Summer Camps 2024: Visual Art Specialist

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a beautiful 10-acre campus at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world, presenting thousands of events annually from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design, to visual arts and more. Welcoming visitors year-round, there is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre!

Exciting seasonal employment opportunities for summer 2024 exist in Harbourfront Centre Camps, one of Toronto’s largest, most diverse and creative day camps. We are currently looking to bring on board a Visual Arts Specialist to prepare and plane visual art workshops is respective camps.

Position Title: Visual Art Specialist 

Department: Recreational Learning 

Type of Employment: Part-time, Contract 

Duration: June-September 2024 (*dates subject to change) 

Hours of Work: Monday-Friday, 15-20 hours per week  

Rate of Pay: $25.50 per hour 

Please visit: for more information about our Camp programs. 


Job Description

Working under the direction of Assistant Manager – Recreational Learning, the Visual Art Specialist is responsible for daily execution of visual arts workshops in the respective camps: Curiosity, Quest, Creative Arts, Emerging Artists, Senior Arts, Architecture, Young Builders, Interior Design & Decorating, and others as scheduled. The Visual Art Specialist will set-up, deliver programming and clean-up their scheduled workshop. In addition, the Art Specialist will collaborate with the staff of respective camps to ensure programming meets our programming promise.  

 Candidates will have experience leading visual arts programming for children and youth. Candidates should also have the ability to facilitate and lead enriching workshops while promoting health, safety and participation of campers. As the Visual Art Specialist, a commitment to artistic exploration through personal practice and an ability to convey passion for the arts is encouraged.  



  • Plan and prepare visual arts programming in respective camps. 
  • Order, organize and manage supplies, communicating to Camps Coordinator when supplies are needed. 
  • Teach a variety of visual arts workshops to a diverse range of campers (ages 4-15). 
  • Prepare, monitor and reset camp spaces. 
  • Monitor campers progress, provide assistance and encouragement, and pace workshop to meet campers’ needs and abilities, ensuring inclusion of all campers remains a priority. 
  • Collaborate with Program Facilitators on programming. 
  • Engage with Supervisors, Program Facilitators, Counsellors and Co-op Students.  
  • Other duties as required. 



  • Relevant experience leading workshops/programming for children and youth. 
  • Ability to work with children/youth of all ages and abilities (4-15). 
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership for all aspects of programming (set-up, clean-up, supply management). 
  • Ability to motivate and engage campers during their time in a workshop. 
  • Ability to bring a positive attitude and enthusiasm to each day. 
  • Ability to remain organized throughout the workday (set-up/clean-up, timing of workshop, required materials, etc.)). 
  • Ability to lead workshops in a variety of mediums (drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, textile arts, clay, etc.). 
  • A Criminal Background Check (with Vulnerable Sector Screening) is required. 
  • Training in education and/or child development (B.Ed., E.C.E, artists in the community or equivalent) is an asset. 
  • Post-secondary education or training in visual arts (B.F.A., diploma or equivalent recommended) is an asset. 
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C is preferred. 
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid employment Visa and proper documentation authorizing their ability to work in Canada for the full duration of the contract.
  • The role requires standing for prolonged periods of time while facilitating workshops and some exposure to inclement weather conditions during outdoor and offsite programs.

Our Values

We’re friendly, welcoming and inclusive, with an experimental attitude that thrives on collaboration.

To achieve our bold ambition we empower and support imaginative risk and we always try to learn from our mistakes.

We are committed to excellence in all we do, ensuring every visitor encounter is safe, memorable and enriching.

We value and respect each other and all our visitors, celebrating difference and striving to realise potential.

How To Apply

Harbourfront Centre’s Camps team is committed to advancing our efforts in equity, diversity and inclusion. We are passionate about learning and supporting participants of all ages and abilities in their growth and development. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply–regardless of race, ancestry, ethnic origin, place of origin, colour, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, creed, citizenship, or disability. We strive for a barrier-free recruitment process and as such, encourage applicants to request accommodations at any stage of the hiring process.   

Qualified applicants are invited to apply through the Harbourfront Centre Camps Recruitment Portal by March 31, 2024. You will be asked to create a profile and will be taken to the application selection page.  

Our staff team is one of the things that makes our Camps programs so unique.  If you’re looking for new experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth, this is the place for you! We are dedicated to building a future that better serves our communities—a diverse staff team is essential in achieving this goal. When submitting your application, we encourage applicants to clearly self-identify in your cover letter if you are a member of an equity-seeking group. We genuinely look forward to receiving your application!