Community Recreation offers a variety of job opportunities throughout the year. Read each section carefully to learn more about the positions available and their requirements.

We use an online application system for receiving applications to job opportunities. We no longer accept mailed, hand delivered or faxed resumes/cover letters. You must apply online.

Additional information is available on How to Get Hired in Recreation along with detailed instructions on how to Apply Online.

Positions available in recreation include jobs working with children, youth, adults and seniors. You can work in various program areas, including aquatics, arts and culture, camps, pre-school, community programs, fitness and wellness and sports. Jobs are located across the city in community centres, parks, pools, arenas and city-owned museums and cultural centres.

Not all positions are available in each district or every season.

A complete list of job opportunities is available online. You can also search by job category:

For most positions, you must be at least 16 years old. The following positions are also available for 14 and 15 year olds.

  • Aquatic Program Assistant
  • Wading Pool Attendant (certain locations only)
  • Rink Guard
  • Skate Program Assistant Instructor
  • Assistant Lift Instructor
  • Assistant Snow Centre Administrator
  • Ski/Snowboard Assistant Instructor
  • Rental Shop Assistant Coordinator
  • Assistant Sports Instructor

The qualifications and certifications required to work for Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) vary depending on the job. Ensure you list the qualifications you have on your resume and bring a copy to your interview. All positions require a first aid and CPR certification. Review the list below for specific requirements. Following the mandatory qualifications, is a list of training that can enhance your application.

First Aid Certification

Applicants currently registered to take a first aid course, can still apply, but will be required to have this certification before beginning work.

Note: Having your first aid certification at the time of applying, may allow you to score higher when your application is being screened for employment.

Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) Certification

This is a mandatory course that will be provided to you upon obtaining a conditional offer of employment. You will be provided with course dates and details at that time.

Vulnerable Sector Check

One of the requirements for working with children and vulnerable adults is applicants providing the results of a Vulnerable Sector Check. For Recreation Worker positions, we are only able to consider candidates who obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check. Once an applicant is given a conditional offer of employment, we will obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check for applicants who reside within the City of Toronto. Applicants who reside outside of the City of Toronto will need to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check from their local Police Service.

For further information on the vulnerable sector screening, please contact your local Police Service.

Training That Can Enhance Your Application

  • HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development Certificate
  • Play It Fair
  • Food Handling
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Fitness Certification
  • Propane Handling

In addition to the certifications and qualifications listed above, Aquatic staff are also required to have completed the following certifications before starting work and certifications must be current and cannot be expired. Review the list for each program and job title and its mandatory qualifications.

Aqua Fitness Instructor

Aquatic Fitness Certification in one of the following

  • WaterArt – Aquafit Instructor
  • Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. – Aquafitness Leader
  • Equivalent certification as reviewed by Aquatic Committee

and possess

  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications

Aquatic Program Assistant

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications

Note: Before being eligible to attend Bronze Cross certification, you must have completed

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion certification

Lifeguard – Pool

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (NL) pool certification
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications

Note: Before being eligible to participate in NL certification, you must have completed

  1. Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion certification
  2. Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification

Lifeguard – Waterfront

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (NL) pool certification or National Lifeguard Waterfront certification
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications
  • Pleasure Craft Operator card
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the National Lifeguard Waterfront certification within the first year of employment and continue to meet the certification standards

Note: Before being eligible to participate in NL certification, you must have completed

  1. Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion certification
  2. Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification

Swim Instructor

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (NL) certification
  • Lifesaving Society (LSS) Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor, and Emergency First Aid Instructor certifications
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications

Note: Before being eligible to participate in NL and Instructor certifications, you must have completed

  1. Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion certification
  2. Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification

Wading Pool Attendant

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross or Lifesaving Society Wading Pool Attendant Certification
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications

Note: Before being eligible to attend Bronze Cross certification, you must have completed

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion certification

 

Current Recreation Workers

Do not register or apply to job opportunities through the City’s job board (SuccessFactors) if you are an active recreation worker with Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Instead, please complete an online scheduling form. The positions that are posted on this website are for external applicants only (culture positions excluded).

Volunteers

Volunteers are organized directly within each recreation facility. Please visit your nearest recreation centre and speak with a Community Recreation Programmer.

Questions

If you still have questions, please send us an email at recjobs@toronto.ca

Please note we are unable to:

  • accept applications at the email address above – you must apply online
  • forward resumes on your behalf to recruiters or hiring managers
  • update on the status or confirm receipt of your application
  • provide assistance with resume or cover letter writing
  • provide coaching or employment supports in regards to strategic recruitment