Specific to Area of Study and Administrative Jobs

The City of Hamilton offers opportunities that are specific to your area of study, as well as specific to administrative duties. Job opportunities in these categories are single positions and change from year-to-year. The opportunities in this category are very limited. These positions are subject to change and are dependent upon budget availability.

You need to match the primary area of your study to the job options provided below. Job options are aligned to our business needs and may be different from the course descriptions for your area of study.

These positions are assessed by hiring managers who have an opportunity available for a specific, related course of study where students can gain insight into the work area or discipline.

Specific positions are not posted individually as candidates are first screened based on their related course of study and then how closely they meet the requirements of the opportunity.

If you are interested in one of these opportunities, you must complete the application process. We suggest that you also apply to one of the other summer employment categories as the opportunities in this category are very limited.

Examples of opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Vacant opportunity Course of study
Environmental By-Law Officers Law Enforcement
Landscape Architect Assistants Landscape Architecture
Animal Shelter Assistants Veterinary
Animal Husbandry
Animal Care Technician
Historical Interpreters History
Museum Studies
Museum Collections Assistants
Library Sciences
Museum Technologies
Conservation Sciences
Special Support Case Aides Social Services

Culture job opportunities

Historical Interpreter

As a historical interpreter you will:

  • Work with a wide audience, including schoolchildren, seniors and adults
  • Develop and implement public programs such as workshops, demonstrations and tours
  • Wear period costumes on occasion

Garden Demonstrator

As a garden demonstrator you will:

  • Plant and maintain gardens using period methods and tools
  • Work with a wide audience, including schoolchildren, seniors and adults
  • Develop and implement public programs such as workshops, demonstrations and tours
  • Wear period costumes 

Collections Assistant

As a collections assistant you will:

  • Maintain security for buildings and artifacts that cannot be replaced
  • Research information related to Hamilton history
  • Handle artifacts and record them on a computer
  • Photograph documents and artifacts using a digital camera
  • Prepare flyers, advertisements and program materials
  • Respond to requests in writing
  • Sell merchandise and admission tickets

Gift Shop Clerk

As a gift shop clerk you will:

  • Operate a cash register, account for sales tax and the current United States exchange rate
  • Process cheques and travellers cheques
  • Balance the cash register and complete bank deposit slips
  • Answer visitor questions in person and on the phone
  • Receive, unpack, check, price and stock merchandise
  • Clean and tidy the gift shop by performing duties such as dusting shelves and vacuuming

Administrative students have various clerical and administrative duties including:

  • General reception duties such as answering routine questions from staff and residents in person, on the phone and via email
  • Word processing tasks such as creating correspondence or other documentation
  • Generating computer reports
  • Inputting data
  • Photocopying
  • Sorting mail
  • Filing

You must submit your resume and completed questionnaire prior to the deadline for application to summer opportunity. All candidates with completed questionnaires and submitted resumes in this category will be considered automatically based on the specific opportunities and course of study, if available. If we are unable to find suitable candidates from our inventory of students, we will post the specific vacant opportunities.

These positions are usually subject to budget availability. Some opportunities are identified early, while most of our opportunities become available after April. The length of these positions is between eight and 16 weeks.

If you are in a related course of study and you meet the requirements of the position, you will be invited for an interview. If we have a lot of equally qualified applicants, we will consider the date of application as criteria for selection.

The hourly rate is based upon a percentage of the permanent, full-time position that you will be working with. The rate will be disclosed at the interview. You will pay union dues based on a percentage of your earnings.

The locations for these positions vary. However, most of these positions are located in the downtown core.

Some student positions require you to drive City-owned or leased vehicles. You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence. Students holding an Ontario class G1 or G2 driver’s licence will not be allowed to drive City-owned or leased vehicles. Indicate the class of your driver's licence on your resume.

You will be required to obtain a Police Vulnerable Sector Check at your own expense. To obtain your police check, go to the police service in the municipality where you permanently live.

In order for your application to be considered, you must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted at the time of application and your police check must be satisfactory to the City.

There is a separate process for co-op positions. They are usually posted at your school and follow the process outlined in the posting. Contact the co-op office at your school for information.