DiscoverRec: The latest news on recreation and cultural programs, services, memberships and events!
Here’s your chance to work in a fun and rewarding environment, gain valuable experience and earn a competitive wage. The City has part-time and seasonal positions available at locations across Ottawa to fit your life.

Apply online today

Apply online and find the full inventory of jobs in recreation and culture. Here’s a snapshot of some of the opportunities:
  • Arts instructor
  • Customer service representative
  • Fitness instructor
  • Inclusive recreation counselor
  • Lifeguard
  • Museum staff
  • Recreation program leader
  • Youth and child care worker

We’re hiring aquatic lifeguards and instructors

If you’ve got the required certifications and are looking for an exciting job opportunity, mark your calendar and register in-person or over the phone at your local pool for a lifeguard skills screening session:
  • July 20 (Barcode 1473764), Plant Recreation Centre (Pool), 7 to 9 pm (arrive at 6:30 for check-in) 
  • August 9 (Barcode 1473761), Brewer Pool 5 to 7 pm (arrive at 4:30 to check-in) 

Tune in to learn about upcoming lifeguard skills screening sessions

If you’re planning to attend an upcoming lifeguard skills screening session, why not tune in online to gain a bit more insight? Recreation Supervisor Martin Morissette is hosting a Facebook Live information session to answer all your questions: Or join the conversation in French at 2 pm.

Abby Lee: My lifeguard skills screening experience


Abby Lee, a lifeguard at Sawmill Creek, reflects on her experience of going through the lifeguard skills screening.

I did my skills screening session at Splash Wave Pool last year. When I got there, we split into groups to go through each of the three parts of the screening session, including first aid, spinal rescues and fitness testing. My group started with first aid, which was the part I was most nervous about. The situation was treating a major bleed. Thankfully the evaluators explained everything we needed to do and we went through it in partners. Next we did the fitness test where we had to do a pia carry and remove our partner from the water. We then had to pick up 20 pound bricks from the bottom of the pool and swim them to the side of the pool, which was challenging but fun. We also had to do a submerged victim rescue and ten cycles of CPR. We finished the session with spinal rescues and after a chance to do a quick practice, I demonstrated a spinal rescue and completed my screening. I was hired at Sawmill Creek Pool soon after and I’m now working as a lifeguard for a second year, doing a job I love.
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