Service & Support Staff in Toronto, ON
Great way to work and enjoy the outdoors
Many different tasks are assigned to you and you learn a lot of new skills working here. They hire a lot os students for the summer with an opportunity to come back the next year.
Field Labourer in Woodbridge, ON
A competitive and positive work environment
Great entry level position to getting your foot into the Conservation industry. All of the full time staff love their jobs here and are keen to share their knowledge and expertise with the seasonal staff. Plenty of opportunity to move up or gain great outdoor skills if you prove to be keen, forward thinking, team player with great listening and communication skills.
One if the worst employers
Complete ineptitude from the top, I.e. CFOO went on a call-in radio show for employment law advice on how he could force people working from home (to date this had been working extremely well) during COVID to return to the office and if they refused, could he fire them.
Field Staff, Restoration Projects in Greater Toronto Area, ON
Enthusiastic Team Environment
TRCA gave me the opportunity to continue to develop my skills in species identification and discover what my body was really capable of. In a physically demanding job as a tree planter, I learned what tree and shrub species grow best in certain conditions and habitats, as well as remediation efforts necessary for wildlife conservation. Everyone is kind, patient and encouraging during every step of the way. Pushing past physical limitations was the hardest, but most rewarding part of the job. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work here and make life-long friends along the way.
Seasonal Maintenance in Caledon, ON
Decent Part-Time, Very Unrewarding
My experience is based from Albion Hills (4 year experience)
Overall, the best part about the job is that each day you're more likely than not doing something different than the last, although most is routine. This keeps it somewhat interesting with the addition of physical demands outside in varying whether conditions.
There is a relatively close connection between coworkers and that makes the day alot better, with some of my close friends being coworkers.
Aside from those mentioned above, there is nothing rewarding about this job. I initially came in motivated and hard working but after 3 years this all seemed for nothing. There is NO clear opportunity for advancement and you do not receive any raise or benefit for staying with the company, which in turn is very demoralizing and this issue does not at all seem to be any concern to the managers/supervisor.
In addition, the facilities staff operate from are old and worn. Countless amounts of mold and other safety hazards are present and this seems to be overlooked and then covered up only when a safety inspector comes in. Proper PPE (N95) or cleaning equipment is not provided when dealing with mold-related tasks or shower scrubbing in washrooms where toxins are prevalent, with most being worn out or just barely unusable.
There is one boss at this park who rarely shows respect to you unless they just 'like' you, often being sexist and very rude which affects your attitude in the work place.
Overall, I would recommend working here part-time for a summer but NOT any longer.