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 $35,000 - $38,000, upon experience

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Full time, IMRF with health and dental benefits.


Primary responsibility is to ensure that all persons have a safe and enjoyable experience while visiting or using the Westmont Park District facilities.

Under the direction of the Supt. of Recreation, this work involves planning, promotion, development and supervision of the recreation programs under his/her area of responsibilities that include, but are not limited to: Spray Park, Backstop concession stand, act as the liaison for Performing Arts, Polar Express and some Holly Days Events, Youth Dance, and assistant with seasonal special events.


  1. Prepare seasonal program budgets.
  2. Plan, initiate, organize and supervise recreational activities.
  3. Meet the District’s Mission and Vision.
  4. Maintain records, written and/or computerized, of all recreation program related activities.
  5. Recruit, hire and train all personnel under his/her supervision.
  6. Supervise and evaluate job performance on a continual basis and take immediate action to correct any deficiencies or problems related to the programs or staff.
  7. Works with marketing staff to keep the news media and general public informed on announcements, results and current District news.
  8. Participate in departmental planning, research and training.
  9. Prepare budget estimates and reports for the Superintendent of Recreation.
  10. Cooperate in promoting, organizing, and directing community wide celebrations and events involving areas of responsibility.
  11. Perform any additional related tasks as required.


Generally, 8:00 am – 4:30 PM (1/2-hour lunch), Monday through Friday. Some weekend, holiday, and evening work will be required (varies with the season).


Comprehensive knowledge of youth and adult recreation programming. Must possess the ability to speak in public and good written and verbal communication skills. Good computer skills, proficient with Word, Publisher, Excel, Outlook and the Adobe. Experience with RecTrac registration system preferred.


Bachelors of Science in Park and Recreation or related field from an accredited college or university. Full-time experience preferred. Possess a valid Illinois driver’s license.


  1. Obey the practical safety rules, regulations and procedures established by the safety program that is pertinent to the activities conducted by the department.
  2. Daily supervision of all staff safety and training programs to ensure compliance by all employees.
  3. Promptly report to Superintendent of Recreation of any/all unsafe actions, practices or conditions observed.


Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Personnel and Employment Policy.


In an 8-hour workday employee may engage in activities that may include, but are not limited to: standing, sitting, walking, driving, bending, twisting and lifting.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with liabilities to perform the essential functions.

English must be spoken, read and understood to perform the functions of this position.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may be high in some instances.

Facility management of an outdoor facility is required.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person in this position. Principal duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job, and "other" duties and responsibilities include those that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job.

This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties or tasks as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification in order to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.


Submit Westmont Park District employment application, cover letter, and resume to

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 Westmont Park District


Dustin Kleefisch

 Closing Date

August 23, 2019

 $35,000-$39,000 starting

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The Westwood Assistant Manager assists in the supervision of all personnel and activities at the Westwood Fitness and Sports Center and is responsible for the planning, organization, management, administration, supervision of assigned programs, including but not limited to youth and adult athletics.

The Westwood Center includes three buildings with a total space of 5.5 acres under roof. Amenities include a functional training area, fitness turf area, 35,000 square feet of fitness equipment, 200m indoor track, 60y indoor turf field, 2 NBA size wood basketball courts, 6 indoor pickleball courts, 4 indoor tennis courts, CrossFit Unicus, 4 indoor wallyball/racquetball courts, 5 indoor basketball/volleyball courts, 3 indoor batting cages, one indoor pitching lane, one indoor golf net, Kids Gym and a Juice Bar.

The Assistant Manager is responsible for performing the essential functions as outlined in this job description. The Assistant Manager is a full-time employee who may work up to fifty (50) hours per week. Work pace is slow to moderate depending on the task required. The position requires the ability to work in the heavy work level (100 lbs. or less).


The Assistant Manager is under the direction of the Westwood Manager.


• Recruit, recommend, select, train, supervise, schedules and evaluates part-time personnel under the direction of the Westwood Manager at assigned facilities/areas/programs. • Supervises the organization and administration of assigned facilities/areas/programs.
• Develops a diversified program of recreational activities in assigned areas. • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to recruit new and to retain current customers. • Publicizes and interprets programs, activities, services and facilities to the community through a wide variety of formats with the assistance of the Marketing Manager and reviews and evaluates those programs, activities, services and facilities on a continual basis. • Assists in the preparation of the budget; recommends expenditures in accordance with said budget; recommends to the Westwood Manager the establishment of fees and charges for assigned areas. • Maintains complete and accurate records of assigned areas, services, personnel and property. Prepares and issues regular and special reports as needed and as requested. • Establishes and maintains cooperative planning and working relationships with other local community agencies and service organizations. • Evaluate assigned areas on a regular basis.


• Adheres to established safety practices as outline in the District’s Safety Manual and/or set for the by the District’s Safety Committee. • Attends Park Board meetings and other District meetings as required/needed. • Attend conferences, workshops and seminars as required/needed. • Performs all other duties as assigned by the Westwood Manager.


• Certified or ability to become certified in CPR, First Aid and AED.
• A valid Illinois State Driver’s License (Class D). • Organizational skills and the ability to work independently. • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees. • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.


• A college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation or equivalent combination of work experience and education.

COMPENSATION • $35,000 - $39,000 starting wage based upon education and experience. Health insurance stipend; dental insurance; retirement plan; paid vacation, personal days and holidays are also included.


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 Sterling Park District


Kel Bond

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $150,000 - $170,000. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and will be negotiated with the Board of Commissioners

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The Skokie Park District seeks Executive Director Contact Name: Casey Wichmann Contact Email: Contact Phone: 217.523.4554 Closing Date: August 30, 2019 Salary: $150,000 - $170,000. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and will be negotiated with the Board of Commissioners Job Title: Executive Director The Board of Commissioners at the Skokie Park District is seeking to employ an Executive Director with the following qualifications, characteristics and traits:

• At least 5 years of administrative experience in the park and recreation field. Experience as a director preferred. • Certification as a Park and Recreation Professional preferred. • Possesses a professional understanding and appreciation of the community’s diverse culture. • A person of great integrity, honesty, self-confidence and charisma. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Excellent time-management and priority-setting skills. • Effective interpersonal skills. Must possess compassion and the ability to communicate effectively with all types of individuals. • Administrative skills based on positive human relations, interactive communication skills, and high public visibility. • Comprehensive planning skills and experience. Ability to assess community needs, research trends and innovative concepts as they apply to improvement of the agency operations and long-range planning. • Evidence of skills and experience in developing short-range and long-range goals to incorporate the agency’s master plan. • Ability to plan, establish and evaluate a vision for the agency. • An in-depth understanding of the board/director relationship and the ability to cultivate a positive working relationship with all commissioners. • Accessible to commissioners and citizens. • A strong understanding of the mission of a dynamic park and recreation agency and the importance, as well as the role, of the independent board members in accomplishing that mission.

Application Procedure The Board of Commissioners of the Skokie Park District invites applications for the position of Executive Director. The Board is interested in the selected Executive Director to begin employment at the district tentatively by November 15, 2019. The Skokie Park District is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should be marked Personal and Confidential. All applicant packets must be received by August 30, 2019 and must contain the information below in order to meet the Board consideration. All documents (other than education credentials) must have a left margin of 1.5 inches. Each numbered item below needs to be on a separate page. Please do not bind or staple.

1) Formal letter of application indicating reasons you desire to be a candidate. 2) Current resume needs to include, but not be limited to, employment history, duties, number of employees supervised and budget amount managed. 3) Complete list of accomplishments/completed projects. 4) Provide at least 3 CURRENT (dated) letters of recommendation. These written references ideally should include a balance of former employers, employees and board members. 5) You must also supply 3-6 PROFESSIONAL references with complete names, addresses and phone numbers. These references need to be different from those providing letters of recommendation and will be contacted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts upon receipt. 6) Typewritten responses to the following management questions. Please limit your responses to one page per question. a. Describe your management style. b. State and discuss your philosophy of parks and recreation. c. What issues do you consider to be critically important to the park and recreation field today? d. If given the opportunity, how will you attempt to resolve these issues? e. If you were chosen for the position, what steps would you take as the district’s new leader in your first 120 days? 7) Complete set of up-to-date credentials which include legal proof verifying educational degrees. Transcript or copy of degree is acceptable. 8) Written permission to contact past employers and written permission to have a criminal background check.

Mail Applications to: Screening Committee – Skokie Park District Illinois Association of Park Districts 211 East Monroe Street Springfield, IL 62701-1186 Email applications to: Questions: Call 217-523-4554 or email

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 Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD)


Casey Wichmann

 Closing Date

August 30, 2019


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The Recreation and Aquatics Manager is responsible for development, organization, coordination and administration of the comprehensive athletic recreation programs, special events, and manage the aquatic staff and programs. The Recreation and Aquatics Manager is responsible for the supervision of all staff, volunteers and independent contractors required to complete the tasks within the recreational programs and special events offered.

Essential Job Functions: The following duties are normal for this position. These are not constructed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

•Develops, promotes, manages and evaluates a wide range of recreation programs and special events with a focus on athletics for youth and adults.

•Manages, hires and trains lifeguards, pool staff, swim instructors, and customer service for the outdoor swimming pool.

•The program lead for the Power Play before and after school program.

•Adapts recreation programs to meet the needs of the community while maintaining variety, flexibility, diversity and balance.

•Prepare annual goals and objectives relative to your areas of responsibility.

•Develop and prepare a bi-weekly recreation report to be sent to the Superintendent of Recreation.

•Seek best pricing for equipment or materials for your areas of programming and prepare a purchase order to be approved by the Superintendent of Recreation.

•Hire, train and supervise all program staff, facility staff and volunteers in your area of responsibility.

•Provide direction, leadership and motivation to your direct staff. To include conducting and managing the annual or seasonal performance review process.

•Prepare and monitor scheduling and payroll for your staff.

•With direction from the Superintendent of Recreation and the Superintendent of Facility prepare the yearly aquatic facility and program budget for approval.

•Assists Superintendent of Recreation with the development of the yearly recreation budget.

•Prepares press releases, brochure copy, flyers and ads for upcoming programs and special events.

•Assist front desk with problem solving and registration.

•Provide outstanding customer service, including responding to customer questions and complaints.

•Performs other related duties as assigned.

Safety and Risk Management

•Addresses unsafe employee behaviors by approaching, correcting and coaching.

•Enforces safety disciplinary policies and procedures.

•Provides material-handling equipment or staff assistance when lifting and or moving objects 50 lbs. or greater.

•Promotes the use of material-handling equipment or staff assistance, when possible, to reduce lifting and moving injury exposures.

•Attends safety in-service training.

•Completes incident/accident report forms and promptly forwards them to the agency Claims Contact.


Bachelor’s degree in recreation or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of one year supervisory experience or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training. CPRP preferred or obtained within one year after hired. Certification in Life Guarding or have the ability to complete within six (6) months of hiring. Additional certification as Certified Pool Operator and a current Illinois Food Manager certification is required within twelve (12) months of hire. Must be well organized, creative, possess a positive attitude, good problem solver, and have the ability to multi-task. Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office and recreation registration software, Rec-Trac is preferred.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

•Exposed to various outside weather conditions including hot temperatures, humidity and cold. •The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. •Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Lauren Marino at

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 City of Palos Heights Parks & Recreation


Lauren Marino

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $19.10+ DOQ

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Under the direct supervision of the Park Operations Manager, the Park Specialist I performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled park maintenance duties in the areas of turf, horticulture, forestry, custodial, ball field maintenance and recreation support operations.

To be considered for this position, interested individuals must complete the online application accessible at Materials submitted through mail, email, or fax will not be considered.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 1.Perform ornamental horticulture maintenance tasks including but not limited to planting and maintaining trees, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers, fertilizing, seeding and sodding. 2.Act as crew leader to assigned part time staff by orienting and training new hires and rehires. Complete performance appraisals on an annual basis for part time employees. Coach and develop staff on an on-going basis. Communicate job expectations. Provide ongoing training opportunities. 3.Manage the operational responsibilities to support recreation programs such as the Garden Plots, Sportsmans, Volunteer programs and athletic tournaments.
4.Prepare and maintain ball fields, tennis courts, trails, playgrounds, and other park amenities. 5.Support district initiatives by participation on various district committees such as the Safety Committee and Green Team. 6.Clean and maintain parks through litter pickup, recycling activities and conduct property inspections for signs of wear, damage and vandalism. 7.Perform various maintenance operations to park grounds including but not limited to controlled prairie and woodland burns, hardscape and pond maintenance. 8.Assure the safe operation of small to heavy equipment including hand tools, power tools, string trimmers, aerators, slit seeders, sprayers, large production mowers, chainsaws, chippers, tractors, backhoes, and trucks. 9.Complete inspections of parks, playgrounds, trails and athletic facilities. 10.Document hours and materials used on work orders to specific job requirements. 11.Perform snow and ice removal operations through the operation of snow removal equipment on sidewalks, roads, and parking lots. 12.Load and transport mulch, gravel, soil, etc. 13.Support special event set up, tear down and maintenance during the event. 14.Perform preventative maintenance on division vehicles (washing, checking fluids). 15.Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with residents, customers, vendors, community partners and co-workers. 16.Follow and model compliance with all District, State, Federal and departmental safety and risk management, personnel, administrative policies and procedures, ordinances and regulations. 17.Maintain a proactive approach to safety and risk management. Report all accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions in a timely manner.
18.Comply with District financial policies. Communicate budgetary requests to supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the methods and of forestry, turf, and horticulture development and maintenance. Demonstrate abilities to apply fertilizers and pesticides at manufacturer’s application rates. Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Bilingual (Spanish/English) communication skills preferred. Working skills in the operation of tractors, heavy equipment, trucks and other landscape maintenance equipment. Ability to read and follow operations manuals. Ability to organize, prioritize, direct multiple projects, labor and equipment needs. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and work order systems.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent (GED) required. Associate or Bachelor’s degree (preferred) in agronomy, horticulture, turf management, forestry or related field. Two (2) years experience or a combination of education and experience required or five (5) years of experience in parks and grounds maintenance. Have the ability to display a working level of competence in tree and shrub maintenance, turf care, athletic field maintenance, flower bed planting and maintenance and equipment operation preferred. Valid driver’s license Valid Class “A” CDL driver’s license or Public Operators pesticide license, or ability to obtain license within one (1) year of hire date. (as required by departmental needs). Ability to obtain a burn crew member certification or forklift certification. (as required by departmental needs) Must attend A.L.I.C.E. training within 4 months of hire and have the ability to understand the concepts presented in the program as they apply to the responsibilities of the position.

Special Considerations: Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. Ability to move from site to site. Ability to lift, carry and move heavy weight (>50 lbs.) objects. Exposure to pesticides, exhaust fumes, chemicals, dust, dirt, insect bites and loud noises. Weekend schedule required. Occasional manipulation of assigned office equipment. Prolonged lifting, stooping, bending, twisting, and climbing for extended periods of time. Sustained posture in a standing position for prolonged periods of time. Subject to confined space entry. Manual dexterity and strength to operate power-operated equipment/machines. Subject to respirator use. Employee will be required to pass a Quantitative Fit Test.

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 Naperville Park District


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled