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Jobs at recreation facilities and community centres

   

The Vancouver Park Board offers a wide variety of summer employment positions:

  • Cashiers and building workers at golf courses and gardens
  • Lifeguards, swim instructor attendants, and pool attendants at indoor pools
  • Lifeguards at beaches and outdoor pools
  • Playground leaders
  • Day camp workers

Check for open positions  

Apply for a recreation position

Find out how to apply for one of the following recreation positions.

Opportunities for these positions will be posted on the short term/on-call opportunities page.

Check for open positions 

You will work at any of our nine indoor pools.

You:

  • Must be physically fit, with normal hearing and good vision
  • Need to have current Canadian qualifications, and be cleared by a reference and police check

If you currently live out of town, but are planning to move to Vancouver, your application will not be considered until you have relocated.

Lifeguards must have:

  • National Lifeguard Pool certification
  • C.P.R Basic Rescuer certification
  • First Aid certificate (Aquatic Emergency Care, Standard First Aid, Occupational First Aid Level 2 or 3)
  • Water Safety Instructors (WSI)

Note All certification must be Canadian

Lifeguard school candidates get priority consideration when we hire new employees.

We regularly recruit auxiliary lifeguard instructors at our indoor pools. Check our short-term/on-call job postings for opportunities with our Aquatics Team. The positions will be posted as vacancies become available.

Check for open aquatics positions  

We hire full-time lifeguards for our outdoor locations each season, beginning on Victoria Day, with more starting in July and August.

The balance of the lifeguards we hire each season - more than 150 - work part time on an on-call basis, depending on how busy our pools and beaches are.

Lifeguards must have:

  • National Lifeguard Pool and Waterfront certification
  • C.P.R Basic Rescuer certification
  • First Aid certificate (Aquatic Emergency Care, Standard First Aid, Occupational First Aid Level 2 or 3)

Note All certification must be Canadian

Lifeguards are hired according to their knowledge, skills, ability, past performance, exam results, and attendance at Lifeguard School.

Apply to be a lifeguard for beaches and outdoor pools

You are encouraged to join Lifeguard School, which runs from January to April at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.

If you did not attend Lifeguard School (lifeguard training) but have the above qualifications, please watch for the posting of jobs in early April and again in late May/early June on our job application system or join our Talent Community  to be notified of any positions.

However if you are a potential new employee with no National Lifeguard Waterfront option you can apply during the above times, but you will be expected to complete the course offered in late May or offered again in mid June before being hired.

Lifeguard School (lifeguard training) candidates will get priority consideration for beach and outdoor pool positions.

Contact the recreational programmers at individual community centres throughout Vancouver for information on available positions, and to apply.

Up to four inclusion facilitators are hired each summer to work from June to August. Resumes are accepted starting in late February. To learn more about summer inclusion support worker positions, contact:

Program Assistant, Access Services
604-718-5853
access.services@vancouver.ca 

Contact the recreational programmers at individual community centres throughout Vancouver for information on available positions, and to apply.

Vancouver's community centres welcome proposals from artists who want to teach creative and performing art courses.

Start by checking the art and cultural activities guide, to find out what is currently being offered at each centre.

Most courses are designed for recreational-, beginner-, and intermediate students. They range from one day workshops, to weekly classes running for 8-12 weeks.

Typically, centres publish a program brochure three or four times a year, with deadlines for new instructor proposals falling approximately at the beginning of October, mid-January, mid-April, and mid-June.

Register to be on the online instructor and performance database

You can submit contact information and course proposals to individual centres, or use the online instructor and performer database.

Information submitted online is available to all Vancouver Park Board programmers at centres, rinks, and pools.

Contact the recreational programmers at individual community centres throughout Vancouver for information on available positions, and to apply.

Lifeguard training