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Parks Summer Student and Youth Seasonal Position

Req ID: 3248
Vacancy Type: Seasonal 
Closing Date: 06/01/2020

Job Summary

Love the outdoors? Want to work for the best Parks Division in Canada and develop your skills?  If so, these Parks Positions is the perfect opportunity for you, if you are between the ages of 16-29.


This is your chance to be part of a dynamic and innovative team of professionals who work hard to ensure the best possible experience for all of our residents and visitors. We take a lot of pride in what we do and we want you to join us in working together to make our great public spaces even better.


Employment Period is from May 4, 2020 up to Friday, August 28, 2020, based on a 40 hour work week, and includes evenings, weekends, holidays and shift work. 


Learn more from Sarah on what it is like to be a Parks Laboruer at the City!


Duties and Responsibilities

The successful incumbent may be assigned to any of the following responsibilities:  

  • Turf maintenance: including mowing, trimming, aeration, fertilization activities;
  • Horticultural maintenance : including planting, weeding and maintenance of annual, perennial and shrub beds along with other horticultural displays;
  • Litter picking and planned garbage/recycling collection and disposal in parks;
  • Sports field maintenance including lining, gilling, turf cutting, and various amenity repairs to sports fields;
  • Cemetery operations including horticulture and turf maintenance and assistance with internments.
  • Assist staff in the inspection, cleaning and repair of multiple park amenities e.g. playgrounds, splash pads and picnic shelters.
  • Participate in the delivery, set up, takedown, clean-up and support for community and special events.
  • Operate various hand tools and powered equipment, including a pickup truck (minimum ¾ ton truck)
  • Other duties as assigned.
Successful applicants will be expected to complete responsibilities that meet the operational needs of the business units, which will require:
  • Working various shifts including evenings, weekends, holidays and shift work.
  • Flexibility over the course of the work term as staff can be re-deployed to various locations, shifts and/or assigned a variety of job responsibilities on a day-to-day basis.
  • Physical Demands: 

  • Working outdoors during all weather conditions between May and September
  • Exposure to vibration, unpleasant smells, fumes, dust, and flying particles
  • Exposure to grass, weeds, trees and other outdoor allergens, animal feces and various insects
  • Requires bending, lifting heavy equipment and objects (up to 55 lbs), climbing, walking, pushing, sitting, standing and repetitive motion
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend various training sessions throughout the season.
Skills and Qualifications

Summer student positions are responsible for various duties related to the maintenance and operation of City owned parkland.

  • Previous experience working outdoors and dealing with customers is preferred.
  • Formal education in landscaping or horticulture would is considered an asset
  • All applicants must be available to work the entire duration of the term, 40 hours per week, including evenings, weekends, holidays and shift work. Will be assigned alternate duties, shifts or locations based on operational needs.
  • Must hold Emergency First Aid Certification (proof will required at the time of the interviewAbility to work in varying climate conditions.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to deal with the public courteously and effectively.
  • Must possess Green Patch CSA approved safety boots, 6”-8” to cover ankle made of suede or leather material.


Hourly Rate/Salary: $15.77 - $18.82 
Hours of Work: 40 hour work week 
Work Location: Various 
Department/Division/Section: CMS/Community Services Dept , CMS/Parks and Forestry Division , Parks Operations 
Non-Union/Union: Non Union 


A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, at his or her own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.


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


All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act. 


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.     



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