Summer Student Recreation Job Opportunities

There are many different summer job opportunities in recreation. Descriptions of each job and the qualifications are listed below.

All required qualifications must be clearly identified on your resume and must be current for the entire employment period.

Vulnerable Sector Check

All recreation summer student positions require a Vulnerable Sector Check or a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check if you are under the age of 18. These must be completed at your own expense and be submitted before beginning work.

To obtain your police check, go to the police service in the municipality where you permanently live. Check with your local Police Services to find out identification requirements, cost and payment method.

When you are offered a job, you must provide an original  Vulnerable Sector Check or a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check with a "Date of Search" of less than 60 days from the hire date. If the "Date of Search" was more than 60 days prior to the hire date, it will not be accepted.

In order for your application to be considered, you must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted at the time of application and your police check must be satisfactory to the City.

Minimum age requirements

You must be at least 16 years of age in 2018 as according to the Ontario Camps Association Accreditation Guidelines (published January 2017) for the following positions:

  • Camp counsellor
  • Lead counsellor

The minimum age requirement is set under the Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) according to the Regulation for Industrial Establishments (R.R.O 1990, Reg. 851).

You must be at least 14 years of age at time of application for the following positions: 

  • Supie (playlot) counsellors
  • Wading pool attendant
  • Change room attendant

Licenses and certifications

All recreation summer student positions require specific licenses and/or certifications (please refer to each position).  At time of assessment (which could be as early as days after the posting closes), you will be asked to provide proof that you possess the required licenses and/or certificates.  Ensure all licenses and certifications are clearly identified on your resume.

Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C" Certification

All recreation positions require current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C". You must clearly identify that you have this certification on your resume. This certificate must be issued by a training agency recognized by the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB). At time of assessment (which could be as early as days after the posting closes), you will be asked to provide proof that you possess the required certificate(s).

 

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. You will be required to fill in a form to request a licence check from the Ministry of Transportation when you are hired.

Recreation job opportunities for summer students

Commitment requirements: Work Monday to Friday up to 44 hours per week, June 18 to August 24, 2018

Lead counsellors support the Recreation Coordinator and day-to-day operations at a camp location.

They are responsible for:

  • Ensuring staff are following a daily schedule, programming appropriately, following policies and procedures and completing paperwork. 
  • Sign-in and out procedures and parent communication.
  • Working with Recreation Coordinator to actively resolve issues and concerns

Qualifications for a lead counsellor

  • Must have experience organizing activities for children aged 4 to 15
  • Progressive leadership experience in a recreation program setting. 
  • Previous summer day camp experience preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C". 
  • Must be able to obtain HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) certification prior to first scheduled shift.

Commitment requirements: Work Monday to Friday up to 42.5 hours per week, June 25 to August 24, 2018

Camp Counsellors plan and deliver programming activities and games for a group of 8-12 children aged 4 to 15.  

They participate in day-to-day operations of the program including:

  • Following a daily schedule and participate in programming, including swimming, outdoor activities, and offsite trips.
  • Working as part of a camp team at a recreation centre location.
  • Completing administrative duties, including attendance tracking, weekly planning and daily reports.

Qualifications for a camp counsellor

  • Must have experience organizing activities for children aged 4 to 15
  • Must possess and maintain current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C". 
  • Must be able to obtain HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) certification prior to first scheduled shift.

Commitment requirements:  Work Monday to Friday up to 35 hours per week - weather dependent, June 25 to August 17, 2018

Supie (Playlot) Counsellors plan and deliver  programming activities and games in a local City of Hamilton park.  

They participate in day-to-day operations of the program including:

  • Delivering safe programming which is flexible to the age and group size of children present.
  • Working outdoors all day.
  • Completing administrative duties, including attendance tracking and daily reports.

Qualifications for a supie (playlot) counsellor

  • Must have experience organizing activities for children aged 4 to 15
  • Must possess and maintain current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C". 
  • Must be able to obtain HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) certification prior to first scheduled shift.

Commitment requirements: Work 24 to 30 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Wading pool attendants monitor wading pools located throughout Hamilton.

They are responsible for:

  • Wading pool maintenance including draining and filling the pool, cleaning the pool area of debris and maintaining chemicals
  • Ensuring the lifesaving equipment is maintained and available
  • Enforcing wading pool rules
  • Responding to customer inquiries in a professional manner
  • Performing rescues and first aid in accordance with certification standards
  • Reporting known or potential hazards, maintenance concerns and unsafe conditions to the aquatic supervisor or designate
  • Completing any required documentation including pool log, attendance, accident and incident reports

Qualifications for a wading pool attendant

  • Must have a current Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion Certification or higher aquatic certificate
  • Must possess and maintain current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C". 
  • At least 14 years of age at the time of application

Commitment requirements: Work 24 to 30 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Change room attendants clean and monitor change rooms at recreation facilities.

They are responsible for:

  • Checking clothes baskets and monitoring and providing security for lockers during public programs
  • Ensuring a safe environment in the change rooms
  • Maintaining a clean, safe and tidy work station
  • Restocking paper products in restrooms as required
  • Acting as a liaison between the public and staff
  • Working in accordance with the provisions of applicable health and safety legislation and all City of Hamilton corporate and departmental policies and procedures related to occupational health and safety

Qualifications for a change room attendant

  • Must possess and maintain current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C". 
  • At least 14 years of age at the time of application

Site locations

There is no guarantee of location placement.

Wading Pools

  • Andy Warburton
  • Alexander Park
  • Beemer Park
  • Dundas Driving Park
  • Gage Park
  • Jesse Patterson
  • Kinsmen
  • Powell Park

Change Room Attendants

  • Bennetto
  • Central Memorial
  • Hill Park
  • Jimmy Thompson Pool
  • Norman Pinky Lewis
  • Rosedale
  • Ryerson
  • Sir Allan MacNab