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Summer Employment - Groundskeeper

Summer Employment Opportunity – Groundskeeper (cemetery assistant)

St. John’s Anglican Church is a historic landmark in the Port of Whitby, with a cemetery dating back to the mid-1800s. This remains an active cemetery.

There are major revitalization plans for the cemetery, centering around several landscaping endeavors, aimed at making the land a public-inviting park for walking or reflecting.

With the kind participation of the Canada summer Jobs program, the church is offering one (1) position for a summer season landscaper. This position will be for eight (8) weeks and 35 hours per week. The groundskeeper will be paid 16.55 per hour.

The tasks and responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Planting and maintenance of flower beds and planters within the cemetery.
  • Regular landscaping chores such as seeding, mulching, pruning, weeding, watering, and more.
  • Aid in the planning of new features for the cemetery such as benches, landscaping, and other land improvement projects.
  • Participate in public tours of the cemetery.
  • Learn about the history of the cemetery.
  • Assist in the refreshing of various tombstones and other grave markers.
  • Assist in various pre and post-ceremony activities such as grave marking and general cleanup.
  • Maintenance and cleanliness of the landscaping shed.
  • Any related cemetery duties as requested by the cemetery manager.
  • Participate in strategic planning meetings
  • Participate and assist in special events like ‘Beautification Day’ and ‘Cleanup Day’ events

To be eligible for this position, candidates will be expected to have the following qualifications:

  • Between the age of 15 and 30 years at the start of the employment
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment (NOTE: International students are not eligible); and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada under relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented with strong written, verbal & organizational skills
  • Excellent health and ability to walk and carry heavy loads.
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Openness to learning
  • Familiarity with and interest in landscaping

Please note:

This will primarily be an on-site position with some in-office responsibilities. You will be led by the St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery Manager and churchwardens. Applications should be sent to