Summer Student Jobs with the Ontario Public Service

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Application Deadlines
Program Eligibility
Application Process
Recruitment Process
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Frequently Asked Questions


All student job ads will be posted on January 4, 2021 on the Ontario Public Service Careers website. Student jobs will have varying application deadlines.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before Applying


Eligibility


Application and Cover Letter/Resume


Application Issues


Accommodation


Park Ranger Information


I've Applied; What's Next?


Additional Questions




Before Applying


Where can I find the deadlines to apply?

There are different deadline dates for each student job type. You may view the deadline date for each student job by looking at the top left hand corner of the job ad (above the job title), where it says “APPLY BY:

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Where can I find student job ads?

You will be able to find student job ads between January 4 and April 6, 2021, by:

  • Visiting www.ontario.ca/careers
  • Selecting “Student” for the “Career Level” search field
  • Clicking Search to see all student job ads

Student job ads will have “Student” at the beginning of the job title (e.g. Student - Office Assistant, Student - Park Ranger). Please note that different student jobs will have different deadline dates. View our 2021 Posting Date and Application Deadlines for more information.

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When do the positions start?

Student contract start dates range between May and July 2021. If you are invited for an interview, you will be provided with specific information about the position start and end date.

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What are the work schedules?

The hours of work are negotiated between the hiring manager and the employee. Schedules will vary depending on the nature of work; students in office positions typically work during regular business hours whereas other types of work may require students to work irregular shifts, weekends and/or statutory holidays.

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What is the wage rate?

As of October 1, 2020, the salary range is $14.25 per hour (Level 1) or $15.10 per hour (Level 2). The wage rate is based on the requirements of the position. If you are invited for an interview, you will be provided with specific salary information.

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Will I be compensated for relocating?

No, the Summer Employment Opportunities program does not provide reimbursement of relocation costs.

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What type of training will I receive?

The training you receive will depend on the position. Information will be provided by the hiring manager later in the hiring cycle.

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Eligibility


Are part-time students eligible to apply?

To meet the requirements for “student” status within the Summer Employment Opportunities program, you must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree program in an accredited post-secondary institution and have full-time student status (enrolled in equivalent of 60% of the approved full-time day course load (40% for students with permanent disability) or part-time student status (enrolled in equivalent of 20% to 59% of full-time course load).

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I have graduated or will be graduating this summer. Am I eligible to apply?

Students who have graduated or will be graduating from an accredited educational institution are eligible to apply for and start a position within six months of their graduation date. (E.g. if a student graduated in December, they could apply for and start a summer student position in the Ontario Public Service up until June of the following year).

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Is there an age limit for applying to Summer Student positions?

You must be a minimum of 15 years of age. Certain positions require you to be at least 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit for applying to summer student positions. Age parameters will be provided on the job advertisement and you must meet all age requirements by May 1st.

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Are International Students eligible?

International students with a valid study or work permit and Social Insurance Number are eligible for SEO positions as long as they meet all program eligibility requirements.

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Application and Cover Letter/Resume


I would like to get a summer job in a specific ministry - Can I apply directly to that ministry/hiring manager?

No. Students are required to apply to all positions online at www.ontario.ca/careers. Students should not send resumes directly to a ministry or manager.

If you require accommodation (e.g. due to a disability) to complete your application, please contact us at SEO@ontario.ca at least one week prior to the posting deadline.

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How should I address my cover letter?

When you apply to SEO positions, your application is sent to a number of hiring managers across the Ontario Public Service who are recruiting for the position type you applied to online. As many managers will receive your application, addressing the cover letter “To Whom it May Concern” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is sufficient. For more cover letter and resume tips, please review the SEO Cover Letter and Resume Writing Guide.

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Do I need to provide references on my application?

No, you are not required to provide references when applying. If you are selected to move forward in the hiring process, you will be asked to provide references as part of the interview process.

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Application Issues


I am having trouble applying online. What do I do?

If you are experiencing issues in applying to an SEO position, please review the following troubleshooting tips:

  • You must upload your cover letter and resume in one file in one of these formats: PDF, WORD, plain or rich-text format (.pdf, .doc, .txt and .rtf). Bullet points, borders and electronic signatures are acceptable on a resume as long as the file is less than 1 MB in size and up to five pages in length. We recommend using the Internet Explorer when browsing or applying to job postings.
  • Ensure you enter your email address on the application form and that there are no cursor spaces after your email address when submitting the form.
  • If you receive an error message in red at the top of your screen when you attempt to submit, please correct the errors and resubmit your application.
  • If you are using a Mac, use the “Command” key to select multiple responses on the application form.
  • Note that some questions on the application form require you to select a minimum and maximum number of responses in order to submit your application.
  • You will receive a pop-up notification when you have five minutes left to submit an application. At this time, you can extend your session for an additional 30 minutes (your information will be saved if you choose to continue with the session).
  • If you receive a notification that the application form has expired before you get a chance to submit, you will need to reload the page and fill out a new application.

You will be immediately redirected to a “Thank you for applying” confirmation splash page verifying receipt of your application when your application has been successfully received. If you are not redirected to the splash page, it is unlikely that your application was received and it is recommended that you resubmit your application.

If the above does not help, please contact us at SEO@ontario.ca prior to the deadline of the job posting. We are unable to assist with submitting your application after the posting has closed and are unable to accept late applications.

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I didn’t receive a confirmation email. How do I know if my application was received?

If you did not receive a confirmation email, check your junk or spam mail folders. Alternatively, this may be due to not having included an email address on your application form or an issue with the email address you provided.

If you are concerned that your application was not successfully submitted, we recommend you submit a second application (only the most recent application received before the deadline will be reviewed). If that still does not result in a confirmation, please contact us at SEO@ontario.ca during the posting period. We cannot provide assistance with submitting your application after the job ad deadline date and are unable to accept late applications.

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How can I update or fix a mistake on my application after I submit it?

If you would like to update or fix a mistake that was made on your application, please resubmit the revised application online before the deadline of the job posting. Only the most recent application you successfully submit before the deadline will be reviewed.

We are unable to make updates to applications following the closing of the job advertisement. However, changes to your contact information will be accepted. To make an update to your contact information following the deadline of the job posting, contact us at SEO@ontario.ca.

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Accommodation


I have a disability. Do I have to tell someone?

You are not required to disclose a disability during the recruitment process or your employment contract. If you wish to disclose, you may advise the hiring manager. Specific details of your disability are not required.

If you require accommodation to apply, or to complete the application form, please contact us at SEO@ontario.ca at least one week prior to the deadline date of the job posting you wish to apply to.

If you require specific accommodations to participate in the interview process or to complete your work duties, you would need to disclose relevant information to assist with the accommodation.

The Ontario Public Service is dedicated to promoting an inclusive workplace and a positive work environment. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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Can I submit a paper application?

No, students are required to apply to all positions online at www.ontario.ca/careers. Students should not send resumes directly to a ministry or manager.

Applicants are encouraged to use the facilities provided at local libraries, Employment Ontario offices, Native Friendship Centres, etc. to complete their applications online at www.ontario.ca/careers.

If you are unable to submit electronically and require accommodation to complete your application, please contact us at least one week prior to the posting deadline at SEO@ontario.ca.

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Park Ranger Information


I want to apply to be a park ranger. What do I need to know?

In a provincial park environment, there are many types of Park Ranger positions: Gate Attendant, Interior Ranger, Administrative Assistant, GIS Data Technician, Trail Maintenance, Discovery Ranger and Maintenance Worker. Check out the sample Park Ranger job ad for more information.

You can apply for Park Ranger positions during ONE of the following posting times:

  • Posting 1: January 4 – February 23, 2021
  • Posting 2: February 24 – April 6, 2021

Please do not submit your application for both postings. To find and apply to Park Ranger positions:

  • Go to www.ontario.ca/careers
  • Select ‘Student’ under ‘Career Level’ field
  • Select “Parks” under the “Job Category Field”
  • Click Search and select the Park Ranger job ad

Provincial Parks are located across the province; check out the Ontario Parks Locator website to learn the exact location of our Provincial Parks.

Some parks offer limited staff accommodations for student Park Rangers, with minimal cost to the student. Check out the list of Provincial Parks with Staff Housing for Park Ranger positions. You should advise the hiring manager of your interest in staff housing if you are invited for an interview at one of these locations. For any other provincial park locations which do not have staff housing, you will need to take care of your own housing arrangements.

You will need to indicate the Provincial Parks you are willing to work for on your application form. Ensure that you are able to travel/commute to the parks you select, if staff housing is not available.

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I've Applied, What's Next?


When will I be contacted for an interview?

When you apply to SEO positions, your application may be sent to various hiring managers across the Ontario Public Service who are recruiting for the position type you applied to online. Interviews are scheduled at different times throughout the hiring cycle; calls for interviews will begin approximately 4 - 12 weeks following the closing of the job ad and generally no later than June. Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone and/or email.

Please ensure you ask all relevant questions when contacted by the manager/area such as:

  • Ministry and department they are calling from
  • Position you are being considered for
  • Interview location address
  • Interview date and time
  • Contact information

You are free to accept multiple interview invitations, but please be transparent and notify managers if you are interviewing for multiple job positions.

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How do I check the status of my application?

Students who have been selected for an interview can expect to be contacted 4-12 weeks following the closing of the job advertisement and generally no later than June. Since many managers may receive your application and will be hiring for SEO positions at different times throughout the program cycle, we are unable to provide specific information on the status of your application. If you have concerns that your application was not received, please contact SEO@ontario.ca during the posting period. Due to the high volume of applications received, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Do I have to attend interviews in person?

If you are unable to attend an interview in person, alternate arrangements such as a telephone or web-based interview can be made. Requests should be made to the manager/area when contacted for an interview or at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled interview.

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I have been contacted for an interview; what do I do?

You are advised to follow basic etiquette which would apply to attending any job interview.

  • Make sure to collect all relevant information you need to know to attend the interview: location address, date/time, which position/ministry etc.
  • Prepare for the interview: conduct research on the ministry/branch/program. See the Tools and Resources section for useful links. You can review the job ad online by entering the appropriate Job ID in the “Job ID” search field at www.ontario.ca/careers. If you do not remember the Job ID, you can ask the manager/area for a copy of the ad when contacted.
  • Make sure to arrive on time. Work attire varies per location, but business-attire is usually considered appropriate for an office job interview.
  • Interviews in the Ontario Public Service are conducted in a formal panel setting. Student positions mirror this experience and may have more than one interviewer.
  • Make sure to highlight your individual skills and experience including school, volunteer and work. Think about why you are the best person for the job.
  • Ask questions!

If you are unable to attend the interview or need to reschedule, please make sure to contact the hiring manager at least 24 hours in advance.

It is your decision about which job offer(s) to accept or decline. Please notify managers of your decision in a timely manner.

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Can I request feedback on my application?

SEO job postings represent a number of positions across various ministries and hiring managers. As the requirements of each position may vary and due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide specific feedback on your application. You are encouraged to review the SEO Cover Letter and Resume Writing Guide for tips on improving your cover letter and resume. For more detailed information, you may wish to review the OPS Cover Letter and Resume Guide.

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Can I get feedback after my interview?

You are encouraged to request feedback on any interviews you attend. You can request feedback directly with the hiring manager when you are notified about the outcome of the interview.

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Additional Questions


I missed the deadline to apply. Can I submit a late application?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept late applications. Please ensure you submit your application online prior to the deadline. If you are experiencing issues submitting your application please review the tips in the Application Issues section or contact us at SEO@ontario.ca during the posting period. We are unable to assist with application issues after the job ad has closed.

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Can I work for more than one summer?

Yes. You may apply to Summer Employment Opportunities positions, provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements.

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Can SEO jobs be used toward my school’s Co-Op/Internship/Field Placement requirement?

The SEO program is a paid student employment program offering full-time, temporary (7-18 weeks) work in a variety of career fields within the Ontario Public Service. To find out if these positions meet your school’s co-op, internship or field placement requirements, consult with the appropriate faculty member at your educational institution.

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Can I have time off this summer for a vacation, summer school, etc.?

All SEO positions require that students be available for 7-18 weeks of employment between May and Labour Day. If you are invited for an interview, please inform the hiring manager of your availability at the time of interview. Requests for time off are considered where possible; approval of time off requests is at the discretion of the hiring manager.

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Do I have to make my own housing arrangements?

Yes. Successful applicants are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Some parks have limited staff accommodations that are available to student Park Rangers. Check out the list of Provincial Parks with Staff Housing for Park Ranger positions. For any other provincial park locations, you will need to take care of your own housing arrangements.

Ensure that you are able to travel/commute to the locations you select on your application form.

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Are there specific opportunities for Indigenous youth?

The Ontario Public Service values a diverse workforce and is always looking for bright, talented people from a diverse array of backgrounds.

The Indigenous Youth Work Exchange Program is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. It provides summer employment for indigenous youth aged 15 to 24 (15 to 29 years of age for a person with a disability). Visit the Indigenous Youth Work Exchange Program website for more information.

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Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact SEO@ontario.ca for any additional questions. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. We will reply to any inquiries within two business days.

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