the national website of Interpretation Canada

Park Ranger: Natural Heritage Education Assistant

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Job Description: 

Organization: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Division: Various Divisions and Branches

City: Algonquin Provincial Park (Achray)*, Algonquin Provincial Park (Brent)*, Algonquin Provincial Park (Kiosk)*, Algonquin Provincial Park (Pembroke), Algonquin Provincial Park (Whitney)*, Arrowhead Provincial Park (Huntsville), Awenda Provincial Park (Penetanguishene), Balsam Lake Provincial Park (Kirkfield)*, Bass Lake Provincial Park (Orillia), Blue Lake Provincial Park (Vermiillion Bay)*, Bon Echo Provincial Park (Cloyne)*, Bonnechere Provincial Park (Killaloe)*, Bronte Creek Provincial Park (Oakville), Charleston Lake Provincial Park (Lansdowne), Chutes Provincial Park (Massey), Connaught, Craigleith Provincial Park (Blue Mountain), Darlington Provincial Park (Bowmanville)*, Driftwood Provincial Park (Stonecliffe)*, Earl Rowe Provincial Park (Alliston), East Region Park Zone Office (Kingston), Emily Provincial Park (Omemee), Fairbank Provincial Park (Worthington)*, Ferris Provincial Park (Campbellford), Finlayson Point Provincial Park (Temagami)*, Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve (Pelee Island), Fitzroy Provincial Park (Fitzroy Harbour), French River Provicial Park - Visitor Centre (Alban), Frontenac Provincial Park (Sydenham), Fushimi Provincial Park (Hearst)*, Grundy Lake Provincial Park (Britt)*, Halfway Lake Provincial Park (Cartier)*, Inverhuron Provincial Park (Tiverton), Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park (Foleyet)*, John E. Pearce Provincial Park (Wallacetown), Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park (Kakabeka Falls), Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (Bancroft), Killarney Provincial Park (Killarney)*, Killbear Provincial Park (Nobel)*, Kirkland Lake, Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park (Prince Edward), Lake St. Peter Provincial Park (Lake St. Peter), Lake Superior Provincial Park (Wawa)*, Long Point Provincial Park (Port Rowan), MacGregor Point Provincial Park (Port Elgin), Mara Provincial Park (Orillia), Marten River Provincial Park (Marten River)*, Massasauga Provincial Park (Mactier)*, McRae Point Provincial Park (Orillia), Mikisew Provincial Park (South River), Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park (Chapleau)*, Murphys Point Provincial Park (Perth)*, Nagagamisis Provincial Park (Hornepayne)*, Neys Provincial Park (Marathon)*, North Beach Provincial Park (Consecon), North West Region Park Zone Office (Thunder Bay), Oastler Lake Provincial Park (Seguin)*, Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve (Windsor), Pancake Bay Provincial Park (Batchawana Bay)*, Petroglyphs Provincial Park (Woodview)*, Pinery Provincial Park (Grand Bend), Point Farms Provincial Park (Goderich), Port Burwell Provincial Park (Port Burwell), Presqu'ile Provincial Park (Brighton), Quetico Provincial Park (Atikokan)*, Rainbow Falls Provincial Park (Schreiber)*, René Brunelle Provincial Park (Moonbeam), Restoule Provincial Park (Restoule)*, Rideau River Provincial Park (Kemptville), Rock Point Provincial Park (LowBanks), Rondeau Provincial Park (Morpeth), Rushing River Provincial Park (Kenora)*, Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park (Mattawa)*, Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton), Sandbar Lake Provincial Park (Ignace), Sauble Falls Provincial Park (South Bruce Peninsula), Selkirk Provincial Park (Selkirk), Sharbot Lake Provincial Park (Sharbot Lake), Short Hills Provincial Park (Thorold), Sibbald Point Provincial Park (Sutton West), Silent Lake Provincial Park (Bancroft)*, Silver Lake Provincial Park (Maberly), Six Mile Lake Provincial Park (Port Severn), Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Pass Lake)*, Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park (Pointe Au Baril)*, Turkey Point Provincial Park (Turkey Point), Voyageur Provincial Park (Chute-A-Blondeau), Wakami Lake Provincial Park (Sultan)*, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (Wasaga Beach), Wheatley Provincial Park (Wheatley), White Lake Provincial Park (White River)*, Windy Lake Provincial Park (Levack)*, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (Red Lake)

Job Term: 1289 Temporary

Job Code: Student 1 - Student Level 1, Student 2 - Student Level 2

Salary: $11.40 - $12.25 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

Understanding the job ad - definitions

Posting Status: Open

Job ID: 104974


Are you a student looking for an opportunity to build your career over the summer? Are you passionate about making a difference?

The Summer Employment Opportunities program provides students with opportunities to obtain valuable work experience, gain transferable skills, and build professional networks.

  • LEARN: Jump start your career, whether you want to learn business skills, use your French language skills, help out in a lab, or work outdoors. Put the knowledge you’ve acquired at school into action.
  • GROW: Enhance your skills and expand your network by working on projects, leading initiatives and sharing your ideas. Transfer the skills you learn to your future school and work experiences.
  • CONTRIBUTE: In addition to advancing your professional and personal skills, you will also give back to your community. Spend your summer working to support the interests of Ontarians!

Information to assist you with the application process, including the Application Guide is available at Summer Employment Opportunities.

This job posting represents multiple positions and locations across Ontario. Within your application, you will have the opportunity to identify the skills, work preferences and qualifications you have that make you a suitable candidate for this position. You will also be required to identify the parks you are able to travel to and work in. Some parks may be located in distant or remote areas in Ontario and may not be accessible by public transit. For the location of provincial parks in Ontario, please review the following map.

Some parks have limited staff accommodations that may be available to student Park Rangers. Parks that may offer limited accommodation are marked above with an asterisk (*) beside the park name. You may also check out the list of Provincial Parks with Staff Housing for Park Ranger positions.

Note: When applying to parks without accommodation, only select those parks that you are able to live near and commute to. Relocation expenses and/or accommodations are not covered by ministries. 

Note: You can apply for Park Ranger positions during ONE of the following posting times: 
• Posting 1: January 3rd – February 14th, 2017
• Posting 2: February 15th – March 28th, 2017

Please do not submit your application for both postings

What can I expect to do in this role?

Work Description:

In a Provincial Park environment, there are many types of Park Ranger positions:

  • Gate Attendant – Assists with issuing park permits, day-to-day park operations, and performing clerical and customer service functions.
  • Interior Ranger – Travels into the interior of a Provincial Park on one-day or multi-day trips, performing campsite, portage, and trail maintenance.
  • Administrative Assistant – Performs clerical and administrative functions.
  • GIS Data Technician - Uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to conduct data and trend analysis, including spatial trend analysis.
  • Trail Maintenance – Assists with trail maintenance and development, utilizing hand tools.
  • Natural Heritage Education Assistant - Assists with the delivery of Natural Heritage Education programs.
  • Maintenance Worker – Performs unskilled manual labor duties and operates light power equipment.
  • Park Planner – Supports the delivery of a park planning program.
  • Park Store Sales Clerk – Assists with grocery and merchandise retail sales, as well as clerical activities.

How do I qualify?


You must meet all eligibility criteria on the first day of employment to be eligible for these positions.

  1. Student Status: All summer jobs require a “student” status. A student is defined as someone enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) or has graduated within the past six months. If you graduated in January, you could apply for and start a summer student position in the Ontario Public Service up until June of that year.
  2. Age: The age requirements for most positions is a minimum of 15 years of age up to 24 years of age (or up to 29 years of age for a person with a disability), while certain jobs require you to be a minimum of 18 years of age due to the nature of the work being performed. You must meet all age requirements for the position by May 1, 2017.
  3. Residency: You must be a resident of Ontario during the term of employment.
  4. Work Status – Ability to Work in Canada: You much be legally entitled to work in Canada. You are also required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) upon being hired.

Communication and Customer Service Skills

  • You apply your verbal and written communication skills to communicate information related to programs, prepare a variety of documents, and respond to public and/or internal inquiries by phone, email, and in-person.
  • You apply your initiative and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within a team environment.

Technical Skills

  • You apply basic safe operating practices when working with machinery and equipment.
  • You have the ability to conduct maintenance of grounds, buildings, and equipment, and to use machinery, equipment, and tools (e.g. lawn mowers, weed trimmers).
  • You apply your basic mathematical skills to accurately perform cash handling duties.
  • You apply your experience using Microsoft Office applications, such as Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets), as well as databases, email, and the internet to conduct research and prepare a variety of documents.
  • You apply your experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ESRI ArcGIS suite to conduct data and trend analysis (including spatial trend analysis), prepare simple maps, and track, compile, and evaluate information.

Organizational Skills

  • You follow instructions and seek clarification, as required.
  • You pay close attention to detail and record information accurately.
  • You plan, organize, and prioritize your work to meet competing deadlines.

Additional Requirements

  • Certain positions require you to have a valid Ontario G2 (or higher) Driver's Licence or equivalent.
  • Certain positions require that you have, or be willing to acquire, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card as a condition of employment.
  • Certain positions require that you have certification in Standard First Aid and CPR.
  • You are willing and able to work shifts and weekends with an irregular schedule up to 36.25 hours per week.
  • You are able to work in an outdoor environment with some physical activity involved, including lifting and carrying weighted items in accordance with the Employment Standards Act and Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
  • You will require training on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • You are capable of, and comfortable with, operating small machinery and equipment, and using lawn care tools.
Employer Address: 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ontario Parks
Various, ON .
Employer Phone: 
+1 604 555 1212
Job Type: