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Employment Opportunities

Summer Student Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

How do I find out about summer student job opportunities?

Summer Student Employment opportunities are posted annually on our website (www.durham.ca) from December 1 to March 31.

Am I eligible to apply to a summer student job?

  • To be eligible for a summer student position you MUST be at least 18 years of age by Dec. 31 of the year your employment commences; currently enrolled in full-time studies at community college/university; and returning to full-time studies in the following school term.
  • You must be legally entitled to work in Canada as a student (a Social Insurance Number will be required at the time of hire).
  • If you are required to drive a vehicle (Regional or your own) as part of the position, you must possess a full Class G Driver's Licence and submit an acceptable and current Driver's Abstract from Service Ontario.

When does summer student employment commence and end?

  • The time frame for summer student employment program is approximately from beginning of May to the end of August. Start and end are dates subject to specific operational needs/position requirements.

What types of summer student jobs are available?

The Region of Durham offers various summer student positions—in multiple departments in a variety of locations throughout the Region. A sample of the types of positions (subject to change and not limited to) are:

  • General maintenance and cleaning – industrial and commercial environment.
  • General labourer – working outside in a variety of areas (water/sewer/road repair).
  • Durham Region Transit – bus drivers (drive buses) and service people (clean, fuel up & check, top up fluids in buses) this involves being available to work all shifts (days, afternoons, nights as well as weekend and statutory holidays).
  • Administrative/clerical type positions.
  • Technical type positions (related to engineering, social services/caseworker, planning, information technology, public health inspector, etc.).
  • Childcare centre type positions (early childhood educator students).
  • Food and nutrition – in a long term care environment.
  • Nursing and health care related positions – in a long term care environment.
  • Recreation, therapy and kinesiology – in a long term care environment.
  • Paramedic students.

What is the rate of pay for summer employment?

  • Students are paid an hourly rate, slightly above the student wage set by the Employment Standards Act.
  • Work weeks range from part-time hours (24 hours or less per week depending on operational needs) to full-time hours (varying from 35 hours per week to 40 hours per week).
  • Payment is made on a biweekly basis, two weeks after submission of attendance information.
  • Four per cent (4%) vacation pay is added to each biweekly pay.
  • There are first-, second- and third-year student rates. Determination of the rate of pay is dependent on the position.
  • Rates of pay will be confirmed at the time of the job offer.

What is the recruitment and selection process for summer students?

Applications/resumes will be matched with opportunities available based on the student's area of academic study, experience and specific interest. Therefore, only one resume is required to be considered for all summer student opportunities.

  • All students must submit their resume online via the Region of Durham's website (www.durham.ca). Note hard copy applications/resumes are not necessary.
  • It is essential that you only submit one entire document. Please combine any application attachments into one single Word or PDF document, which then becomes your entire application document. For example: if you have a cover letter, as well as a resume, please combine them into one document before uploading. Resumes are mandatory, and cover letters are optional.
  • We thank all candidates for their interest in summer student employment with the Region of Durham. However, only those students selected to attend our student competition process (testing and/or interview) will be contacted.
  • If invited to participate in the competition process, you will be required to provide contact information for two references (references must be work supervisors, teachers, professors, counsellors and/or volunteer-related references). Personal references are not accepted.
  • The testing and interview process will take place during the period of Feb. 1 to June 30, based on departmental needs, length of temporary assignments and number of available positions.
  • If you require accommodation at any time throughout the application process, please advise us and we will provide appropriate assistance pursuant to the Region's Accommodation Policy.
  • Some positions require the provision of a criminal reference check and/or a Driver Abstract (from Service Ontario) prior to being hired. These requirements will be communicated during the competition process.

What is the process if I am a returning student with the Region (worked previous summer)?

If you are interested and eligible to apply to the summer student employment program, you need to:

  • Please contact your supervisor/manager from the previous summer to indicate your interest, confirm your availability to work, to confirm if there is a summer student position available and to ensure you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Summer employment opportunities are determined by both operational needs and a successful performance from the previous year.
  • Returning students will not be required to attend an interview unless they are being considered for a different position.
  • As a returning student, you must submit your resume online via the Region of Durham’s website (www.durham.ca). Note hard copy applications/resumes are not necessary.
  • It is essential that you only submit one entire document. Please combine any application attachments into one single Word or PDF document, which then becomes your entire application document. For example: if you have a cover letter, as well as a resume, please combine them into one document before uploading. Resumes are mandatory and cover letters are optional.

What documentation is required upon hire?

  • Verification of Social Insurance Number.
  • Verification of date of birth (copy of birth certificate or passport).
  • Verification of valid Class G driver's licence (copy of driver's licence, both front and back). If you are interested in a Durham Region Transit position you will be trained and will be required to obtain Class BZ driver's licence.
  • A voided cheque or a direct deposit form completed by your financial institution is required for authorization to deposit your pay directly into your bank account.
  • Verification/proof of enrolment is required for ALL students (new and returning).

The Region of Durham will accept any of the following to verify enrolment:

  • Registrar's letter confirming enrolment and academic eligibility for the next semester.
  • Letter or screen shot confirming your anticipated graduation date.
  • Letter or screen shot indicating that you have more credits left to complete in your current degree.
  • Letter or screen shot confirming your application to a program next term/semester at a post-secondary education establishment.

Is there any training and/or orientation for summer students?

The Region of Durham takes pride in providing exceptional training, which includes awareness of safety issues.

All students must attend a mandatory Health and Safety Orientation, as well as defensive driver training, for those who are required to operate a motor vehicle for their position. Organizational, departmental and training specific to the position is also provided. If you are interested and hired in a Durham Region Transit position training will be provided to obtain a Class BZ driver's licence.

More information on training will be provided to successful candidates upon commencement of employment.

What time off do I get during the summer student employment period?

Due to the nature of our operational needs, and the short duration of the summer student employment period, the purpose of our summer student employment program is to employ students who are available to work during the full months of May, June, July and August.

As per the Employment Standards Act, four per cent (4%) vacation pay is paid on a biweekly basis in lieu of paid time off.

Regular attendance is mandatory for the duration of the summer employment period. Time off, related to emergency leave days under the Employment Standards Act, is limited to the provision of the Act and is unpaid.

Requesting time off other than regularly scheduled days off for vacation purposes is not encouraged and is normally not approved. However, extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.