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Jennifer Huber

Museum Program and Engagement Associate

City of Waterloo Museum

Job Description

I work in a museum teaching people who come in as well as school groups about Waterloo. Since we change our exhibits often I could be telling people about science, history, geography, our community or so much more!

Relevant School Subjects

  • Arts
  • Canadian and World Studies
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Areas of Expertise

  • Education/Training
  • Leisure/Sports/Tourism

Career Story

After high school I took a fifth year. I worked, saved money and visited various universities and colleges to see what they were like. If I didn't like the campus vibe, the school was out.

I ended up going to the University of Ottawa for 4 years. I volunteered in small museums while doing a BA in History and a minor in Classical Studies. I was part of school government which helped me to make some really awesome friends. I came home in the summers and worked full time in student positions at a museum while also working in restaurants in the evening.

Once I finished there, I applied to a college program for Museums. My transcripts from the university got lost and my application was put on hold--meaning I missed out on that year of the program.

I ended up getting student contract work at a museum and took night classes at Conestoga College to keep a student status with plans to try for museum school the following year. During this contact, a full time position opened up and since I had been gaining so much experience, I landed an interview but believe me, I studied pretty hard for the interview--and got the job.

I planned programs for students of all ages, seniors and worked with people from the community. I learned so much at my first museum job.

I worked there for 5 years before I applied to a supervisory administration job in the medical field. Thanks to my certificate from Conestoga College, I was qualified for this job and worked there for a year on a contract. I learned a lot about HR, public health and budgeting.

Then I headed back to the museum world. Here I developed new programs, assessed the community needs and worked to diversify the museum perspective.

Today, I work at the City of Waterloo Museum in Conestoga Mall. I run our public and education programs, marketing, volunteer program and so much more. Each job I had built on different skills and added new ones to my resume.

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