Provincial park wardens: protecting what you value most

“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

51 Seasons of Excellent Customer Service at Killbear Provincial Park

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

Summer Jobs in Ontario Parks: Natural Heritage Education

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

Summer Jobs in Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks is now hiring summer students! This is your chance to have a fun job in a great location while having an amazing summer. Each year, Ontario Parks offers a variety jobs in over 100 operating parks and offices. This year, there 2700 jobs available in the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and over 1500 are in Ontario Parks! Continue reading Summer Jobs in Ontario Parks

A Day in the Life of… A Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader

When asked to name his favourite Ontario Park, Tobi Kiesewalter wonders, “How do I answer that?” He is not only an Ontario Parks employee, but a true fan of what he calls, some of the best real estate in the world. It is no surprise that as the Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park, Tobi’s job is to encourage a connection between the park and its visitors. Continue reading A Day in the Life of… A Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader

A Day in the Life of… A Park Store Leader

As any successful person in the retail business, Lori Horton knows what pleases her customers. “We scoop well over 12,000 ice cream cones,” she explains. As the Park Store Leader for Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Lori’s responsibilities go beyond the sweet treat in the summer. Lori makes sure that during every season, campers have a well maintained store to visit. Continue reading A Day in the Life of… A Park Store Leader