Parks, Operations and Environmental Labourers (Summer 2022)

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

The City of Guelph is looking for hardworking, motivated team players who enjoy working outdoors and want to play a part in making our City fun, accessible and welcoming these summer months. If you like working as part of a team, enjoy a variety of duties and like getting a little dirty this is the opportunity for you!

Please follow the instructions and follow all steps:

  • Be sure to complete all the steps when creating your profile
  • Answer the short online screening questionnaire specific to this position
  • Attach both your cover letter and resume saved as one document
  • State the position(s) you are interested in
  • If you have already created a profile, you may simply login to begin your application.


  • Safe & efficient operation, care and maintenance of tools and equipment i.e. grass cutting machines, trimmers, blowers, hand tools etc.
  • Maintain equipment in a clean, tidy condition, making regular inspections, reporting defects to immediate supervisor.
  • Clean-up, litter pick up and maintenance duties.
  • Communicate courteously with members of the public
  • Apply safety precautions and procedures in the performance of all duties, in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Highway Traffic Act and policies/procedures of the Corporation.
  • Maintain daily written records of work-related activities.

Team Leads will have additional duties such as:

  • Safely transporting crews between worksites in a city vehicle.
  • Providing oversight and ensuring team members understand their role and assigned duties.
  • Perform daily circle checks on vehicles/ equipment and report defects to the immediate supervisor or designate.
  • Ensure daily written records of work-related activities are completed fully and accurately.
  • Ensure crew members are wearing all required PPE.

Qualifications for Summer General Labourer Positions

  • Valid G or G2 Driver’s licence and a minimum of 2 years driving experience. Successful candidates will be required to provide driver’s abstract that meets the requirement’s outlined in the City’s Fleet Policy prior to start date.
  • Ability to work from April to August. Some positions will continue until end of October.
  • Ability to work with various small tools and equipment
  • Ability to perform physical work and in all types of weather
  • Ability to work with or without supervision
  • Strong focus on quality customer service
  • Demonstration of community mindedness through volunteering, community outreach and other initiatives is an asset
  • Experience in landscaping, construction, farming or other related experience is an asset

Positions Available:

  • Turf Maintenance
  • Sports Fields Maintenance
  • Horticulture
  • Park Infrastructure
  • Urban Forestry
  • Parks Sanitation
  • Trails and Natural Area Stewardship
  • Amusement Rides/Playground/Splash Pads
  • Environmental Services
  • Operations- Public Works

Rate (2021 rate. 2022 rate is under review). 

  • $14.57 per hour for first work term
  • $15.86 hour for second work term
  • $1.00 premium when performing team lead duties

Successful candidates must attend one of the mandatory two-day orientation training sessions scheduled on April 19/20, May 2/3 or May 24/25.  Full details about the training will be provided at the time of offer.

How to apply

Applications are received online, effective December 6, 2021. First consideration will be given to applicants that apply prior to January 30, 2022.

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.

Please click on the “Apply for this job” button. Instructions will follow.

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.