We all know that one of the best things about summer is the chance to visit theme parks and take in the rides, the mayhem, and the overpriced popcorn and cotton candy.
And if you love visiting theme parks, but are still looking for a summer job, then why not consider working for one?
Not only do you gain valuable work experience that looks great on your resume, but you get some really nice perks - discounts on snacks and souvenirs, unlimited rides during your time off and passes for friends and family, among others.
Located in Vaughan (about 20 minutes north of Toronto by car or a quick 30 minute GO Bus ride from Yorkdale), this is the mother of all theme parks in Canada - it's probably impossible to find someone in the GTA who hasn't visited Wonderland at least once in their life!
And since Wonderland is such a tourist attraction, there are plenty of opportunities in areas such as admissions, ride maintenance/operation, food servers and kitchen staff, cashiers, lifeguard, and retail staff.
The great thing is that they offer the opportunity to work part-time until school finishes in June. Then you can work full time for July and August before reverting to part-time during September and October. That's a solid 6 months of work experience that looks great on a resume!
In order to apply, you must be 15 years old, although some positions have other age requirements due to provincial legislation.
You must fill out an online application, which can be accessed here.
And I was recently informed that Canada's Wonderland is having a JOB FAIR on Thursday, March 19th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. They are hiring for a number of positions and the Human Resources staff recommend that you complete an online application before attending the open interviews.
If you decide to go, make sure you are prepared for an interview - practice questions and dress well. Also, bring photo identification as you'll be entering through Security Gate 2.
If you have any questions, contact Wonderland's Human Resources staff at (905) 832-7401.
If Wonderland isn't your thing or you'd prefer to work in a more family-oriented theme park that's close to the water and in the heart of downtown Toronto, then check out Ontario Place.
Not only is it a great theme park to work at, but the CNE is also held on the grounds adjacent to the park, so that means you'll have plenty of chances to visit the world famous EX and have a meal or two in the Food Building.
In order to apply, you must be at least 15 years old, but like Wonderland, some positions have different requirements due to provincial laws. But Ontario Place hires 500 people and they are known for hiring staff with a diversity of experiences, so it's definitely worth a shot!
The application process is simple - check out their job book and decide what your top 3 positions are. Then fill out the online application form, which you can find here.
Heading east now to Montreal and Six Flag's La Ronde - they are also hiring for the summer.
Like Wonderland and Ontario Place, La Ronde has positions available in a number of areas, from guest relations, to admissions, to retail staff.
However, they do have two slight differences in terms of the job requirements - in order to be considered at La Ronde, you must be at least 16 years of age by the time the park opens at the end of May. As well, because the park is in Montreal, you should ideally be bilingual.
If you check out the jobs page, you'll see that application form must be filled online - and it's only in French, but a simple translation, such as Yahoo! Babel Fish can help.
Make sure to note that applications are due by March 27, 2009. If you're successful, you'll be contacted by April 3 with an interview time slot on either April 18 or 19.