Summer Student - Inclusive Recreation Camp Counselor



Requisition ID: 5969 

Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept. 

Multiple Positions

Affiliation: Non Union/Non MPE

Salary Information: $16.300  - $17.700 per hour (2023 rates of pay)

City: Ottawa, ON 

Job Category: Summer Student Recruitment

Application Close: 01/09/2023


The Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services department is responsible for building a healthy, inclusive and vibrant City, as well as ensuring that communities, residents and visitors have access to the recreation and cultural places, programs, events and services that allow them to experience all the benefits the City has to offer, and overseeing Buildings and Facilities Management for improved service delivery integration, ensuring the best possible client experience in City facilities.

Under the guidance of a supervisor, you are responsible for assisting with all functions related to the delivery of summer camp programs to ensure a safe and enjoyable camp experience for special needs children/youth registered at the camp. You provide direct client care and intervention, and program adaptation. The programs may take place indoors, outdoors, or in a variety of locations.


Post-secondary Student - completion of first year college or university in Nursing, Developmental Services Worker, Recreation and Leisure, or related field

Minimum of 8 months but less than 1 year of related experience is required


Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates
AODA Accessibility/IASR Training
Alternative Communication Systems (ASL- American Sign Language) training is desirable
Ergonomic Lifts and Transfers training
Crisis Prevention/Intervention training certificate is an asset
Principles of Healthy Child Development training course - High Five is desirable


  • Children/Youth with special needs
  • Understanding the development and recreational needs of children.
  • AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Legislated training
  • City of Ottawa Core Training
  • Applicable Ottawa Parks & Recreation, policies and procedures.
  • Must possess the training, experience and knowledge to organize the work and its performance.
  • Must be familiar with all applicable health and safety legislation, have knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the work place, and have knowledge of appropriate actions to be taken in order to ensure the health and safety of staff in accordance with applicable legislation and City policies and procedures.


  • Programming skills in crafts, sports, games, creative play, stories and music.
  • Experience working with children and/or youth with special needs.
  • Ability to operate any required tools/equipment
  • Ability to follow verbal and/or written directions/procedures.
  • Ability to accompany and supervise participants in a variety of environments including aquatic.
  • Lift and transfers procedures (as instructed and trained) to avoid participant or self injury
  • Ability to promote teamwork and to work independently when appropriate.
  • Maintain a fun and safe environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership and programming planning skills.
  • Interest or experience working with people with disabilities.
  • Good judgment, leadership and team spirit
  • Shows initiative
  • Patient • Good role model
  • Trustworthy
  • Leadership skills
  • Reliable
  • Flexible, creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Organized
  • Physically Fit and able to participate in active recreation activities • Proper attire and footwear


  • Language Requirement:Various language requirements, locations may require English only, French only OR Bilingual competencies. Some positions require English oral, reading, and writing. Some positions required French oral, reading and writing.   
  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction.; Note: Under the age of 18, requires a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters check in place of the Vulnerable Sector Check.; Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.
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We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.



 Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.