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Two people observe a series of white sculptural works by Jane Tingley, Cindy Poremba and Marius Kintel in purple and pink hued lighting

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s flagship public professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Fostering social and cultural transformations, Onsite serves the OCAD U community and the general public. 

Onsite Gallery is currently recruiting a Student Monitor for their Fall exhibition (September 15 to December 11, 2021) to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery and engage with visitors.  

COVID-19 safety measures will be in place following ongoing directives from OCAD University, Toronto Public Health and the Government of Ontario. Learn more here about OCAD U’s return to campus plan. 

Reporting to the Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the Onsite Gallery Student Monitor will:  

  • Assist in maintaining COVID protocols as directed by OCAD U, this may include tracking visitors, supplying masks to any visitors in need, light cleaning, etc. Protocols are in development and will shift with the needs of the pandemic to keep us safe.  

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.  

  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement and enforce gallery rules and etiquette. 

  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers.  

  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Onsite Gallery's e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events.  

  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.  

  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  

  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy and locking all doors.  

  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.  

  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.  

  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs & Community Coordinator or Curator.    

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs & Community Coordinator and senior management.  


  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student and IWSP* or CEPIS** eligible 

  • Interest in contemporary art and design  

  • Comfortable in a public speaking role  

  • Strong verbal communication skills  

  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment  

  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts and/or gallery preparation 


  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment  

  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion 

Duration:  September 1 – December 11, 2021, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period  

Rate of pay: $16.15 per hour

Schedule: 1-3 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 7.25-19.25 hours/week, depending on availability 

Vacancies: 2-3 regular Student Monitor positions; 2-3 Student Monitors on an as-needed basis 

Please submit the following to Emily Gove, Programs & Community Coordinator, at

  • Cover letter 

  • Resume 

  • Your IWSP or CEPIS eligibility confirmation for the Fall 2021 semester 

*Institutional Work Study (IWSP) consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. 

**Campus Employment Program for International Students (CEPIS) is a work/study program designed to provide students with financial assistance through part-time paid employment on campus at OCAD U. 

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., August 5, 2021 

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. 

Image: Jane Tingley, Cindy Poremba and Marius Kintel, anyWare, 2018. Mixed media, 72" x 36" x 36” in CodeX: Playable and Disruptive Futurist eArt