While it’s still too early to know what summer will look like in Toronto, the city is gearing up to resume parks and recreation services by hiring hundreds of seasonal staff.
Mayor John Tory kicked off the annual hiring campaign for summer parks and recreation jobs on February 26.
The city is looking to hire for a range of positions, including lifeguards, aquatic instructors, parks handy-workers, and gardeners. Applications will be accepted throughout March.
In addition to accepting applications online, the city plans to host virtual job information sessions for youth next month. Applicants can receive tips on what to expect during the hiring process and resumé and interview preparation support.
“Recreation jobs in the summer are good jobs for young people in our city. City workers maintain Toronto’s excellent parks and green spaces,” Tory said.
“Through these jobs, people are given the opportunity to gain employment experience and create community connections, while helping the City serve its residents and provide important programs and amenities.”
According to the city, Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) employs approximately 9,000 recreation workers and over 900 seasonal gardeners and park handy-workers each year.
While COVID-19 health and safety measures affected many of the city’s programs and services throughout 2020, Toronto was able to adapt some offerings to meet public health guidelines and provide people with safe access to parks and recreation programs last summer.
“During this ongoing pandemic, we continue to see the important role parks and recreation play in people’s lives,” Tory said.
“I am proud that we can continue to offer these important employment opportunities in neighbourhoods across Toronto.”
More information about recruitment for City parks and recreation positions is available at https://jobs.toronto.ca/.