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Outside Summer Student - PWO


Posting Id 1853
Department Community Services
Division Public Works Operations
Section Urban Forestry Natural Environment Horticulture 
Job Grade PT Student Grade 01 
Rate of Pay $17.00 - $17.00 Hourly
Job Type Full-time - Contract
Contract Length/End Date May 1, 2023 to September 1, 2023
Replacement/New Position          New Hire
Posting Type Internal and External
Posting Date 12/21/2022 
Application Deadline 03/07/2023 
Number of openings                     70 

Position Summary

Reporting to the Supervisory staff in Parks Infrastructure, Horticulture, Urban Forestry, Water, Roads, and the Energy and Waste sections. Summer Students will be responsible for the daily maintenance activities throughout the City. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

•    Ground maintenance: including mowing, trimming activities, and lining of sports fields
•    Horticultural maintenance: including planting, weeding and maintenance of annual, perennial and shrub beds along with other horticultural displays
•    Urban Forestry maintenance, data management and collection
•    Waste/Recycling collection and litter picking within the parks system
•    Assist staff in the inspection, cleaning and repair of multiple park amenities e.g. playgrounds, splash pads and general construction
•    Providing support for special events including delivery, set up, takedown and clean-up
•    Operate various hand tools and powered equipment, occasional operation of a vehicle
•    Demonstrate the City’s corporate values of care, collaboration, courage and service
•    Other duties as assigned


•    General road maintenance and inspection (e.g. catch basins, manholes, boulevards, potholes, signs)
•    Traffic control and vehicle/pedestrian orientation
•    Stop bar and crosswalk line painting
•    Work order entries and data collection
•    Cleaning and maintenance of trucks/inventory/yard
•    Parts and Materials delivery Painting fire hydrants 
•    Preliminary field work and site inspections (e.g. water valves, manholes, chambers)
•    Site restoration (sodding and topsoil)

Education and Experience

  •  Must possess a valid Ontario Class "G" or Class "G2"  Driver's License

Required Skills/Knowledge

•    Previous experience working in a municipal setting outdoors would be considered an asset
•    Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions
•    Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in a team environment
•    Ability to deal with the public courteously and effectively
•    Must possess Green Patch CSA approved 6” to 8" safety boots
•    Be able to work outdoors during all weather conditions and available to work shifts and/or weekends including holidays from May - September 2022
•    Upon employment you must provide a current satisfactory drivers abstract
•    Demonstrates good judgment and makes sound decisions
•    Shows commitment to personal growth, development, and leadership opportunities
•    Shares new ideas and challenges the status quo
•    Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with honesty, openness, respect, and trust
•    Takes initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing
•    Contributes to building and being a part of a positive culture
•    Demonstrate the City’s corporate values of care, collaboration, courage and service

Leadership Competencies

  • Demonstrates personal leadership
  • Builds people and culture
  • Cultivates open communication
  • Shapes the future
  • Navigates and leads through complexity and change


Attention Internal Candidates:  All current City of Richmond Hill employees are required to apply via the ‘View Jobs for Current Employees’ link on the City’s Careers Page.


We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


The City of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.


Please note, to be considered for a career opportunity at the City of Richmond Hill you must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada (or the World Health Organization). You may also be required to receive any COVID-19 boosters recommended by public health authorities.  The City of Richmond Hill will consider cases requiring accommodation as stipulated by relevant employment standards legislation or regulation and/or the Ontario Human Rights Code.