Winter employment

Don’t let the cold get you down. A variety of positions are also available in our recreational centres throughout the winter season (generally late August until May). Positions include: shift leader, rink attendants, dining room staff, aquatic instructors, lifeguards and much more. Applications are accepted year round at each arena and a Career Fair is typically held in early August. Watch this website and your local newspaper for details.

Current openings

Frequently asked questions

What types of arena positions do you recruit for?

A variety of positions are available, including: shift leaders, rink attendants, skate patrol, ticket sellers, concession staff, dining room staff, bar staff, event staff (ushers & ticket takers), cleaners, suite staff, kitchen staff, front line customer service staff, cash clerks.


When does your hiring typically occur?

A career fair is typically held in early August, with postings on Workopolis and local newspapers. Applications are also accepted at the arenas year round.


What is the period of time these positions last?

Positions typically run late August through May, depending on when ice comes out in each facility. A small number of staff remain employed during the summer months.


What kind of hours/schedule might people expect?

These positions are part-time, offering up to 20-24 hours per week, depending on the scheduling of events. Applicants must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays.


Who should I contact if I want more info?

Feel free to contact any of the City arenas for information. The facility managers will be happy to answer your questions.

Ice Rinks

The City of Guelph offers a variety of part-time opportunities for our rinks/arenas. The recruitment process typically begins around August. At that time, these positions will be listed under our current openings section of our website. Below are sample job descriptions, listing the duties, qualifications, and pay rates to help you best prepare when these jobs do become open.


Shift Leader Civic Precinct

Duties

  • Operate ice re-surfacers for rink resurfacing
  • Recognize potential accident causes and watch out for and eliminate them.
  • Report without delay any accidents, defects in the ice etc.
  • Ensure safety of skaters at all times
  • Perform general maintenance and cleaning duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Monitor the operation of a refrigeration plant (record plant temperatures, pressures etc.)

Qualifications

  • Previous experience operating an ice-resurfacer would be an asset (SIRO certificate)
  • Current or ability to obtain Emergency First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public
  • Strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Have a valid class G drivers license

Rate of pay

$11.32 per hour


Skate Attendant

Duties

  • Maintain a safe and fun skating program
  • Skate among participants to ensure ice safety
  • Ensure safety of skaters at all times
  • Recognize potential accident causes and watch out for and eliminate them.
  • Report without delay any accidents, defects in the ice etc.
  • Assist the maintainer in clearing the ice of skaters for rink resurfacing
  • Perform general maintenance and cleaning duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Good skating ability
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public
  • Current or ability to obtain Emergency First Aid/CPR Certificate

Rink Attendants

Duties

  • Operate ice re-surfacers for rink resurfacing
  • Recognize potential accident causes and watch out for and eliminate them.
  • Report without delay any accidents, defects in the ice etc.
  • Ensure safety of skaters at all times
  • Perform general maintenance and cleaning duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Monitor the operation of a refrigeration plant (record plant temperatures, pressures etc.)

Qualifications

  • Previous experience operating an ice-resurfacer would be an asset (SIRO certificate)
  • Current or ability to obtain Emergency First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public
  • Strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Have a valid class G drivers license

Must be available and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays

Sleeman Centre

Sleeman Centre

Located in the heart of downtown Guelph, the Sleeman Centre is a state of the art facility that opened in September of 2000. With a seating capacity of 5000 people, the Sleeman Centre is used for concerts, trade shows, conferences and various sporting events. It is also the home of the 2004 OHL champions, Guelph Storm.

Part time employment opportunities are advertised in early August for the upcoming hockey season.

Food and Beverage Job descriptions Operations Job Descriptions

Winter Control Operators

Sidewalk Winter Control Operators (Temporary)

26 KBSidewalk Winter Control Operator job description

Qualifications

Successful candidates will be decisive, self-motivated, and able to communicate in a cordial and professional manner. You will operate equipment relating to Sidewalk Winter Control operations including but not limited to Sidewalk Plow with Plow Blade or Snow Blower Attachment. Winter Control training will be provided. You will comply with all applicable regulations/requirements, report variances to daily work plans, and actively participate in a team environment. As well, you will complete daily time sheets and report vandalism, mechanical difficulties, and damage. Mechanically inclined, you are able to perform physical labour, including lifting and shoveling. You must have a valid Class G licence in good standing and have held such licence for the past 5 years.

Hours of work

This role is required to work during or following snow storms for shifts ranging from 4 to 12 hours in duration. Hours will be as needed on a Call In basis, Monday through Sunday up to a maximum of 12 hours per day and 60 hours per week. Ability to respond to the worksite within 30 minutes would be required.  These positions are for approximately 20 weeks duration from December to April.

Rate of pay

$24.65 per hour


Roads Winter Control Operators (Temporary)

22 KBSeasonal Winter Control Operators job description

Duties

You will operate equipment relating to Winter Control operations for Roads including, but not limited to: Tandem or Single Axle plow/spreader truck with or without a wing unit; and a front end loader. Winter Control training will be provided. You will comply with all applicable regulations/requirements, report variances to daily work plans, and actively participate in a team environment. As well, you will complete daily time sheets, report material quantities used, vandalism, mechanical difficulties, and damage.

Qualifications

You are able to perform physical labour, including lifting and shoveling. You have five years recent experience operating DZ vehicles and relevant heavy equipment in winter driving conditions. You must have a valid DZ licence in good standing and have held such licence for the past 5 years.

Hours of work

40 hours per week.  Standby is a requirement of this position. These positions are for approximately 13 – 16 weeks duration commencing approximately December.

Rate of pay

$26.01 per hour


Winter Patrollers (Temporary)

21 KBWinter Patrollers job description

Duties

You will perform a variety of duties associated with winter control from monitoring current and forecasted weather to completing winter control daily logs in accordance with Ontario’s Minimum Maintenance standards.  Using a City vehicle you will conduct and record road condition inspections.  In addition, you will work closely with the Public Works Supervisors, and accurately maintain daily records, daily patrol logs, time sheets and records of vehicle defects. Training will be provided.

Qualifications

You are knowledgeable and experienced in winter control operations and hold a valid G drivers licence in good standing and have held such licence for the past 5 years.  You are a reliable self-starter who is able to work with minimum supervision.  You are an effective communicator and proficient working with computers.

Hours of work

24 hours per week working night or day shifts during the winter control season starting in December.  Some flexibility may be required however, the anticipated shift schedule would include:

  • Nights:  Friday 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.; Saturday 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Days:  Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Rate of pay

$24.65 per hour