Job Description

 Job Title:                 Model Builder, Visual Arts Specialist

Reports to:               Leader, Structures & Stories

Job Type:                 1-year full-time Contract

 About Little Canada

Our mission is to evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity about Canada.  Our promise is to create a uniquely Canadian experience of a vast land with a small-town feel.


Little Canada is a vast, highly detailed and animated journey through Canada in miniature.  This permanent attraction will open in summer 2020 in the heart of downtown Toronto, in a 50,000 square foot facility. Our goal is to be a top 10 attraction in Toronto, with anticipated attendance of over 500,000/year. 

 Our Big 5 Values and what they look like for this role:


1.    We create to amaze! – the astonishment of our guests is our inspiration

You understand that the guest reaction is our ultimate inspiration.  You see your contributions through the eyes of the guest and understand how to work with your team mates to create the guest experience.

2.    We’re naturally curious – we’re eager to learn

You ask why?  And why not?  You see problems as opportunities to be figured out.

3.    We are family – we support each other

You demonstrate this in the compassion and empathy you have for your team mates, both on your direct team and across the company.  You know more than just their names; you make a point of learning who they are and more about their shared passion for Little Canada.

4.    We’re better together – we bring out the extraordinary in each other.

You see the strengths and potential in your team mates, and you support and rely on them to help reach your shared team goals.

5.    We’re serious about fun – like any self-respecting Canadian, we don’t take ourselves too seriously

You actively participate in and encourage others in creating opportunities for fun.

 Job Overview


The Model Builder; Visual Arts Specialist is guided by our first value – we create to amaze!  As part of our Miniature Makers team, you will be responsible for designing and producing detailed scale model structures of Little Canada, as well as creating the scenes that tell the uniquely Canadian stories in our world. This role leverages a combination of visual arts skills, research and layout design skills, 2D design and physical production capabilities using CAD (or Illustrator) and requires the ability to work in miniature proportions.

 Key Responsibilities

  • The Model Builder; Visual Arts Specialist reports to, and is supported by, the Leader, Structures & Stories

  • Design and create, using a wide variety of visual arts skills, the detailed scenes, landscape and stories that illustrate the Canadian experience.

  • Design and create scale model structures to varying parameters and levels of detail, primarily using AutoCAD (or Adobe Illustrator).

  • Design for and operate a laser cutter as a primary tool of fabrication to produce physical parts from AutoCAD (or Adobe Illustrator).

  • Research source material and information needed to design accurate models and scenes.

  • Understand and be sensitive to the diversity in Canadian Culture in order to maintain and contribute to a database of Canadian Scenes and Stories.

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with the Build team

  • Embrace the Little Canada Health and Safety Program

  • Embody the values of Little Canada  

  • Other duties as assigned

 Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in the use of a wide variety of visual arts skills; i.e., painting, colour theory, sculpture, print-making, drawing, etc.

  • A diploma or undergraduate degree in a visual arts field is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in AutoCAD (or Adobe Illustrator) for the purpose of designing and producing laser cut model parts.

  • Experience with 3D modelling software such as Rhino3D is an asset.

  • Graphic design experience with Illustrator or Photoshop is an asset.

  • Proficiency in accurate measurement and the appreciation of fine tolerances.

  • Demonstrated research skills, and the ability to utilize a wide variety of information sources to create 2D plans for scenes and stories.

  • Proficiency in converting drawings, pictures or other reference information to scale model structures.

  • Previous experience building model structures/objects and familiarity with model building techniques and materials is an asset.

  • Carpentry and machine shop skills are an asset.

  • Experience in a cultural field and a familiarity with the diversity of Canadian Culture i.e., Museum Studies, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, etc. is an asset.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills; ability to build rapport and work collaboratively

  • Excellent organizational skills; able to plan and deliver against large pieces of work

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment.

  • Certification in safety programs would be an asset.

Working Conditions

  •  This role is based at our pilot site in Mississauga.  At some point in spring 2020, this role will move to our permanent site, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

  • Will require on-site presence for production work, use of tools, materials and machinery, collaborating with team members and team communications meetings. 

  • May be required to work above, around and below larger model components and supporting platforms.

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