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Internships, volunteering and jobs

Assist an arts instructor, give tours at a museum or volunteer at a festival or one of our theatres. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to suit your interests and location. Get involved in your cultural community today.

Internships

City of Ottawa Archives

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The City of Ottawa Archives accepts interns from recognized post-secondary programs in archives, conservation, museum studies, and records management. For more information please contact archives@ottawa.ca

City of Ottawa Art Collection  

intern

Gain practical experience as part of an academic course. Unpaid work placement, internship or practicum to graduate and undergraduate students at post-secondary institutions. Send a copy of your résumé and contact information for your course coordinator to publicartprogram@ottawa.ca

Volunteering

City of Ottawa Archives

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The City of Ottawa has volunteers working with us at both the Central Archives and Rideau Archives. Most volunteer opportunities are based around specific projects, or special events. If you are interested in volunteering for the City of Ottawa Archives please visit Volunteering with the City of Ottawa to create your profile and to review the current volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are selected from this listing and will be contacted if their skills and experience match up with a project. For more information please contact archives@ottawa.ca.

Centrepointe Theatres

theatre usher

Have you ever dreamed of performing a behind-the-scenes role in the theatre? Do you love working with the public? Would you like to learn more about audio and lighting techniques? A volunteer role at Centrepointe Theatres is just what you are looking for! The Centrepointe Theatres Volunteer Company is composed of 3 crews: the Creative Resources Crew, the House Crew and the Stage Crew. Find out more...

Museums, historic sites and heritage events                                                  

museums volunteers

Contribute to telling Ottawa’s local history by volunteering with our museums and heritage events. Help deliver interactive educational programs for children, demonstrate heritage skills, prepare a tea service in our heritage gardens, or participate in Ottawa’s largest architectural and heritage event: Doors Open Ottawa. Visit the Ottawa Volunteer program page to sign up!

Volunteer Fairs for Museums and Historic Sites
Looking to shake off the winter blues? Why not get out and give back to your community? Your local Museums and Historic Sites offer many different volunteer opportunities for people aged 14 and older. From serving food at a BBQ, to helping families play games or complete crafts, to demonstrating traditional heritage trades, there’s a unique volunteer position for all interests!

For more information, please contact us at museums@ottawa.ca

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

student volunteer

The Nepean Creative Arts Centre offers volunteer positions for people who are interested in volunteering in performing arts and want to gain experience while making a difference in the community. Positions may be in one of the following performing arts disciplines: dance, drama, music, theatre or visual arts. Find out more... 

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

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The Nepean Visual Arts Centre, a visual arts facility at the Nepean Sportsplex, offers volunteer positions for people who are interested in the visual arts and want to gain experience while making a difference in the community. Positions may be in one of the following visual arts disciplines: pottery, painting, mixed media, drawing, and/or cartooning. Find out more... 

Shenkman Arts Centre

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Volunteers play an important role at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The Volunteer Company helps to make the theatre more accessible to both patrons and artists by donating their services as members of the House Crew (ushers, ticket takers and greeters), the Stage Crew (lighting, sound and staging technicians for non-profit shows) and the Creative Resources Crew. Find out more ...

Job opportunities

The City of Ottawa is an employer you’ll be proud to work for. Find current opportunities in administration and cultural programs here.