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Junior Recreational Programs Assistant

Ontario Science Centre
Recreational and Family Learning Experiences
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Temporary (contracts will be aligned with natural school breaks and business requirements)
Job Code:
Student 2 - Student Level 2
$14.85 - $14.85 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding through engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for science centres around the world. It is a venue for public dialogue about science and society, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet. Join our team of Recreation Program Assistants and bring your enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge to our Day Camp Program.

Note: The number of positions to be filled has not been identified at this time.

The Ontario Science Centre Recreational Programs Department offers science-based camps for youth 4-14. We require enthusiastic Junior Recreational Program Assistants (Jr RPAs) to assist in the supervision of children and the delivery of day or week-long camp programming.

Please note that Jr RPAs will be asked to make a commitment to attend all training dates and to work as scheduled during our 11-12 week Summer Camp program, including Statutory holidays with no guarantee of hours.

The Jr RPA is a Student position and scheduling is strictly limited to natural school breaks (Summer, Holiday/Winter Break and March Break).

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Work in a fast paced environment where you will need to readily adapt to change
• Assist with the organization, implementation, supervision and execution of a variety of camp duties
• Interact with parents/caregivers, staff, children and other customers to provide program information
• Attend and participate in meetings and training sessions; and will complete other tasks as assigned by Supervisors.
• Assist with setting up, maintaining and cleaning up program delivery spaces and supplies inventory by moving boxes, supplies, and other large items (up to 20 lbs) related to recreational programs to and from the required areas for set-up/take down
• Participate in camp activities that include extended periods of sitting, walking, kneeling, crouching, squatting, reaching and/or standing

How do I qualify?


• All candidates must be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C prior to the start of employment and maintain certification throughout employment
• Top candidates will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Screening Sector check for this position.
• Availability during natural school breaks (i.e. March Break, winter break, and summer; including statutory holidays etc.)
• Commitment to full availability during three weeks of training and nine weeks of camp

Communication & Teamwork Skills

• Ability to conduct active/circle games, icebreakers, songs etc. or have related experience in recreational programs such as coaching and dramatic arts
• Excellent oral communication and a commitment to communicating in an inclusive manner
• Capable of adapting your communication style to cater to a wide range of learning abilities or styles
• Ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships and work in a team setting
• Ability to create and foster a fun, welcoming and positive environment for camp participants

Customer Service Skills

• Proven commitment to customer service and visitor care
• Ability to interact with children of different ages, that have different learning styles/abilities, and/or special needs
• Ability to interact with caregivers and visitors in a professional, responsible and respectful manner as a representative of the Ontario Science Centre

Organizational Skills

• Demonstrates dependability, reliability and initiative
• Ability to adhere to a schedule, commit to time keeping and demonstrate consistency
• Ability to learn camp procedures/daily operations and implement them on a consistent basis.
• Assist in providing safe supervision, and organization of campers
• Assist in the development and implementation of the daily schedule and planned activities

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Temporary - Irregular On-Call, duration up to 12 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region, Enhanced - Vulnerable Services Sector Screening Requirement
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Customer and Client Services
Posted on:
Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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