Student Summer Staff Positions

Applications for those interested in volunteering are accepted throughout the year.  Student volunteers welcome. Must be at least 14 years of age. Please contact us!

The application period for summer employment is now closed.


Position 1: Program Supervisor

The Program Supervisor’s role is to plan, coordinate and implement recreational activities for children and their families. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, out-going, and will be comfortable speaking to groups. Cottagers (low-income families) spend six days in a cottage; the program supervisor will be responsible for ensuring the cottages and lodge are cleaned between vacation sessions. Waupoos also opens its doors to the wider community once a week during an open house; the Program Supervisor will help prepare for the open houses. $14.00/ hour. Workweek: Monday to Friday.

Position 2:  Lifeguard

Waupoos is a vacation destination for low-income families and the pool is a key attraction.
The lifeguard’s role is critical as there are many people in the pool area and safety needs to be a top priority. Lifeguard must exercise good judgment and attentiveness to ensure safe practices and prevent incidents, while also encouraging a sense of play. The lifeguard will also provide basic swimming instruction and water safety programming for children and to collaborate with other staff and farm resident families to plan weekly activities for clients.
The lifeguard cleans and maintains the pool facilities daily. $16.00/hour. National Lifeguard Certification required. Workweek: Tuesday to Saturday

Position 3: Maintenance and Animal Care

Ensure proper care and maintenance of farm grounds including grooming lawns, maintaining fire pit area, overseeing community gardens, and trail management.
Attend to the daily care of chickens, rabbits, sheep and other farm animals and provide information to visiting children. Interact directly with visiting families, providing a positive example as an ambassador of the farm. Assist with general facility maintenance, including painting and any necessary repairs to farm facilities, stalls and fences. Clean and maintain cottages and lodge facilities. $14.00/ hour
Workweek: Monday to Friday.

Position 4: Counsellor and Volunteer Coordinator

The Counsellor and Volunteer Coordinator’s role is to organize and lead recreational activities for visiting families (sports, games, hikes, nature walks, crafts, etc). Assist with the overall coordination, planning, and evaluation of the volunteer program. The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail and will feel comfortable leading group activities. Cottagers (low-income families) spend six days in a cottage; this counsellor will be responsible for ensuring the cottages and lodge are cleaned between vacation sessions and will help with laundry. Prepare for weekly open house $14.00/ hour. Workweek: Monday to Friday.

Additional Information for all Positions:

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, 16 to 30 years of age  (funding requirement)
  • Current certification in First Aid, CPR-C & AED is required (or willing to obtain before starting employment)
  • Selected candidates 18 year or older will be required to provide a criminal records check prior to employment
  • Bilingualism is considered an asset (English, French, Arabic)
  • Staff will be responsible for leading and participating in daily chapel time
  • Approximately 40 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks, commencing approximately June 22 and ending on or before August 28, 2020
  • Actual dates and hours are dependent upon funding received
  • Must have own transportation; Waupoos is not located on any OC Transpo bus routes
  • While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

All applicants must provide a resume and a cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position of interest.

Send applications to:

The Waupoos Foundation
2050 Rideau Rd.
Ottawa, ON
K1X 1B1

Attn: Farm Management Team