Mayor John Tory really wants people to apply for summer jobs across the city and he's trying to make it easy. At a City of Toronto job fair, you can get resume and interview preparation for a bunch of summer recreation positions. There will be five fairs over the next few weeks.

On January 25, the mayor kicked off the City's annual hiring campaign for recreation positions because it's never too early to start thinking about making money during the summer.

They are now accepting online applications for positions with summer camps, aquatic programs and more up until February 16 and there are so many jobs available.

If you want to learn more about all of it, there are five fairs happening throughout Toronto from January 27 to February 6 where you can get tips on what to expect during the hiring process along with resume and interview prep. 

Here are the dates, times and locations of all five fairs:

  • Monday, January 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre
  • Tuesday, January 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre
  • Sunday, February 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Regent Park Community Centre
  • Wednesday, February 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre
  • Thursday, February 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre

"Through these jobs people are given the opportunity to gain employment experience and create community connections, while helping the City serve its residents through important programs and facilities," Tory said in a news release.

On their recreation job page, some of the part-time positions include lifeguards, camp counsellors and even ones in the Toronto Island Park like tram tour guides and boathouse attendants.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) employs about 9,000 workers every year and about 1,800 of them are new hires.

With about 15,000 spaces in PFR programs being added in 2020, a demand for more staff is expected. 

"Working in recreation helps to build leadership and problem-solving skills that last a lifetime," said Janie Romoff, general manager of PFR, in a news release. "A job with the City provides an opportunity to contribute to your community while also building your career."

According to the recreation job site, most positions pay more than minimum wage, hours are flexible and it's a unionized environment.

These summer openings close 10 days after the last job fair date.

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