambassador, is creative and enjoys working with people. 

Access to own transportation required. Travel costs will be covered. 

This is position is supported by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations Applicants must be involved in post-secondary studies, be less than 30 years of age, have been registered as a full-time student within the previous academic year, and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the coming year.

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is committed to diversity and inclusivity in our employment practices. We promote the independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity with persons with disabilities by ensuring, wherever possible, the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations, including alternative formats, are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and Indigenous candidates are encouraged to apply.

Our hiring committee will select the best qualified candidates for an interview. The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is an equal opportunity employer. 

Please forward your cover letter and resume to Jim Blake, Curator, Haliburton Sculpture Forest, P.O. Box 210 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0; or by e-mail to by Friday, April 24, 2024 at 5:00pm.

Job Details

Project and Job Objectives

This position focuses on Education, Interpretation, Public Programming and Communications and a bit on Conservation and Preservation of the Collection

Education and Interpretation: 

  • Objective: To provide interpretive tours of the Sculpture Forest for school groups (elementary and high school) and the general public. 

    • In May and June, the Sculpture Forest provides tours for local school groups which support the school curriculum and introduce students to the Sculpture Forest. 

    • In July and August we run free tours for the public once a week - 

    • We also provide special tours for groups

Public Programming: 

  • Objective: Provide public programming that will increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the Sculpture Forest.

    • We will be hosting an Indigenous artist in residence who be working on an art project with community members. This project will result in an installation in the Sculpture Forest

    • The Sculpture Forest also plans to host a collective of multi-media artists as artists in residence. At the end of their one week stay, they will mount a public performance - integrating dance, music and digital media in the Sculpture Forest.


  • Objectives:

  • Inform the local schools, public and tourists about the Sculpture Forest, the public tours and the public events and strengthen the social media presence of the Sculpture Forest through creation and posting of content.

    • Update the Sculpture Forest Website

    • Update the self-guided tour apps (for Sculpture Forest and Downtown Exhibition)

Conservation and Preservation:

  • Objective: Maintain upkeep of the collection.

    • All of the sculptures in the Sculpture Forest are permanent outdoor installations and require annual cleaning. Some require refinishing and some minor repairs. 

  • The months of May to August are very busy months for the Sculpture Forest in terms of visitors (around 20,000) and programming. Having a student who is able to focus full time on the communication, programming and upkeep is a tremendous help in welcoming our visitors and ensuring the success of our programming. 

  • For the students, this position has a variety of responsibilities which include a wide range of communications, community engagement, public speaking, working with artists, planning and running events and doing manual work. The skills developed through this position are helpful for just about any career path they may choose. We also provide the student a fair bit of flexibility in planning their own work schedule and also adding their own ideas and creativity to the planning and delivery of our programs. 

Description of tasks

  • Assist with planning and running tours for school groups

  • Liaise with the artist in residence and installing a new work of art at the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and artists installing works for the Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Project.

  • Distribute promotional material and provide information to the media about the Sculpture Forest, guided tours, and special events

  • Update the website to include new events and the new sculpture

  • Update the self-guided tour app to include new sculpture 

  • Update the self-guided tour app for the Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition to include new sculptures

  • Assist with planning and promotion of launch event for new installation and the Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition. 

  • Assist with the coordination of special event featuring dance and music and digital media 

  • Undertake sculpture cleaning and maintenance as defined by maintenance schedule. 

  • Lead weekly guided tours of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest 

  • Distribute promotional material and provide information to the media about the Sculpture Forest, and guided tours,

  • Photograph sculptures and activity in Sculpture Forest and post to facebook and instagram

  • Conduct surveys with visitors to Sculpture Forest

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