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Recreation Opportunities

The Recreation Services Department employs over 200 part-time staff annually to provide services to residents in our facilities, recreational and instructional programs.

Applications for the following positions are available at City Hall (8th floor), Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre and Holly Community Centre. Applications are accepted at any time, but there are deadlines for seasonal positions.

  • Program Instructors
    • Fitness Instructors, 55+ programs, etc.
    • General Interest (Yoga, Arts, Sports, Preschool, Children, Dance, Adult, etc.)
  • General Facility Positions
    Client Services Representatives • Maintenance Staff
  • Youth Centres
    Client Services • Gym Attendants • Centre Supervisors
  • Arena
    Skate Patrollers • Skate Supervisors • Arena Attendants
  • Children's Camps 
    Coordinators • Supervisors • Leaders • Jr. Leaders
    Application deadline: January 31 annually
  • Aquatics
    Instructors • Lifeguards
    Spring application deadline: December 3 annually
    Summer application deadline: January 31 annually
     

Camp Positions

The City offers full- and half-day Summer and Holiday Day Camps for children 4–16 years of age. Seasonal employment opportunities for youth and young adults are available in a variety of camps, including but not limited to: sports, creative/arts, dance, leadership, outdoor, drama, preschool, computer, and cooking. These seasonal positions average 24–44 hours per week. Age requirement for all camp positions: Minimum of 16 years of age or turning 16 by the end of the calendar year and must have attended an academic establishment the year in which applying for employment and/or are returning to an academic establishment the following year

Position Summaries & Experience Requirements
Camp Convenor

The Camp Convenor coordinates and oversees the City of Barrie’s camps with responsibilities including program scheduling, development, and delivery, staff training and customer service. This position oversees approximately 150 campers ranging from 4 to 16 years of age, while leading and coaching 30 to 40 Camp Staff including Senior Camp Leaders, Camp Leaders and Volunteers.*This position requires six (6) months of related camp experience.

Experience Requirement: Six (6) months of related camp experience including child minding and camp programming

Senior Camp Leader

The Senior Camp Leader provides hands on leadership to staff, volunteers and participants of the City of Barrie’s camps with responsibilities including the development, planning, and delivery of a comprehensive camp program. This position is responsible for the safety and well-being of up to 60 campers ranging from 4 to 16 years of age, while leading and coaching up to 15 staff including Camp Leaders and Volunteers.

Experience Requirement: Four (4) months of related camp experience including child minding and camp programming

Camp Leader

The Camp Leader runs day-to-day camp activities for a group of campers in one of the City of Barrie’s camps. This position is responsible for the safety and well-being of a group of 6 to 10 campers ranging from 4 to 16 years of age, while providing guidance and mentorship to Volunteers.

Experience Requirement: Previous camp experience and/or experience attending camps as a participant is considered an asset

Inclusion Camp Convenor

The Inclusion Camp Convenor coordinates and oversees the City of Barrie’s adapted/integrated camps with responsibilities including inclusion program scheduling, development, and delivery, staff training and customer service. This position oversees approximately 50 to 100 campers with special needs ranging from 4 to 18+ years of age, while leading and coaching 15 to 20 Inclusion Camp Staff including Senior Inclusion Camp Leaders, Inclusion Camp Leaders and Inclusion Volunteers.

Experience Requirement: Six (6) months of related camp experience, including experience working with persons with disabilities, child minding and camp programming

Senior Inclusion Camp Leader

The Senior Inclusion Camp Leader provides hands on leadership to staff, volunteers and participants of the City of Barrie’s adapted/integrated camps with responsibilities including the development, planning, and delivery of a comprehensive inclusion camp program. This position is responsible for the safety and well-being of up to 20 campers with special needs ranging from 4 to 18+ years of age, while leading and coaching up to 10 staff including Inclusion Camp Leaders and Inclusion Volunteers.

Experience Requirement: Four (4) months of related camp experience, including experience working with persons with disabilities, child minding and camp programming.

Inclusion Camp Leader

The Inclusion Camp Leader runs day-to-day camp activities for campers with special needs in one of the City of Barrie’s adapted/integrated camps. This position is responsible for the safety and well-being of campers ranging from 4 to 18+ years of age, primarily on a one-on-one basis or within an adapted camp environment.

Experience Requirement: Previous camp experience, experience working with persons with disabilities, and/or experience attending camps as a participant is considered an asset

Camp Staff Mandatory Qualifications
ALL Camp Staff Mandatory Qualifications

The following qualifications are to be completed by, and at the expense of the applicant and must be obtained and submitted to the Recreation Services Department by June 30th annually:

Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
The City offers the Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Course. Please check the Recreation Guide for available dates, times and locations. The course is offered through other organizations such as St. John Ambulance and Red Cross

Lifesaving Society Safeguard Certification
The City provides the Lifesaving Society Safeguard Course. Please contact the Recreation Services Department for available dates, times and locations. The course is also offered through the Lifesaving Society.

HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development
The City provides the HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development Course. Please contact the Recreation Services Department for available dates, times and locations. The course is also offered through other municipalities and organizations.

Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check
Must also maintain satisfactory status during employment with the City of Barrie

Inclusion Camp Staff Mandatory Qualifications
Required in addition to the mandatory qualifications above

Behaviour Management Systems (BMS)
The City offers the Behaviour Management Systems (BMS) Course.  Please contact the Recreation Services Department for available dates, times and locations.  The course is also offered through other municipalities and organizations.

Please refer to the full Interview & Training requirements prior to applying. 

Aquatic Positions

The City offers a variety of aquatics services including, open swim programs, swimming lessons, and waterfront swimming to citizens and visitors of the City of Barrie. Seasonal employment opportunities are available at one the City’s aquatic facilities and/or waterfront locations, depending on seasonal requirements. These seasonal positions average 24 to 44 hours per week. Below are the position summaries for the Aquatics positions:

Position Summaries
Lifeguard/Instructor:

The Lifeguard/Instructor is responsible for ensuring the safety of swimmers, class participants, and guests at the City of Barrie’s aquatic facilities. This position rotates between instructing aquatic lesson programs and monitoring recreational swimming activities as required while maintaining City procedures, rules and regulations, Ontario Health and Safety regulations, Lifesaving Society standards, and excellent customer service in all activities.

Lifeguard (Pool Facilities)

The Lifeguard (Pool Facilities) is responsible for ensuring the safety of swimmers and guests at the City of Barrie’s aquatic facilities. This position monitors recreational swimming activities while maintaining City procedures, rules and regulations, Ontario Health and Safety regulations, Lifesaving Society standards, and excellent customer service in all activities.

Lifeguard (Waterfront)

The Lifeguard (Waterfront) is responsible for ensuring the safety of swimmers and guests at the City of Barrie’s outdoor waterfront locations. This position monitors recreational swimming activities and all areas of the assigned outdoor location, which may include waterfront, park and marina areas, while maintaining City procedures, rules and regulations, Ontario Health and Safety regulations, Lifesaving Society standards and excellent customer service in all activities.

This position is dependent on seasonal requirements

Aquatic Staff Mandatory Qualifications
For ALL Aquatic Staff

The following qualifications are to be completed by, and at the expense of the applicant and must be obtained and submitted to the Recreation Services Department prior to an applicant’s first day of employment:

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Certification, Pool and/or Waterfront*
    The City of Barrie provides the NLS Certification Course. Please contact the Recreation Services Department for available dates, times and locations. Alternatively, the course is offered through the Lifesaving Society. Please visit their website for available dates, times and locations of the training.
    *Certification requirement varies depending on lifeguarding location
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
    The City of Barrie offers the Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Course. Please check the City's Recreation Guide for available dates, times and locations. Alternatively, the course is offered through other organizations such as St. John Ambulance and Red Cross. Please visit their websites for available dates, times and locations of the training.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certification
    The City of Barrie offers the AED Certification Course. Please check the City’s Recreation Guide for available dates, times and locations. Alternatively, the course is offered through other organizations such as St. John Ambulance and Red Cross. Please visit their websites for available dates, times and locations of the training.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check
    Must maintain satisfactory status during employment with the City of Barrie
For all Aquatic Instructors

The following qualifications are required in addition to the mandatory qualifications for all Aquatics Staff and are to be completed by, and at the expense of the applicant and must be obtained and submitted to the Recreation Services Department prior to an applicant’s first day of employment:

  • Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Certification
    The City of Barrie provides the Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Certification Course. Please contact the Recreation Services Department for available dates, times and locations. Alternatively, the course is offered through the Lifesaving Society. Please visit their website for available dates, times and locations of the training.
  • Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor Certification
    The City of Barrie provides the Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor Certification Course. Please contact the Recreation Services Department for available dates, times and locations. Alternatively, the course is offered through the Lifesaving Society. Please visit their website for available dates, times and locations of the training.

    Please note: Applicants wishing to apply for summer student employment must have attended an academic establishment (High School, College or University) the year in which they are applying for employment and/or returning the following year.

Please refer to the full Interview & Training requirements prior to applying.

How to Apply

Please complete an application form including full details of education, training and experience.

Annual application deadlines

Camps positions: January 31

Aquatics positions:  
• Spring: December 3
• Summer: January 31
• Fall: July 31

Interview & Training Requirements

Prior to applying, ensure you can meet the interview and training requirements/dates:

Camp Positions: Interview & Training Requirements

Aquatics Positions: Interview & Training Requirements 

 
Apply by e-mail: Camp Positions: SummerRecJobs@barrie.ca
Aquatics Positions: aquatics.jobs@barrie.ca
Resumes accepted in Microsoft Word Format only
Apply in person: • Recreation Department, City Hall, 70 Collier St. (8th Floor)
• Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Dr..
• East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone St. E..
• Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave.
There are limited number of positions available due to the number of returning staff from previous summers/sessions. We thank all applicants and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Frequently Asked Questions

I cannot attend all of the listed trainings. Can I still obtain a position?

No, training is mandatory. Options have been provided and additional training is not available. Please see training dates to confirm your availability:

Camp Positions: Interview & Training Information

Aquatics Positions: Interview & Training Information

I require multiple weeks off from work during the summer months. Can I still obtain a position within day camp?

As a successful applicant, you may request a maximum of one week (Monday to Friday) off during your summer contract. All time off requests are considered but not guaranteed. Requesting one day off may result in not being scheduled for the full week.

I don’t have all of my qualifications right now, can I still apply?

Yes. The City provides opportunities to obtain qualifications. Copies of all qualifications are due to your respective programmer no later than June 30.

Do these positions require a vehicle?

Most positions do not require a vehicle; however, staff can be placed at any camp location. See job descriptions regarding vehicle requirements.

How many weeks of work will I receive for summer camps employment?

The number of weeks Summer Camp Staff receive is job dependent with a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 9 weeks. Camp Convenors will receive a minimum of 14 weeks to a maximum of 18 weeks of work.

I’ll be 16 years old in January of next year. Can I still apply and obtain a position?

No.

For camps positions, all successful applications are to be a minimum of 16 years of age or turning 16 by the end of the calendar year and must have attended an academic establishment the year in which applying for employment and/or are returning to an academic establishment the following year.

For aquatics positions, all successful applications are to be a minimum of 16 years of age in accordance with Lifesaving Society standards.

I cannot attend any of the interview dates listed. Can I still apply to work in camp?

No, interviews are mandatory. Options have been provided and additional interview times are not available. Please see interview dates to confirm your availability.

Camp Positions: Interview & Training Requirements

Aquatics Positions: Interview & Training Requirements

 

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