Summer Employment Opportunities

How to apply for a summer job at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, including Ontario Parks – through the Summer Employment Opportunities (SEO) program – for high school, college and university students. 


How it works 


The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) offers hundreds of student jobs every summer.


These jobs:


• pay $10.25 - $11.10 an hour
• are for 7-16 weeks, depending on what the position is
• run between May 1 and Labour Day


Many of the jobs are in Ontario Parks, under the job title "Park Ranger". Some of the parks offer staff house accommodations


Who is eligible 


You are eligible if you are:


• a student
• a resident of Ontario
• legally able to work in Canada.


Many of the jobs also require you to be 15-24 years of age (up to 29 for persons with a disability).


Types of jobs


MNR offers summer jobs in three categories:


• outdoor (including Ontario Parks)
• specific sites (e.g. laboratories)
• office jobs


Check out all the opportunities available at MNRF.


When to apply 


There are two posting periods. Each features different types of jobs, so be sure to check both.


Posting period 1:  February 14 – March 2, 2014
Posting period 2:  March 21 – April 6 


How to apply 

  • Step 1: Go to OPS Careers and click on "Apply Now".  Click on “Select Job Category” and choose “Student summer employment opportunities at MNRF/Parks” or "Student summer employment opportunities" (some of these positions are also at MNRF).
  • Step 2: Fill out the online application. You will be required to outline your qualifications/skills and any relevant volunteer/paid work experience. You are NOT required to submit a cover letter or résumé.
  • Step 3: Submit your application. You will receive a confirmation email if it is received successfully. Disregard the reference to submitting a cover letter and résumé. 

Application deadline


Varies, depending on the job you apply for. 


Selection process  

  • Step 1: Your application is carefully reviewed after the deadline date.
  • Step 2: Leading candidates are invited to an interview in 6-8 weeks.
  • Step 3: Successful applicants are contacted. 

For other great summer jobs, please check out our Stewardship Youth Ranger Program as well.

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