Types of Positions

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. Please view the posting for more information.

Jobs that Hire at 14 years of age

The following jobs hire people at 14 years of age.

  • Special Needs Program Staff
  • 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

Online Applications

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.

We thank all those who apply, however, only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline

Every year Parks, Forestry & Recreation (PFR) begins recruiting for summer jobs in December (to February) and Fall, Winter and Spring jobs in June (to August). Please see postings for detailed dates.

Only applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date will be considered.

If you want to apply for more than one position you must submit separate online applications for each position you are interested in. Each application should have a resume and cover letter attached that describes your qualifications in relation to the qualifications required. Although a cover letter is recommended, your resume is sufficient for the screening process.

Only qualified applicants will be considered.

Making Changes to your Application Form

Once an application is submitted (including the resume, cover letter and Pre-Screening Questionnaire answers), it cannot be revised or deleted. Please carefully review your application and ensure that the correct selections have been made before clicking ‘Confirm and submit Application’.


After you have submitted your online application, you will receive a confirmation email to the email address provided. You can also log into your account and click on “Application Management”. Here you will be able to view what you have applied to and see if your resume was uploaded.

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 Health 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.

Current Recreation Workers

Do not register or apply to job opportunities through 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 are organized directly within each recreation facility. Please visit your nearest recreation centre and speak with a Community Recreation Programmer.


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