Summer Student Recreation Job Opportunities

There are many different summer job opportunities in recreation. Descriptions of each job and the qualifications are listed below. Note that all positions have Police Vulnerable Sector check and driver’s licence requirements.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

Recreation positions require you to obtain a Police Vulnerable Sector Check at your own expense. To obtain your police check, go to the police service in the municipality where you permanently live.

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.

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.

Camp site supervisors oversee all camp operations at the camp location and provide support to camp counsellors and inclusion counsellors. They are responsible for:

  • Day-to-day operations
  • Managing emergency situations
  • Being the main contact for the camp program at that site
  • Communicating with parents
  • Communicating camp events with coordinators
  • Completing additional administrative requirements

Camp site supervisors are required to work 40 hours per week.

Qualifications for a camp site supervisor

  • At least two years of experience with City of Hamilton camps or non-City camp experience combined with supervisory experience.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

Supie supervisors oversee the City’s outdoor play lots. They are responsible for:

  • Providing support to supie staff
  • Ensuring supie teams have enough resources to provide programs to children in the parks
  • Visiting parks daily
  • Resolving concerns
  • Completing administrative and reporting tasks
  • Mentoring staff who are new to the position

Supie supervisors are required to work 40 hours per week.

Qualifications for a supie supervisor

  • At least two years of experience with City summer programs.
  • At least one year in the Supie program or previous non-City program experience combined with supervisory experience.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.
  • You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence.

Assistant supervisors provid support to the Camp site supervisor. They are responsible for:

  • assisting with the planning, organizing and implementation of camp programs for children
  • providing additional support for children with behavioural challenges and/or other needs that do not have an assigned Inclusion Counsellor.
  • Ensures the safety and enjoyment of participants through communication, monitoring, and enforcement of program and facility rules, and addresses unsafe and unacceptable behavior;
  • refers to Camp Site Supervisor as appropriate.
  • Assists with the integration of LITs, inclusion staff, and external support persons.
  • Takes action to deal with incidents, problems and emergencies and parent concerns according to policies and procedures; refers to supervisor as appropriate.

Assistant supervisors are required to work 40 hours per week. 

Qualifications for an assistant supervisor

Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

Camp counsellors plan and deliver the daily activities for groups of children ages four to 11. They participate in day-to-day operations of the program including:

  • Communicating with parents
  • Administrative duties, such as tracking attendance, filling in reports and camp planning
  • Following a schedule
  • Running games and activities enthusiastically
  • Ensuring the safety of camp groups at all times
  • Working with the camp team

Camp counsellors are required to work 40 hours per week.

Qualifications for a camp counsellor

  • Must have previous experience working in recreation activities, preferably with children
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

Inclusion counsellors are responsible for one to three campers who require increased supervision or care due to their unique needs. They are also responsible for:

  • Working with the camp to ensure activities are adapted appropriately
  • Provide suggestions for activities
  • Facilitating positive interactions among peers
  • Support the children when participating in camp activities
  • Personal care of assigned campers, including support during mealtimes and time away from the group if needed

Camp counsellors are required to work 40 hours per week.

Qualifications for an inclusion counsellor

  • Previous experience working with children with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities is preferred.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

Supies engage children in the City’s parks by providing free activities and games. They participate in day-to-day operations of the program including:

  • Communicating with citizens
  • Administrative duties, such as tracking attendance, filling in reports and camp planning
  • Following a schedule
  • Running games and activities enthusiastically
  • Ensuring the safety and supervision of participants at all times
  • Creating flexible programming based on number of children
  • Becoming a positive role model to citizens, with a focus on children

Supies are required to work 35 hours per week.

Qualifications for a supie

  • Must have previous experience working in recreation activities, preferably with children
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

Wading pool attendants monitor wading pools located throughout Hamilton. They are responsible for:

  • Wading pool maintenance
  • Enforcing wading pool rules
  • Answering residents questions in a professional manner
  • Performing rescues and first aid in accordance with certification standards
  • Reporting known or potential hazards, maintenance concerns and unsafe conditions
  • Completing any required documentation related to hazard, concerns and unsafe conditions

Wading pool attendants are required to work 24 to 30 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Qualifications for a wading pool attendant

  • Must hold a current Lifesaving Society Wading Pool Attendant Certification or Bronze Medallion Certification.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

Change room attendants clean and monitor change rooms at indoor and outdoor pool facilities. They are responsible for:

  • Answering residents questions in a professional manner
  • Reporting known or potential hazards, maintenance concerns and unsafe conditions
  • Completing any required documentation related to hazard, concerns and unsafe conditions

Change room attendants are required to work 24 to 30 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Qualifications for a change room attendant

  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification prior to starting. You must provide a copy of your certificate.

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
  • Dalewood
  • Hill Park
  • Jimmy Thompson Pool
  • Norman Pinky Lewis
  • Ryerson
  • Sir Allan MacNab
  • Westmount Recreation Centre

All questions on the job questionnaire must be answered and your updated resume included. Failure to do so will disqualify your summer application. Resumes are required to match responses provided (i.e. if you answer “yes” to having paid experience working with children recreation, then this should be listed on your resume).