Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

Ontario Parks staff tackle a wide variety of tasks and challenges.

Our days are diverse. You may find us researching rare species, administering first aid to injured guests, maintaining safe and healthy water systems, building a boardwalk, or welcoming families to a busy campground.

We are administrators of the most precious natural resources of our province. We are educators and instill a love of nature in new generations of Ontarians.

Internationally, World Ranger Day celebrates their wonderful work protecting our parks and commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty in park organizations with high-risk activities.

We are proud to keep our parks safe and welcoming for visitors, while protecting our incredible natural world.

Take a look at some of our everyday heroes:

Mark as read

Mark holding a rat snake next to a tree

From providing high-quality educational programs to managing invasive species, Mark never knows what his day will be like at Murphys Point Provincial Park.

One of his favorite aspects of the job is teaching a program about the endangered gray rat snake, a species found at the northernmost end of its range. Visitors, local landowners and snakes have of course benefited from Mark’s practical and passionate support.

Will Morrow and Julia Slabon

Two rangers standing next to ATV

Will and Julia are park rangers at Komoka Provincial Park. They work hard every day to maintain the trails, keep the park clean, tackle park projects, and make a variety of improvements and repairs. Will and Julia appear here ready to install a line of buoys in the pond.

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Will enjoys the fact that every day in Komoka is different. He loves that the job involves him making efforts to keep the park healthy and the people happy.

Julia loves the diversity of wildlife she gets to experience at work and help protect her home.

Greg Ahern

maintenance foreman tractor driver

Greg has worked at Emily Provincial Park since 1989. Our maintenance foreman’s dedication to visitors to Emily is evident in the fact that those who return year after year ask for him by name.

He is the first to lend a hand if something needs to be done and always supports the initiatives of park staff, regardless of the department. You can see him riding around on the big green tractor, probably his favorite part of the job!

Alicia Wellings

Park ranger standing in Lake Superior

“I’ve been camping here my whole life and I want to give visitors the same experiences.”

Alicia, a member of the maintenance team at Pancake Bay Provincial Park, loves living on the shores of Lake Superior. She helped build a deck for the park cabin and worked on repairing access bridges. A typical day includes cleaning, painting, and answering questions from campers.

Phil Plamondon

Ranger standing next to the truck

“I like seeing the progress in the park and knowing that I was one of the people responsible for making it look beautiful and seeing the satisfaction of the campers.”

Phil is the senior operations technician at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. This is his fifth season working for Ontario Parks. One of my favorite aspects of his work is his versatility. In a single day, he could do plumbing and electrical work, drive the tractor, walk around the park doing trail maintenance, plus work in the office placing orders and scheduling schedules.

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Kathleen Boston

Kathleen holding clipboard in the park

“Three years ago I started working at Pancake Bay Provincial Park, one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

Kathleen has spent time working as a door attendant and on the maintenance team. This year, she is part of Pancake Bay’s Discovery team. She loves planning activities for children and adults alike.

Mitch Stimac

Learn how to fish for a leader by holding the rod and raising your arms to the side of the bank

Mitch has been the Learn to Fish leader here at Earl Rowe for three summers and shares his passion for the outdoors with our park visitors. He loves meeting new people and can strike up a conversation with anyone who walks by!

Ellen Rosswill

ranger sitting at computer desk

Ellen has worked for Ontario Parks for nine seasons. She started at Sibbald Point as a door attendant and won the student scholarship award for her excellent customer service. This is Ellen’s fourth season at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, where she currently works as a park secretary.

“The best part of my job is talking to campers and working with a great team of amazing park staff! “This job requires a lot of problem solving and I enjoy the challenge.”

“I am passionate about this job because I want everyone to experience a great camping trip and for more people to spend time in nature.”

A big thank you to all the amazing staff at Ontario Parks!