Careers at Ontario Parks

Consider a career that is…

  • Diverse
  • Challenging
  • Flexible
  • Stimulating

With over 50 types of jobs available in over 100 operating parks, there are countless career opportunities waiting to be explored in Ontario Parks!

A career in the provincial park system employs your diverse skills, and also develops new competencies that are transferable to many careers within Ontario Parks, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and the Ontario Public Service (OPS).

Whether you are interested in working in enforcement, education, maintenance, clerical support or something entirely different; take a few minutes to learn about the great opportunities available!

Exploring Ontario Parks

The FAQ’s of Ontario Parks Employment Opportunities

  1. What forms of employment exist with Ontario Parks?
    • Seasonal jobs may be recruited annually, which are at least 8 weeks in duration, but not more then 42 weeks. They usually take place between April and September. 
    • Full time jobs provide employees with employment year round For more information, visit the GoJobs website
    • Contract positions are short-term and time limited, i.e. projects, temporarily filling of positions where the incumbent is away.
  2. When is the operating season?
  3. When does hiring take place?
    • Ontario Parks is a year-round operation, so opportunities always exist
    • The hiring for seasonal jobs for the operating season typically begins in April, however opportunities are available throughout the year.
    • Recruitment for youth and student programs varies between programs. For details about program dates, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Youth Programs website.
  4. Are all seasonal jobs just for students and youth?
    • No, Ontario Parks offers various positions for youth, students and adults of all ages. Seasonal positions vary from entry level to those requiring more specialized knowledge and experience.
    • For more information about qualifications for types of seasonal positions offered by Ontario Parks visit the “Exploring Ontario Parks” section of this webpage.
    • For youth employment and student job listings, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Youth Programs website.

On the Job – Working for Ontario Parks

Training - Many of the positions provide staff with training and learning opportunities. These may include:

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Policy (WDHP)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Water Treatment/Distribution certification
  • Problem bear management
  • Enforcement
  • Public Relations/Customer Service
  • Working around aircraft
  • Heavy equipment
  • Registration system (CAMIS)
  • Working on ice
  • Confined spaces

Accommodations - Staff accommodations are offered at some parks and generally include shared living accommodations such as rooming, dining and common areas. Anyone wishing further information should contact the park they are interested in directly to see if accommodations are available.

Bilingual Positions – Consider using your French language skills in a variety of bilingual positions available at Ontario Parks. The level of language skills required depends on the specific job.

Got what it takes? - Skills We Look For

In addition to the qualifications that are specific to each job type, Ontario Parks is looking for skills that will be an asset in any position!

We look for:

  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with the public
  • Team building and leadership skills
  • Self-motivation, positive attitude and initiative
  • An appreciation of Ontario’s natural resources

Why not spend the season at Ontario Parks providing administrative support, outdoor labour or even nature interpretation? Whatever the position, you can bet it will be a job you won’t forget!

Where to Find Job Postings & How to Apply

The official site for job postings within the Ontario Public Service, including some of those with Ontario Parks, is the GOjobs website.

On the GOjobs website, you can:

  • View job postings from all ministries in the provincial government
  • Review the application process and how to apply to specific jobs
  • Learn about the many benefits of and what it’s like working for the Ontario Public Service.

Summer Students

Summer Student Employment Program Information

Summer Students

Summer Student Employment Program Information

Youth Employment at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Information about youth employment in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), including Ontario Parks, can be found on the MNRF's Youth Programs website.

Check out the programs for high school, post-secondary and recent graduates.  The duration, requirements, pay scales and types of jobs vary between each of the 8 programs offered.

Students provide service as:

  • Gate Staff
  • Store clerks
  • General maintenance
  • Natural Heritage Interpreters  

Why not spend a summer at Ontario Parks providing administrative support, outdoor labour or even nature interpretation?  Whatever the job may be, you can bet it will be a summer you won’t forget!