General labourers do a variety of different jobs to maintain City of Hamilton facilities, parks, roads, cemeteries, infrastructure, golf courses and stadium. You will work in all outdoor environments and will have to operate a variety of equipment, light duty vehicles, machinery, and power and hand-held tools. As a general labourer, your tasks will require you to:
Labourer job details
- Some positions will require night shift work (9 pm to 7 am). If you are unable to work nights, please answer the screening question accordingly.
- You must be available to work full-time, including nights and weekends. Positions start as early as mid-April. Most finish at the end of August. It is possible to receive an offer later than May if positions are still available.
- The 2020 hourly rate of pay for a general labourer summer student position is $14.452 per hour. Students in general labourer positions pay union dues, which are based on a percentage of your hourly rate.
- You must report to work in all weather conditions.
- You will need your own pair of safety boots for your first day of work. Your safety boots must be Green Patch, CSA-approved boots with a steel toe and steel shank. Your supervisor will tell you boot height requirements and other details that you need to know before buying your boots.
- If the position you have been hired for requires you to drive a City-owned or leased vehicle, you must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence. You will need to give consent to grant the City permission to collect driver's abstract information.
- There is no guarantee that you will be working from the location of your choice. You may be relocated to another location at any time throughout your summer work-term.
- You will receive training on all tools and equipment that you will use to do your job, in addition to job specific health and safety training.
- You may be assigned to work alone in a remote park and if so, you will receive training on the City’s Working Alone procedure.
Parks, Cemeteries and Horticulture
You must be available to work rotating shifts and weekends as a general labourer for Parks, Cemeteries, or Horticulture. You also may be required to work in remote locations.
Preference will be given to students who have completed one year, or two semesters, of horticultural programs at college or university, and to students with experience in:
- Landscape construction and/or parks maintenance
- Garden center and/or greenhouse operations
- Agricultural operations
- Marina operations
In this role preference will be given to students with shop experience or construction experience.
Golf and stadium operations
You must be available to work on a rotating shift such as early mornings (6 am), days, weekends and afternoons (about 4 pm to 12 midnight), including statutory holidays such as Canada Day and Labour Day.
You will rotate between the City’s golf courses and the stadium at Tim Horton’s Field as needed. The summer work-term for this area starts in late April and runs until Labour Day in September.
Preference will be given to students who have completed one year, or two semesters, of studies in turf management and to students who have experience in:
- Turf management
- Groom and lawn care
- Maintaining buildings and properties
- Using small engine equipment
- Using hand tools such as a groomer, mower or leaf blower
- Setting up, monitoring, and tearing down for events and game day
You will be working 10-hour shifts, including night shifts (9 pm to 7 am). You must be able to work at heights ranging from ground level to 20 feet off the ground using a platform vehicle or ladder and you must be able to regularly lift up to 70 pounds. You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence. Previous painting experience is required.
Preference will be given to candidates that have completed one years (or two semesters) of studies in arboriculture, horticulture or science. You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence. Previous painting experience is required.
In this role you must to be able to regularly lift up to 50 pounds. You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence.
- building maintenance
- lawn care
- fountain maintenance
- inventory control
- other duties as assigned
Driver’s licence requirements
Some student positions require you to drive City-owned or leased vehicles. You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence. Students holding an Ontario class G1 or G2 driver’s licence will not be allowed to drive City-owned or leased vehicles. Indicate the class of your driver's licence on your resume.
In this role you must be able to perform garden maintenance and interpretation. This role will be conducted with both modern and period-appropriate equipment, methods, and clothing. Preference will be given to students with previous experience in museums, historical interpretation, education, and/or customer service roles.
- Garden maintenance (i.e seeding, planting, watering, weeding, raking, shoveling, pruning and harvesting)
- Visitor orientation
- Provide tours
- Schedule groups
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