Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

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Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:30 pm

Hi,

I am extremely interested in this position! I have researched extensively and called a bunch of Park Superintendents to get my name out there. I will be looking for seasonal employment with Ontario Parks and am looking for any and all advice you guys can give me.

Some of my skills/experience:
- Marketing (Education)
- Public Relations Representative (Work Experience)
- Avid Camper
- Survival Trained for Survival in Canadian Wilderness
- Private Security (Education, still to write exam/apply for license)
- Standard First Aid certified
- Restricted Radio Operator
- Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- Employed by CAF (CIC Officer)

Thanks in advance for all your advice/tips!
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:35 pm

CrossfitCop wrote:Depending on what park you get and who your super is, this gig has the potential to be one of the best jobs in law enforcement. Good luck.

Yea, I've gotten to speak to a few really awesome Supers this week over the phone. I've gotten the notion that a smaller park may be best for a new Warden to start at as you will have to learn a lot more and have quite a few more responsibilities than a park with a large staff.

So far I am looking at The Massassauga, Murphy's Point, Restoule, Sturgeon Bay, Kill Bear, Bon Echo, Balsam Lake, and Algonquin. Staff housing is a requirement for me as I live just south of the GTA.
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby BigRanks » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:49 pm

If you're looking to get good enforcement experience I wouldn't suggest any of those parks. You're a little early in looking for a spot.. you're better off waiting until late winter to as that's when most parks know they have open positions. The spot I got didn't open up until late April.

Good luck. It's an AWESOME job. Feel free to ask me any questions you have.

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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:19 pm

BigRanks wrote:If you're looking to get good enforcement experience I wouldn't suggest any of those parks. You're a little early in looking for a spot.. you're better off waiting until late winter to as that's when most parks know they have open positions. The spot I got didn't open up until late April.

Good luck. It's an AWESOME job. Feel free to ask me any questions you have.


PM'ed. Looking to get as much advice as I can.
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:08 pm

CrossfitCop wrote:I personally found Balsam was very busy, as was Algonquin (highway, not backcountry).

To the OP.....be very, very careful of what contractor you work for in Algonquin if you go that route. One is AWESOME, one is....indescribably awful. Ideally, you'd get an actual OMNR position but IIRC the majority of the hires are done by contractors.

If you are south of the GTA think about Turkey Point, Bronte Creek, or Darlington.


I have heard this. A park with Staff Housing would be ideal. Right now I am leaning towards The Massasauga.
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:02 am

CrossfitCop wrote:Balsam has a great little staff house, and the Algonquin staff house is great and TONS of fun.....:-)

I've heard that Algonquin is very specific with what they want, and some parts are contracted to outfitters.
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby Tommy » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:56 pm

CrossfitCop wrote:I personally found Balsam was very busy, as was Algonquin (highway, not backcountry).

To the OP.....be very, very careful of what contractor you work for in Algonquin if you go that route. One is AWESOME, one is....indescribably awful. Ideally, you'd get an actual OMNR position but IIRC the majority of the hires are done by contractors.

If you are south of the GTA think about Turkey Point, Bronte Creek, or Darlington.



I was a Warden at Bronte, if you want to know more feel free to msg me :)
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby dhenry41 » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:03 am

Hey,

I was a park warden last summer, and it was a great experience! One thing to note, many of the parks in Southern Ontario are competitive, and they often attract applicants with wide ranges of experience. That said, you mentioned that you are an officer in the military, so that will definitely help. If you don't mind moving away for the summer, then definitely apply to some parks up north.

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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby Mr wolfdale » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:34 pm

@Tommy - What year were you a Warden at Bronte? I was a Warden there 2009-10- and early part of 11 :wave:

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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby Tommy » Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:37 pm

Mr wolfdale wrote:@Tommy - What year were you a Warden at Bronte? I was a Warden there 2009-10- and early part of 11 :wave:



I worked a full season in 2013, and part of 2014 before I got my offer with CBSA. I had to pull pin just before July to go away to Rigaud. :wave:

It was a great job. Heck the only reason I left was to get a better fulltime gig. :)
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:59 am

I know this post is aging, but I have a questions which I hope someone can answer or help me out with.

I have done some digging and found phone numbers of some Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents of Parks which I want to work at in the summer. However, I could only find 4. Does anybody know where I can find the contact information for these positions at each park?

After speaking to the Assistant Superintendent at The Massassauga Park, Killbear Park, and Sturgeon Bay (Grundy Office) they informed me that hiring for Park Warden positions can be done through the park and not GOJobs as they can make exceptions and decisions regionally. With that, they recommend that I submit applications/resumes to the Assistant/Superintendents directly before remaining positions are posted on GOJobs.

Thanks!
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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby RemingtonSteel » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:50 pm

Honestly - just call the park directly and ask to speak to a superintendent or assistant superintendent - they'll give you a good idea of if they will be hiring or not, then ask if you can send them your resume. Most parks rarely post online at GOJobs. When I used to be a warden (7 years ago now) they hired almost everyone directly through the park and not through GOJobs.
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Postby BigRanks » Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:39 pm

There were nearly 120 new wardens at the warden course last year and I only recall there being seven or eight postings on gojobs. LOTS of people apply to the gojobs postings.. 200 people applied for one spot on the Sandbanks posting last April. Make cold calls and inquire about openings.

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Postby Rareform » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:13 pm

BigRanks wrote:There were nearly 120 new wardens at the warden course last year and I only recall there being seven or eight postings on gojobs. LOTS of people apply to the gojobs postings.. 200 people applied for one spot on the Sandbanks posting last April. Make cold calls and inquire about openings.


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Re: Applying for Ontario Parks - Park Warden position

Postby GreatCanadianGuy » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:13 pm

BigRanks wrote:There were nearly 120 new wardens at the warden course last year and I only recall there being seven or eight postings on gojobs. LOTS of people apply to the gojobs postings.. 200 people applied for one spot on the Sandbanks posting last April. Make cold calls and inquire about openings.


Yea, that's what I have been doing. I've submitted to the Grundy Office which covers several parks, Killbear, and The Massasauga so far.
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