Special Events & Arts Programs Students (Summer Positions) - City of Kingston

Job Details

Special Events & Arts Programs Students (Summer Positions)

  • City City: KINGSTON
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Hourly
  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $17.00 / Hour
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 3
  • Type Type: Full Time
  • Duration Duration: Student
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 35
  • Schedule Schedule: Days, Evenings, Weekends
  • Education Education: College

We acknowledge that the City of Kingston is situated on traditional Anishinabek (Ah- nish-in-ah-bay), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee) and Huron-Wendat (huron-wen·dat) territory and is the home of many Indigenous peoples. We are grateful to reside and work on this land.

Kingston is a smart, livable city in the heart of eastern Ontario. Its stable and diversified economy includes global corporations, innovative start-ups and all levels of government. Kingstonians enjoy a high quality of life with access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

We take our core values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Pride seriously and apply these standards to everything we do. We foster a working environment that reflects our community’s diversity and respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs. The City of Kingston views diversity as its strength and encourages people from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women, racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, Persons with Disabilities and persons who identify as members *2SLGBTQIA+ communities, to apply.

Position Summary

The Special Events & Arts Programs Student will work in the City’s Arts & Culture Services department and will support various City-led special events, external events, and arts, culture, and public art-based programming. The Student will support eight City events from May – August and will also work with the City’s external event booking office to provide support to community events. The Student will also participate in the development and execution of arts programming plans with community partners, with the goal of connecting residents to various art forms and local artists while building community connections.

The Special Events & Arts Programs Student will:

  • Assist with event logistics and implementation, that includes site plans, developing schedules, contact and invitation lists, event debriefs, and emergency plans
  • Assist with arts programming planning, that includes developing schedule of arts programming opportunities at select community centres and in collaboration with existing community partners
  • Support public art engagement programming, that includes picking up and transporting supplies, onsite support, and evaluation, and support mural installation projects that includes helping to coordinate on site
  • Assist with general event set-up, such as setting up and taking down tents, moving barricades, and organizing event supplies and equipment
  • Assist with external community event bookings, that includes regular tracking of events key City bookable parks/sites, collect data from community events on permits and other event booking requirements, and provide information to event organizers
  • Research new entertainers and activities for events, with a focus on arts and culture experiences and applying an IIDEA (Indigenization, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) lens
  • Contact and coordinate with vendors, community partners, and City staff
  • Perform administrative duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Competencies


  • Preference given to university or college students currently studying recreation, arts, education, tourism, event planning or a related program
  • Experience with events (arts, culture, or recreation-based) in a coordinating role and/or program development is preferred
  • A valid Ontario 'Class G' driver’s licence and a drivers abstract with no more than three demerit points is required
  • Access to own transportation during working hours is considered an asset
  • Current First Aid & CPR-B/CPR-C Certification is considered an asset
  • Must demonstrate corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Orientation, Integrity, and Teamwork

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

  • Required to work occasional evenings, statutory holidays and weekends, depending on event schedule
  • Excellent planning, analytical, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organization skills and able to handle pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy
  • Working knowledge of computers, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Able to follow instructions and perform assigned duties with limited direct supervision
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently
  • Demonstrated customer service skills and ability to work with the general public
  • Able to perform the essential duties of the job such as lifting and walking/standing for several consecutive hours
  • Events are held both indoors and outdoors and may take place during extreme weather conditions. Must be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • A satisfactory criminal record check is required at candidate's own expense


Please apply to Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Careers

Your resumé must demonstrate how you meet position requirements. Please upload to your profile any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Please inform us of any accommodations we need to make to ensure a barrier-free recruitment experience. Accommodations are available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC)and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) at any stage in the recruitment process. We’re happy to provide more information if you email us at HRCity@cityofkingston.ca

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