Job Opportunities

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Why Work at WPL?

Embark on a rewarding journey with these compelling benefits – discover why working at WPL goes beyond a job, offering a fulfilling experience that positively impacts both you and the community we serve.

  • Collaborative and supportive teams
  • OMERS pension with employer contributions
  • Support for professional development
  • Your birthday off with pay
  • Casual dress code

Our Vision,
Mission & Values

Our Vision

We envision a thriving community that is multi-literate, engaged and welcoming to all.

Our Mission

We provide equitable access to lifelong learning and contribute to the wellbeing of all.

Our Values

  • Trust
    We are a trusted community resource for diverse information and perspectives where the needs and privacy of all are respected.
  • Equity
    We prioritize equity, access and inclusion in everything we do.
  • Joy of Discovery
    We spark and sustain a culture of creativity, innovation and self­-expression.
  • Future Readiness
    We support our community to address today's needs and tomorrow's potential.
  • Compassion
    We embrace the humanity in everyone and treat all with respect.
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Statement on Race and Social Equity

As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

  1. Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices
  2. Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
  3. Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
  4. Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
  5. Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities

Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.

Originally endorsed by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council
Download the Statement in English & French

Current Openings

  • Marketing & Communications Intern

    Marketing & Communications Intern

    Main Library & Remote / Full-Time, 16-Week Contract / 35 hours/week 

    We’re on the search for a driven and enthusiastic individual to join our team. Someone who thrives on creativity, loves to craft compelling messages and is excited about marketing trends and content creation. Someone who is energetic, curious and interested in gaining hands-on experience while contributing to exciting projects that make a real impact. Sound like you? 

    What You’ll Do:

    • Promote library programs, services and resources in both print and digital communications
    • Support key projects including strategic plan initiatives and fundraising strategy implementation
    • Create engaging content for social media, our blog, website and other platforms
    • Evaluate and make recommendations to better target specified demographics across various platforms 

    What We’re Looking For:

    • Excellent familiarity and experience with social media, content creation and graphic design in a marketing-related capacity
    • Collaborative, team-player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Reliable, motivated and can work with minimal supervision
    • Education in communications, marketing, advertising or equivalent
    • Assets include experience using Google Analytics and WordPress 

    Additional Information

    This contract position will run from September to December 2024. Schedule will be day shifts Monday – Friday with a combination of remote and in-office work. The wage is $27.67 per hour. 

    This position is grant-funded therefore eligible candidates must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee status in Canada, recent graduates from college/university and under the age of 30 at the time of hire. 

    To apply, please complete the application form and submit your cover letter and resume using the button below.  

    The closing date is Friday, July 26, 2024 at 4:00pm. 

    Apply Now
  • Library Assistant, Circulation & Info Services

    Library Assistant, Circulation & Info Services

    Eastside Branch / Part-Time Permanent / 16 hours per week

    We’re searching for individuals who enjoy the pursuit of information and have the ability to welcome and connect with our diverse community from the littlest to the most experienced customers. Our Library Assistants work hands-on with customers providing excellent service in all areas of the library.

    What You’ll Do:

    • Provide excellent and proactive reference, reader’s advisory and circulation services for customers of all ages.
    • Conduct skilled reference interviews to assist customers in finding the information they need.
    • Advocate technology in the library. Assist and educate customers on our current and emerging technology offerings.
    • Promote WPL’s offerings and services.

    What We’re Looking For:

    • Excellent customer service abilities and desire to contribute to a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment.
    • Adaptable with a willing, can-do attitude. Places high value on team work.
    • Excellent technology literacy skills with the ability to learn, explain and instruct these concepts.
    • Post-secondary diploma/degree plus at least 1 year of customer service experience.

    Schedule

    The regular schedule will include Tuesday evenings, Thursday mornings and alternating Friday and Saturday shifts. Shifts times are to be determined.

    Schedules are subject to change. The ability to work at any library location and the flexibility to pick up extra shifts where needed is a requirement of this position.

    Salary/Wage/Benefits

    The starting wage is $27.67 per hour (level D).

    Voluntary OMERS pension is provided. WPL offers a casual work environment, support for professional development, your birthday off with pay and more!

    To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by July 29, 2024 at 4:00pm by using the online form below.

    Apply Now

Waterloo Public Library welcomes applications from diverse backgrounds including Indigenous persons, Black persons, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons and others that will contribute to the broadening of our ideas and experiences.

Waterloo Public Library accommodates individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), within our recruitment process. If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process please contact Human Resources by phone 519-886-1310, TTY 1-866-786-3941, or email jobs@wpl.ca.

Job Application Form

Interested in applying for one of the current job openings at Waterloo Public Library? Complete the form below to apply.