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Eldon House is proudly supported by the following Community Partners:

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Job Postings

Summer Student Opportunity – 3 positions available

Eldon House is currently seeking individuals for the role of Tea Animator and Summer Garden Assistant. There will be some overlap to these two roles.

Job Description

Summer Tea Animator


Reporting to the Executive Director, and liaising with the Heritage Site Coordinator, the Tea Animator supports Eldon House in its delivery of a Summer Tea Program onsite at London’s oldest home and heritage museum. Eldon House employs Summer Tea Animators, who work together with Organic Works and volunteers, to ensure patrons enjoy a pleasant Afternoon Tea experience.

Key Objectives:

    • Checks in with the Heritage Site Coordinator (or designate) to open and close the Interpretive Centre at the start and finish of each shift.
    • Liaises with Organic Works staff to determine daily tea reservations.
    • Engage guests with activities on the lawn. (I.e. croquet, bubble making, gardens tours.)
  • Sets up tables and chairs on the lawn, if fine weather, and on the veranda, if raining. Along with Summer Gardens Assistant prepare fresh flowers for vases daily.
  • Maintains sanitary conditions in kitchen, including clean serving ware and linens.
  • Prepares afternoon tea consisting of warmed scones, jam, butter, cream, fruit and tea.
  • Welcomes visitors, confirms reservations, encourages House tours, promotes events, encourages sales of plants and souvenirs.
  • Greet guests in period wear as a historical animator using 20th century vernacular. (Scripts and training will be provided.)
  • Assist Organic Works staff in refilling tea, notification of seating’s, clean-up, etc.
  • Tracks number of visitors served on provided sheets, whether reservation or drop-in.
  • Confirms the number of next day visitors, so appropriate set up is planned.
  • Launders tablecloths and linens used in the Tea Program on an as needed basis.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned. 


    • A full-time student returning to school in September 2017 with Canadian Citizenship.
    • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
    • Self-motivated with ability to communicate effectively with customers and co-workers.
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience with serving is an asset.


This part-time position is a Canada Summer Jobs project funded through Service Canada and is part of the CUPE bargaining unit. It is a 30 hour workweek, running 6 days a week (Tuesday through Sunday) between the hours 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. This summer position operates from June 27 to August 27, 2017, with initial orientation date preceding the first day of work.

Please submit applications in writing via email by 5:00pm, Friday, May 12, 2017 to:

Brenda Elliot, Executive Director


Job Description

Summer Gardens Assistant


Reporting to the Executive Director or designate, and liaising with the Grounds and Facilities Maintenance Coordinator, the Gardens Assistant supports Eldon House in its goal to be a prime destination for patrons interested in gardens, grounds and programming at London’s oldest home and heritage museum. Eldon House also employs Summer Tea Servers, who work together with the Gardens Assistant, volunteers and staff, to ensure patrons enjoy a pleasant experience onsite.

Key Objectives:

  • Liaise with the Grounds and Facilities Maintenance Coordinator (or designate) for assignments and guidance.
  • Plant seeds and seedlings, grow plants ready for sale/planting, and carry out all garden maintenance, with the help of a team of volunteers.
  • Operate a lawn mower, liner trimmer, blower, gardening tools and shovels, as required.
  • Establish understanding of heritage gardens, planting and pruning, and day-to-day maintenance of the grounds and gardens.
  • Undertake greenhouse care, garden planning, tree care and irrigation.
  • Gain theoretical knowledge of the museum’s heritage site and gardens.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned


    • A Canadian citizen.
    • A full-time student starting or returning to post-secondary school in September 2017.
    • Experience developing and maintaining gardens, growing plants from seeds/cuttings, greenhouse procedures and maintenance of lawn equipment.
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Training in a horticultural technician, grounds maintenance or landscape design program an asset.
  • Familiarity with Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems (WHMIS) an asset.


This part-time position is a Canada Summer Jobs project funded through Service Canada and is part of the CUPE bargaining unit. This position is a temporary part-time, 30-hour per week role and may involve some weekend work.

Please submit applications in writing via email by 5:00pm, Friday, May 26, 2017 to:

Brenda Elliot, Executive Director




Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting Eldon House programs and events.

Volunteer Opening – 2 positions available

Eldon House, London’s oldest home, sits within a beautiful setting that is comprised of cultivated gardens and natural areas. Strategically located at the forks of the Thames, the site is considered one of the most beautiful locations in the city. Over the next number of years, the Eldon House Board hopes to develop these grounds as a year round destination for Londoners and tourists. We are seeking volunteers to sit on the Eldon House Garden Committee to provide their specific expertise and insight to help guide this work. Candidates with a background in garden design/restoration, landscape architecture, garden maintenance/management, parks planning, or similar related fields will be considered.

 This is a non paid volunteer position with a 3 year term of appointment, renewable for one additional term. The committee typically meets 8 times a year.

Please email Brenda Elliot at for further information, or to apply. This posting expires on April 21st, 2017. We thank everyone for their interest. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Eldon House volunteers can expect to have:

  • A friendly atmosphere where volunteers are part of the team.
  • Assignments that are meaningful and satisfying.
  • Proper orientation to place and position.
  • Adequate training, support and direction.
  • The opportunity to be heard, to make suggestions, and be respected.
  • The opportunity to decline a suggested placement.
  • Recognition for work well done.

Volunteers are expected to:

  • Have a sincere desire to volunteer and an understanding of the value of their volunteer contributions.
  • Work as a team member with staff and fellow volunteers.
  • Be willing to learn and to participate in orientation and training programs.
  • Be reliable in the performance of their duties.
  • Conduct themselves with dignity, courtesy and consideration toward others.
  • Respect confidentiality of information.

How to Become a Volunteer

Interested in becoming an Eldon House volunteer? Please take the time to complete the below form.

Mail your completed form to:

Heritage Site Coordinator, Eldon House
481 Ridout Street North
London, ON
N6A 2P6

Candidates will be interviewed, and all volunteers go through a screening process that varies depending on the volunteer position. Screening procedures can include an application form, an interview, reference checks and/or a police records check.

Orientation and Training

In pursuit of excellence and investing in our volunteers, Eldon House provides position-specific training and ongoing training opportunities for all our volunteers.