Youth Drop-in Program Assistant-Part Time

The City of Guelph is a vibrant and diverse community with a unique sense of place located in southern Ontario along the Innovation Corridor that runs between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. We are also one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities with a projected population increase from 135,000 people to almost 170,000 in the next 10 years. Guelph is consistently ranked as one of the best places in Canada to live, work, and play—all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.

The City of Guelph Recreation Division offers a variety of recreational programs for people of all ages and abilities in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Reporting to the Recreation Coordinator – Youth Services, successful candidates will lead a fun and motivating setting for children and youth, and be inclusive to all participants.

We offer a variety of programs at various locations, including but not limited to, the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, and Guelph Sports Dome. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Corporate Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision for an inclusive, connected, prosperous city.

Hours of Work:

2-5 hours per week/program plus additional hours available. All programs include a minimum of 15 minutes for preparation and 15 minutes for take down.

Programs we are hiring for may be on weekdays, weeknights or weekends.

We are looking for qualified instructors to teach in the following areas/skill sets:

  • Nerf Tag (Tuesday October 19-November 23, 7:00-8:00pm) and (Saturday October 23, 5:30-7:00pm & 7:30-9:00pm)
  • Archery Tag (Tuesday October 19-November 23, 8:15-9:15pm) and (Saturday November 6, 6:00-7:30pm, 8:00-9:30pm)
  • Drone Racing (Thursday October 21-November 25, 8:00-9:00pm) and (Saturday November 20, 5:00-7:00pm, 7:30-9:30pm)
  • LGBTQ+ Drop-in (Friday October 22-December 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • Jump.Play – Preschool aged and parents
    (Tuesday October 19/Thursday October 21-November 23/25,
    8:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Teen Drop in (Friday October 22-December 10, 7:00-10:00pm)
  • Fuel Your Fitness – cooking program (Saturday October 16-November 13, 9:30-10:15am, 10:30-11:15am)
  • Snack Attack – cooking program (Monday October 18-November 22, 6:00-7:00pm)
  • Cook Bake Eat Repeat – cooking program (Wednesday October 20-November 24,


  • Create a welcoming environment for all participants
  • Plan, develop and facilitate 6 weeks of position-specific programming
  • For cooking programs, this includes creating weekly recipes and grocery lists
  • Provide on-site supervision and instruction to participants enrolled in the program
  • Ensure facilities and equipment are maintained and kept in an acceptable, safe condition
  • Support program evaluation
  • Act as a resource for participants and the program team
  • Provide standard first aid and fill out incident/accident forms, when required
  • Deliver enthusiastic and creative programming
  • Provide fully inclusive program to participants of all abilities and skill levels
  • Ensure participant confidentiality
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Obtained or pursuing a degree/diploma in Recreation & Leisure Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Studies, Social Services, Child/Adolescent Development or related field
  • Previous experience working with children and youth
  • Previous experience in program planning, development and implementation for this age group.
  • Previous experience in a kitchen environment considered an asset
  • For Cooking Programs, must have Safe Food Handler Certificate
  • Valid Standard First Aid/CPR C
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, communication (both written and verbal skills) and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills with the ability to identify and resolve conflicts before they escalate
  • A satisfactory Police Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Check is required at time of offer
  • Full availability is required for scheduled program day and time


$16.44 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Friday, October 15, 2021. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

For more information about some of the programs, we are hiring for, please reference programs listed in the Drop-in and Children and Youth sections in the Guelph Community Guide at

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.