Today’s story comes from Park Staff Besties: Zuzanna and Alysa, summer staff working at Killbear Provincial Park who spent their season visiting over 30 provincial parks! Are you interested in joining us for the 2023 summer season? Applications are now open!
“You work and live in a provincial park? What do you do on your days off?”
“Camp at other provincial parks!”
If you asked staff at Killbear what they thought of the two of us, they would say we are “attached at the hip.” We met last year working as gate attendants in Algonquin Provincial Park and moved to Killbear this season.
Not knowing anyone else at this park, we requested to be roommates at our new staff house and have been going almost everywhere together ever since!
Working and living at Killbear this past summer has been an absolute dream. With the pristine sand beaches, rocky shorelines and picturesque sunsets, we were curious to see what other provincial parks had to offer and decided to make the most of our summer season living up here!
Continue reading Off-hours road tripping with Zuzanna and Alysa
With the end of summer approaching, our Learn to Camp – Book an Ambassador program is winding down for the season.
Whether you learned how to build campfires, became familiar with Ontario’s wildlife, or participated in another one of our educational programs, our ambassadors hope to see you in our park next summer mastering your newly-learned skills!
Continue reading Saying farewell to summer with Learn to Camp
Happy International Youth Day!
Students and youth are the lifeblood of our parks — we couldn’t do without them!
Here are just a few stand-out students and youth from around the province:
Continue reading International Youth Day 2022
Ontario Parks staff tackle a huge array of tasks and challenges.
Our days are diverse. You might find us researching rare species, applying First Aid skills, maintaining safe and healthy water systems, building a boardwalk, or welcoming families to a busy campground.
We’re stewards of our province’s most treasured natural resources. We’re educators, instilling a love of nature in new generations of Ontarians.
Internationally, World Ranger Day celebrates the wonderful work that is protecting our parks, and commemorates park rangers killed or injured in the line of duty in park organizations with high-risk activities.
We’re proud to keep our parks safe and welcoming to visitors, while protecting our amazing natural world.
Continue reading Happy World Ranger Day!
Today’s post comes from David LeGros, a park naturalist with the Ontario Parks Discovery Program.
“I’ve never seen one of those” is among my favorite sentences.
There’s a scary thing that happens the longer you look into nature. The more you find, the more you find out that you don’t know that much. It can be an intimidating feeling, but also, an exciting feeling.
Your mind is about to be blown.
Continue reading “What the heck is that?!”: when to #AskanOPNaturalist
Exploring remote forests, searching for rare species. Trekking through fields in hot, heavy gear to eradicate invasive ones. Using technology to monitor the ecosystems in parks and conservation reserves, and communicating conservation science to Ontario’s decision-makers.
Working as a biologist for Ontario Parks is sometimes action-packed and always rewarding.
Are you dreaming of spending your days working to protect and enhance ecological integrity in protected areas?
Well, here are five top tips from Ontario Parks ecologists to help make your dream a reality:
Continue reading So you want to be an Ontario Parks ecologist
Happy International Women’s Day!
At Ontario Parks, we simply couldn’t do without our women team members. They work as biologists, instructors, wardens, superintendents, planners, managers, and more.
Here’s the inside scoop on our staff:
Continue reading Women of Ontario Parks
Applications for the 2023 season are open! Read on to learn about how you can spend your summer with Ontario Parks.
Calling all Ontario students!
Do you enjoy the outdoors and have an appreciation for Ontario’s natural and cultural resources?
Are you self-motivated, with a positive attitude and a desire to learn?
Do you enjoy working and interacting with the public?
Then this is the job for you!
Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a position as a student park ranger with Ontario Parks this summer.
Continue reading How to become a park ranger at Ontario Parks
Applications are for our 2023 season are now open! Read on to learn more about spending the summer with us.
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. Continue reading Students: join our Discovery team this summer
Park experiences, just as sisters, vary greatly. Each has their own personality and experiences.
Today’s very special post comes from three sisters: Green student Elle Dresser from Fushimi Lake Provincial Park, Park Warden Libbey Dresser at Fairbank Provincial Park, and Park Warden Ivy Dresser at Wheatley Provincial Park.
Applications for our 2023 student jobs are open now! Learn more on our website.
Continue reading Four parks for three sisters