Programs Assistant - Agriculture

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Canadian National Exhibition Association - Toronto, Ontario

Contract Position: June - Sept, 2022

About Us:

Looking for a paid summer internship that’s fun, by the waterfront and gets you access to one of Toronto’s most iconic events? Come join our team at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)!

The CNE, often affectionately referred to as The Ex, is one of the top ten agricultural fairs in North America. Learn what it takes to run Canada’s largest community event. Get hands on experience and a behind-the-scenes look at some of our event attractions and interactive entertainment experiences including: concerts, midway rides and games, shopping, exhibits, tech and gaming hubs, food and wacky treats!

The CNE fair is a cherished tradition, attracting approximately 1.5 million visitors annually over the course of its 18-day run. Be a part of this summer tradition and help us inspire Canadians and create memories.


Reporting to the Programs Manager – Agriculture, the Programs Assistant – Agriculture’s role will be to provide support to agricultural programs running at the CNE. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist with all agricultural programming and events for the up-coming CNE
  • Assist with the hiring and training of all 18-day staff communicating Agriculture needs to the Summer Staffing Office
  • Perform daily office administrative/ clerical duties, e.g. photocopying, faxing, packaging, filing as required
  • Communicate and report to the Programs Manager - Agriculture of all concerns relating to program needs
  • Ensure that all environments meet safety standards and report any concerns immediately
  • Uphold the confidentiality of all employee files
  • Additional duties and new projects as may be assigned

Qualifications & Educational Requirements:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Willingness to work early mornings
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proven organization and time management skills with attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work up to and including Labour Day Monday as a minimum
  • Flexibility to work days or evenings during the event, as required

The CNE is committed to the learning and growth of its employees and works to provide opportunities for skill development. Some learned skills in this role may include:

  • Further develop leadership skills
  • Organizational/time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work and make decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Further develop both verbal and written communication skills
  • Adaptability skills
  • Further develop technological skills
  • Teamwork/collaboration skills

History of the CNE:

The Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1879 for the purpose of fostering the development of agriculture, industry and the arts. The CNEA has a strong and long history of planning and executing the 18-day Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Invitation to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and covering letter (optional) outlining related experience and qualifications to the attention of the CNE, Human Resources Department.

Please note only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. At the CNE we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported.

The CNE offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview, please advise us if you require an accommodation.