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 72,000 + DOQ

Join the Norridge Park District and be part of the fun and excitement that comes with a fast growing environment. The Norridge Park District is seeking a Superintendent of Parks to lead the administration, development, maintenance and revitalization of our parks and facilities.  Responsibilities range from hands on work in the department to developing and leading capital improvement projects.

The Norridge Park District serves the Village of Norridge and portions of Harwood Heights, approximately 16,300 residents. The district is a vital agency to the community's residents and surrounding adjacent area, offering open park space, facilities, programs, special events and more. Facilities and amenities include an outdoor aquatic facility, five ball fields, outdoor tennis/basketball/in-line hockey courts, recreation center, playgrounds, dance studio, rental spaces, early childhood program and much more.

The district has many capital projects you will be a part of on day one. Construction is currently underway on the district's $9.5 million aquatic facility project with an anticipated summer 2024 opening. In addition, the outdoor court renovation and indoor basketball court projects, and interior community center improvements are scheduled for early spring.

The Superintendent of Parks reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Recreation, Early Care / Preschool, and Finance/HR department heads to provide facilities and experiences for the community to enjoy. Our ideal candidate will have three to five years of progressive experience in a public parks department setting, thorough knowledge of the philosophy of park and recreation management and ability to communicate this to others, and knowledge of both fiscal and personnel management and supervision. Must have the ability to plan and organize a complete park maintenance program including buildings, ADA knowledge, facilities, grounds, and strong knowledge and experience with aquatic facility maintenance.  Experience in project management, the construction of parks and recreation facilities, and ability to operate mowers, trucks, and other equipment needed to perform responsibilities of the department is important. Ability to manage, motivate, supervise, and direct staff through a positive working environment is necessary. 

This is a full-time, IMRF position. Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

This position is an excellent opportunity for growth and development in the parks and recreation field. Interested applicants may apply via the Norridge Park District website at 

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 Norridge Park District


Annemarie Flaherty

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $95,000-$115,000 DOQ

Job Posting - Director of Recreation & Communications
Salary Range: $95,000-$115,000 DOQ
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Recreation & Marketing

Resumes and cover letters must be submitted to Laure Kosey at 

Are you passionate about providing the very best in park and recreational opportunities, facilities, and open lands? Are you energized by using your creativity to implement a vision that promotes a diverse, inclusive and holistic range of opportunities designed to keep a community happy, fit, and active? If so, the Oak Brook Park District has an exciting opportunity for you!

Our CAPRA and Distinguished Agency accredited, NRPA Gold Medal, and IPRA Champions for Change award-winning agency is seeking a Director of Recreation & Communications to join our team! The Director of Recreation & Communications reports to the Executive Director. Recreation, Communications & Marketing staff report to the Director of Recreation & Communications.

All Oak Brook Park District employees benefit from a work-life-balance atmosphere, a complimentary Central Park Campus Membership for you and your immediate family living within the same household, and substantial discounts on programming including PRESCHOOL and SUMMER CAMPS, continuing education opportunities, and MORE! Full-time positions are also eligible for health insurance benefits as well as participation in a pension plan.

THE OAK BROOK PARK DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Employment with the Park District is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, age, color, sex, religion, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify Mike Contreras, ADA coordinator, at (630) 645-9527 or

Bilingual Candidates Encouraged to Apply.

Please submit an application online at:

The Director of Recreation & Communications will plan, coordinate and implement marketing, communications and recreation department operations.  The Director is responsible for the operations of print and website promotional materials as well as internal computer, intranet, WIFI, phone, fax, copier, public address, and security systems and equipment, all recreational programming and special events and all staff required to run these departments.  

The Director of Recreation & Communications reports directly to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Duties:
  • Prepare and monitor departmental budget, reports, payroll and other documents.
  • Communicate with the Executive Director regularly on Park District matters.
  • Manage and supervise the Recreation, Communications & Marketing staff and operations.
  • Assist in developing and overseeing a wide range of new and existing recreation programs and events.
  • Perform the job in a safe manner and in compliance with the District policies, procedures, work and safety rules and the employee handbook.
  • Active member of the Distinguished Agency/CAPRA committee.  Assist with other agency accreditation projects or committees as assigned.
  • Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills in all communication.
  • Promote a quality loss control/safety program for the Park District.
  • Prepare timesheets, payroll, performance appraisals for direct reports.
  • Recruit and select employment of recreation and facility personnel.
  • Work with the Parks & Planning Department with requests for set up, construction, and repair of facilities as well as special event materials.
  • Conduct staff meetings, encourage department heads to establish staff training programs, supply the staff with significant information from professional and technical publications, and explain and interpret Board policy to the staff.
  • Review and prepare Accounts Payable vouchers for Executive level approval of invoices.
  • Plan, prepare and monitor annual budget for the Recreation and Communications Departments.
  • Work with Communications & Marketing Department to effectively promote all recreation programming, membership, the website, and seasonal brochure content.
  • Support the District’s safety initiative including adhering to policies and procedures, performing your job in a safe manner, attending required training, seeking additional training as needed, training and coaching your staff, promptly investigating and reporting accidents/incidents, and proactively addressing hazards in the workplace.
  • Focus on welcoming diversity, encouraging inclusion and creating equity for all.
  • Perform any duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Marginal Functions:
  • Attend Park District meetings.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings.
  • Represent the Park District in various public forums.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other agencies, business organizations, and community groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Psychological Requirements:
  • Must provide team leadership.
  • Ability to work independently in day-to-day operations.
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere.
  • Ability to utilize computers with proficiencies in word processing and basic spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to work effectively in a climate of political assertiveness and interaction, requiring timely administrative responsiveness and flexibility.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to deal with people under stressful and demanding situations.
  • Must exhibit good problem-solving skills and good judgment.
  • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with department heads, supervisors and other staff members.
Physical Requirements:
  • General work area is indoors, in a smoke-free environment, with controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting.
  • Perform tasks that require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting.
  • Drive motorized vehicle to travel to different locations.
  • Perform lifting tasks up to 25 pounds.  

May be exposed to elements when driving to meetings, assisting staff with outdoor functions, or meeting with contractors in an outdoor environment.  Most activities are performed indoors.  

The Director of Recreation and Communications is a full time position working a minimum of 40 hours per week.  The scheduled work hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, (or as scheduled by the Executive Director), including 1/2 hour unpaid lunch.

Education, Experience and Training
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Parks and Recreation Administration or related field; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years progressive experience in parks and recreation including at least 3 years of administrative experience is required in addition to the designation CPRP, Certified Park and Recreation Professional.
  • A valid Illinois Driver's License is required.
  • CPR/AED certification is required for all full-time staff.  The training will be provided by the Park District.  

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 Oak Brook Park District


Laure Kosey

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $50,000 - $55,000 DOQ


This position is responsible for the development, coordination, presentation, and evaluation of Cosley Zoo educational programs. This position will hire, train, and evaluate education staff, volunteers, and interns.


Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental education, natural sciences, or related field, plus at least two (2) years of experience and skills in interpretation or education. This position also requires at least two (2) years of each of the following: experience in an AZA zoo, supervising staff, and animal handling. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite. Must have great problem solving, analytical, organizational, interpersonal; and written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to provide effectively for persons with special needs; must be comfortable handling domestic animals and captive wildlife.


  • Work hours necessary to produce exceptional results.
  • Create, organize, implement, evaluate, and revise where necessary all requested, public, guest engagement, and education programs for the zoo.
  • Recruit, train, coordinate, mentor, and evaluate part-time education instructors, volunteers, summer camp counselors, interns, and junior zookeepers.
  • Manage summer camps, their curriculum, promotion, organization, evaluation, and staffing.
  • Assist the Education & Guest Experiences Manager to oversee the organization and facilitation of special events at the zoo both during and outside regular zoo public hours.
  • Assist with development and implementation of zoo interpretive planning.
  • Seek out and develop relationships with contacts in schools, scouts, and other community organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate new programs which meet each group’s specific needs.
  • Manage the daily animal care, training, and enrichment for select education animals ensuring their welfare.
  • Manage the information on the zoo’s website and social media and implement changes as needed.
  • Oversee the collection and interpretation of relevant data on zoo visitors in a timely manner.
  • Schedule and process program requests.
  • Facilitate facility rentals.
  • Create and provide pre-and post-visit information to requested program participants where applicable.
  • Field questions from the public providing excellent customer service.
  • Assist with aspects of community relations, marketing, and publicity for the zoo.
  • Assist with development of the budget for assigned areas and maintain effective budgetary control.
  • Assist with seeking, applying for, and managing grant funding for education groups.
  • Receive in-service training in animal handling and protocol.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate written and oral reports as requested.
  • Assist with purchasing and maintaining an accurate inventory of equipment and supplies for programs and special events.
  • Contribute to production of quarterly park district program brochures, explanatory signs, and publicity materials.
  • Assist with the development of new exhibits.
  • Seek, interpret, and act upon input from residents and the general public.
  • Maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures.

Must have and maintain: a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record, CPR/AED certified or obtain within one (1) year of employment, and current Mandatory Reporter certificate.


Must be able to: frequently remain in a stationary position for long periods of time; move throughout the building to the second floor and the zoo area on uneven ground; frequently and repetitively use a keyboard; occasionally move objects such as supplies, animals, etc. weighing up to 25 lbs. and rarely over 25 lbs.; and rarely position self to move objects below waist or above head.


Must be able to: occasionally tolerate all weather conditions and insects while traveling between the office and the zoo; frequently in an office setting and occasionally exposed to pesticides, chemicals, fumes, gasses, odors, dust, mold, animal hair/dander/feces, and rarely to wet, slippery surfaces.


$50,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year, DOQ


  • Health (HMO or PPO), with very low employee contribution for employee, spouse, and dependents.
  • Health Insurance Wavier Incentive – up to $4,500.00.
  • 100% employer paid dental insurance for employee, spouse, and dependents.
  • 100% employer paid vision insurance for the employee.
  • 100% employer paid life insurance at 1.5 times your annual salary.
  • Health insurance incentive up to $4,500 per year.
  • FSA and Dependent Care pre-tax via payroll deduction.
  • Pension Plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, including employer contributions.
  • Paid time off including 12 sick days per year, 12 vacation days, 2 personal days (pro-rated first year), 12 ½ holidays.
  • Free use of fitness center, two pools, golf, and entrance to Cosley Zoo to employees and family members eligible for insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Reimbursement, discounts on merchandise, professional memberships, and other voluntary benefits.
The Wheaton Park District is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

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 Wheaton Park District


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Exempt: Salary Range $50,000 - $55,000

Recreation Supervisor- Camp and Preschool

Job Description
The Recreation Supervisor-Camp and Preschool is responsible for programming and administrating assigned recreation areas, including Preschool, Early Childhood programs, summer camps, and special events. The Recreation Supervisor is a full-time employee whose work week may exceed 40 hours a week and include evenings and weekends.
BA/BS in Parks and Recreation, Education, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Minimum of two years of experience or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. CPRP certification is required within one year, depending on prerequisites classes available through Park District upon hire and a valid Illinois Driver’s License.
Immediate Supervisor:
The Recreation Supervisor is responsible to the Superintendent of Recreation.
Essential Functions:
  1. Completing programming for areas under your supervision, from ideas to program evaluation.
  2. Prepare annual goals and objectives relative to your programs.
  3. Maintain required departmental records and records of programs and class participation statistics.
  4. Evaluate/survey all programs/participants within your assigned area.
  5. Familiarization with equipment used in your assigned area.
  6. Lead or assist with Recreation Department special events as needed.
  7. Prepare and monitor the budget for areas under your supervision.
  8. Hire and train part-time, seasonal, and volunteer staff under your supervision.
  9. Supervises part-time and Seasonal Staff: preschool, early childhood programs, and summer camps.
  10. Provide direction, leadership, and motivation to staff under your supervision, including conducting and managing the annual and seasonal performance review process.
  11. Prepare and monitor scheduling and payroll for your staff.
  12. Establish and nurture communication with outside resources valuable to your programming, including public and private organizations.
  13. Perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the district’s safety program while using good safety awareness and judgment.
  14.  Coordinate and assist with Special Events and other programming as assigned.
  15.  Attend training sessions for professional development.
  16. Act as District liaison with related groups, local service organization(s), and schools.
  17. Perform additional duties as assigned.
Marginal Functions:
  1. Assist in marketing and promoting all areas of responsibility.
  2. Enforce and train safety rules, regulations, and procedures in your area of supervision.
  3. Participate in all required safety training.
  4. Notify the public of unsafe conditions by voice, signage, and barricades.
  5. Call the program or facility patron the day after an injury report is written to check on their condition.
  6. Perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the district’s safety program while using good safety awareness and judgment.
  7. Serve on Safety and various Committees when assigned.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.
Psychological Considerations:
The Recreation Supervisor may resolve differences and problems with patrons and employees. This employee is responsible for safe and well-organized programs/events. This staff person may also have to work under stressful situations where first aid, CPR, or the use of the AED is required.
Physiological Considerations:
The Recreation Supervisor-Camp and Preschool may be required to work in a climate 86 degrees or higher with high humidity. The worker may be required to lift items 10-20 lbs. in weight and respond to safety concerns quickly and accurately.
Environmental Considerations:
The Recreation Supervisor may be exposed to all weather conditions during summer events, especially hot and humid conditions.
Cognitive Considerations:
The Recreation Supervisor must possess good safety awareness and judgment. Must be a good communicator with strong creative skills.
Exempt                                                                        Salary Range $50,000-55,000

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 Morton Grove Park District


Michelle Trevino

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $18+/hour Depending on Qualifications

Under the direction and supervision of the Parks Manager and Parks Supervisors, the Parks Specialist is responsible for supervising part-time and seasonal staff, and performing a variety of park maintenance tasks, including playground safety inspections, playground repairs, garbage collection, turf maintenance, horticulture, forestry, athletic fields, custodial and recreation support activities. This is a hands-on position with a vast majority of time to be spent working in the field. The Parks Specialist is on-call as-needed, supervising and leading part-time and seasonal employees. This is an at-will position.
  • Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Preference given to candidates with an Associates’ Degree in a related field such as: Turf Management, Horticulture, Urban Forestry or a related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License.
  • Must possess a valid State of Illinois Pesticide Operator's License or must have ability to obtain within six 6) months of hire (District provided)
  • Must be CPR and AED certified within six (6) months of hiring (District provided).
Essential Duties & Responsibilities 
  • Employee is responsible for completing hands-on maintenance-related tasks in the field, as assigned by the Parks Manager and/or Parks Supervisor(s).
  • Employee must perform assigned inspections and is responsible for ensuring our parks, properties, vehicles, equipment, and other assets are in a safe and functional working condition and maintained at a presentable service level.
  • Employee is responsible for garbage collection in all of our parks and must clean and maintain park pavilions, restrooms and other assigned buildings.
  • Employee must maintain grounds through litter pickup, recycling, and other activities.
  • Employee must organize, prioritize and direct multiple projects, labor and equipment needs.
  • Employee must document labor-hours and materials used on work orders to specific job requirements. 
  • Employee must apply herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides to destroy undesirable growth and pests.
  • Employee must assist the Horticulture, Fleet & Mowing, Playgrounds, and Athletic Fields crews as-assigned.
  • Employee must perform playground maintenance, including inspections, repairs, mulch maintenance, and cleaning as-needed.
  • Employee must perform ornamental horticulture maintenance which includes, but is not limited to planting trees, watering, fertilizing, flower bed arrangement, tree removal and other horticulture as needed.
  • Employee must perform mowing and turf maintenance as assigned, including operating mowers, weed whips, tractors, and small engine equipment.
  • Employee must perform athletic field maintenance tasks as assigned, including ballfield preps, painting field lines, and operating field maintenance equipment.
  • Employee must maintain the trails, which includes, but is not limited to debris removal, grading and renovation.
  • Employee must adhere to safety policies and procedures as outlined in the safety manual.
  • Employee must work snow shifts as assigned and operate snow removal equipment on District roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.
  • Employee is responsible for the operation and preventive maintenance of Park District vehicles, tractors, ground equipment, implements and ensuring it is performed and reported.
  • Employee must maintain a proactive approach to safety and risk management and perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the Streamwood Park District's safety program and manual.
  • Employee is responsible for supervising part-time and seasonal staff by communicating job expectations, job training, coaching duties and responsibilities, performance evaluation, recognition, and discipline.
  • Employee must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Employee must demonstrate, lead, and support the Park District’s mission statement, vision and core values.
  • Employee must establish, support and maintain collaborative efforts with internal and external customers and organizations.
  • Employee must perform all other duties as assigned.
Secondary Duties & Responsibilities 
  • Employee is responsible for supervising part-time and seasonal employees for other duties including, but not limited to, recreation programs and special events as needed.
  • Employee must have the ability to accurately determine and perform minor mechanical repair needs, and estimate the time required to complete repairs.
  • Employee must be able to attend workshops and seminars pertaining to employee's position, as needed, for new ideas, developments and techniques.
  • Employee must assist with set up for recreation programs and special events as needed.
  • Employee may be required to work special events at night and on weekends.

  • Health Insurance Coverage - Medical, Dental and Vision at employee paid premium of 80% / Employer paid premium of 20%
  • Life Insurance 2x Salary - Paid by Employer
  • IMRF eligible
  • Annual PTO:  10 Vacation Days, 3 Floating Holidays, 3 Personal Days, 12 Sick Days
  • Other benefits including Park Place Fitness Center or Aquatics Membership 
  • Discount on Facility Rentals

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 Streamwood Park District


Ian Pickett

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled