April 18th, 2024

City looking to hire seasonal workers

By Steffanie Costigan - Lethbridge Herald Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on February 15, 2024.

Herald file photo by Ian Martens - City worker Keaton Bosch mows the grass along a path in front of the backdrop of the high level bridge and a large driver train wheel sculpture, part of a work titled "A Departure" by Nova Scotia artist Ilan Sandler.

The City of Lethbridge is looking to hire about 50 workers this spring for outdoor positions in areas including parks and cemeteries, transportation, water and wastewater, waste and recycling, and arenas.

Parks operations coordinator, Erin Mcllwraith, said Wednesday her career with the city started with a seasonal position in parks 20 years ago and progressed from there.

“When I started as a laborer, I didn’t see myself here in 20 years, but I feel so lucky to have had the opportunities to work with great people,” she said. “And just knowing every day I got to come to work and be outside, that has such amazing health benefits, mentally and physically. And just seeing the beautiful park systems that we have, and being able to know every day when I come to work, I make a difference for the people that are accessing them.”

Aurelie Lajus, people and culture business partner (jr.) with the City of Lethbridge, said the available positions are full-time, 40 hours a week, and run from May until September. Anyone interested in applying can go online at https://www.lethbridge.ca/careers/.

“These positions are really great for students who are looking for a summer job,” Lajus said. “But if you’re looking to start a career with the City of Lethbridge, it’s a great starting point, as well. “The best part of seasonal is that you get to come back every year if you like the work that you do. So, it’s kind of neat to be coming back and contributing to your community to make it safe and beautiful.”

Applicants need to be 18 or older, hold a valid, unrestricted Class Five operator’s license with no more than five demerits, have a current commercial driver’s abstract, high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to work shifts and weekends as assigned.

“I think what made my journey so special is, my love for Parks is just something I really feel, and being able to take post-secondary education, as well as internal training,” said Mcllwraith, recalling her past position working as a seasonal labourer.

She added the dedication she put into her work made the difference in her career.

“Every day when I come to work, I make sure I try to work hard, and I’m dedicated to what I’m doing. And that’s what made a really big difference. A combination of working with really supportive managers and people across the organization makes a big difference.”

Lajus noted seasonal workers will make about $20 an hour.

“You get to work outside in the gorgeous weather with a team of great people, serving your community and helping to make Lethbridge a better place to live,” said Lajus.

Mcllwraith agrees.

“Parks are an integral part of our community, and helping create spaces for generations of people to enjoy is something I am so proud to be a part of.”

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