Are you a student looking for an opportunity to build your career over the summer? Are you passionate about making a difference?
The Summer Employment Opportunities program provides students with opportunities to obtain valuable work experience, gain transferable skills, and build professional networks.
Information to assist you with the application process is available on the Summer Employment Opportunities website. Within your application, you will have the opportunity to identify the skills, work preferences and qualifications you have that make you a suitable candidate for this position.
*UPDATE* Provincial Parks are located across the province; check out the Ontario Parks Locator website to find the exact location of our Provincial Parks. On your application form, please select the Provincial Park(s) you wish to work at. Ensure that you are able to travel/commute to the park(s) you select.
Some parks offer limited staff accommodations for student Park Rangers, with minimal cost to the student. Check out the list of Provincial Parks with Staff Housing for Park Ranger positions. If applicable, you should advise the hiring manager of your interest in staff housing if you are invited for an interview at one of these locations. For any other provincial park locations which do not have staff housing, you will be responsible for your own housing arrangements.
Check out the Ontario Parks website to learn more!
• Relocation expenses and/or accommodations are not covered by ministries
• The number of positions to be filled is approximate and subject to change
• Please use your legal name when applying to the job ad
All applications must be submitted through the Ontario Public Service Careers website by clicking the Apply Online button on the job ad. Applications submitted through third party websites will not be accepted.
OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:
We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the “How to apply” section if you require a disability-related accommodation.
What can I expect to do in this role?
In a Provincial Park environment, there are many types of Park Ranger positions:
Gate Attendant – Welcomes visitors, issues park permits, and responds to customer inquiries. Gate Attendants welcome everyone into a Provincial Park.
Interior Ranger – Maintains remote “back country” areas of the parks reaching remote campsites by boat, portaging or hiking.
Administrative Assistant – Assists with clerical work and park administration. This position plays a key role in assisting with finances and scheduling.
GIS Data Technician – Uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to conduct data and spatial trend analysis. This position contributes to vital park development and species management projects.
Trail Maintenance – Ensures trails are accessible and safe for users by removing brush, up keeping trail surfaces and conducting inspections.
Discovery Ranger – Assists in developing and delivering programs to help visitors connect with the natural and cultural resources found within the park. This position supports conservation efforts by monitoring species that are invasive or at risk.
Maintenance Worker – Provides crucial services to the park and visitors, employees work to ensure parks are maintained, pristine, and ready for guests.
Park Planner – Actively assists in the park planning program, enabling the continued growth of Ontario Parks.
Park Store Sales Clerk – Assists in maintaining park stores and gift boutiques. This position involves managing rentals, providing customer service and performing clerical work.
Check out the Ontario Parks website to learn more!
How do I qualify?
You must meet all eligibility criteria by the first day of employment (contracts begin between May and July): Student Status: You must be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) OR you must have graduated within the past six months (for example, if you graduated in December, you can apply for and start a summer student position up until June of the following year).
Age: You must be a minimum of 15 years of age. There is no maximum age limit.
Residency: You must be a resident of Ontario during the term of employment.
Work Status: You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. You are also required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) upon being hired.
Application: Applications are only accepted online by clicking the “Apply Online” button. Your application should describe how you meet the knowledge and skill requirements outlined on this job ad.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
You apply your verbal and written communication skills to communicate information related to programs, prepare a variety of documents, and respond to public and/or internal inquiries by phone, email, and in-person.
You apply your initiative and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within a team environment.
Technical Skills and Knowledge
You apply basic safe operating practices when working with machinery and equipment.
You have the ability to conduct maintenance of grounds, buildings, and equipment, and to use machinery, equipment, and tools (e.g. lawn mowers, weed trimmers).
You apply your basic mathematical skills to accurately perform cash handling duties.
You apply your experience using Microsoft Office applications, such as Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets), as well as databases, email, and the internet to conduct research and prepare a variety of documents.
You apply your experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ESRI ArcGIS suite to conduct data and trend analysis (including spatial trend analysis), prepare simple maps, and track, compile, and evaluate information.
Analytical and Organizational Skills
You follow instructions and seek clarification, as required.
You pay close attention to detail and record information accurately.
You plan, organize, and prioritize your work to meet competing deadlines.
Certain positions require you to have a valid Ontario G2 (or higher) Driver’s Licence or equivalent.
Certain positions require that you have, or be willing to acquire, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card as a condition of employment.
Certain positions require that you have certification in Standard First Aid and CPR.
You are willing and able to work shifts and weekends with an irregular schedule up to 36.25 hours per week.
You are able to work in an outdoor environment with some physical activity involved, including lifting and carrying weighted items in accordance with the Employment Standards Act and Workplace Health and Safety regulations. You will require training on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
You are capable of, and comfortable with, operating small machinery and equipment, and using lawn care
Other Summer Opportunities
We offer a variety of job types in diverse career fields. See what other summer opportunities are currently
Also, check out all the other student and new professional opportunities offered within the Ontario Public Service.
Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union
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Posted on: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
This ad is also available in French.
Some positions advertised on this job ad are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and successful candidates will be required to pay monthly union dues, which are automatically deducted from your pay.
Other positions advertised on this job ad may be excluded from the OPSEU Collective Agreement (i.e. not represented by OPSEU), depending on the business area within the Ministry in which the work is performed. You will be advised during the recruitment process by the hiring manager of the business area.
You will receive a confirmation splash page verifying receipt of your application when it has been successfully received. You will only receive an email confirmation if you have entered your email address in the application. If you do not receive a confirmation splash page, it is likely that your application was not successfully received and it is recommended that you resubmit your application. If that still does not result in a confirmation, please contact SEO@ontario.ca during the posting period. We cannot provide assistance with submitting your application after the job ad deadline date.
How to apply:
You must apply online and complete all the mandatory questions on the application form.
You must attach one document with your application. We recommend you attach a cover letter and resume to support the information you provide in your application. The cover letter and resume document you attach should not exceed five (5) pages combined.
You must be 15 years of age or older as of the first day of employment (between May and July). There are some positions that require you to be at least 18 years of age or older. Please refer to Job Ad for specific age requirements.
You must be a resident of Ontario.
You must be eligible to work in Canada.
You must be enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) or are within six months of graduation on the first day of employment, e.g. if you graduated in December, you can apply to and start a summer student position in the Ontario Public Service up until June of that year.
If you require accommodation to apply, or to complete this application form, please contact us at SEO@ontario.ca.
Check out the Youth and New Professionals website to learn more about Summer Employment Opportunities.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 16, 2023 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.
We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.
Job advertisements for positions that have been designated bilingual will be provided in both English and French on the website. Positions that are not designated bilingual are not translated and are displayed in English only on both the English and French versions of the website.
Les annonces d’emploi pour les postes désignés bilingues sont publiées en anglais et en français sur le site Web. Les annonces pour les postes qui ne sont pas désignés bilingues ne sont pas traduites et elles figurent en anglais seulement, tant dans la version française que dans la version anglaise du site.
The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
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