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Discovery rangers are the storytellers of Ontario Parks.
Roughly 300 Discovery staff work in over 60 parks across the province engaging visitors with stories of Ontario’s natural and cultural heritage.
Discovery rangers help our visitors experience the best of what Ontario Parks has to offer by facilitating experiences through educational and interpretive programming.
Piqued your interest? Learn more about how you can join our Discovery team.
Is the Discovery Program for me?
Are you someone who enjoys communicating with people and sharing your knowledge and passion with others?
Then working for Discovery is absolutely for you!
Don’t know a lot about nature and history? That’s okay! You don’t need to be an expert to be a Discovery ranger.
Discovery staff in Ontario Parks come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including post-secondary programs in:
- the creative arts (music, drama, fine arts)
- health studies (kinesiology, psychology)
- classical studies (languages, anthropology, history)
- science (biology, environmental sciences)
Our Discovery staff receive training on the unique natural and cultural stories located within their individual parks.
How do I apply to work in the Discovery Program?
Students can apply to be a Discovery ranger by visiting the Ontario Public Service Careers website.
Once there, you’ll have the option to select which position you are interested in (select Discovery ranger), and which parks you would like to apply for.
For more information about applying, check out this blog.
Here’s the important part: not every provincial park offers Discovery Programs, and not all Discovery Programs are the same.
There are two kinds of Discovery Programs that you can work in:
Enhanced Discovery Programs with a team of staff
Over 20 Discovery Program parks employ a large team of staff that carry out substantial Discovery activities, including:
- formal educational and interpretive programming such as staff-led guided hikes, children’s programs, theatrical evening programs, canoe hikes, etc.
- community science initiatives such as bioblitzes and volunteer programs
- species at risk monitoring programs
- invasive species removal and habitat restoration projects
- Visitor Centre exhibits and museums
…and much, much more!
These parks have a full team of Discovery staff, led by experienced naturalists, historians, and interpreters who have vast expertise in topics ranging from birds and amphibians to the Victorian Era and War of 1812.
Each of these parks hires a team of students to help run Discovery programming, however many of these parks also hire senior level positions to assist with larger tasks.
If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your leadership skills in a senior level position, visit our Discovery careers page and submit a resume and cover letter to us!
Discovery Programs with Exploration Stations
Over 40 Ontario Parks across the province hire one or two student Discovery staff that specifically offer Discovery Exploration Stations for families with children.
These Exploration Stations offer a flexible time frame for families to stop by, pick up tools and tips for exploring the topic of the day (such as Amazing Amphibians!), and explore alongside our Discovery ranger.
Student Discovery rangers work with a Discovery Program leader who oversees a number of parks.
These positions are great for students who like to engage with children, work well independently, and aren’t afraid to be hands on!
Ready to dive into Discovery?
Here are the parks hiring Discovery staff:
Parks that offer enhanced Discovery Programs:
- Algonquin Provincial Park **
- Arrowhead Provincial Park
- Awenda Provincial Park
- Blue Lake Provincial Park **
- Bon Echo Provincial Park **
- Bronte Creek Provincial Park
- Charleston Lake Provincial Park
- Darlington Provincial Park **
- Grundy Lake Provincial Park **
- Kettle Lakes Provincial Park **
- Killarney Provincial Park **
- Killbear Provincial Park **
- Lake Superior Provincial Park **
- MacGregor Provincial Park
- Murphys Point Provincial Park **
- Neys Provincial Park **
- Petroglyphs Provincial Park **
- Pinery Provincial Park
- Presqu’ile Provincial Park
- Rock Point Provincial Park
- Rondeau Provincial Park
- Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park **
- Sandbanks Provincial Park
- Sibbald Point Provincial Park
- Sleeping Giant Provincial Park **
- Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
** Parks may have staff accommodations available
Parks that offer Discovery Program Exploration Stations:
- Algonquin-Achray Provincial Park **
- Balsam Lake Provincial Park **
- Bass Lake Provincial Park
- Bonnechere Provincial Park
- Chutes Provincial Park
- Earl Rowe Provincial Park
- Emily Provincial Park
- Driftwood Provincial Park **
- Esker Lakes Provincial Park **
- Fairbank Provincial Park **
- Finlayson Point Provincial Park **
- Fitzroy Provincial Park
- Fushimi Lake Provincial Park **
- Halfway Lake Provincial Park **
- Inverhuron Provincial Park
- Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park **
- Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
- Marten River Provincial Park **
- Mikisew Provincial Park **
- Nagagamisis Provincial Park **
- Pancake Bay Provincial Park **
- Point Farms Provincial Park
- Port Burwell Provincial Park
- Quetico Provincial Park **
- Rainbow Falls Provincial Park **
- Rene Brunelle Provincial Park
- Restoule Provincial Park **
- Rideau River Provincial Park
- Rushing River Provincial Park **
- Sauble Falls Provincial Park
- Selkirk Provincial Park
- Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
- Silent Lake Provincial Park
- Silver Lake Provincial Park
- Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
- Turkey Point Provincial Park
- Voyageur Provincial Park
- Wheatley Provincial Park
- White Lake Provincial Park **
- Windy Lake Provincial Park **
** Parks may have staff accommodations available