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Current Employment Opportunities

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 26 Jan 2018
    • City of Hamilton

    To be the best place in Canada to raise a child, promote innovation, engage citizens and provide diverse economic opportunities.



    2018 Summer Student Recruitment – GENERAL LABOURERS

    The City of Hamilton’s 2018 Summer Student Recruitment Program is underway. Please visit www.hamilton.ca/careers  for additional information.  The posting will be open from November 27th, 2017 through to January 26th, 2018. 

    Hourly rate of Pay: $14.00

    NEW APPLICANTS ONLY- This category is for new applicants only.  If you held a summer student position last summer with the City of Hamilton and wish to return to that position, please apply to the Returning Summer Students category. You may opt to apply as a new student if you are wishing to change positions.

    E-MAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED- Please ensure that you provide an e-mail address – i.e. hotmail account - where we will be able to forward to you correspondence, not only throughout your summer placement, but for correspondence that may need to be sent to you after your placement has ended.

    GENERAL LABOURER POSITIONS - The Summer work-term for a General Labourer Summer Student position will commence late April/early May and runs until Labour Day in September and you must be available to work the whole work term. You are required to be available to work rotating shifts and weekends and you may be assigned to work at one of many locations across the City of Hamilton. Duties include but are not limited to, maintenance of various Parks, Cemeteries and Horticulture assets. You may be required to operate a variety of equipment such as light duty vehicles, machinery and power hand held tools. Labouring duties will be expected on a daily basis and include climbing, lifting, balancing, kneeling, stooping, walking, handling materials to assist in the maintenance of City facilities and infrastructure. You will be required to work in all outdoor environments.

    In this capacity preference will be given to candidates with landscape construction and/or parks maintenance, garden centre/greenhouse, agricultural, and to students that have completed a minimum of 1 to 2 years in a related College or University Program. 

    Play Structures
    In this capacity preference will be given to students with shop, construction, and/or painting experience.

    In this capacity preference will be given to students with a general interest in Horticulture and/or experience working in a greenhouse transplanting plants and propagating (growing) plants, and to students that have completed a minimum of 1 to 2 years in a related College or University Program. 

    Waste Collection
    Students hired in our Waste Collection section will assist full-time crew in the collection of waste throughout Hamilton. Must have excellent hand/eye coordination and have sufficient physical strength and ability to independently and repeatedly lift, move, pull, push bend, reach, grip, step, walk, drive, twist, climb, squat and carry objects weighing up to 23 Kg (50 lbs) or more if designated to provide bulk collection service with a partner. During the summer months, general work hours are 6:00 am – 2:00 pm.

    *NOTE 1:  As some of the positions within this category require you to drive a City vehicle, you must have a current Class G licence, free of demerit points.  Students holding a Class G1 or Class G2 will not be permitted to drive a City vehicle.
    ** If you possess a driver's licence, please make notation of the class of your driver's licence on your resume.** Preference will be given to those candidates who possess a Class G licence. 

    *NOTE 2:  All questions on the job questionnaire must be answered and your updated resume included.  Failure to do so will disqualify your summer application.

    We thank all applicants for their interest in these positions, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 15 Dec 2017
    • 11:59 PM
    • City of Ottawa

    Position: Planner 3, Recreation Planning
    Competition Number: 2017-EX-EN-51954187-02
    Posting For/Company Name: City of Ottawa
    Posting Date: December 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017
    Deadline/Expiry: December 15, 2017 -midnight
    Job Location: 100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario


    Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services Department, Parks & Facilities Planning Services
    1 Full-time Continuous Position - 35 hours/week
    Affiliation: CIPP
    Salary: $85,232.42 to $103,707.24 annually (2016 rates of pay)
    Location: 100 Constellation Crescent
    Category: Current Opportunities
    Employment Group: Planning/Development/Urban Design

    Job Summary

    The Parks and Recreation Planner 3 leads and/or undertakes a wide variety of assigned highly complex planning services and capital projects relating to the design, construction and/or revitalization of the City's parks, open spaces, and recreation and cultural facilities.

    At the Parks and Recreation Planner 3 level, these projects or services exhibit one or all of the following characteristics:

    • require management of multi-million dollar capital project budgets;
    • require resolution of multiple technical and policy issues, and public and private interests;
    • require the involvement of multiple stakeholder groups including unorganized and organized public and private interest groups, other government agencies (provincial and federal), other professionals (e.g. architects, landscape architects, engineers), and politicians; and/or
    • are highly politically sensitive, very high profile and/or extremely significant in terms of impact relative to the natural, built, social, and/or economic environments, and in terms of achieving orderly design and development of the City.

    The Parks and Recreation Planner 3 also contributes to the development of the City's Official Plan, Master and Secondary Plans, Zoning By-law and City-wide policies, and the definition and achievement of the department's and City's planning strategies, objectives and priorities. The Parks and Recreation Planner 3 additionally directs and undertakes research and analysis, manages projects done by consultants, and functionally supervises junior staff and summer/co-op students. As well, the Parks and Recreation Planner 3 represents the City, department or branch at various internal and external meetings, committees, etc., relating to the design, construction and/or revitalization of recreational/cultural facilities, parks and open spaces.

    Education & Experience

    • Four (4) year degree in urban and regional planning, leisure studies, landscape architecture or other relevant field.
    • Minimum of eight (8) years of related and progressively responsible, professional experience in parks planning, including three (3) years of experience in managing multiple capital projects.

    *Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.

    Language, Certificates & Licenses

    • A valid Ontario unrestricted "G" class driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) with no more than 6 demerit points accumulated.
    • Day 1 Ready – specific level of language proficiency:
      • French oral, reading required
      • English oral, reading, writing required

    * Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.


    • Applicable legislation, policies, guidelines and processes, for example: the Planning Act, the Municipal Act, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Conservation Authorities Act, the Heritage Act, the City's Official Plan and Master Plans (including the City's Community Open Space and Recreation Master Plan), Zoning By-Law, and related policies, the City's Development Approvals process, environmental management systems, and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association's Guidelines for Recreation Facilities
    • Global, national and local initiatives, standards, agreements and agencies relating to the branch and departmental mandates (e.g. the Canadian Standards Association)
    • Municipal planning principles and practices
    • Theories, concepts, methodologies, principles and/or practices relating to the design, construction and revitalization of recreation and cultural facilities, public parks and open spaces
    • Public consultation practices
    • Project management principles and practices, including those applied in capital project management of new facility construction
    • Available computer technology and tools related to the branch/departmental mandate

    Competencies & Skills

    • Work effectively as a leader and team member within a multi-disciplinary and technical environment
    • Monitor and synthesize information from a variety of sources to establish future directions, research and data collection needs, trends, program elements and resources
    • Financial forecasting and budget administration/management
    • Understand technological tools available to assist in efficient and cost-effective program delivery
    • Understand, initiate and conduct assignments with minimal supervision
    • Negotiate with representatives from other departments and outside agencies to identify and achieve common objectives through joint initiatives and contributions
    • Establish and deliver effective public consultation processes
    • Communicate effectively (in writing and orally) with elected officials, City staff, external agencies, private sector, members of the public and others
    • Make effective and persuasive presentations

    How to apply:

    If this opportunity matches your interest and profile please apply online through Ottawa.ca/jobs

    If this is your first online application please refer to our resources on how to apply for jobs online.

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.

    The City of Ottawa is committed to providing quality services by establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves. The City encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

    Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.


    • 04 Dec 2017
    • 15 Dec 2017
    • City of Brampton



    Reference #: 102724


    Reporting to the Recreation Supervisor, this role provides supervision to all full-time and part-time operations staff for the Chinguacousy Park Family of Facilities which includes a seasonal a municipal ski hill, golf course, and greenhouse/growing operation, to ensure customer satisfaction and safety.

    1. Supervises the facilities team. Provides daily direction to unionized, part-time, seasonal and contract operations staff. Ensures compliance with Collective Agreements and Corporate policies. Prepares and reviews job requests, schedules and assigns work duties and reviews and approves timesheets and payroll reports. Ensures staff and external contractors follow all required regulations and legislation and comply with other applicable standards. Provides performance feedback, discipline and is engaged in the recruitment and orientation of new employees. Monitors and provides training to staff.
    2. Quality Assurance. Develops, implements and manages maintenance resources and establishing systems for preventative maintenance, demand maintenance, equipment maintenance, health and safety, energy management, security, asset management, housekeeping management and quality assurance. Supervises the work of external contractors. Authorizes purchases as per approved purchasing policies and procedures. Monitors and operates all computerized automation systems on-site. Troubleshoots all site systems, recommends and initiates appropriate corrective action. Manages facility based Capital Projects and participates in a multi-departmental team for the implementation of approved Capital Projects. Participates in the development, evaluation and transition of Request for Proposals and Tender contracts. Contributes to city wide multi-department initiatives (i.e. Corporate / Special Events, and projects). Maintains current knowledge of applicable legislation, regulations and related policies for facility operations based on “best practices” and industry standards.  Ensures due diligence of risk management and health and safety training.
    3. Maintains supplies & equipment. Ensures proper inventory of maintenance supplies are on hand, monitors usage and evaluates product cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Ensures all WHMIS and Material Safety Data Sheet information is accurate to reflect inventory. Coordinates all equipment needs.
    4. Customer Service. Answers queries and responds to requests from internal and external customers and ensures emergency preparedness initiatives are in place for appropriate responses. Liaison with Tenants, and end users.  Researches and monitors trends, customer requests, customer survey results to offer insight for facility maintenance.
    5. Budget. Prepares and monitors operating and capital budgets. Oversees and monitors operational aspects of the budgets to ensure efficiencies, reviews facility audits and identifies priorities in development of Capital Plan for asset preservation / replacement.


    • Post-secondary Certification in Recreation Facilities/Building/Property Management (from ORFA / BOMA / IFMA / College or equivalent)
    • 2 years Supervisory experience, preferably in a recreation facility or property management campus environment (indoor/outdoor)
    • 2 years experience in facility operations
    • Experience and working knowledge of building systems and related trades Knowledge of related legislation
    • Experience and working knowledge of Ski/Snow industry lift, snowmaking and grooming operations, and/or golf course management an Asset
    • Certified Ski Lift Mechanic (SLM) designation is an Asset
    • Must have access to own vehicle and Valid driver’s license
    • Basic Refrigeration
    • Certified Pool Operator
    • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’

    ** Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

    Job status: Permanent
    Job Type:   Non-Union

    Applications must be received by December 15th, 2017
    Alternate formats will be provided upon request. 

    If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online at: www.brampton.ca/employment or via www.workopolis.com quoting reference #102724 by December 15, 2017, and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.   

    Please be advised, the City of Brampton uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the competition.

    The City is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments.  If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Division of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

Past Employment Opportunities

16 Nov 2017 SENIOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR ~ Public Works Environmental Services
12 Oct 2017 FORESTRY SUPERVISOR (JOB #JO817-0854)
28 Aug 2017 GARDENER GRADE 4
24 Aug 2017 ARBORIST
16 Jun 2017 Supervisor, Parks Infrastructure & Horticulture
15 Jun 2017 Manager of Park Operations
05 Jun 2017 Supervisor, Operations - Roads & Parks
05 Jun 2017 Supervisor, Operations - Forestry
31 May 2017 Park Operations Technician, Fanshawe Conservation Area (London, ON)
25 May 2017 Parks & Open Space Supervisor
24 May 2017 Recreation Coordinator
16 May 2017 Lead Hand, Gardener (DZ License)
11 May 2017 Field Services Technician - Forestry
09 May 2017 Supervisor, Operations - Forestry
09 May 2017 Supervisor, Operations - Roads & Parks
02 May 2017 Curator/Instructor (Vegetable & Rose Garden)
25 Apr 2017 Horticulture & Materials Collection Supervisor
24 Apr 2017 Parks Lead Hand
20 Apr 2017 Crew Leader, Forestry
18 Apr 2017 Skilled Labourer - Turf/Forestry
06 Apr 2017 Lead Hand, Guelph Lake C.A.
06 Apr 2017 Lead Hand Elora Gorge C.A.
06 Apr 2017 Turfperson / Integrated Pest Technician, Permanent
30 Mar 2017 Seasonal Supervisor - Horticulture and Materials Collection (Approx. 4 months)
15 Mar 2017 City of Toronto 2017 Parks Jobs
13 Mar 2017 Temporary Labourer - Parks
03 Mar 2017 Seasonal Horticulturalist (6 Month Contract)
03 Mar 2017 Supervisor of Parks
02 Mar 2017 Afternoon Supervisor
02 Mar 2017 Supervisor of Parks and Roads
28 Feb 2017 Manager, Design
27 Feb 2017 Supervisor of Parks and Forestry
15 Feb 2017 Student Opportunity - Seasonal Parks Worker
14 Feb 2017 Parks Handyworker 3
08 Feb 2017 Supervisor II Parks & Recreation Operations, File# M-09-17E
02 Feb 2017 Horticulture Supervisor, Section 5 (OGT, QVP, Kingsbridge Park, Rapidsview, Dufferin Islands)
02 Feb 2017 Horticulture Supervisor, North Parks
02 Feb 2017 Supervisor, Forestry and Environmental Management
30 Jan 2017 Upper Thames River Conservation Authority 2017 Seasonal Positions
20 Jan 2017 Supervisor, Sports Fields and Turf
20 Jan 2017 Turfperson / Integrated Pest Technician, Permanent
09 Jan 2017 Irrigation Specialist (Seasonal)
09 Jan 2017 Horticulture and Materials Collection Supervisor
22 Dec 2016 Manager - Parks & Open Spaces
22 Dec 2016 Landscape Technician / Urban Forestry Project Manager (3-year contract)
21 Dec 2016 Seasonal Forestry Operator (6 months)
21 Dec 2016 Seasonal Sports Field Operator (6 months)
21 Dec 2016 Seasonal Gardener (6 months)
21 Dec 2016 Seasonal Assistant Gardener (6 months)
21 Dec 2016 Seasonal Turf Operator (6 months)
16 Dec 2016 Working Foreperson - Parks
16 Dec 2016 Supervisor, Parks Development, Technical and Community Support
16 Dec 2016 Conservation Area Clerk
10 Dec 2016 Corporate Leader - Parks, Corporate Facilities, Recreation & Culture
08 Dec 2016 Temporary Labourer - Parks & Recreation
07 Nov 2016 Manager of Horticulture
04 Nov 2016 Assistant Project Supervisor
01 Nov 2016 Arborist
24 Oct 2016 Recreation Coordinator 1 - Child and Youth
12 Oct 2016 Supervisor, Patrol Operations - Posting Number: 000933
11 Oct 2016 Supervisor, Horticulture Operations - File #16-2845-AM
28 Sep 2016 Director, Recreation and Culture
19 Sep 2016 Parks Operator Horticulture
13 Sep 2016 Director, Environment and Parks
08 Sep 2016 Horticulture and Materials Collection Supervisor
29 Aug 2016 Trade - City Gardener
22 Jul 2016 Design and Development Assistant
22 Jul 2016 IPM Instructor and Curator
18 Jul 2016 Parks Planner/Landscape Architect
06 Jul 2016 Supervisor, Parks Grounds Maintenance
23 Jun 2016 Cross-Over
22 Jun 2016 Horticulture and Materials Collection Supervisor
20 Jun 2016 Gardener Grade 4
14 Jun 2016 Manager of Facilities, Parks and Property
14 Jun 2016 Arborist - Temporary
07 Jun 2016 Manager of Conservation Area Operations
06 Jun 2016 Coordinator of Parks Services (1 year contract)
24 May 2016 Full Time - Public Works Department (Arena Facilities)
24 May 2016 Full Time - Public Works Department (Roads)
16 May 2016 Landscape Crew Lead
13 May 2016 Lead Gardener
06 May 2016 Coordinator, Parks Infrastructure
03 May 2016 Gardener/Landscaper
26 Apr 2016 Gardener
25 Apr 2016 Design Projects Co-ordinator, Capital Projects & Strategic Services Division
22 Apr 2016 Foreperson, Parks District #102074
21 Apr 2016 Manager of Roads and Parks Operations
21 Apr 2016 Temporary Gardener
12 Apr 2016 Technical Instructor
07 Apr 2016 Urban Forestry Technician (1 year contract)
17 Mar 2016 Gardener II
15 Mar 2016 Park Operations Technician
15 Mar 2016 Seasonal Sports Field Operator
11 Mar 2016 Seasonal Forestry Operator
10 Mar 2016 Equipment Operator
07 Mar 2016 Temporary Full Time Bargaining Unit Position Park Operations Coordinator
07 Mar 2016 Grounds Operator
07 Mar 2016 Horticulturist
04 Mar 2016 Landscape Architect
03 Mar 2016 Forester Specialist
01 Mar 2016 Gardener/Landscaper - Roads & Parks Maintenance Department
25 Feb 2016 Contract Operator ll Horticulture (1 year contract)
19 Feb 2016 Supervisor, Trails & Natural Areas Stewardship
19 Feb 2016 Seasonal Gardener
11 Feb 2016 Conservation Area Technician – 2 Positions
10 Feb 2016 Parks Manager
08 Feb 2016 Supervisor of Horticulture (Job #167)
05 Feb 2016 Curator & Instructor (Integrated Pest Management)
04 Feb 2016 Urban Forestry Technician (1 year contract)
03 Feb 2016 Gardener - Community Services Department
26 Jan 2016 Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Seasonal Positions
26 Jan 2016 Park/Facility Operator - Public Works Department
14 Jan 2016 Senior Project Manager - Parks & Cemeteries
13 Jan 2016 Seasonal Parks Worker - Summer Student
11 Jan 2016 Field Services Supervisor
06 Jan 2016 City of Toronto 2016 Parks Jobs
06 Jan 2016 Coordinator, Maintenance & Projects
05 Jan 2016 Senior Director, Parks, Planning & Properties
04 Jan 2016 Parkskeeper IV - District (2)
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