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City of Oshawa, located just a short 30-minute drive from Toronto, is a progressive city of 157,000 people and is the economic engine of the eastern Greater Toronto Area. Our strategic pursuit of sustainable growth, excellent community service delivery and co-operative partnerships have enhanced our quality of life advantage, while maintaining a strong commitment to fiscal restraint.

Job Title:   Student Recreation and Culture Events Assistant     Posting Number:  001608  

Department:   Community Services Department  Branch:  Recreation & Culture Services   

Location:   Civic Recreation Complex

Posting Start Date: 2018/02/23 Posting End Date:  2018/03/23 by 4:30pm

Employment Group:   CUPE 251   Salary Grade:   01, $21.88 - $25.76   Standard Weekly Hours of Work:  36.25    Shift Work Required:  Yes

Job Description

To be eligible for a summer student position with the City of Oshawa you must be currently enrolled in full-time studies at community college or university and returning to full-time studies in the fall.  Documentation from the school must be provided by the end of June indicating your intention to return to school at the end of the summer break in the current year.  If this documentation is not received, you will be disqualified from the student employment program and will not be considered for future student employment opportunities.


The Recreation and Culture Assistant is an important component of the Recreation and Culture workforce and is key to the successful coordination of events and community engagement.  Students must commit to a full term of employment up to and including Friday, August 31, 2018.


Student performance will be evaluated during the work term.


This position requires a satisfactory verification of a candidate’s Criminal Information Request as a condition of employment.


Applications will be reviewed and those selected will proceed through the interview process.


We would like to thank all applicants.  Please note that due to the volume of applications received only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  All other applications will be kept on file.


The deadline for applying for this position is Friday, March 23, 2018.


The Recreation and Culture Assistant position will commence employment on May 22, 2018.


Summary of Duties


Reporting to the Supervisor, Business and Customer Service and Supervisor of Events and Community Engagement and/or designate, the student will perform various duties in the Recreation and Culture Services Branch within the Department of Community Services.


Work Performed


This position will assist with the implementation of City of Oshawa events, city supported events and community engagement programs.


The Recreation and Culture Event Assistant will perform various tasks, including but not limited to: conducting research and analysis and assisting in the development and implementation of the following project areas: facility rentals, recreation programs and services, event planning packages and resources, procedures, and user and participant surveys; providing administrative and logistics assistance for recreation and culture meetings; assisting with related marketing and communication activities; providing support for event staff as necessary; providing event and program information via phone/email; receiving applications, submissions, emails for events and community engagement initiatives; inputting data into Microsoft office and other database software; photocoping, filing, faxing and emailing; representing the City of Oshawa and Department when attending events and interacting with community groups, agencies, and the general public; preparing and packaging items for distribution; assisting with set up and take down of equipment as required; and other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and skills generally associated with the completion of a minimum of one year post-secondary in event planning or recreation and leisure studies.


Possess excellent customer service and interpersonal skills – able to deal courteously with the general public, members of the community and colleagues and maintain positive relationships.


Possess advanced written/oral English communication skills.  Able to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions concerning a variety of work assignments.


Possess a valid Ontario Driver's License, minimum Class "G", in good standing, and have access to a vehicle for all shifts.


Be able to work evenings and weekend shifts


Be able to work in variable conditions including indoor and outdoor work.


Be able to establish priorities and meet deadlines


Strong organization and time-management skills, being able to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities within short timelines


Creativity, enthusiasm and a strong commitment to operating both independently and within a team environment


Established skills and experience using PC equipment and related software applications (MS Office Suite).


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  The City of Oshawa will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

Please be advised that position location as noted is at the time of posting and is subject to change, as required due to operational needs.

We would like to thank all applicants however, please note that only those selected to attend an interview will be contacted and all other applicants will be kept on file.  Applicants are advised that written, oral and practical testing may form part of the selection process.

City of Oshawa employees need to apply through the intranet (iConnect) in order to be considered as an internal candidate.  All applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes.  Please ensure that you check your email regularly to receive any correspondence.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC).  The City of Oshawa will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities and/or needs related to the OHRC.  Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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