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Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Summer Campaign is now open and will be accepting online applications for the 2017 Summer Season from February 1 to September 1, 2017.

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Welcome to the City of Ottawa's Recreation and Culture part-time job opportunities. We are always searching for energetic and talented people to take on exciting challenges and contribute to our community. Our job opportunities are a perfect way for you to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills. 

Recreation, Culture and Facility Services run two hiring campaigns throughout the year. The Fall, Winter and Spring Hiring Campaign is open for a 12 month period beginning in May. Candidates are required to apply to the new competitions when they are posted in May to be considered for opportunities. The Fall, Winter and Spring Hiring Campaign is used to staff opportunities for employment for during the fall, winter and spring months.

The Summer Campaign opens each year in February and closes at the end of the summer recreation season. This campaign is used to staff summer employment opportunities exclusively.

Each campaign offers a wide range of opportunities in various programs and services such as:

  • Archives Assistant
  • After School Leader
  • Arts Instructor
  • Beach Volleyball Support
  • Camp Coordinator
  • Camp Counsellor
  • Counsellor to work with Special Needs Clientele
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • Park Supervisor
  • Public Skating Attendant
  • Program Leader
  • Sports Instructor
  • Speciality Sports/Arts Instructor

Before you submit your application, review important facts and information. Refer to the How to apply for jobs online at the City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa does not accept unsolicited, late or incomplete applications. Apply online to all competitions that you are interested in and qualified for. We can only consider you for employment on the competitions you have applied to.

Important Facts and Information

Police Records Check

All Parks, Recreation and Culture employees are required to provide a current valid Police Record Check as your employment involves working with the ‘vulnerable sector’ of the population. The Police Record Check is required at the time of the interview.

For information on how to obtain a Police Record Check, visit the Ottawa Police Service site.

Documents required prior to being hired

The following documents will be required upon request:

  • Your Social Insurance Card
  • Current Police Record Check (received within six months of date of hire)
  • Direct deposit is mandatory so a void cheque or valid banking transaction form is required
  • Proof of age – Candidates must be 16 years of age or older by the first date of employment 
  • Current qualifications/certifications as outlined in competition advertisement - original documents will be required at time of interview.

For all inquiries please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.

Jobs in aquatics

Qualified Lifeguard?

Are you looking for part time work and qualified to lifeguard and teach swimming lessons?  WE WANT YOU!  Apply on line at   
For further information contact:

If you are thinking of applying for a position with the City of Ottawa as a lifeguard or swimming instructor, there are certain hiring and screening requirements that must be met.

What are the required entry-level qualifications?

National Lifeguard Service (NLS), Standard First Aid, CPR level-C, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI), LSS Lifesaving Instructor, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and Oxygen Therapy or Airway Management. 
Please note that candidates that register for the screening that do not have all mandatory qualifications completed by the screening date will be withdrawn.

When are the hiring dates?

Applications for Lifeguard and Instructor positions can now be submitted year-round through our online job inventory. The online application for candidates interested in employment will be available from May 14, 2017 until May 15, 2018. Candidates must apply online at in order to be considered for hire. Applications submitted will be considered for employment until May 15, 2018. 

What is a screening?

The screening is a skills verification consisting of six items. Five of the six items are items you will have done either in your NLS or Standard First Aid Course.

The items for the Pool Lifeguard Screening items are:

  • 20m head-up approach to a non-swimmer with a 5m carry (reach victim in 18 seconds or less) 
  • Deep water spinal turnover with 15m carry 
  • Submerged victim recovery with removal 
  • Conscious to unconscious choking infant 
  • Recover 3, 20lb bricks (under 2:00) 
  • First aid (arterial bleed on inner forearm)

The Waterfront Lifeguard Screening items are:

  • 20m head-up approach to a non-swimmer with a 5m carry 
  • Deep water spinal turnover with 15m carry 
  • Submerged victim recovery with removal 
  • First aid (arterial bleed on inner forearm)
  • 200m Swim (Under 3:00) 
  • 50m swim, submerged manikin recovery, carry 25m (under 1:30)
  • 25m underwater swim 
  • Recover 3, 20lb bricks (under 2:00)
  • Conscious to unconscious choking infant

Why must I complete a screening?

The screening process is a risk management tool that the City of Ottawa uses. It allows your hiring supervisor to know that your skills meet the expected standard.

When are the screenings?

Pool screenings
Location Date Registration barcode Check-in time Screening time
Plant Recreation Centre July 22, 2017 1072001 6:30 pm 7 to 9 pm
Brewer Pool August 11, 2017 1072003 4:30 pm 5 to 8 pm

Registration can be completed in person at any City of Ottawa recreational facility or client service centre. 

Please note that even if you have registered for the screening, you are still required to submit an application for the position at

How should I prepare for a screening?

We recommend that you practice all items beforehand. Facilities are looking to hire those candidates with strong first aid and lifeguarding skills.

Please note that many of the facilities we use for the screenings have a deeper deep-end than you may be used to. We encourage you to go to the pool where the screenings will be hosted and practice going to the bottom of their deepest point to ensure your success with the brick recovery item.

What do I need to bring to the screening?

All that is required is a bathing suit and towel.

Unless you have been asked otherwise, you do not need to bring proof of certification to the screening as this will be verified prior to the screening date.

When you register in person for the screening, you will be required to provide the certification dates of all of your qualifications. However, if you register online this feature is not available. In these cases, please email to provide the certification dates for your National Lifeguard Service (NLS), Standard First Aid, CPR level-C, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI), LSS Lifesaving Instructor, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and Oxygen Therapy or Airway Management.

Am I allowed to wear goggles to the screening?

The use of goggles is NOT permitted at any time throughout the screening. This is to ensure the most realistic simulation of any situation possible. As no exceptions will be made, please come prepared with your glasses or an extra pair of contacts.

What happens if I fail a screening item?

While we hope that you are able to pass every item the first time, we will make every effort to give you a second chance to complete the item at the screening. If you are still unable to complete the item, the evaluator will recommend that you practice more and attend the next screening.

I have completed the screening. Now what?

After having successfully completing a skills screening, you will be invited to contact the Program Coordinator at the facilities you are interested in working in by phone or email to arrange an interview. This contact information will be provided to you at the screening.  Interviews will be scheduled based on hiring requirements at each facility.

Am I allowed to apply at multiple facilities?

Yes. Some facilities need more staff than others and some have different shifts available. Just inform your interviewer if you intend to apply at multiple facilities.

I have applied, completed the screening, and completed my interview. How do I know if I have a job?

Upon completion of interviews, facilities will be following up with those candidates successful in obtaining a position to provide them with an offer of employment.

For more information on applying for a lifeguard or swimming instructor position please email the Aquatics Hiring Team at

Becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor

Becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor

Aquatic leadership programs can lead to recreation career opportunities as a lifeguard or swimming instructor. The City of Ottawa aquatics team offers a progression of certification courses that provides you with the required qualifications to meet your goals. Contact your local pool for more information and required qualifications and age requirements.

A complete list of courses are listed in the Certification section of the Recreation Guide.

Bronze Star

  • Recommended 10 yrs

Bronze Medallion / Emergency First Aid and CPR B

  • Must be 13 yrs or have Bronze Star

Bronze Cross / Standard First Aid and CPR C / AED

  • Must have Bronze Medallion / Emergency First Aid and CPR B

Standard First Aid and CPR C / AED*

  • Recommended 12 yrs

Oxygen Therapy (O2) or Airway Management*

  • Must have Standard First Aid and CPR C / AED
  • Recommended 15 years

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor*

  • Must be 15 yrs by last day of course
  • Must have completed Swim Kids 10 or equivalent
  • Must have Bronze Cross - not required to be current

Lifesaving Society Instructor*

  • Must be 16 yrs by last day of course
  • Must have Bronze Cross or NLS

National Lifeguard Service*

  • Must be 16 yrs by exam date
  • Must have Standard First Aid and CPR C / AED
  • Must have Bronze Cross

 *required for employment with the City of Ottawa

Youth leadership programs

Real training, Real certificates, Real experience! 

The City of Ottawa offers a full range of leadership programs for youth 13 and up.

“My daughter REALLY enjoyed the leadership camp. She learned so much, made some great friends, and recognized some strengths that she didn't even know she had.” Lori Kerrigan, mom of past participant

“It was amazing and rewarding to see how much the participants grew. I didn’t even recognize them by the end of the program.” Derek McDonald, leadership instructor

“It was a fun way to develop life lessons and skills, gain work experience and meet new friends.” Liane Geis, past participant

Leadership Foundations

This two week program is aimed at 13 year olds and focuses on having fun while providing participants with an introduction to leadership styles, team building and communication skills. 

Leadership in Action

This two or three week program is aimed at 14 year olds and focuses on leadership development, team building, enhanced communication skills, first aid training (‘Basic first aid’ certificate) and valuable work experience in a recreation setting. Please note HST applies to participants 15 years and up.

Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) 

This program is aimed at youth 15 years and up and focuses on valuable pre-employment skills, hands on work experience in recreation (qualifies for the 40+ hours of community service), certification in High Five: Principle of Healthy Child Development, Standard First aid, CPR, and defibrillator training. Participants will receive a certificate from the Mayor in a City Hall ceremony.


Volunteer opportunities - Recreation and Culture

Volunteers 14 years of age or older can participate in a wide variety of programs.

Volunteers can take part in:

  • Aquatics
  • Special events
  • Sports and recreation
  • Before and after school programs
  • March Break/Holiday Camps

For more information, contact Kathy Magee, Volunteer Specialist, Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services at or 613-580-2424 ext. 20029.

Pathway Patrol


Pathway Patrol was established in 1997 to provide information, improve safety and courtesy, and promote healthy living on Ottawa’s recreational pathways. Pathway Patrol is a City of Ottawa volunteer program working in partnership with the National Capital Commission. We are the “eyes on the path”.

Pathway patrol volunteers

Are you a cyclist? Walker? Runner? Inline skater? Do you enjoy using any of the pathways around your neighbourhood?

Join the Pathway Patrol Volunteers!

Pathway patrollers:

  • Greet pathway users
  • Provide assistance to pathway users
  • Remind users of pathway courtesy and regulations
  • Provide information about the pathway system
  • Promote safety and active living
  • Promote helmet use
  • Monitor pathways use and patrol activities
  • Report obstacles and hazards

Patroller requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Complete Police Record Check (blue form)
  • Complete Pathway Patrol training session
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
  • Cyclists and in-line skaters must wear helmet
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 2 patrols per month
  • Must provide cell phone
  • Wear the Pathway Patrol Jersey while on patrol
  • Patrols must be with a minimum of 2 people

First AID and CPR training

All Pathway Patrol volunteers must hold a valid Standard First Aid and CPR level C certification.  

Volunteer and get free Training!

Sign-up for Pathway Patrol today:

Email us:

Online application

Call us at City Wide Sports: 613-580-2854

Youth city connect

Wondering about future employment with the City of Ottawa? 

Youth aged 15 to 30 years will be matched with a City of Ottawa employee based on their career interests.

Why should you participate?

  • Learn about specific jobs at the City
  • Learn about career paths and employment opportunities
  • Expand your network of career contacts

Did You Know...?

The City of Ottawa has been recognized as:

  • One of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014
  • One of the National Capital Region's Top Employers for 2014
  • One of Canada's Top Friendly Employers for 2014
  • One of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2014

Are You Interested?

Once a match has been found, you will meet with your City staff mentor, in person, for 3 hours over a 3 month period at their workplace.
To get started, please complete this online application.

Still Have Questions?  

Call: 613-580-2424 ext. 41500