Employment at Modern Fuel 

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and persons across a spectrum of sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons who meet the criteria as outlined in the Canadian Government’s Employment Equity Act (Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities; persons in a visible minority group; and women) help more accurately speak for some of the under-represented voices of contemporary Canadian culture in Kingston and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Current Positions Open

We normally hire one to two students and recent graduates in the summer, pending approval of federal employment grants. Summer employment opportunities will be posted in the Spring should they become available. 

PhD students at Queen’s University may also apply within their department for an R.A. position or Fellowship at Modern Fuel. This process must begin several months before the start of the academic year.


All those who are interested in pursuing a placement with Modern Fuel are encouraged to contact our Executive Director by email director@modernfuel.org.

Queen’s University

We accept undergraduate interns from Queen’s University’s department of Art History. The interested student must have a faculty member to supervise the internship and must get in touch with us to discuss possible placements two months in advance of the start of term (June/July for Fall internships, October/November for Winter internships). 

St. Lawrence College

We also accept students from St. Lawrence College’s Advertising and Marketing program for their final (third-year) placement. We are unable to accept students for their second year placement. 

Volunteer Positions 

Interested in contemporary art?  Want to join the arts community? The following volunteer positions are available:

  • Docent Program.  Modern Fuel’s docents greet visitors to the gallery and guide them through exhibitions. Volunteers need to be comfortable speaking to individuals and groups about art. 

  • Exhibition installation and de-installation. Our installations last for 7 weeks and there is a two week turn-over period during which we need help installing and de-installing work, as well as patching and painting the walls. Volunteers should be comfortable with physical labour and detail-oriented tasks. 

  • Special events. We host opening receptions and other events approximately every two months, at which we need volunteers to help with bar and food service, guest check-in, and photography. Volunteers for bar service must have a valid Ontario Smart Serve card. Photography volunteers should have some experience with digital photography. 

  • Outreach and fundraising events. Modern Fuel regularly participates in city-wide cultural events, such as the Skeleton Park Arts Festival and Princess Street Promenade, as well as occasional public fundraising events. Volunteers should be comfortable speaking to individuals and groups about Modern Fuel, and spending several hours outdoors.

 If interested, please feel free to contact us info@modernfuel.org to find out more details.

Modern Fuel Artist Run Center offers communication between the arts community and elsewhere through its excellent programming including not only exhibitions but also through a regular publication, a resource center, experimental music and performance, rental equipment with guidance on use of equipment, and as a site of residencies, research and production. I particularly enjoy the monthly artist talks where artists and the general public exchange ideas and feedback and stay informed on the many ways that the arts impact our lives in positive ways.

Aida Sulcs / Artist and Member of Modern Fuel since its inception as Kingston Artists' Association Inc. in 1977