Job Posting: Dye Studio Assistant

by Debbie Sullivan May 31, 2019 3 Comments

Job Posting: Dye Studio Assistant

We are hiring a full-time dye studio assistant to help us create our yarns and other products this summer!

This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 15 and 30. 

Edit June 3, 2016: We’ve received a number of questions regarding the age requirement for this position. We’ve been approved to receive funding from the Canadian government through their summer jobs program, which is what has allowed us to create this position. It would not be possible for Sweet Paprika to offer the position without the assistance of the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.

As noted on the CSJ website “Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.”

Job Details

Application Deadline: June 14, 2019 

Work dates: July 8 – August 23, 2019

Hours: 30 hours/week (weekdays)

Hourly rate: $12.50

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • prepare yarn and fibre for dyeing
  • mix dye stocks, apply and set dye according to given formulas and recipes
  • label finished products for sale
  • assist with research and product development (including sourcing wool and other fibres from farmers and mills)
  • assist with testing dye recipes for accuracy and repeatability
  • assist with basic administrative tasks
  • assist with advertising and promotion
  • assist with community outreach and organizing local events.

Job Requirements: 

Languages: English (spoken & written)

Education: None

Experience: No previous dyeing experience is necessary, training will be provided

Preferred Skills & Interests:

  • attention to detail
  • teamwork
  • initiative
  • time management
  • basic digital skills (familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, etc)
  • interest in fibre crafts or other textile arts
  • interest in community-building

Physical Capabilities: This is a physically demanding position requiring manual dexterity, standing for extended periods, bending, crouching, kneeling, and lifting up to 20kg.

How to apply:

Send your CV to: We will be accepting applications until Friday, June 14, 2019. Good luck!

Debbie Sullivan
Debbie Sullivan


3 Responses


June 03, 2019

Hello Caroline and Hélène,

Thank you for taking the time to raise your concerns regarding the age requirement for this job posting. Inclusivity and diversity are very important to both Elizabeth and I personally, and to Sweet Paprika Designs in our business practices.

The reason we noted the age requirement in our job posting is because we have been approved to receive funding from the Canadian government through the Canada Summer Jobs program, specifically in order to hire a youth between the ages of 15-30 as a summer job placement. The Canada Summer Jobs program, without which we could not offer the position, places strict age requirements as part of the initiative.

We did not want to waste anyone’s time by encouraging ineligible applicants to submit their CVs. We should have made this more apparent when we initially put up the job posting and I apologize for not doing so. I’ve now added a note to the beginning of the post to clarify the reason for the age requirement.

The physical requirements we listed for the job had absolutely no impact on the age requirement stated. I myself am over 30, and am hoping to continue doing this job for many years to come. We included that information in the posting simply because a person (of any age) who has chronic back problems or other physical limitations may find the work too challenging.

If you have any further questions about this job posting please feel free to contact us by email at



June 02, 2019

The age requirement, if not illegal, is totally unethical, non inclusive and disrespecful. I won’t buy any yarn from your company ever.

Caroline Gaudy
Caroline Gaudy

May 31, 2019

Hi Debbie,

I’m not applying for the position but I cannot help but notice your age requirement: 15 – 30 years. Isn’t this illegal in Canada? And even if it isn’t, I strongly urge you to be more open. The capacity for lifting, standing, and all around strenuous hard work is not age limited. Disappointing to see this to say the least.


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