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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:

  • 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
  • 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 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.

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.

A complete list of courses is available in the Summer Camp section [ PDF - 934 KB ] of the Recreation Guide.

“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 Foundation

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

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, email RCFSVolunteer@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424 ext. 20029.

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 [ PDF - 118 KB ].
  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.