Today’s post comes from our 2015 Learn to Camp coordinator Katie Roberts.
The summer student workforce is the life-blood of the Ontario Parks summer operating season. Our provincial parks simply could not operate without these student workers.
Continue reading Want to thank an Ontario Parks summer student? Here’s how!
Facilitating scientific research is one of the four objectives of Ontario’s Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act. This advances our learning about protected areas and enhances Ontario Parks’ ability to maintain ecological integrity. Much of this research is conducted by universities and graduate students. In the last two years Ontario Parks has received over 300 applications to conduct research in parks.
A PhD biology student from Queen’s University has made an important discovery that could inspire the manufacturing industry worldwide to better understand the long-term environmental damage to lakes and other bodies of water, caused by emissions that cause acid rain. The impacts of acid rain were first noticed early on at one of Ontario’s most famous provincial parks – Killarney.
“Hey you there, squirrel? Do you have a license to store those nuts?” Such was a day in the life of Ranger Smith from ye old Jellystone Park where keeping Yogi Bear and other park dwellers in line was job one.
In real life, the job of a provincial park warden is serious business. Trained to give visitors the safest, most secure visit possible while safeguarding park resources, wardens perform a variety of functions that most visitors may not even be aware of, including:
- Enforcing the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act (PPCRA) and other related legislation;
- Protecting park resources by enforcing legislation, providing education and increasing public awareness;
- Resolving conflicts;
- Working with other government agencies when necessary;
- Preparing court documents and testifying in court proceedings, if needed;
- Ensuring public safety. Continue reading Provincial park wardens: protecting what you value most
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (WBPP) is a unique provincial park home to some of the most rare ecological attributes, including coastal sand dunes. Coastal sand dune systems are considered to be one of the most fragile ecosystems in Canada, making them of national significance. Continue reading Calling volunteers!
Forty students recently received $500 educational bursaries for their outstanding performance as Ontario Parks summer employees. Continue reading Ontario Parks Partners Recognizes Student Employees
Eddie Ramsey has worked on the maintenance crew at Killbear Provincial Park since the park opened in 1960. He was 17 years old at the time. He is now 68 years old and is still working as energetically as he ever has. Eddie is now the assistant maintenance foreman and has given no indication that he wants to retire. Continue reading 51 Seasons of Excellent Customer Service at Killbear Provincial Park
Kathy McPherson began her career in Ontario Parks as a summer student, and she is now the recipient of the Distinguished Professional Interpreter Award from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Continue reading Ontario Parks Employee Wins National Association for Interpretation Award
If you’d like to be part of a fun and energetic team, try working in maintenance with Ontario Parks! The maintenance team works together to make sure the entire park runs smoothly and they get to work outside! Continue reading Summer Jobs in Ontario Parks: Maintenance
If you are interested in all things nature and want to share this interest with others, consider working in Natural Heritage Education (NHE) this summer. Each operating park has an NHE program, and these positions require tons of creativity, lots of interaction with park visitors, and a commitment to learn. Continue reading Summer Jobs in Ontario Parks: Natural Heritage Education