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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When is the deadline for submitting my application for a summer position?
A: There is not an official deadline for summer applications, but it is strongly recommended that students apply as early as possible. Students can apply as early as October for the following summer employment period.

Q: How many positions are available?
A: Each year, approximately 1000 students were hired into the public service. However, the number and types of positions available each year within the Summer Student Program vary depending on the needs of the various government ministries. Click here for information on the types of jobs available, job descriptions, and major locations.

Q: What will I be paid working with the Government of Saskatchewan?
A:  Typically, student wages range from approximately $15.00/hour to $20.00/hour. Wages depend on the job type and the responsibilities that will be performed.

Q: What are the hours of work?
A: Hours of work vary for each position. Many positions are office hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Shifts for the provincial parks, maintenance positions, or facility cleaning positions may include evenings and/or weekends.

Q: How do I apply for the Summer Student Program?
A: Students must apply online by filling out an application form. Several different application forms are available based on the nature of the student jobs available. Students can apply to one or more of the application forms depending on their interests, qualifications, and experience. If students meet the eligibility criteria, they will be considered for the Summer Student Program.

Q:  How does the Summer Student Program work?
A:  Our central Summer Student Program database contains several different application forms that students can submit, based on the nature of summer student work that the Government of Saskatchewan offers. Students can submit one or multiple application forms depending on their interests, qualifications, and experience, and will receive a confirmation email once each application form is submitted.

As a summer student job becomes available, the hiring manager submits a request for students to the Summer Student Program Coordinator. The Summer Student Program Coordinator searches the central database for students who match the position’s requirements, and refers them to the hiring manager for consideration.

Managers only contact those students they wish to interview/assess. Due to the volume of students who apply, not all students can be contacted.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible for the Summer Student Program?
A: You are eligible if you are:

  • legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • attending school on a full-time basis and returning to school on a full-time basis in the next academic semester ("full-time" status is determined by each post-secondary institution and proof of status may be requested).

    * Please ensure you answer these two questions appropriately and email if you need any clarification.

    * Priority may be given to current post-secondary students over current high school students. Only if positions are difficult to fill will searches be opened up to include current high school students.

Q: Do I have to submit a résumé or cover letter?
A: Yes, it is recommended that you submit a cover letter and résumé - either attached or pasted into the online application. This information is important so that hiring managers have the necessary information to consider you for the position.

Q: What should I include in my cover letter?
A: Your cover letter does not need to be addressed to anyone in particular (i.e. hiring manager's name or HR person). However, you can address the cover letter to "Hiring Manager" or "Sir or Madam" if you prefer to do so.
The body of your cover letter should be concise, informative, and less than a page in length. Include your field of study, relevant work experience and/or training, relevant accomplishments/awards, and why you would be a great fit with us.

Q: What if the correct answer isn't listed as an option for a question in the online application (i.e. field of study, location preference, etc)?
A: Try to select a category/answer that is the closest fit for you. Make sure to clarify this information in your cover letter and résumé.

Q: What if I no longer want to be considered for summer employment for the upcoming summer term (i.e. found other summer employment)?
A: If you no longer want to be contacted regarding student employment with us for the current summer term, please withdraw your application using My JobPage.

Q: What about part-time employment?
A: Most summer positions require full-time hours. There are often opportunities for part-time employment during non-summer terms; these jobs are typically posted on the Government of Saskatchewan Facebook Page.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions/concerns about student employment or the application?
A: Contact the Summer Student Program Coordinator at


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