MORRISBURG — Summer of 2017 is shaping up to be a record breaking year for student recruitment at Parks of the St. Lawrence with over 300 students hired for summer jobs, a 20 percent increase over last season. Approximately 140 of the students are new hires. Accounting for approximately 60 percent of total jobs at the tourism organization, students play an integral role in delivering high quality tourism experiences to visitors to Ontario from around the world.
Parks of the St. Lawrence offers student positions that attract a diverse range of young people. Many of the students are studying at Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College or other post secondary institutions and often bring special skills such as musical talents or languages. A number of the summer positions are the perfect fit for local high school students. With tourism facilities that stretch across 200 kms along the St. Lawrence River corridor, Parks of the St. Lawrence draws from Lancaster, Cornwall and Morrisburg through to Brockville, Gananoque and Kingston and beyond.
The student jobs range from outdoor positions in campgrounds, Upper Canada Golf Course and Crysler Park Marina to heritage interpreter roles at Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada. New positions were added in 2016 and 2017 to work as tour guides at one of Ontario’s most popular new attractions, Kingston Penitentiary Tours, and as guides offering thrilling experiences at Ontario’s largest aerial park Skywood Eco Adventure. With large scale events such as Upper Canada Village’s Pumpkinferno and Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry, Parks of the St. Lawrence also provides a number of student positions through the fall and winter months.
Many students come back year after year to their summer positions with some returning after graduation to begin their careers.
Parks of the St. Lawrence is the largest tourism operator in Eastern Ontario operating diverse tourism attractions between the City of Kingston and the Quebec border. It is estimated that it generates over $140 M in economic impacts annually.