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Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services recruitment

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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 February 1, 2022 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:

  • Aqua fitness instructor
  • 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
  • Part-time maintenance worker
  • Public skating attendant
  • Program leader
  • Sports Instructor
  • Specialty 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 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.

Youth leadership programs

Real training, real certificates, real experience!

The City of Ottawa offers a full range of leadership programs for youth 14 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

Advanced Leadership Program (ALP)

This program is aimed at youth 14 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.

Volunteer opportunities - Recreation

Want to gain volunteering experience while making a difference in your community? The Recreation, Cultural and Facilities ​Services Department has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for people aged 14 years or older. Assist with:

  • before and after school programs
  • march break camps
  • holiday​ camps
  • summer camps
  • an activity or program at one of our many Community Centres

Volunteer in your community today!

View more information, or for questions email or call 613-580-2424 ext. 20029.

Hands together

Volunteer opportunities - Museums

Volunteers 14 years or older can take part in:

  • Administrative support
  • Assisting with educational and public programs
  • Artefact collections
  • Costumed actors
  • Customer service
  • Exhibitions
  • Gardening
  • Heritage trades
  • Photography
  • Promotional outreach
  • Prop and set building
  • Research
  • Sewing
  • Tea service (Tea on the Lawn)

Some volunteer roles may require specialized skills, training, or knowledge. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to indicate relevant skills and training when completing their online application.

For more information, email heritagevolunteers@ottawa.ca

Locations

*Public bus routes do not service this site

Application process for 18+

  1. Fill out the online application including emergency contacts and references. Contact information is required for both references. Family members may not be used as references.
  2. Complete the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) training. This training is mandatory of all City of Ottawa volunteers and is available online. Once completed, please provide confirmation by:
    1. Sending an email with the subject line “AODA training completed.”
    2. Including your name and the date you completed each training in the body of the email.
  3. Complete your Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJM). After you’ve completed requirements 1 and 2, you will be provided with a letter of authorization which will allow you to obtain your CRJM free of charge. Once you receive your background check, please forward the electronic document to heritagevolunteers@ottawa.ca.
  4. You will then be notified by the volunteer program coordinator that your application has been accepted. At this time, you can view and sign up for available volunteer opportunities online through your volunteer profile.

Application process for students

Volunteers aged 14 to 18 will follow different steps.

  1. Fill out the online application including emergency contacts and references. Contact information is required for both references. Family members may not be used as references.
  2. Complete the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) training. This training is mandatory of all City of Ottawa volunteers and is available online. Once completed, please provide confirmation by:
    1. Sending an email with the subject line “AODA training completed.”
    2. Including your name and the date you completed each training in the body of the email.
  3. Scan and email a signed copy of the parental/legal guardian consent form.
  4. Scan and email a copy of your Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJM). You may begin your CRJM application online but will need to visit the Queensview Police Station (2670 Queensview Drive) in person with two pieces of identification to complete the process. If you do not have two pieces of identification, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  5. You will then be notified by the volunteer program coordinator will then notify you that your application has been accepted. At this time, you can view and sign up for available volunteer opportunities online through your volunteer profile.

Seniors clubs and groups

Organization name Contact name(s) Phone number(s)
Active Living Club Jean Ollson 613-580-3575 
Age d'or St-Laurent Aurore Laniel 613-822-2514
Ashton Seniors Club John Gill 613-257-1326
Barrhaven Seniors' Council Don Winchester 613-440-3620
Blossom Park 50 Plus Dorothy Deschambault 613-521-5749
Blossom Park Seniors Club Richard Darbyshire 613-737-0858
Carp Seniors Margaret Gibson 613-832-0981
C.O.S.C.A. Overbrook Senior Association n/a 613-742-5147
Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans n/a 613-830-6436
Centre Francophone de Vanier n/a 613-746-0611
Centre Pauline Charron (Club 60) Léo Lavergne 613-741-0562
Club d'âge d'or Colombien de Vanier Maurice Gignac 613-745-7849
Club d'âge d'or Marie-Médiatrice Louise Régnier 613-741-9159
Club Optimiste Vanier Maurice Lamirande 613-748-7827
Club Pétanque de Sarsfield Fernand Leduc 613-835-2930
Constance and Buchman's Bay Community Association Len Russell 613-832-4694
The Council of Aging Ottawa Sarah Bercier 613-789-3577
Crystal Beach/Lakeview Friendship Club Judy Leeson 613-829-1083
Cumberland Township Pioneers Edith Nolan 613-487-2345
Fédération des aînées et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario Michele Guay, Directrice general 613-747-0469
Fitzroy Harbour Seniors Club Connie Reitsma 613-623-4170
Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre Mari Wellman n/a
Gloucester Senior Adults' Centre Sharon Oatway 613-749-1974
Gloucester South Seniors Centre Robert Cameron 613-822-0020
Greely Friendship Club Kay Johnston 613-821-2666
Heron Road Seniors Centre n/a 613-247-4802
Hobbs Seniors Club Ann McConnell 613-462-4082
Home Maintenance Program Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686
Huntley Friendship Club Frank Walsh 613-839-3063
Jock River Seniors Audrey 613-838-5304
Kanata Heritage Club Alfred Moore 613-591-9515
Kanata Seniors' Centre n/a 613-599-4480
Kanata Seniors Council Sarah Trant 613-254-7164
Kanata Seniors Lunch Program Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686
Kinburn and District Senior Citizens Jack Shaw 613-839-5326
Les Feuilles d'automne Janine Boisvert 613-833-2744
Merivale Seniors Joan Kidd, President 613-591-6255
Mouvement d`implication francophone d`Orléans - MIFO info@mifo.ca 613-830-6436
New Horizon Earl Burnett 613-825-3088
North Gower Walking Group - "Happy Hoffers" Keith Ramsay 613-489-3839
Orleans Legion 632 Seniors Club Pauline Messier Linda Brewin 1-613-882-3165 1-343-548-9519
Ottawa Public Education Retiree's Association O.P.E.R.A. Peter Norman, President 613-592-2816
People Meeting People Ottawa Fran Evans n/a
Pioneers Seniors Club John Chiviendacz 613-833-2275
Probus Club of Western Ottawa Peter Doyle n/a
Punjabi Seniors Group Charanjit Wadehra 613-592-2431
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa Julie Lizotte 613-834-6808
Retraite en Action Anne-Marie Laurendeau 613-860-1099, ext. 1
Richmond Golden Age Club Hilda Moore 613-838-2274
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 Seniors Club n/a 613-829-5417
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #638 n/a 613-591-5570
Sand Hills Seniors Club Frances Gentile 613-832-1588
Seniors' Centre Without Walls from The Good Companions Rachel Sutcliffe 613-236-0428
Seniors Euchre (Constance Bay) Al Baskin 613-832-1190
Senior Games Bill Duncan 613-832-4516
Sri Lanka Canada Association of Ottawa Seniors Group The Coordinator 613-700-4849
Stittsville 55 Club Joan David 613-836-7489
Stittsville Friendship Club n/a 613-831-8819
Supporting Seniors Laura Polegato 613-295-1984
Top Generation Club John Saunders 613-487-2474
Vernon Friendship Club Daisy Robinson, President 613-821-2539
West Carleton Country Knitters Eleanor Reynaud 613-839-5403