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8 week contract, 30 hours/week
Position duration: July 4, 2022 – August 26, 2022

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run centre located on the tum xula7xw of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx (otherwise known as Nelson, B.C.) engaging communities throughout Nelson and the West Kootenays, and wider audiences regionally and nationally.

Oxygen Art Centre provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage with the creation, study, exhibition, and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines. Oxygen Art Centre’s activities include: Exhibition & Residency Program, Adult Arts Education, Children and Youth Arts Education, and a Presentation Series which consists of literary, film, music, and theatre events.

We are currently looking for a Summer Research Assistant to add to our dynamic team.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Assistant will assist with day-to-day arts administrative duties, as well as conduct contemporary art research to support the Education program and assist with the production, promotion, and communications of the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Education program and adjunct educational materials.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research Assistant will conduct the following tasks and responsibilities both remotely and in person (if applicable), utilizing their personal computer to access online platforms such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Zoom, as well as digital platforms such as Word and Excel, of which will be provided by the organization. The Research Assistant will also have access to the Centre’s facilities and equipment, if applicable.

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ). Additional administration through the CSJ portal will be required at the beginning and end of employment contract. Candidates are required to state their eligibility for the CSJ program in their Cover Letter and/or email.


Oxygen’s Research Assistant will develop skills in arts administration, contemporary art research, and exhibitionary contexts. This project involves independent work and research with the opportunity to collaborate with artists, instructors, and experts in the field. The Research Assistant will be able to focus the project to best suit their interests, aspirations, and background.

Arts Administration

The Research Assistant will assist with day-to-day duties at the Centre including gallery hosting, arts writing, communication, and outreach. The Research Assistant will directly engage with the research and production of Oxygen’s Education program including the forthcoming Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

Contemporary Art Research

Contemporary art research regarding artists and topics explored in Oxygen’s Education and Events program will form the foundation by which the Research Assistant will conduct this project. Developed with the Executive Director, theoretical texts, lectures, and artworks will be determined as a “reading” list. Research will be guided by the candidate’s interests and future career aspirations.

Final Report

A final report will summarize their research findings. This report can include creative and/or interactive aspects, should this be applicable to the project and candidate.


The Research Assistant will be responsible for communication with their supervisor, as well as liaising with fellow employees, artists, and mentors in their field of enquiry.

This position will be multi-faceted and offer experience throughout all aspects of Oxygen Art Centre under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Due to the pandemic aspects of the position have been altered to ensure a safe working environment for the employee. The Research Assistant will be responsible for working in a hybrid fashion, which includes working from home, tracking hours and workplans, maintaining Google Doc files and documentation, virtual and phone meetings with supervisors, and facilitating digital administration from a far, as well as conducting on site labour (if applicable). Necessary alterations will be made to the employee’s workplan should pandemic restrictions alter during the employee’s contract.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Assistant will develop arts administration skills and conduct research into contemporary art practices.


The ideal candidate:

  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary program in Art History, Art Education, Curatorial Studies, Visual and/or Media Arts, Museum Studies or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrates a keen interest in contemporary art and/or museum practices;
  • Is responsible, hard-working, enthusiastic, and dynamic;
  • Has a proven ability to communicate effectively.

The Research Assistant position is dependent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs program.

Candidates for the position must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (unfortunately, non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2021.


8 week contract
30 hours/week, 240 hours total
Position duration: July 4, 2022 – August 26, 2022


24 May 2022, by 5:00 PM PST

Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to info@oxygenartcentre.org with the subject line: “ATTN: Research Assistant Application.”

Please include confirmation of your CSJ eligibility.

Oxygen Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Learn more information about Oxygen Art Centre by visiting our website, www.oxygenartcentre.org and social media.