Summer Recreation Jobs

Exciting summer jobs await

Are you a student or young adult looking for a summer job that offers more than minimum wage? Check out the variety of opportunities available with Parks & Recreation. We offer:

  • Fun work culture
  • Wage ranges from $16.30-19.30 per hour
  • Free evenings and weekends (for specific jobs)
  • Interesting jobs in aquatics, inclusion and recreation
  • Limited travel with jobs available in urban, suburban and rural communities
  • Opportunity to work outdoors and in an environment that promotes health, wellness and physical activity

How to apply

  • Review the list of jobs found below.
  • When you find a job that interests you, click on the link to visit the job posting and apply online. Reminder: if a job doesn’t have a link to the job posting, it means it hasn’t opened yet. Come back and apply once the job opens!
  • Review the job posting details, such as training requirements, wage, location and application deadline to ensure the job is a good fit for you.
  • Apply online by the deadline listed. 

Tips for applying

  • Prepare your resume and cover letter (optional) in advance. If you don’t have a resume, you can create a profile in our online application system.
  • Please make sure you provide enough information – in your resume or profile – to demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position you’re applying for.
  • Set a reminder on your phone so you don’t miss the application deadline.
  • Reach out to a parent or guardian for help if you need it. 
  • For questions or information about our recruitment process and job postings, email jobs@halifax.ca. If you have any technical issues while applying, please call 311.
  • You can also find helpful information for the job application process here.
  • All municipal jobs can be found here.

Summer 2023 job postings

Apply by Feb. 3, 2023

Aquatic Coordinator for beaches/pools

The Aquatics Coordinator will lead the program’s instructional efforts and help in raising awareness of water safety issues. The Aquatics Coordinator will also lead the program’s training and ensure that the staff safety supervision skills remain high and effective. In addition, this position is part of the program management team, and the person in this position will be expected to contribute to the overall leadership, supervision, and administration of the program staff and program participants. Apply by Feb. 3. See full job posting

Outdoor Inclusion Coordinator: Adventure Earth Centre – Fleming Park and the St. Mary’s Boat Club

The position is responsible for collaborating with the Community Outdoor Recreation Coordinators and Inclusion Coordinators in the areas of training, developing and implementing in the delivery of inclusive recreation programs during the summer months.  Responsible for coaching and assisting summer staff in the areas of implementing behaviour management strategies, providing personal care and the development of inclusive program modification to support inclusive programming. Apply by Feb. 3. See full job posting

Outdoor Inclusion Coordinator: Adventure Earth Centre Shubie/Mockingee

The position is responsible for collaborating with the Community Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Camp Director and Inclusion Coordinators in the areas of training, developing and implementing in the delivery of inclusive recreation programs during the summer months.  Responsible for coaching and assisting summer staff in the areas of implementing behaviour management strategies, providing personal care and the development of inclusive program modification to support inclusive programming. This position will require the successful candidate to spend time at an overnight camp at Camp Mockingee, just outside of Windsor, NS. Apply by Feb. 3. See full job posting

Summer Outdoor Day Camp Coordinator

Coordinates and schedules recreational programs and/or facilities for a variety of age groups. Designs curriculum. Supports persons with disabilities in programs (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, administering medication, etc.). Responsible for daily duties such as planning, implementing, promoting, supervising, and evaluating recreation programs and services; scheduling, supervising, motivating, and evaluating Summer Recreation Program Instructors; managing risks, ensuring participant safety; inventories, distributes and collects equipment and supplies; handling administrative duties, networking with community groups and organizations; organizing special events, submitting regular reports, tracking statistics; maintaining a budget, etc. Apply by Feb. 3. See full job posting

Summer Outdoor Youth Leadership Coordinator

The Summer Youth Leadership Coordinator plans and implements a leadership development program which consists of training modules, social activities and volunteer opportunities. The Coordinator designs curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.). Other responsibilities include: daily duties such as planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating recreation programs and services; scheduling, supervising, motivating, and evaluating Summer Youth Leadership participants; managing risks, ensuring participant safety; inventories, distributes and collects equipment and supplies; handling administrative duties, networking with community groups and organizations; organizing special events and outings, submitting regular reports, tracking statistics; maintaining a budget and attending staff meetings. This job opens on Jan. 13. Apply by Feb. 3

See job posting for Summer Outdoor Youth Leadership Coordinator Fleming Park

See job posting for Summer Youth Leadership Coordinator St. Mary’s Boat Club

See job posting for Summer Outdoor Youth Leadership Coordinator Shubie Park

Summer Overnight Camp Coordinator

Coordinates and schedules overnight camp activities for a variety of ages 10-12 & 13-16. Supports persons with disabilities in programs (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, administering medication, etc.). Responsible for daily duties such as planning, implementing, promoting, supervising, and evaluating recreation programs and services; scheduling, supervising, motivating, and evaluating Summer Recreation Program Instructors; managing risks, ensuring participant safety; inventories, distributes and collects equipment and supplies; handling administrative duties, networking with community groups and organizations; organizing special events, submitting regular reports, tracking statistics; maintaining a budget, etc. Apply by Feb. 3. See full job posting

Summer Overnight Youth Leadership Coordinator

The Summer Youth Leadership Coordinator plans and implements a leadership development program which consists of training modules, social activities and volunteer opportunities. The Coordinator designs curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.). Other responsibilities include: daily duties such as planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating recreation programs and services; scheduling, supervising, motivating, and evaluating Summer Youth Leadership participants; managing risks, ensuring participant safety; inventories, distributes and collects equipment and supplies; handling administrative duties, networking with community groups and organizations; organizing special events and outings, submitting regular reports, tracking statistics; maintaining a budget and attending staff meetings.

Apply by Feb. 3. See full job posting

Apply by Feb. 13, 2023

Beach Captain

The Beach Captain ensures beach safety through supervision and public education. This position also performs Lifeguard duties such as checking and maintaining equipment; performing safety supervision; proactively intervening in emergency situations; providing water rescue, first aid, and follow-up; maintaining in-service training requirements and personal fitness levels as outlined and/or performing swimming instructor duties such as teaching lessons; educating swimmers about hazards and safety; carrying out rescues and follow-up; maintaining reports; planning special events, etc.  Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Beach Lifeguard/ Instructor

The Lifeguard/Instructor ensures beach safety through supervision and public education. This position also performs Lifeguard duties such as checking and maintaining equipment; performing safety supervision; proactively intervening in emergency situations; providing water rescue, first aid, and follow-up; maintaining in-service training requirements and personal fitness levels as outlined and/or performing swimming instructor duties such as teaching lessons; educating swimmers about hazards and safety; carrying out rescues and follow-up; maintaining reports; planning special events, etc. The Lifeguard / Instructor also supports persons with disabilities (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, administering medication, etc.) in programs. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Inclusion Support Person: Adventure Earth Centre Fleming, Shubie & St. Mary’s Boat Club

The Inclusion Support Person is responsible for working with participations, in the outdoors/wilderness for the duration of the week.  Weekly duties may include greeting participant, speaking to parents/guardians (if applicable), personal care, adapting activities, providing 1:1 support for a camper and ensuring open communication on the needs of the participants.  Responsible for actively engaging in the program along with the participant and adapting the activity as necessary. Reports to the Inclusion Coordinator and the Community Recreation Coordinator. Apply by Feb. 13. 

See Summer Outdoor Inclusion Support St. Mary’s Boat Club job posting.

See Summer Outdoor Inclusion Support Fleming Park job posting.

See Summer Outdoor Inclusion Support Shubie Park job posting

Inclusion Support Person: Camp Mockingee

The Inclusion Support Person is responsible for working with participations, at our overnight camp, which is located just outside of Windsor , NS.  Duties may include greeting participant, speaking to parents/guardians (if applicable), personal care, adapting activities, providing 1:1 support for a camper and ensuring open communication on the needs of the participants.  Responsible for actively engaging in the program along with the participant and adapting the activity as necessary. Reports to the Inclusion Coordinator and the Community Recreation Coordinator.  Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Outdoor Specialized Inclusion Support Person: Adventure Earth Centre

This position is responsible for collaborating with the Community Recreation Coordinators and Inclusion Coordinators in the areas of training, developing and implementing in the delivery of inclusive recreation programs during the summer months. Responsible for coaching and assisting summer staff in the areas of intakes, implementing behaviour management strategies, providing personal care and the development of inclusive program modification to support inclusive programming.

The candidate will also be responsible for the provision of hands-on support to meet operational requirements upon commencement of summer programs.  Preferred qualification of minimum enrollment in an undergraduate university degree or college diploma in a relevant field of study such as Therapeutic Recreation, Child and Youth Studies, Psychology, Education, Social Work, School of Communication Disorders, Kinesiology—and/or equivalent level of training working with children and youth with a disability. Apply by Feb. 13. 

See job posting for Summer Outdoor Specialized Inclusion Support Shubie Park & Mockingee

Lifeguard/Instructor for Bedford outdoor pool

The Lifeguard/Instructor ensures pool safety through supervision and public education. The Lifeguard/Instructor also performs lifeguard duties such as checking and maintaining equipment; performing safety supervision; proactively intervening in emergency situations; providing water rescue, first aid and follow-up; maintaining in service training requirements and personal fitness levels as outlined and/or performs swimming instructor duties such as teaching lessons; educating swimmers about hazards and safety; carrying out rescues and follow-up; maintaining reports; planning special events, etc. The Lifeguard / Instructor supports persons with disabilities (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) in programs. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Lifeguard/Instructor for Cole Harbour outdoor pool

The Lifeguard/Instructor ensures pool safety through supervision and public education. The Lifeguard / Instructor also performs lifeguard duties such as checking and maintaining equipment; performing safety supervision; proactively intervening in emergency situations; providing water rescue, first aid and follow-up; maintaining in service training requirements and personal fitness levels as outlined and/or performs swimming instructor duties such as teaching lessons; educating swimmers about hazards and safety; carrying out rescues and follow-up; maintaining reports; planning special events, etc. The Lifeguard/Instructor supports persons with disabilities (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) in programs. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Lifeguard/Instructor for Mainland Commons outdoor pool

The Lifeguard/Instructor ensures pool safety through supervision and public education. The Lifeguard / Instructor also performs lifeguard duties such as checking and maintaining equipment; performing safety supervision; proactively intervening in emergency situations; providing water rescue, first aid and follow-up; maintaining in service training requirements and personal fitness levels as outlined and/or performs swimming instructor duties such as teaching lessons; educating swimmers about hazards and safety; carrying out rescues and follow-up; maintaining reports; planning special events, etc. The Lifeguard/Instructor supports persons with disabilities (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) in programs. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Summer Outdoor Day Camp Leader

The Summer Outdoor Day Camp Leader leads recreation programs for a variety of age groups. The Instructor designs activities within a planned curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) - may be required to develop a specific program plan. Other responsibilities include daily duties such as greeting parents and participants, leading activities, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants, organizing equipment and supplies, preparing for activities, distributing and collecting permission slips for outings, organizing outings and special events, participating in staff meetings. Apply by Feb. 13.

See Summer Outdoor Day Camp Leader Shubie job posting

See Summer Outdoor Day Camp leader Fleming Park job posting

See Summer Outdoor Day Camp Coordinator Fleming Park job posting

Summer Overnight Camp Leader

The Summer Overnight Camp Leader leads overnight camo programs for ages 10-12 and 13-16. The Instructor designs activities within a planned curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) - may be required to develop a specific program plan. Other responsibilities include daily duties such as greeting parents and participants, leading activities, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants, organizing equipment and supplies, preparing for activities, distributing and collecting permission slips for outings, organizing outings and special events, participating in staff meetings. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

St. Mary’s Boat Club Canoe and Kayak Day Camp Leader

Successful applicants will be working in canoe and kayak day camps. Programs include day camps for 6–9-year-olds, and for 10-12 year-olds. The leader designs activities within a planned curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) - may be required to develop a specific program plan. Other responsibilities include daily duties such as greeting parents and participants, leading activities, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants, organizing equipment and supplies, preparing for activities, distributing and collecting permission slips for outings, organizing outings and special events, participating in staff meetings. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

St. Mary’s Boat Club Kayak Paddle Night Instructor

Programs include kayak paddle night classes for ages 18+ and 13-17. The instructor designs activities within a planned curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) - may be required to develop a specific program plan. Other responsibilities include daily duties such as greeting participants, leading activities, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants, organizing equipment and supplies, preparing for activities, distributing, and collecting permission slips for outings, organizing outings and special events, participating in staff meetings. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

St. Mary’s Boat Club Weekend Canoe and Paddle Board Renter

The Summer Recreation Canoe and SUP Renter rents canoes to the public for recreational use on the Northwest Arm. This position also manages the fleet of canoes and related equipment, delivers excellent customer service, ensures participant safety, manages cash, and manages rental statistics. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

St. Mary’s Boat Club Weekend and Evening Supervisor

Weekend and Evening Supervisor oversees the evening and weekend programs the Summer Recreation Canoe and SUP Renters as they rent canoes to the public for recreational use on the Northwest Arm. This position also manages the fleet of canoes and related equipment, delivers excellent customer service, ensures participant safety, manages cash, and manages rental statistics. Apply by Feb. 13. See full job posting

Apply by Feb. 19, 2023

Summer Specialized Inclusion Support Staff

This position is responsible for collaborating with the Community Recreation Coordinators and Inclusion Coordinators in the areas of training, developing and implementing in the delivery of inclusive recreation programs during the summer months. Responsible for coaching and assisting summer staff in the areas of intakes, implementing behaviour management strategies, providing personal care and the development of inclusive program modification to support inclusive programming.

The candidate will also be responsible for the provision of hands-on support to meet operational requirements upon commencement of summer programs.  Preferred qualification of minimum enrollment in an undergraduate university degree or college diploma in a relevant field of study such as Therapeutic Recreation, Child and Youth Studies, Psychology, Education, Social Work, School of Communication Disorders, Kinesiology—and/or equivalent level of training working with children and youth with a disability. Apply by Feb. 19. See full job posting

Summer Inclusion Coordinator

The Summer Inclusion Coordinator position is responsible for collaborating with the Community Recreation Coordinators and Summer Managers in the areas of training, developing and implementing in the delivery of inclusive recreation programs during the summer months. Responsible for coaching and assisting summer staff in the areas of implementing behavior management strategies, providing personal care and the development of inclusive program modification to support inclusive programming. Apply by Feb. 19. See full job posting

Apply by March 19, 2023

Oval Shift Supervisor

The Oval Supervisor will assist the Community Recreation Coordinator, and Senior Special Events Coordinator with daily supervision of programs and events held at the Oval and summer festival site. The Supervisor will be managing staff; program staff and volunteers for the delivery of daily inline and roller-skating programs and events held at the Oval. The Supervisor will ensure participants have a safe and enjoyable experience during the wide variety of activities and events held at the Oval. This job opens on Feb. 6. Apply by March 19.

Oval Skating Monitor

For summer inline/roller skating programs and public skating sessions. Skating Monitors will work as part of the HRM Skating Oval team to monitor public skating and provide outstanding customer service for all participants. Skating Monitors will ensure the Oval is a safe, fun and festive atmosphere for all skating activities and events. This job opens on Feb. 6. Apply by March 19.

R.E.C. Van Coordinator

The R.E.C (Recreation Engages Communities) Van Coordinator will take the lead role in delivering programs to neighborhoods throughout HRM that have barriers to recreational opportunities as well as participating in special events on behalf of the Recreation Division. The R.E.C Van also delivers programs to various parks, beaches and other Recreational Facilities.  This position is responsible for planning, coordinating and scheduling a wide variety of activities for various age groups. They provide general supervision over the use of equipment, a program leader and the use of an assigned area or program. This job opens on Feb. 6. Apply by March 19.

R.E.C. Van Leader

The R.E.C (Recreation Engages Communities) Van Leader will assist the Coordinator in delivering programs to neighborhoods throughout HRM that have barriers to recreational opportunities as well as participating in special events on behalf of the Recreation Division. The R.E.C Van also delivers programs to various parks, beaches and other Recreational Facilities.  This position assists with the planning and program delivery of a wide variety of activities for various age groups throughout the entire municipal area. This job opens on Feb. 6. Apply by March 19.

Summer Coordinator

The Summer Coordinator plans and organizes recreational programs and schedules facilities for a variety of age groups. The Manager designs curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, administering medication, etc.). Other responsibilities include: daily duties such as planning, implementing, promoting, supervising, and evaluating recreation programs and services; scheduling, supervising, motivating, and evaluating Summer Program Instructors; managing risks, ensuring participant safety; inventories, distributes and collects equipment and supplies; handling administrative duties, networking with community groups and organizations; organizing special events and outings, submitting regular reports, tracking statistics; maintaining a budget and organizing staff meeting. This job opens on Feb. 6. Apply by March 19.

Youth Leadership Coordinator

The Youth Leadership Coordinator plans and implements a leadership development program which consists of training modules, social activities and volunteer opportunities. The Coordinator designs curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.). Other responsibilities include: daily duties such as planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating recreation programs and services; scheduling, supervising, motivating, and evaluating Summer Youth Leadership participants; managing risks, ensuring participant safety; inventories, distributes and collects equipment and supplies; handling administrative duties, networking with community groups and organizations; organizing special events and outings, submitting regular reports, tracking statistics; maintaining a budget and attending staff meetings. This job opens on Feb 6. Apply by March 19. 

Apply by April 16, 2023

Inclusion Support Person

The Inclusion Support Person is responsible for working with participations for the duration of the week.  Weekly duties may include greeting participant, speaking to parents/guardians (if applicable), personal care, adapting activities, providing 1:1 support for a camper and ensuring open communication on the needs of the participants.  Responsible for actively engaging in the program along with the participant and adapting the activity as necessary. Reports to the Inclusion Coordinator and the Community Recreation Coordinator. This job opens on March 6. Apply by April 16.

Summer Art Instructor

The Summer Recreation Art Instructor leads art programs in day camps for a variety of age groups. The Instructor designs activities within a planned curriculum. Other responsibilities include assisting with program promotion, inventory/ cleanup/ storage/ repair/ maintenance of community art equipment and supplies, working with volunteers and providing on-site customer service, developing an arts module for training and instructional purposes, researching new trends and administering/ collecting/ reporting on program evaluations and questionnaires. This job opens on March 6. Apply by April 16.

Summer Dance Instructor

The Summer Recreation Dance Instructor leads dance programs for a variety of age groups. The instructor must plan, choreograph and teach dance classes to campers who may vary in their abilities and experience. This job opens on March 6. Apply by April 16.

Summer Day Camp Leader

The Summer Recreation Day Camp Leader leads recreation programs for a variety of age groups. The Instructor designs activities within a planned curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (i.e. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) - may be required to develop a specific program plan. Other responsibilities include daily duties such as greeting parents and participants, leading activities, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants, organizing equipment and supplies, preparing for activities, distributing and collecting permission slips for outings, organizing outings and special events, participating in staff meetings. This job opens on March 6. Apply by April 16.

Summer Skateboard Instructor

The Summer Recreation Skateboard Instructor leads recreation programs for a variety of age groups. The Instructor designs activities within a planned curriculum and supports persons with disabilities in programs (e.g. personal care, lifting procedures, adapting activities, etc.) - may be required to develop a specific program plan. Other responsibilities include: daily duties such as greeting participants, leading activities, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of participants, organizing equipment and supplies, preparing for activities, participating in staff meetings. This job opens on March 6. Apply by April 16.

Tennis Instructor

The Summer Recreation Tennis Instructor leads Tennis programs for a variety of age groups. The instructor must plan and teach Tennis classes to campers who may vary in their abilities and experience. This job opens on March 6. Apply by April 16.

Join us in the community

Staff will be visiting job fairs, schools and community events across the municipality this winter to spread the word about summer recreation jobs. Drop in and chat with a member of our team to learn about job opportunities that might work for you. We’ll share job experiences, answer questions and support your application process. 

Summer Job and Career Fair
Hosted by Saint Mary’s University (Career and Experiential Learning)
Date: Feb. 8, 2023
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Saint Mary’s University – Loyola 290
See full event details. 

Job and Career Fair
Hosted by Dalhousie University (Career Services)
Date: Feb. 9, 2023
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie University – McInnis Room, 2nd Floor Student Union Building
See full event details