Ontario Parks is getting ready for its summer season and they’re hiring park wardens to protect its over 340 parks. Here’s how you can apply.

In order to have a safe and successful season, Ontario Parks are in need of wardens to ensure the park and its visitors are protected at all times.

Accidents or emergencies are inevitable so park wardens are essential to public safety throughout their park experience.

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They also help park operations with facility cleaning, campground maintenance, and water system operation, along with maintaining trails, portages, and campsites, according to Ontario Parks.

If this is a job you’re interested in, here’s the nitty gritty on what’s required:

You must be or have:

  • 19 years of age
  • valid class “G” Ontario driver’s licence or equivalent
  • ability to obtain security clearance through a criminal background check
  • successful completion of multi-week Provincial Park Warden Course (which is provided)

Along with that, Ontario Parks looks at these additional skills that can help make your resume stand out among the crowd:

  • ability to effectively resolve customer conflicts/complaints, share important information, document observations and activities, and write clear and concise reports
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • ability to work independently without direct supervision, initiative to remain productive and support other park programs when necessary
  • experience or education working in/with law enforcement
  • experience or education managing natural or cultural resources
  • knowledge and understanding of Ontario Parks and the objectives of their organization

As for work schedule, most of the park warden positions occur during peak season from June to September through most nights and weekends. But contract lengths may vary by park.

Sounds like the job for you? Take a look at the Ontario Parks Locator Map and decide which parks you would like to apply to.

Apply through the Ontario Public Services Careers page and if there is no job opening for the locations you want, fill out the warden contact form. There you can pick the parks you want to work at.

Good luck on your job application!