Student Bursary Program
Visitors to Presqu’ile Provincial Park have grown accustomed to seeing the smiling faces of the Park staff, who greet them at the gate, keep the beaches and building safe and clean, run the interpretive programs and the stores and nature centre. What many visitors don’t realize is that most of the Park’s employees are summer students.
There are many wonderful young people working as student employees in Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Each summer, the Park and the Friends of Presqu’ile hire over 60 staff. Their work is crucial to the success of the Park and its programs. We wish to recognize their work and encourage them to grow and develop for the future.
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park are pleased to announce the launch of two new Bursary programs for the 2017 summer season. These Bursaries are open to all students working in Presqu’ile Park. The bursaries will reward exceptional workers, encourage post secondary education, improve the image of working in all departments of the Park and will support our Mission, Vision and Values.
Student Employee Bursaries
These bursaries will be open to all student employees of the Park who intend to return to full-time education or trades training in the fall. There will be four $500 bursaries available, one for each of the four departments in the Park – Maintenance, Store, Gate and Natural Heritage Education which includes the Nature Centre, NHE Interpreters and Kids N Nature Camp.
Each department is equally important to the success of the operation of the Park. That is why the Friends wants to make sure that the students get recognized for their hard work. The next time you visit the Park, take a look at all the vibrant young people working hard to make your visit a pleasant one. When you see a star performer in action, please let us know by filling out the online nomination form below or filling out a form that can be downloaded from the link below!
Students can be nominated for their exemplary service and/or excellent work. Anyone who makes that extra effort could be a winner!! Nominations can come from the public, coworkers, supervisors or senior park staff.
An Awards Committee will select the winning candidates and present them with their bursaries before the end of August in time to apply the funds to their fall semester expenses. An extra $500 will certainly help pay for books or tools. The boost that comes from having your good work recognized should help when motivation flags during the long school season.
The purpose of this bursary is to promote careers in the Parks among our student employees. Eligibility would be limited to those returning post-secondary students in a field of study that would lead to a career in our Parks. There are well over 20 possible fields of study with a clear link to a Parks career. Students would be expected to explain their program of study and career goals in their application.
Candidates would also require the support of their supervisor who could address the employee’s work accomplishments along with their leadership and teamwork skills. Only one bursary is available each year; it is for $1,000.
The Awards Committee will review the applications. If a suitable candidate is found, the bursary will be given out before the end of August.