Apply By: Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 pm EDT
Approximately 3285 individuals applied for this opportunity.

We are currently screening ALL applications received on or before the closing date against position criteria. Applicants whose resume and cover letter best demonstrate how they meet the qualifications to do the job will proceed in the hiring process. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Student Summer Jobs at Ontario Parks

Various Ministries
Various Divisions and Branches
Algonquin Provincial Park (Achray)*, Algonquin Provincial Park (Brent)*, Algonquin Provincial Park (Kiosk)*, Algonquin Provincial Park (Pembroke), Algonquin Provincial Park (Whitney)*, Arrowhead Provincial Park (Huntsville), Awenda Provincial Park (Penetanguishene), Balsam Lake Provincial Park (Kirkfield)*, Bass Lake Provincial Park (Orillia), Blue Lake Provincial Park (Vermillion Bay)*, Bon Echo Provincial Park (Cloyne)*, Bonnechere Provincial Park (Killaloe), Bronte Creek Provincial Park (Oakville), Charleston Lake Provincial Park (Lansdowne), Chutes Provincial Park (Massey), Craigleith Provincial Park (Blue Mountain), Darlington Provincial Park (Bowmanville), Driftwood Provincial Park (Stonecliffe)*, Earl Rowe Provincial Park (Alliston), Emily Provincial Park (Omemee), Esker Lakes Provincial Park (Kirkland Lake)*, Fairbank Provincial Park (Worthington)*, Ferris Provincial Park (Campbellford), Finlayson Point Provincial Park (Temagami)*, Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve (Pelee Island), Fitzroy Provincial Park (Fitzroy Harbour), French River Provicial Park - Visitor Centre (Alban), Frontenac Provincial Park (Sydenham), Fushimi Provincial Park (Hearst)*, Grundy Lake Provincial Park (Britt)*, Halfway Lake Provincial Park (Cartier)*, Inverhuron Provincial Park (Tiverton), Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park (Foleyet)*, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park (Kakabeka Falls), Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park (Englehart), Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (Bancroft), Kettle Lakes Provincial Park (Timmins)*, Killarney Provincial Park (Killarney)*, Killbear Provincial Park (Nobel)*, Komoka Provincial Park, Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park (Prince Edward), Lake St. Peter Provincial Park (Lake St. Peter), Lake Superior Provincial Park (Wawa)*, Long Point Provincial Park (Port Rowan), MacGregor Point Provincial Park (Port Elgin), Mara Provincial Park (Orillia), Marten River Provincial Park (Marten River)*, Massasauga Provincial Park (Mactier)*, McRae Point Provincial Park (Orillia), Mikisew Provincial Park (South River)*, Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park (Chapleau)*, Murphys Point Provincial Park (Perth)*, Nagagamisis Provincial Park (Hornepayne)*, Neys Provincial Park (Marathon)*, North Beach Provincial Park (Consecon), Oastler Lake Provincial Park (Seguin)*, Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve (Windsor), Ojibway Provincial Park (Sioux Lookout) , Pakwash Provincial Park (Ear Falls), Pancake Bay Provincial Park (Batchawana Bay)*, Petroglyphs Provincial Park (Woodview)*, Pinery Provincial Park (Grand Bend), Point Farms Provincial Park (Goderich), Port Burwell Provincial Park (Port Burwell), Presqu'ile Provincial Park (Brighton), Quetico Provincial Park (Atikokan)*, Rainbow Falls Provincial Park (Schreiber)*, René Brunelle Provincial Park (Moonbeam), Restoule Provincial Park (Restoule)*, Rideau River Provincial Park (Kemptville), Rock Point Provincial Park (LowBanks), Rondeau Provincial Park (Morpeth), Rushing River Provincial Park (Kenora)*, Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park (Mattawa)*, Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton), Sandbar Lake Provincial Park (Ignace), Sauble Falls Provincial Park (South Bruce Peninsula), Selkirk Provincial Park (Selkirk), Sharbot Lake Provincial Park (Sharbot Lake), Short Hills Provincial Park (Thorold), Sibbald Point Provincial Park (Sutton West), Silent Lake Provincial Park (Bancroft)*, Silver Lake Provincial Park (Maberly), Six Mile Lake Provincial Park (Port Severn), Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Pass Lake)*, Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park (Pointe Au Baril)*, Turkey Point Provincial Park (Turkey Point), Voyageur Provincial Park (Chute-A-Blondeau), Wakami Lake Provincial Park (Sultan)*, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (Wasaga Beach), Wheatley Provincial Park (Wheatley), White Lake Provincial Park (White River)*, Windy Lake Provincial Park (Levack)*, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (Red Lake)
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1615 Temporary positions ranging from 6 - 18 weeks between May and September
Job Code:
Student 1 - Student Level 1, Student 2 - Student Level 2
$16.55 - $17.40 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
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Ontario Parks is hiring students for summer 2024. Spend your summer working outside and connecting with nature, all while doing meaningful work that contributes to protecting the environment and helping park visitors.

Find a community of nature-lovers and work in a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive environment. Learn skills, make new friends, advance your career, and get paid to do it! Apply now for the adventure of a lifetime.

Information to assist you with the application process is available on the Summer Employment Opportunities website (opens in a new tab). Within your application, you will have the opportunity to identify the skills, work preferences and qualifications you have that make you a suitable candidate for this position.

Provincial parks are located across the province; check out the Ontario Parks Locator website (opens in a new tab) to find the exact location of provincial parks. On your application, please select the provincial park(s) you wish to work at. You are able to select up to ten parks.

Some parks offer limited staff accommodations for summer staff, with minimal cost. Check out the list of Provincial Parks with Staff Housing (opens in a new tab) for Park Ranger positions. If applicable, 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 be responsible for your own housing arrangements.

If you are applying to parks that do not provide staff housing, ensure that you are able to travel/commute to the park(s) you select.

Check out the Ontario Parks website (opens in a new tab) to learn more!

  • Relocation expenses and/or accommodations are not covered by ministries.
  • The number of positions to be filled is approximate and subject to change.
  • Please use your legal name when applying to the job ad.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Ontario Parks offers a wide range of student positions and opportunities! Below are the job types available. When completing the application form, be sure to indicate which job type(s) you are applying for.

Available at most parks:
  • Gate Attendant – Welcomes visitors, issues park permits, and responds to customer inquiries. Gate Attendants welcome everyone into a provincial park.
  • Maintenance Worker – Provides services to ensure parks are maintained, cleaned, and ready for guests.
  • Park Store Clerk – Assists in maintaining park stores and gift boutiques. This position involves managing rentals, providing customer service, handling money, and performing clerical work.
  • Administrative Assistant – Assists with clerical work and park administration. This position plays a key role in assisting with finances and scheduling.
  • Discovery Ranger – Assists in delivering park educational programs to inform visitors about the natural and cultural resources found within the park. Only available at parks with a Discovery Program (opens in a new tab).
Available at some parks:
  • Interior Ranger – Maintains backcountry hiking and portage trails, and remote campsites in parks that may only be able to be reached by boat, canoe, of on foot.
  • Trail Maintenance – Ensures backcountry trails and campsites are accessible and safe for users by removing brush, upkeeping trail surfaces, and conducting inspections.
Check out the Ontario Parks website (opens in a new tab) to learn more!

How do I qualify?


You must meet all eligibility criteria by the first day of employment (contracts begin between May and July):

  1. Student Status: You must be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) OR you must have graduated within the past six months (for example, if you graduated in December, you can apply for and start a summer student position up until June of the following year).
  2. Age: You must be a minimum of 15 years of age. There is no maximum age limit.
  3. Residency: You must be a resident of Ontario during the term of employment.
  4. Work Status: You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. You are also required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) upon being hired.
  5. Application: Applications are only accepted online by clicking the "Apply Online" button. Your application should describe how you meet the knowledge and skill requirements outlined on this ad. Some examples of job skill requirements are listed below.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • You apply your verbal and written communication skills to communicate information related to programs, prepare a variety of documents, and respond to public and/or internal inquiries by phone, email, and in-person. Ability to delivery public presentations at the park level.
  • You apply your initiative and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within a team environment.

Technical Skills and Knowledge

  • You apply basic safe operating practices when working with machinery and equipment.
  • You have the ability to conduct maintenance of grounds, buildings, and equipment, and to use machinery, equipment, and tools (e.g. lawn mowers, weed trimmers).
  • You apply your basic mathematical skills to accurately perform cash handling duties.
  • You apply your experience using Microsoft Office applications, such as Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets), as well as databases, email, and the internet to conduct research and prepare a variety of documents.
  • You apply your experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ESRI ArcGIS suite to conduct data and trend analysis (including spatial trend analysis), prepare simple maps, and track, compile, and evaluate information.

Analytical and Organizational Skills

  • You follow instructions and seek clarification, as required.
  • You pay close attention to detail and record information accurately.
  • You plan, organize, and prioritize your work to meet competing deadlines.

Other Requirements

  • Certain positions require you to have a valid Ontario G2 (or higher) Driver's Licence or equivalent.
  • Certain positions require that you have, or be willing to acquire, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card as a condition of employment.
  • Certain positions require that you have certification in Standard First Aid and CPR.
  • Certain positions include the handling of money.
  • You are willing and able to work shifts and weekends with an irregular schedule up to 36.25 hours per week.
  • You are able to work in an outdoor environment with some physical activity involved, including lifting and carrying weighted items in accordance with the Employment Standards Act and Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
  • You will require training on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • You are capable of, and comfortable with, operating small machinery and equipment, and using lawn care tools.

Other Summer Opportunities

We offer a variety of job types in diverse career fields. See what other summer opportunities are currently available!
Also, check out all the other student and new professional opportunities offered within the Ontario Public Service.

Additional Information:

Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
N/A , N/A
Posted on:
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    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 employment 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 employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • Some positions advertised on this job ad are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and successful candidates will be required to pay monthly union dues, which are automatically deducted from your pay.

    Other positions advertised on this job ad may be excluded from the OPSEU Collective Agreement (i.e. not represented by OPSEU), depending on the business area within the Ministry in which the work is performed. You will be advised during the recruitment process by the hiring manager of the business area.

    You will receive a confirmation splash page verifying receipt of your application when it has been successfully received. You will only receive an email confirmation if you have entered your email address in the application. If you do not receive a confirmation splash page, it is likely that your application was not successfully received and it is recommended that you resubmit your application. If that still does not result in a confirmation, please contact during the posting period. We cannot provide assistance with submitting your application after the job ad deadline date.
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 Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

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

All Ontario Public Service external job advertisements are posted in English and French. To confirm the language requirements of a job, check the "language of position" information at the top of each job ad. For all positions, candidates will be assessed in English, the business language of the Ontario Public Service. For English/French designated bilingual positions, candidates will also be assessed through French-language proficiency testing.

Toutes les offres d'emploi externes de la fonction publique de l'Ontario sont affichées en anglais et en français. Pour connaître les exigences linguistiques, vérifiez les renseignements sur la « langue du poste » figurant dans le haut de chaque offre d'emploi. Pour tous les postes, l'évaluation des candidates et candidats se fera en anglais, la langue usuelle de la fonction publique de l'Ontario. En ce qui concerne les postes désignés bilingues, la maîtrise du français des candidates et candidats sera également évaluée.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario's Human Rights Code .
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