The City of Cambridge hires enthusiastic students to fill a variety of summer positions. Summer jobs with the City of Cambridge offer a range of challenges and rewards. You will experience hands on training and gain valuable experience, while helping you build the skills necessary for a future career. 

COVID-19 Update: As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to adjust plans based on the guidance provided by our local Public Health authority. At this time we have suspended our face-to-face recruitment activities. Assessment of applications received, and scheduling of video/remote interviews where applicable, may also be delayed. We appreciate your patience, and your interest in the City of Cambridge.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

In accordance with the City of Cambridge’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all new City of Cambridge employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment, subject to accommodations required in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

Applications for Summer Camp Supervisors will be accepted from November 29, 2021--December 17, 2021-View our current opportunities page for details.   

Applications for all other summer positions will be accepted from December 20, 2021 to January 21, 2022.  View our current opportunities page for details.   

Benefits of Recreation Jobs
  • Team Building opportunities
  • Transferable skills to Emergency Response careers
  • Paid training including re-certifications
  • Lifelong friendships 
  • Seasonal to year round position
  • Flexible hours
  • Develop problem solving abilities
  • Be an advocate and role model
  • Outdoors – fun in the sun!
  • Team Building opportunities
  • Very active
  • Interactive training workshops
  • Cultivate leadership qualities 
  • Explore your creativity
  • Rewarding
  • Weekends off
  • Be an advocate and role model
  • Be paid to PLAY!

Below is a list of Summer Student jobs we hire for:

  • Cashier/Summer Reception
  • Instructor/Lifeguard
  • Head Instructor/Lifeguard
Arts Camp
  • Summer Summer Arts Camp Assistant
  • Arts Camp Supervisor
  • Summer Camp Leader
  • Summer Camp Supervisor
Inclusion services
  • Inclusion Facilitator
  • Summer Camp Supervisor-Inclusion

Labourer jobs start May 2, 2022.

  • Grounds Maintenance Labourer (Parks, Cemeteries, and Roadside)
  • Horticulture Services Labourer
  • Forestry Services Labourer
  • Sidewalk Inspection Labourer

Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our summer jobs.

How do I apply?

You must apply online during the application period. Applications are accepted online only.

  1. Create the candidate profile, and attach resume and cover letter.  Your profile needs to have the following information: your name, home address, personal e-mail address, and contact phone number.
  2. If applying for camp and aquatic positions, please ensure to attach copies of qualifications.
  3. Complete the application form. (Ensure to click on apply to posting).
  4. Submit the application.
  5. You will receive an e-mail notification if your application is successfully submitted. (You might need to check your junk e-mail folder).
When will I have an interview?

We only contact those selected for an interview. The City does not guarantee employment for any applicant or returning staff, however, returning staff may fill some positions.

We offer invitations to interviews by email. This invitation provides you with more information about the interview.

If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an email with dates and times. Log into you candidate profile to reserve your interview time.

Please note: Due to the high volume of applications received for these positions, we are unable to provide status updates on individual applications.

I'm Hired! Next Steps

Offer Letter:

Once you receive your electronic offer letter you will have a maximum of one week to review and electronically sign your offer.

Onboarding Information Email:

In order to complete your new hire activities click on the link in the email you received for the new hire onboarding email. You will be prompted to create an onboarding password. You will then be required to enter the applicable details in the panels.

You will need the following information:

  • Copies of any certifications, education and licenses specified in your offer letter
  • Banking 
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Health and Safety Awareness Training Certificate


What if I need accommodation?

The City of Cambridge is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion.  We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the recruitment and hiring process. 

Please contact Human Resources to make your needs known in advance, with the nature of any accommodations that you may require in respect to any materials or processes used to ensure your full and equal participation throughout the recruitment and hiring process.

Do I need training?

Employees must complete the  Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps training program. The program helps workers get familiar with health and safety in the workplace, including the rights and responsibilities of workers. Employees must provide a certificate of completion for this training program before their first day on the job.

If you are hired for a supervisory type position, you must complete the Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 steps training program. This program provides information on your health and safety role as a supervisor. You must provide your certificate of completion before your first day on the job. Supervisor roles include:

  • Head Instructor/Lifeguard
  • Camp Supervisors


Am I required to attend in person training?

Yes. Training orientation dates will be communicated to you and are mandatory. We also provide all employees with job specific training.

Do I need a High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development certification?

You require a High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development Certification for any Aquatics, Arts and Culture, Summer Camps, and Inclusion positions.

To find out more information about High Five and to register for a training near you: 

Where can I get First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certifications?

View our Activities Guide for First Aid, CPR, and AED certification training courses through the City of Cambridge's Lifesaving Society. Contact one of the following locations for more information:

  • John Dolson Centre, (519) 740-4680 ext. 4527 (212 South Street)
  • W.G. Johnson Centre, (519) 740-4681 ext. 4469 (31 Kribs Street)

The following agencies also provide this training. Contact them for training dates and costs.

  • Canadian Red Cross Society, (519) 836-3523 (257 Woodlawn Road, Guelph)
  • St. John Ambulance, (519) 740-8895 (56 Jaffray Street)
  • YMCA of Cambridge, (519) 621-3250 (250 Hespeler Road)
How do I get a Police Record Check?

Police checks for new and returning students must be current (within 6 months of the employment start date). At your expense, Human Resources must receive your Police Record Check before you can start your job.

The job posting and your letter of offer will indicate what type of check is required, such as:

  • Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Check
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check

As a resident of the Waterloo Region, you can apply for a Police Record Check through the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Call (519) 650-8500 ext. 5900 for more information.

If you don't live within the Region of Waterloo, please go to the police service in your municipality of your permanent residence.

How will my personal information be used?
We collect personal information related to the recruitment and hiring process under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The City uses this information to determine eligibility for employment at the City of Cambridge only. If you have any questions about this collection of personal information, you can contact the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator, Clerks Division, at (519) 740-4680 ext. 4583.