Summer Student Employment Opportunity - Museum Assistant

We own and operate a seasonal Museum in MacLeod Park and our office is located in a  Blacksmith Shop at

21 Laidlaw Street S. We are a non-profit organization run by volunteers.
We require assistance with visitors and a backlog of interpretive, artifact and inventory projects.
This position is suitable for a student pursuing training in archival, library or other information

management studies as well as those interested in museums and history.

A Museum Assistant:

  • interacts with all ages
  • learns about our collection and local history
  • develops more transferable skills: interpersonal, communication, customer service, problem solving, time-management
  • benefits from gaining experience working in a rural area in a non-profit environment

Responsible for:

  • Maintenance at the Blacksmith Shop (office) and the Museum,
  • Meeting/greeting visitors and providing interpretive tours (costume when required),
  • Creating a seasonal display, program activities and community events,
  • Newsletter creation, web page updates,
  • Working on inventory, research, conservation, exhibit and writing projects,
  • Collection (artifact) inventory: researching, cleaning, housing,
  • Database maintenance (records/photos),
  • Supporting research and visitation for genealogical and historical researchers.

Profile is:

  • Good organization and communication (written and verbal),
  • Research and computer skills (MS Office proficient),
  • Customer service and programming skills background (an asset),
  • Familiarity with local history and geography (an asset),
  • Student must be eligible to work, currently registered as a full-time student and is returning to school in the fall.

As this is a government contract, commitment to the entirety of the contract is essential.

Please forward your resume to:                                


The Cannington & Area Historical Society held its first meeting in January 1976. Its purpose is to promote interest in local history, the collection and restoration of community artifacts and the preservation of heritage buildings with historical significance to the area.

The Cannington Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Historical Society, displays some of the collection. It was established in 1977 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Village of Cannington and is located in MacLeod Park. The museum features five restored heritage buildings from Brock Township: Brandon Log Cabin, Francis Log House, Loyal Orange Lodge Hall (Derryville Hall), a Driving Shed and the Cannington Railway Station and Caboose. The Cannington & Area Historical Society office is located in the Blacksmith Shop at 21 Laidlaw Street South, which was recently acquired by the Historical Society.

If you have any questions or wish to contact us for a tour, please call us at 705-432-3136 or email us at:


Preserving the Past, Protecting the Present, Enlightening the Future



To promote an interest in the local history of people and place;

To research, collect and preserve local historical information and area artifacts,
e.g., old time family photos, newspapers and genealogical, cemetery and census records;
to serve as the archives for the Township of Brock;

To encourage the preservation of heritage buildings with historical significance to this area, e.g., secure designation under the Heritage Act or Brock Heritage plaque program; saving structures by relocation to the Museum site in MacLeod Park;

To disseminate information on material collected by holding general meetings and workshops; providing interpretive tours to museum guests and school classes;

To maintain the Museum:

  •  by preserving (and restring),
  •  by displaying (visiting the museum),
  •  by entertaining (telling a story),
  •  by educating (delivering a lesson).

Cannington & Area

Preserving the Past

Protecting the Present
Enlightening the Future