Apply By: Friday, February 16, 2024 11:59 pm EST
Competition Status: Application Screening

Approximately 202 individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Senior Recreational Programs Assistant

Ontario Science Centre
Recreational Programs Department - Learning and Engagement Branch
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Temporary - up to 12 months
Job Code:
02920 - Museum Assistant (Trainee)
$22.33 - $25.98 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you an experienced leader who enjoys working with children and youth in a fun and fast-paced environment? Are you interested in working full-time this summer delivering camp and youth programs, and part-time the rest of the year supporting hands-on STEM learning experiences for children (and their families)? If yes, consider this exciting opportunity to join the Ontario Science Centre's Recreational Programs team as a Senior Recreational Programs Assistant!

The Opportunity:
The Ontario Science Centre's Recreational Programs team offers fun STEM-based programs for youth 4 - 14 years including day camps, youth programs, birthday parties and interactive, hands-on STEM workshops.

We expect to hire 10-15 candidates for this role.

Please note:
These positions are irregular/on-call, which may include evening, overnight, weekend and Statutory holiday work with no guarantee of hours. Peak program times vary throughout the year and there will be a high demand for Senior Recreational Programs Assistants to commit to working full-time hours during our summer camp and summer youth program.

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?

Senior Recreational Programs Assistants (Sr. RPA) are contracted annually to deliver a variety of STEM-based programs for children and youth. As a Sr. RPA you will:
• Facilitate in-person, interactive and engaging programs for children, youth and their families, such as day camp, youth programs, workshops, and birthday parties.
• Work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and where you will need to readily adapt to change.
• Work independently and as part of a team to deliver STEM activities and demonstrations in a safe, organized, and engaging manner.
• Greet, guide, and supervise program participants of various ages and group sizes, and respond to participant needs in order to ensure customer satisfaction and an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
• Be responsible for setting up, maintaining, and cleaning up program delivery spaces and supply areas, including moving boxes, supplies and other large items (up to 20 lbs.).
• Provide support to the coordination of recreational programs as assigned by the Recreational Program Leaders and/or the Manager.
• Attend and participate in meetings and training sessions and follow the Ontario Science Centre's policies, principles and procedures at all times.
• Participate in camp and other recreational program 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 Sector Check for this position.
• Must be available to work full time to support Summer Camp 2024 and accept and work a minimum of 10 weekend and/or evening shifts per quarter in the other periods of the year

Leadership and Organizational Skills

• Ability to work independently with limited supervision, or as part of a team
• Organization, time management and prioritization skills and the ability to switch quickly between conflicting priorities
• Ability to follow multi-faceted instructions
• Demonstrated dependability, reliability, initiative and flexibility
• Strong creative problem-solving skills
• Ability to mentor and support less experienced staff and program volunteers

Technical Skills and Knowledge

• Experience in teaching, presenting recreational or scientific programs, or other engagement roles in a recreation/camp and/or education setting
• Demonstrated experience leading and supervising diverse groups of children including different age groups, learning abilities/styles, and/or special needs
• Ability to deliver programs and use adaptability techniques to strategically support the integration of program participants with physical and/or developmental disabilities
•Ability to learn, understand and follow procedures, daily operations and program practices

Communication Skills

• Knowledge of and experience in presentation principles and techniques to deliver creative, enthusiastic, engaging, exciting, dramatic and interactive presentations, demonstrations and activities
• Ability to deliver enthusiastic and engaging programs, demonstrations or presentations
• Understanding of adaptability techniques that strategically support the integration of program participants with physical and/or developmental obstacles
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Customer Service Skills

• Experience in meeting and exceeding customer needs and expectations and proven commitment to customer service and visitor care
• Ability to be enthusiastic and engaging with visitors of all ages
• Ability to interact with caregivers and visitors in a professional, responsible and respectful manner as a representative of the Ontario Science Centre

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Temporary - Irregular On-Call, duration up to 12 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region, Vulnerable Sector Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Customer and Client Services
Posted on:
Monday, January 22, 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.
  • T-SC-195458/23
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 Friday, February 16, 2024 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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