Recreation and Sport - Senior Playleader

by City of London

Reference #: 783-en_US
Position Type: Any
Location: London, Ontario
Date Posted: Feb 03, 2024
City of London

Job Description

File Number: 783
Service Area: Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services  
Division: Recreation and Sport 
Employee Group: Casual 
Job Type: Casual 
Number of Openings: 25 


Summer programs provide children ages 4-12 the opportunity to improve self esteem, motor skills, creativity, and social skills through a variety of crafts, arts, and physical activities as well as excursions to local places of interest.


Reporting to a Playground Coordinator, the Senior Playleader position is responsible for leading and supervising participants aged 6-12 at a specific playground program including communication, discipline, and planning activities. This casual position works as part of a team in a public facing fast paced environment ensuring programs are run efficiently to meet the needs of the participants while providing excellent customer service to City of London patrons and volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to other Playleaders on site and oversee the activities at a particular program location(s) to ensure the care, safety and security of Playground participants during program hours.
  • Plan and implement a varied recreational program involving crafts, active and quiet games, sports and special events for children 6-12 years of age, in accordance with Child and Youth Agenda priority areas.
  • Responsible for maintenance of daily records of attendance, program activities, and safety checks.
  • Maintain an inventory of program and first-aid supplies.
  • Ensure appropriate behaviour modification techniques are being used when supervising participants.
  • Ensure that equipment, facilities and grounds are safe play areas for children.
  • Primary contact when communicating with parents/caregivers of participants on a daily basis.
  • Ensure all City of London policies and practices are adhered to.
  • Work cooperatively with other program partners.
  • Maintain daily communication with Playground Coordinator.
  • Provide a final written evaluation of the program.
  • Strong behaviour management is necessary.
  • Experience working with campers to build their independence and social skills.
  • Offer critical and timely feedback to ensure optimal camper safety and experience.
  • Contagious, positive attitude.
  • Ensure high program standards and best practice for healthy development and play.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills and a positive and professional attitude when communicating with participants, parents, the public, and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and human rights through practices and interactions with community partners, employees and individuals and support programs and initiatives that reflect this commitment. 
  • Demonstrate commitment and adherence to Health and Safety legislation and programs; actively promote a culture of safety.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum two years’ experience working with children. 
  • Experience in a camp setting is an asset 
  • Experience with children with exceptionalities and/or behavioural challenges an asset. 
  • HIGH FIVE® - Healthy Child Development Certification (Prior to the start of the program)
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (Prior to the start of the program)
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) (Prior to the start of the program)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to demonstrate interpersonal and customer service skills. 
  • Knowledge of and the ability to demonstrate behaviour modification techniques. 
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team. 
  • Second language is an asset (please indicate on resume).
  • Ability to be flexible and travel throughout the City as required by Supervisor. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software including excel and word.
  • Ability to demonstrate good communication, high energy, enthusiasm and continued positive attitude. 
  • High level of comfort in fast paced public facing environments.

Other Information:

Wage: $17-19.75 per hour

Employment Start Date: July 2, 2024

Employment End Date: August 16, 2024

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Application Contact Information

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