February 8, 2011

Toronto Parks & Recreation now hiring

Thinking of spending your summer working at a summer camp or a community centre?

How about working as a sports instructor? Or a lifeguard? Or a historical character recreating the olden days?

If these sound like summer jobs you'd like to have, then check out the hundreds of summer jobs with City of Toronto's Parks & Recreation department.

Each year, the City of Toronto's Parks & Recreation division hires hundreds of staff for "part-time culture and recreation jobs working with children, youth, adults and seniors". The variety of jobs stretches across various program areas, including "aquatics, arts and culture, camps, community programs, fitness and wellness and sports".

Jobs are located across the city, in each of the division's four districts - North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke/York, and Toronto/East York. These jobs could involve working in various settings, including "community centres, parks, pools, arenas and city-owned museums and cultural centres".

INSIDER'S TIP: Not every district offers the same jobs. Check out the
jobs website for a list of district-specific jobs

While each job may have it's own requirements (e.g. national certification, specific experience, etc.), there are two requirements for summer jobs with Toronto Parks & Recreation:

1. Applicants must be over 14 years old
2. Most positions require you to hold a current and up-to-date first aid certificate

If you're interested in applying for a job with Toronto Parks & Recreation, download and complete an application form for each job you'd like to apply for. Attach a resume and cover letter along with any relevant certification or awards.

Once you've got your application package complete, drop off, fax, or mail it to the attention of the Recruitment Coordinator of the specific district you'd like to work in. The deadline is Monday, February 14, 2011.

North York
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
Fax: 416-395-7886

Etobicoke/York
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
Fax: 416-394-8574

Scarborough
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
Fax: 416-396-5121

Toronto & East York
Metro Hall
55 John Street, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Fax: 416-392-0023

INSIDER'S TIP: Try your best to apply by the February 14, 2011 deadline. However, if you don't make it, you can still apply - just know that those applications received by the deadline will receive priority. But don't get discouraged - quite a few of my clients have landed a summer job with Toronto Parks & Recreation despite having applied after the deadline.

One last thing - if you're looking for a Parks & Recreation job right now, check out their Hot Jobs site for a list of jobs that Toronto Parks & Recreation is urgently looking to fill.

Good luck!

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