Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Programming and Communications Assistant

July 6 - August 28

Job Title: Programming and Communications Assistant
Duration: 8 weeks, 30 hours per week (work schedule is flexible)
Rate of pay: $20.00/hour
Language: Fluent in English, French is an asset
Reporting to: Lindsay Ann Cory, Executive Director of Nocturne: Art at Night



Nocturne: Art at Night (Halifax, NS) is hiring a Programming and Communications Summer Student through the Canada Summer Jobs employment program. This position will work closely with the Executive Director to carry out Nocturne’s summer programming and communications work to support the lead up to the festival as well as support the Executive Director various administrative work for the organization. This position will also work closely with the Board of Directors and Committees.


Nocturne does not have a dedicated office space and candidates are invited and encouraged to work from home or another location that is safe and adherent to provincial public health guidelines. As restrictions are lifted we may look at moving to a co-working environment.


Nocturne: Art at Night is a non-profit organization that celebrates contemporary professional art in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. Through our festival and additional programming, we use art as a catalyst for connection. The completely free annual festival showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Mi'kma'ki/Nova Scotia. Nocturne works on building partnerships with the city and area businesses and government organizations to bring the city access to art and wonder with no barriers. Every year Nocturne works with a new curator to present a theme and Anchor Artists.

Nocturne’s core values include Creative & Artistic Excellence, Professionalism, Diversity & Inclusion, Collaboration & Teamwork, Sustainability, and Innovation. Nocturne recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing job opportunities in the arts.


The ideal candidate will qualify for Canada Summer Jobs placement (see eligibility) have an interest and working knowledge of contemporary art. Prior familiarity or volunteer work with an arts organization or small non-profit will be considered an asset.

Candidates should also have:

  • excellent organization skills
  • effective communication and writing skills
  • knowledge of Halifax's cultural community, community organizations and businesses
  • creative and innovative work ethic
  • ability to work alone or within a group settling
  • experience with word processing programs, cloud storage and social media.
  • Experience with design tools such as Adobe InDesign and various website CMS tools or database programs will be considered an asset though not mandatory.
  • the ability to have a flexible and adaptable work schedule.
  • Candidates with experience participating in or creating safe/brave spaces and trauma-informed spaces will be given priority.


  • Supporting Nocturne’s general communications needs including social media, website, and press releases.
  • Supporting Executive Director with festival planning as needed.
  • Manage the [email protected] email account and answer/pass along any questions that come in through there.
  • Assist in manage the social media, blog, and newsletter for the organization with support from the Executive Director.
  • Copy editing and content management for publication


Candidate must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*Unfortunately International students are not eligible for this job placement. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.


Nocturne is committed to employment equity, and we welcome and encourage applications from those who identify as women, trans or gender diverse, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or Persons with Disabilities. We are in an ongoing process of making our programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

We will also be accepting resume and cover letter equivalents in any preferred format, such as audio, video, or other visual formats. We can also arrange to do verbal applications if oral communication is your preferred method of pitching ideas.

Interested applications should submit a CV or resume detailing relevant work experience and a short cover letter outlining your skills and interest in this position.

Applications and any questions can be directed to

Lindsay Ann Cory, Executive Director

[email protected]


Call for Volunteer Board Positions

Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of K'jipuktuk/Halifax between 6 m. and midnight on a Saturday night in late October. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne, planned largely by volunteers, is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. Nocturne is a non-profit organization and has been operating successfully for more than ten years. In 2017, Nocturne hired its first full-time staff member, an Executive Director. The Board remains an integral part of the festival planning as well as strategic planning of the organization and therefore, a two-year commitment is generally encouraged.

We have the following board positions open immediately: Programming Director + Fundraising Director

While each position has different responsibilities, as a member of the board of directors, the duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Attendance of monthly evening board meetings
  • Attendance at committee meetings (Programming, Communications & Marketing, Sponsorship, Strategic planning, HR, Operations) as necessary
  • Meet and liaise with community partners and sponsors
  • Contribute to both short-term and long-term strategic planning
  • General support in the management of the event, including acting as a resource for board members, committee members and other volunteers as needed
  • Various event planning and small project management as required
  • Undergo additional training, when available to further develop your role
  • Help form policies and procedures for the ongoing betterment and growth of the festival
  • Time commitment varies but is approximately 10-15 hrs required per month with less in the winter months and slightly more in the months prior to the event

To apply, please send along your resume to our HR Director, Stephen Pamenter at [email protected].