Summer Student - Park District Director



Requisition ID: 5928 

Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept. 

Multiple Positions

Affiliation: Non Union/Non MPE

Salary Information: $19.000  - $21.400 per hour (2023 rates of pay)

City: Ottawa, ON 

Job Category: Summer Student Recruitment

Application Close: 01/09/2023


The mandate of City Wide Programs, Aquatics & Specialized Services is to provide strategic vision and innovative leadership in managing customer centric sports, physical activity, aquatics and recreation venues, programs and services for all ages, including the management of facilities and/or land, and for the delivery of indoor and outdoor recreation programs and services. This Service provides city wide access to adapted, therapeutic and integrated recreation programs, giving children, youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in community recreation.

Under the guidance of a Program Coordinator, you are responsible for overseeing the daily operation of multiple wading pools within a designated district, and ensure the safety and enjoyment of patrons in a wading pool/park environment. You work with full time City staff and co-workers to ensure the wading pool program meets the needs of the participants, falls in line with the branch mandate and follows all guidelines, policies and procedures. You are also responsible for staff supervision and mentoring, program planning, administration, client relations, assisting with staff training and hiring, compiling statistics and completing reports.


Post-secondary Student - completion of first year college or university

Minimum of 1 year but less than 2 years of related experience is required, with Parks Wading Pool program or equivalent experience Aquatic Leadership will be considered an asset. Capacity to lead, supervise, train and motivate staff.


Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates
AODA Accessibility/IASR Training
Current Lifeguard, Lifesaving, Water Safety and/or Swim Instructor certificates
Principles of Healthy Child Development training course - High Five is desirable
Quest 2 Tool training course - High Five is desirable


  • Extensive knowledge of park program
  • Advanced Computer knowledge (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Experience working with preschoolers and/or school age children and/or youth.
  • Ability to operate and required tools/equipment
  • Ability to follow verbal and/or written directions/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.
  • City of Ottawa Parks & Recreation Core training
  • Leadership and Team Building workshops are an asset
  • Full time use of a car as of the 1st of June.


  • Park Program experience required, proven capacity to lead, train and motivate staff
  • Conflict management, problem solving and ability to multi task.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to complete required reports, statistics and evaluations as assigned.
  • Ability to follow verbal and/or written directions/procedures.
  • Demonstrates supervisory and strong leadership skills
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to train, supervise and evaluate staff.
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills, with the ability to manage simultaneous demands.
  • Ability to work in a team setting or independently
  • Maintain a fun and safe environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, leadership and programming skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Sound judgement in difficult situations
  • Must be able to relate to children and be a good role model
  • Must be tactful, kind and patient
  • Must be calm under pressure
  • Must be creative and resourceful
  • Must be reliable and trustworthy
  • Must be flexible and enthusiastic
  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment.
  • Enjoy working with the public.
  • Demonstrates teamwork and leadership skills with the ability to motivate teams.
  • Physically fit and able to participate in recreation activities.
  • Capable of safe lifting techniques
  • 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.