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.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

All recreation summer student positions require a Police Vulnerable Sector Check or a Police Information 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 Police Vulnerable Sector Check or Police Information 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 2016 as according to the Ontario Camps Association Accreditation Guidelines (published January 2015) for the following positions:

  • Camp counsellor
  • Assistant camp supervisor
  • Camp supervisor
  • Inclusion 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.  Please 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)

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

Camp 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 recreation coordinators
  • Completing additional administrative requirements

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

Qualifications for a camp supervisor

  • At least two years of experience with City of Hamilton camps or non-City camp experience combined with supervisory experience.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 16 years of age in 2016.

Supie (playlot) supervisors oversee the City’s outdoor playlots. They are responsible for:

  • Providing support to supie (playlot) counsellor staff
  • Ensuring supie (playlot) counsellor 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 (playlot) supervisors are required to work 40 hours per week.

Qualifications for a supie (playlot) 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 with CPR-C certification.
  • You must not have any demerit points on your full Ontario class G driver’s licence.

Assistant camp supervisors provide support to the Camp 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
  • Ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants through communication, monitoring, and enforcement of program and facility rules, and addressing unsafe and unacceptable behaviour
  • Referring to Camp supervisor as appropriate
  • Assisting with the integration of Leadership-in-training, inclusion staff, and external support persons
  • Taking action to deal with incidents, problems and emergencies and parent concerns according to policies and procedures; refers to supervisor as appropriate

Assistant camp supervisors are required to work 40 hours per week. 

Qualifications for an assistant camp supervisor

  • Previous experience working with children, preferably in a camp environment.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 16 years of age in 2016.

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 or currently pursuing Early Childhood Education.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 16 years of age in 2016.

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
  • Providing suggestions for activities
  • Facilitating positive interactions among peers
  • Supporting 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 with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 16 years of age in 2016.

Supie (playlot) counsellors engage children in the City’s parks by providing free activities and games in local parks. 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

Supie (playlot) counsellors are required to work 35 hours per week.

Qualifications for a supie (playlot) counsellor

  • Must have previous experience working in recreation activities, preferably with children.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 14 years of age.

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

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

Qualifications for a wading pool attendant

  • Must have a current Lifesaving Society Wading Pool Attendant Certification or Bronze Medallion Certification.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 14 years of age.

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

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

Qualifications for a change room attendant

  • Previous volunteer or paid customer service experience.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification.
  • At least 14 years of age.

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