Careers & Volunteering

Work at Hart House and gain valuable real-world experience and transferable skills that will help build your resume and your community.

Are you great at talking to people? Want to hone your leadership skills? Looking to expand your network? Excited to engage with the community?

Positions are available across Hart House, including the Fitness Centre, Hart House Theatre and the Art Museum. Roles include event production, program delivery, customer service, facility support, hospitality and more.

Open 365 days a year, students and community members join us to dine, work out, study, get involved, socialize and discover their better selves.

View the postings below, or visit the Career Learning Network and find the Hart House position that’s right for you.


Current Career Opportunities


Hart House Wellness Ambassador

Are you outgoing, fearless and friendly? Do you love going to campus-wide events? Do you recognize the importance of student wellness on campus? If so, we’re looking for you to become a Hart House Wellness Ambassador!

Hart House Wellness Ambassadors generate, support and implement innovative ideas to engage students in Hart House wellness events and programs. These opportunities exist during Orientation month (September), and throughout the year in various locations on all three campuses. This role supports Hart House’s diverse wellness programming throughout the year and creates a Hart House presence that is friendly, informative and warm.

Qualifications:
  • Must be a current U of T student – we appreciate diversity, all are welcome!
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in Hart House and campus-wide initiatives and activities
  • Desire to learn about and contribute to wellness programming and outreach events at Hart House and U of T
  • Experience using social media and other methods of outreach
Duties:
  • Supporting existing Hart House wellness programming including Board Game Café and Get Crafty
  • Understanding students’ needs, while helping to promote and create drop-in programming
  • Regular posts and occasional reporting on Hart House events and activities for our online media platforms (Instagram, Twitter)
  • Representing Hart House programming on all 3 campuses during Orientation from August 20 to the end of September, including Clubs Days, tabling events, and other opportunities
  • Creative outreach using unique strategies, tactics and promo materials to spotlight Hart House’s many offerings to the student body
  • Conducting exciting and well-informed tours of Hart House for new students
  • Working collaboratively with other U of T, UTM, and UTSC Peer Wellness Teams
  • Assisting Program staff with various equity and diversity initiatives and programs on all 3 campuses
There are multiple positions available. We are seeking St. George based students, as well as UTM and UTSC based students to represent Hart House.

This is a work study position. Average work week is 7-10 hours (although can be longer, 12-18hrs, in September). Position runs from August 2018 to May 1st, 2019, with a mandatory 3 day training session during the week of August 20. Interviews will be held May 23-25th. Please apply with a cover letter and resume to Trish Starling, trish.starling@utoronto.ca by May 14th, 2018, by 5pm.
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Hart House Podcasters/Storytellers
The Opportunity:

Do you believe stories can change the world? Do you love talking to people and learning about diverse perspectives and experiences? Are you a podcast lover?

Bring your story and the stories of others to light by working with Hart House to create dynamic challenging and engaging audio pieces related to social justice, diversity, and community all through the lens of personal narrative.

Overview:

An opportunity for a student who is passionate about the power of story to create change, shift perspectives and deepen understanding. The candidate should be keen to gain hands-on experience in gathering stories, conducting interviews, and creating podcasts for broadcast around key initiatives at Hart House along the themes of social justice, equity, decolonization, reconciliation and community engagement with a particular focus on the stories and perspectives of Indigenous, international and newcomer youth.

The Placement:

Hart House is the co-curricular centre of the University of Toronto: a place that welcomes both campus and community to explore cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. Aside from a wide array of events, lectures, live music and performances. Programming for the 2017-2018 year addresses:

  • decolonization and reconciliation
  • anti-black racism
  • afro and indigenous futurities
  • community engagement and social justice
  • equity and inclusion

Hart House continues to serve the highest interests of students by offering a place where the pressures of expectations transform into the delight of discovery and transferrable and transformative experiences.

The Position:

The Hart House podcasting Academy is an opportunity for engaged students to gain hands-on experience in creating compelling podcasts while supported by a team of peers and staff. Student podcasters will participate in a model of co-created and peer supported learning around the art of radio and podcast production. The purpose of the podcast is to use the medium to explore issues of social justice, equity, politics, arts culture and recreation as they intersect with personal narrative. It is also a way to capture the spirit for what Hart House has to offer students and the kinds of experiences they can generate here.

Pay: $18/hour, 5-10 hours/week
Starts mid-January until the end of April.
Approximately 6hrs/week (maximum 10hrs/week).

The Opportunity:
  • Students will create short (max 10 min), engaging audio pieces to support HH podcasts and the HH Conversations radio show on CIUT
  • Student podcasters are charged with gathering stories, and creating audio pieces from Hart House/campus events with a particular focus on the stories and perspectives of Indigenous, international and newcomer youth.
  • Students will meet regularly to discuss training resources, determine themes, ideas and assignments
  • Students will co-create and contribute to the podcasting/storytelling learning resources along with staff lead
  • Podcasters will meet regularly to foster an environment of support, team work and collaboration in order to produce creative, compelling and challenging content that will engage the spirit, and the mind.
Participants will learn:
  • elements of a compelling audio story
  • editing basics
  • sound recording basics and troubleshooting common issues
  • publishing and promoting podcasts
Participants will also have the opportunity to:
  • develop their distinct voice and interview style
  • share and collect meaningful personal stories
  • create original media content
  • be part of a community of student producers
  • get to know more about the resources and opportunities for students at Hart House
The Ideal Candidate:

Is enthusiastic and curious with a commitment to creating compelling audio stories for broadcast and podcast. They will be committed to equity and inclusion, arts and culture, education, and social justice, with a related academic and/or activist background. They have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, are highly organized, and curious about people and demonstrate the skills, flexibility and effective team-work experience required to do high quality work with a quick turn-around. They are responsible, reliable, self-motivating and skilled at resolving challenges.

How to Apply:

Your application could include some or all of the following: a resume, cover letter or brief personal narrative, sample of creative work (written, visual, recorded) that shows some interest or experience with storytelling. Your application must clearly answer the following questions:

  • Why you would be a suitable candidate (see description above of Ideal Candidate)?
  • What interests you about storytelling and podcasting?
    What previous experiences have you had that can help you do this work well?
  • What kinds of interpersonal, organizational and creative skills do you have and how have you demonstrated them?
  • What can you tell us about yourself and your areas of study?
  • What kinds of podcasts do you listen to, what kinds of stories interest you?
  • Is there anything else you think we should know about you?

Please send applications to Carly Stasko carly.stasko@utoronto.ca by January 18, 2018.
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Current Volunteer Opportunities


Hart House Hancock Lecture Student Advisory Committee Volunteers

Would you like to get experience working in a small group on a major project that supports and explores ideas and subject matter that you help shape?
 
The 2018 Hart House Hancock Lecture is recruiting students to join its Student Advisory Committee to help with speaker recommendations, planning and event implementation. You will be working closely with the Warden’s Office and interacting with Hart House staff, special guests and various areas of the campus community.
 

Students on the committee will:
  • Meet to discuss and recommend speakers to the Warden
  • Plan a number of co programming events that will support the lecture (i.e.: lunch and learn, Talking Walls exhibit, Hart House Conversations on CIUT, tri campus engagement opportunities)
  • Assist with overall event planning- reception, front of house etc
  • Contribute to outreach and communication efforts
  • Perform various duties on night of event

Make friends, have great conversations about things that matter to you and help plan and execute one of Hart House’s signature public lectures. Along the way you will also be responsible for developing, planning and executing a series of smaller events aimed at exploring the topic of the lecture more deeply with the campus community.
 
Think you have a good idea? Put it to the test with a group of your peers and join the Hancock Lecture Student Advisory Board!
 

Open Meeting – Thursday August 24, 2017, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
South Sitting Room, Hart House (light refreshments will be served)
About the 2018 Hancock Lecture:

This year’s Hancock Lecture will focus on and provide support to ongoing dialogue and action planning around Anti Black Racism. Examining the effects of privilege, marginalization and deeply ingrained biases, the lecture will draw from the voices of lived black experience through its key note address and supporting programs in an effort to generate greater understanding of issues affecting this community to work towards a more cohesive, inclusive and hopeful future. Hart House seeks to engage and inform students, staff, faculty and the broader community with respect to the historical and present experiences of Blackness in the Canadian context. Our goal is to enhance knowledge of these histories and to consider how to shape systemic change now and for the future.
 
First launched in 2001, the annual Hancock Lecture is one of Hart House’s signature events. The lecture brings together emerging thought-leaders and memory-keepers, difference-makers, social innovators and civic action pioneers who encourage us to engage closely with new ways of thinking and being, challenge us to look at the problems of society and who demand that we take away lessons of possibility for the future.

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Hart House Finance Committee Student Membership

Hart House’s Finance Committee provides opportunities to learn valuable skills in financial management by participating in conversations and decisions about budgetary and financial policies and issues. We welcome students from all disciplines (it’s an opportunity for students enrolled in finance-related degree programs to bring theory to practice; and we also provide educational training sessions for students without a financial background). Skills acquired through involvement as a committee member can be applied to both individual and organizational financial management. The Finance Committee mandate applies to all financial aspects of Hart House with particular focus on the following:

      • Participate in advising the Board of Stewards on policies that affect the financial management of the House
      • Analyze the annual budget
      • Make recommendations for the House’s long-range plans
      • Consider capital expense requests
      • Monitor financial operating performance
      • Oversee the annual audit process
      • Participate in the Audit Sub-Committee

To get involved, contact danny.wen@utoronto.ca or suzanne.macintyre@utoronto.ca

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Hart House Theatre Volunteers

Discover the inner workings of live theatre. Get involved in the season’s programming and join the blend of students and professionals, actors, playwrights, dancers, directors, musicians and technicians in a unique formal and informal educational opportunity. Be a part the University of Toronto’s Performing Arts Leader Since 1919.

Contact Gillian Lewis, Education & Production Coordinator at gillian.lewis@utoronto.ca or call 416.978.6392

For more information visit the theatre’s volunteer information page located here >>
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Clubs & Committees

To find a club or committee that speaks to your interests, visit our Clubs and Committees page with a complete list of all the clubs and committees as well as information about each one.

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