City of Calgary Recreation

Recreation offers a wide variety of recreation and leisure activities and services for Calgarians including: sports, swimming, dance, fitness, golf, skating, day camps, free drop-in programs and After School programs, and much more!

Does your organization have other locations besides Calgary?

The City of Calgary offer programs within Calgary, however we have many sites that run programs. Specific sites include: Pools, Leisure Centres, and various Communities across The City.

How many employees does your organization employ?

The City of Calgary employees over 13,000 employees, of those 13,000 employees 940 are employed throughout Recreation and Community & Neighbourhood Services as part-time on call employees.

What type of positions do you offer?

We offer a number of part time on-call positions that range in hours, typically 20 hours or less a week.

What are some entry level career opportunities that your organization offers?

An example of an entry level position within Recreation or Community & Neighbourhood Services is a Recreation Leader. This position is part-time and seasonal with usually 20 hours per week or less in the fall/winter. In the summer, Recreation Leaders can work up to 40 hours a week in children's day camps. Recreation Leaders either work directly with children or youth and help run programs. This position starts at $13/hour and is a great option for those who have other commitments such as school or another job. Many of our Recreation Leaders enjoy the flexibility so much that they choose to stay year round. Recreation and Community & Neighbourhood services equip Recreation Leaders with extensive training to enable them to work a variety of programs throughout the year should they meet the qualifications and have the skill sets.

What is your hiring process?

All of our positions are posted on in the Leisure Services section. Recreation Leader postings are ongoing which means we interview while the posting is on the website, so the sooner you apply the sooner you may receive an interview.

How can one apply?

The best thing to do is to go to and a display of current job postings will be listed. You can click on each job to review the details and if you are interested in applying, you click on "Apply Now" at the top of the job description page. Please be sure to attach a current cover letter and résumé that has the most relevant and recent experiences, skills, and employment/volunteering (Word document is preferred). Alternatively you can apply by paper at the Municipal building job board. Remember to include the posting number on your application; the City of Calgary does not accept unsolicited résumés.

What do you look for in employees?

Recreation and Community & Neighbourhood Services are looking for enthusiastic Recreation Leaders who are interested in delivering exciting programs for both children and youth.

What type of education/training/equipment do you require?

A current Standard First Aid and CPR level C certification is necessary on or before the first day of work. Some positions require an NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) certification.

How old does someone have to be to work for your company?

Most Recreation positions require applicants to be at least 16 years of age or older, however there are some positions that require applicants to be at least 18 years of age or older at the date of hire.

How much will employees get paid?

Recreation Leaders rate of pay ranges from $13.00-$17.00/hour.

How would someone find out about opportunities at your company?

All jobs with the City of Calgary can be found on Many of our summer positions will be posted from February - May.