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 $13.00 per hour

The Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a summer Parks and Recreation Intern. The Intern is a part-time seasonal position that reports to the Director of Community Engagement. The Intern will assist with the planning and coordination of summer camps and special events such as Fourth of July festivities, Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Park. They will also assist in areas including aquatics, registration, and park operations and maintenance.

The Parks & Recreation Intern will be exposed to various areas of recreation management that will be beneficial to their future career as a Park & Recreation professional. The Parks & Recreation Intern will work closely with both the Director of Community Engagement and the Director of Parks and Recreation to expand their understanding of the field.

Candidates must 18 years of age by May 1, 2023. CPR/First Aid certification is a plus; or applicant must be willing to obtain. Applicants will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug test prior to employment. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Must be a student in good academic standing and is preferably enrolled in a college undergraduate or graduate program, or be a recent college graduate. Preference is given to students majoring in the field of Parks & Recreation Administration or related field. The ideal candidate will be comfortable public speaking, interacting will community members, instructing staff, and leading activities. Must work well and communicate with people of all ages, especially children.

We are proud of our dedicated and exceptional staff and welcome your application to join our team. Interested candidates should submit the job application to Katreina York, Chief Financial Officer. You can download an application at and mail to 2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047 or email to

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 Village of Hawthorn Woods


Amy Mason
(847) 847-3533

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 43,600 DOQ

The Lombard Park District is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic, fun, and motivated individual to manage Club Rec, our before and after school program. In addition, the coordinator will oversee summer camp, school day off programming, school break camps, and special events. This position works under the direction of the Program Manager for school age, general programs, and events.

The mission of the Lombard Park District is to Provide Quality Recreation Opportunities for People to Enjoy Life. The Lombard Park District is an Illinois Distinguished Accredited agency, governed by an elected board, and staffed with over 400 dedicated employees. The District is a past winner of the National Gold Medal award from the National Recreation and Park Association, and is a CAPRA Accredited Agency. Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Recreation Management or a related field. Two years of full time professional related experience preferred or a combination of education and experience. Independent, innovative, adaptable, and organized, with strong recreation programming and management skills. CPR, First Aid, AED certification required or training will be provided.

We offer competitive compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending account, 457 plan(s), IMRF Pension, tuition reimbursement, vacation, holidays, sick time, and personal days.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer!

To Apply: Please visit us at – go to “Contact Us” and select “Job Opportunities” to complete our full online job application. Please attach a resume and cover letter.

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 Lombard Park District


Katie Manheim

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $91,758 - $124,143

“Bring Your Dreams” to Brookings, South Dakota, a city with plenty of small-town charm to go around. From an Olympic-sized archery range to a vibrant downtown shopping district, an old-fashioned pioneer cabin to a fresh local farmers market, Brookings has it all. The City is known for its unique neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, and genuinely friendly people who live, work, and play with the comfort of big-city amenities. Located along the I-29 Corridor, Brookings has a population of 24,415 people in 13.5 square miles and an estimated 530,000 annual visitors.

Brookings has exceptional, well-maintained public parks, trails, and recreational venues. Miles of biking trails throughout the City provide entertainment for the entire family, connecting parks, neighborhoods, schools, and other civic amenities.

Brookings is also home to the excellent Brookings School District, rated 7th largest in the state, and South Dakota State University, South Dakota’s largest and only land-grant university with an enrollment of nearly 11,500. The City has received numerous awards in recent years including #1 Best College Town in South Dakota (Travel Pulse, 2019), #8 Top College Town in America (, 2017), #2 Safest City in South Dakota (Alarms. org, 2018), and Human Rights Score of 100 on Municipal Equality Index (2018-2022).

The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic, mission-driven individual who can successfully lead a highly committed and talented team that consistently delivers outstanding service to the community in all areas of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Candidates most suited for this role are those with:

• A proven track record of earning the respect of all within their organization, lead by example and “walk the talk.”

• Success in establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships with local government agencies, user groups/associations, non-profit organizations, elected officials and board members.

• Strong finance/budget skills and experience implementing successful alternative funding strategies as well as maximizing cost recovery.

• The ability to lead collaboratively by combining individual strengths and uniting around common goals while providing advocacy, mentorship and professional development support to the members of their team.

• Exceptional communication and problem-solving skills with experience making organizational process changes through best practices, technology, and training.

The minimum educational requirement for this position is a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Parks Management, Recreation Management or a related field and at least five (5) years of progressive leadership experience in parks and recreation programs in a municipal or public sector setting. Certification as a Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is highly desirable. A combination of related education and experience that demonstrates the candidate’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties of the position may be considered.

The salary range for this position is $91,758 - $124,143, dependent upon experience and qualifications. The City of Brookings offers an excellent benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance benefits, as well as paid leave and a longevity benefit. Employees will be enrolled in the South Dakota Retirement System.

Please apply online:

For more information on this position, contact: Lynn Barboza, Senior Vice President 562-575-6142

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 City of Brookings, SD


 Closing Date

March 26, 2023

 20.94/hour, DOQ

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Trades Manager, the Trades Maintenance I shall carry out general maintenance tasks and minor repairs to all Park District facilities. This position requires basic to moderate knowledge of general building, which includes basic plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and HVAC maintenance. Work will include evenings and weekends when needed as well as assisting with special events, along with other Parks Department duties as assigned. Overtime will be required as needed. The Trades Maintenance I position is in the Parks Department and is a full-time, full-benefited, non-exempt position.

Minimum Requirements: High school graduate; knowledge of swimming pool maintenance helpful, but not required 1-3 years working experience in the construction and/or trades maintenance; knowledge of general building maintenance, such as repairing windows, doors and door hardware, plumbing, electrical and carpentry; be able to operate basic hand and power tools; valid State of Illinois Driver's License CDL Class B is required within twelve (12) months of employment; and Certified Pool Operator Certificate is required within twelve (12) months of employment.

Benefits & Wages: Health/Dental/Vision insurance for individual and family; paid life insurance; a retirement plan with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF); paid vacation, personal days, holidays and sick time; unlimited in-house complimentary programs; seasonal pool passes for indoor and outdoor pools (individual and family); Fitness Center membership (individual and family); and discount at Palatine Hills Golf Course.

The hourly rate for this position starts at $20.94/hour, dependent on qualifications.

Employment contingent upon successful criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen and physical. Palatine Park District participates in Department of Transportation random drug and alcohol testing program.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career, come join us and Live the Parks & Rec Life!

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 Palatine Park District


Matt Sheehan
(847) 496-6212

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $74,000 - $102,000

Natural Land Institute Seeks Executive Director The Board of Trustees of the Natural Land Institute (Rockford, Illinois) announces that they are seeking candidates to fill the position of Executive Director of the organization. Applications will open on February 20, 2023 and will be accepted until March 31, 2023. It is the goal of the Search Committee to fill the position by June 2023. For more information, please visit

The Executive Director of the Natural Land Institute reports to and is supervised by the NLI Board of Trustees. The Executive Director directs all land trust operations and programs, supervises staff, and represents NLI as the face of the organization. Responsibilities include implementing NLI’s Strategic Plan, leading and facilitating fund development, and prioritizing program activities to ensure that NLI functions within its capacity and in concert with the strategic plan direction provided by the Board. Relocation requested.

Send resume and cover letter to

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 Natural Land Institute


Jill Kennay

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled