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 $ 10.00 per hour

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Job Summary: The Recreation Intern will gain the knowledge necessary to be successful, well-rounded professional. Acquire exceptional program management skills in the program areas of tots, youth, teen, older adults, fitness, dance, day camp, gymnastics, aquatics, athletics, and leagues.

Qualifications: Must be a current student of an accredited university pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Recreation, Leisure Services, Sport Management, or a related field, looking to complete an internship. Student must provide own transportation.

Reports To: Program Manager Department: Recreation Type of Position: Intern

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

A. General Administration

1.Familiarize yourself with the regulations, policies, and procedures of the park district. 2.Students will work in the areas of program development, facility management, written and oral communication, human resources, budgeting, purchasing of equipment or materials, training of employees, evaluation of both programs and personnel, customer service, park maintenance, operational, and program manual development. 3.To be willing to work the times and days assigned to you, including evening and/or weekend hours. 4.To be tactful, friendly, and courteous, and respectful to all. The manner in which you conduct yourself will reflect on the Lombard Park District and on its public image. 5.To attend all recreation staff meetings unless specifically instructed otherwise. 6.To visit observe and participate in all phases of the agency’s operation. 7.To attend assigned meetings including EAC and Safety Committees. 8.To make the most of any free time you may have while in the office-ask questions, offer to help others, study manuals, magazines, and books available for your information. 9.Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

B. Safety, Health, and Loss Control

1.Support, promote, and make recommendations regarding all safety, health, and loss control policies as adopted by the park district. 2.Be familiar with the Employee Safety Manual. 3.Be familiar with the safe operation of any equipment necessary in accomplishing required tasks. 4.Responsible for providing all injury, illness, and health information required by the Lombard Park District in its effort to assign tasks within an individual’s capacity to prevent potential injury or illness. 5.Responsible for notification of injury or illness relating to a task management as described within the Lombard Park District Employee Safety Manual.

Marginal Functions

1.General setups. 2.Inventory of supplies. Essential Functions1.Computer operation. 2.Written and oral communication skills. 3.Driving. 4.Phone operation. 5.Mathematical skills. 6.Marketing and publicity skills. 7.Public relations. 8.Website development and updates.

Psychological Considerations

1.Ability to handle stress, multiple projects, and sudden deadlines. 2.Must be articulate, personable, and able to speak publicly, especially in impromptu situations. 3.Must be able to interact and work with individuals from various backgrounds, including sponsors, advertising agencies, seniors, community volunteers, teens, professional staff, etc. 4.Must be able to respond to deadlines. Physiological Considerations1.Prolonged hours seated at a desk. 2.Ability to drive a car. 3.Must be able to operate a computer, camera, and other audio-visual equipment as needed. 4.Prolonged hours of computer use.

Environmental Considerations

1.Activities performed indoors and outdoors. 2.Exposure to inclement weather while driving or assisting at outdoor activities. 3.Exposure to fluorescent lighting for extended periods of time. 4.Exposure to inclement weather on occasion. 5.Exposure to indoor temperatures (moving from air conditioning to excessive heat). 6.Exposure to inclement weather while indoor (tornadoes, brown-outs, black-outs).

Cognitive Considerations1.Problem Solving. 2.Decision Making. 3.Prioritization. 4.Safety Awareness.


1.Exceptional skills in oral and written communication. 2.Ability to problem solve and interprets situations. 3.Knowledge and capability to utilize Microsoft Office modules (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point). 4.Ability to work with people. 5.Valid Illinois Driver’s license. 6.Be able to lift 20 lbs. and encouraged to use mechanical or manual assistance for lifting over 20 lbs. 7.Encourage staff to be certified as a professional administrator with the National Recreation and Park Association and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association or equivalent.

Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, and References.

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 Lombard Park District


Katie Manheim

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $50,000 - $60,000

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Coordinates the use of the Mayfair Center Recreation Facility as well as the use of the parks for recreational programs. Responsible for planning, budgeting, organizing, coordination and administration of all Mayfair Center activities which include (but are not limited to) banquets, fitness center, fitness classes, adult softball, dance and the indoor playground.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under and reports to the Executive Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Responsible for the hiring and supervising of all part-time recreation staff, special interest instructors, seasonal employees and volunteers.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in recreation or a closely related field. Three years related experience including community center use; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of recreation philosophy, planning and administration;

Considerable knowledge of the equipment, facilities, operations and techniques used in a comprehensive community recreation program; Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment; Skill in First Aid and CPR.

Ability to coordinate varied activities involved in a community recreation program.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, participants, instructors, community leaders, and the general public;

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

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 Westchester Park District


Dean Hoskin

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $34,000 - $37,000

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The Recreation Manager works in unison with the Aquatics Manager under the supervision of the Recreation Director. The position is full-time, exempt.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Plans, develops and carries out recreation programs, including researching and creating programs, analyzing recreational needs and desires of property owners, and scheduling of facilities and activities. Evaluates programs and determines future usefulness considering factors such as attendance, resources used, problems encountered, subordinate recommendations. Prepares various written materials, including articles, promotional materials, and activity schedules. Develops budget for approval and monitors income and expenses. Contracts services such as entertainment groups, attractions and other types of recreation and negotiates for the most effective use of funds. Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow. Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances. Inspects facilities and equipment for safety and needed repairs. Coordinates volunteer services of property owners.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manages two subordinate supervisors who supervise a total of 25-30 employees in the Activities Staff, RecPlex, Arts & Crafts, Day Camp, Lakeside/Lakeview and Family Center. Responsible for the overall management, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Carries out supervisory responsibilities which include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED: A general educational development and/or technical training equivalent to that of an AAS in Recreation Management. BS in Recreation Programming may be given preference.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Read, and interpret financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors. Ability to perform work typically received in the form of broad goals or areas of responsibility, having substantial latitude in setting objectives and deciding how to proceed. Ability to utilize computer programs such as word processing and desk-top publishing. Ability to prioritize duties to effectively meet objectives.

Interested applicants MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER AND RESUME. Apply at: Under the tab: About-Employment

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 Woodhaven Association


Tim O'Laughlin

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 This position will pay in the low-mid $40K range annually (DOQ).

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Job Summary:

This Recreation Supervisor is responsible for the development, project and staff management and execution of a variety of special events, and birthday parties, as well as daily operations of Hall Quarry Beach, and paddleboat rentals. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manage special events which includes developing and managing the budget, coordinating the logistics, booking entertainment, arranging staff support, working with the Marketing department to promote events and find sponsorships, creating supply lists and event time lines, gathering supplies and confirming vendors and support.
  • Responsible for River Rhapsody concert series, including: researching and reviewing bands, negotiating pricing, preparing contracts and check requests, working with Marketing and interns to secure sponsorship and food vendors, and coordinating set up and stage details.
  • Research current trends in special events and aquatics programming and introduce new activities, equipment and resources to staff and customers.
  • Manage the operation of summer seasonal facilities which includes Quarry and paddleboats by hiring, training, scheduling and supervising lifeguards, lifeguard managers, cashiers and custodial staff.
  • Manage the swim lesson program which includes assigning and training instructors, creating lesson plans for each swim level, providing roster information for instructors and creating class schedules.
  • Monitor class registration, communicate with instructors, facility managers, and marketing regarding class changes, cancellations and rescheduling.
  • Supervise the chemical balance of the Quarry which includes sending samples to the State; as well as working with DRMA, and Starguard Elite.
  • Responsible for balanced daily bank deposits and finance paperwork of Quarry and paddleboat facilities.
  • Responsible for completing the Quarry daily safety checklists.
  • Support staff with concerns such as patron and parent issues, class structure, facility issues and supply needs.
  • Work with the Marketing Department to promote classes through press releases, social media, our website, e-blasts, fliers and other marketing venues.
  • Respond to emails and phone calls from customers regarding programs and events.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment and training for utilization at special events.
  • Conduct program analysis each season to review enrollment numbers, cancelled programs, program successes, opportunities, need for changes and participant evaluation feedback.
  • Responsible for creating and adhering to budgets for programs and events.
  • Responsible for cheer team and programming with head cheer coach and facility locations.
  • Perform all job and tasks within guidelines and rules of District’s safety program.  

Education and Experience: 

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation or related field and two years of experience in Recreation management.
  • CPRP Preferred.
  • Must be able to acquire within first six (6) months of employment: Starfish Aquatics Lifeguard Instructor Certification and Illinois Department of Public Health Food Sanitation Management License.
  • Must have a valid Illinois Driver's License and complete a successful drivers abstract.   

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • First Aid/CPR certified annually.
  • General computer skills including email and knowledge of Microsoft Office and ReTrac.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, vendors, contractors and the public.
  • Ability to communicate with public and patrons.
  • Understand and anticipate customer’s needs as well as support a customer service environment.
  • Knowledge of effective time management techniques and ability to meet deadlines while managing day to day activities.
  • Must be resourceful and well organized.
  • Strong knowledge of pertinent safety precautions and risk management procedures.
  • Adhere to the Districts Core Values and demonstrate a professional team environment.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by leadership.  

Physical Demands/Work Environment: 

  • This job is performed in a typical office environment as well as outdoors; which includes hot, humid, and cold weather conditions.
  • Prolonged standing during special events may be required.
  • May be required to assist with physical set-up of recreation programs which may include bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items up to 50 lbs.  

Work Schedule:

  • Weekday hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • Some weekend, evening and holidays will be required for meetings, special events and aquatics especially during the summer season.   

Salary/ Benefits: 

This position will pay in the low-mid $40K range annually (DOQ). This role is Full time, Exempt and has an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and IMRF.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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 Batavia Park District


Brittany Bruno

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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SUMMARY: Under the administrative direction of the Recreation Program Manager, the General Recreation Supervisor is responsible for the development, administration and coordination of camps, special events, general recreation class programs, and supervision of Recreation Activity Coordinator, Northern Suburban Special Recreation (NSSRA) liaison.


Programming • Plan, direct, implement and evaluate the Park District’s General Recreation programs: seasonal programming, summer camps, and special events • Recommend the addition to or modification of existing programs and classes. • Responsible for the implementation of all general Park District policies that relate to the area of responsibility. • Plan, direct and implement a teen program within the District. • Hire and schedule qualified staff for programs and camps. • Maintain reference materials and participant/customer database.

Budget/Finance • Responsible for development and maintenance of the General Recreation Department budgets. • Prepare individual budgets for each program as well as program analyses at the end of a program. • Maintain accurate and current financial and program participation records and interpret same for purposes of evaluation and planning. • Prepare payroll in a timely manner and follow all Park District procedures for hiring and training staff. • Responsible for purchasing, ordering, and coordinating program supplies and equipment for assigned recreation programs.

Personnel/Staffing • Apply and interpret the personnel policies of the Park District. • Develop standards, qualifications and responsibilities for full-time Recreation Activity Coordinator, part-time staff and seasonal staff. • Interview, hire, train, supervise and evaluate program instructors and various support staff. • Make additions and changes in the staff based on program needs and recommendations from the Recreation Program Manager.

Public Relations • Work with the public on an individual or group basis in the execution of programs. • Work closely with school district officials and make all school usage arrangements well in advance as well as busing arrangements with Recreation Program Manager for camp programs. • Work with the Communications Manager by providing timely and adequate information to publicize assigned recreation programs. • Act as the Park District liaison to special interest groups.

Supervisory Responsibilities • Supervise Recreation Activity Coordinator • Directly supervise a part-time staff of 5 to 120 employees, depending on the season. • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Park District’s policies and applicable laws. • Interview, hire and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; document training, evaluate staff performance; confirm that all staff maintains appropriate certifications and licenses; reward and discipline employees; follow up on requests for information for the Recreation Program Manager or administrative staff; address complaints and solve problems.

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience • The minimum requirement shall be a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college in recreation or other related field with at least six months experience in recreation. • Preference will be given to an individual with at least one year of experience in special events, sports and athletics, social/teen/family recreation and/or general recreation.

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 Wilmette Park District


Liz Cox

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled