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 $20.00 per hour / 25 hours per week

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Under the general direction and supervision of the Superintendent of Recreation, the Special Event Coordinator is responsible for leading the West Chicago Park District’s special events. This is a part-time position, 25 hours per week, often working weekends/evenings for Special Events and setup/breakdown. This is an at-will position. This position does not allow for remote work, as work must be performed at assigned Park District locations.

Qualifications • Associate Degree in Recreation, Hospitality or Event Management, Communication or related field. Preference given to candidate with Bachelor’s Degree. • Candidate must have at least 1 year experience in special event planning and implementation. • Candidate must like working with people. • Candidate must be CPR/AED/First Aid certified within six (6) months of hiring. • Candidate must have Illinois Driver’s License and reliable means of transportation to drive own vehicle to special event locations and perform duties as required of this position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities • Perform all functions with close attention to customer service. • Responsible for creating, planning, executing and evaluating all Special Events. • Must communicate effectively with fellow employees, management and the Public. • Must be able to effectively supervise event staff and volunteers. • Make decisions based on the best interest of the event for patrons and the West Chicago Park District. • Must foster special events to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. • Responsible for the set-up and breakdown of events. • Responsible for the scheduling of community events and the appropriate staffing of these events. • Responsible for working with the Superintendent of Parks and Parks staff in preparing, running and maintenance for Special Events. • Provides input for brochure development, marketing, and website updates Special Events. • Responsible for the ordering/purchase of supplies and other event materials. • Responsible for preparing annual budget projections and monitors revenue and expenses for all special events. • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, evaluating and scheduling subordinate employees. • Responsible for recruiting and contracting independent contractors and vendors for Special Events. • Must attend staff meetings as required. • Must be prompt and prepared for scheduled hours of work and special events. • Responsible for performing all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the West Chicago Park District safety program. • Exhibits understanding and tact when dealing with internal and external patrons’ needs and expectations. • Must follow and complete the current accident and incident reporting procedures in the required timeframe and follow all safety procedures. • Must be proactive in creating and maintaining a viable special events program.

Benefits Paid Time Off • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) • Paid Life Insurance (IMRF) • Park District Facility Discounts and Usage Benefits

For More Information: Visit our website employment page and complete an application: Contact Louisa Walsh at

To Apply: Please forward resume and application to . Please apply early. Recruiting and interviewing will begin immediately to fill this position as soon as possible.

West Chicago Park District is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about our Park District, please visit us at

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Louisa Walsh

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Open Until Filled

 $15.00 hourly

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Job Purpose:

The Landscape Specialist serves as a primary resource for the planting and maintenance of displays in the Conservatory showrooms and landscapes in all parks and/or facilities and reports to the Horticulture Supervisor. This work includes: planting and maintenance of annual and perennial beds, shrubs and trees, and seasonal cleanup operations. This position is part-time, year-round.

Essential Functions:

In order to effectively perform the functions of this position, the Landscape Specialist shall assume the following responsibilities and associated duties: Facility Management/Programming Implements planting designs and maintenance practices for landscapes in all parks and/or facilities including tiling, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and pest management Assists Horticulture Supervisor with maintenance and upkeep of Conservatory showrooms, production greenhouses, and operations areas (i.e., watering, fertilizing, pruning, weeding, sweeping, etc.) including all exterior landscapes and landscape features (i.e., ponds, irrigation systems, planters, etc.) Assists Parks & Planning Department with snow removal at the Conservatory and other Park District parks and/or facilities as needed Ensure that all installation work is performed in accordance with industry and park district standards. Drive District Vehicles

The Park District of Oak Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer!

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Desiree Hines

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Open Until Filled

 $12.00 - $15.00 / hour

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The City of Moline is seeking highly motivated, energetic Park & Recreation, Sports Management, or Event Management students looking to complete an internship with the City's Park and Recreation Department. The City of Moline (population 43,483) is located in Rock Island County, Illinois, nestled between the Mississippi River and the Rock River. Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, and Bettendorf and Davenport in Iowa, form the “Quad Cities,” a metropolitan area with a population of nearly 400,000.

The Moline Parks and Recreation Department operates 23 parks including over 700 acres of land, Riverside Family Aquatic Center, two dog parks, Greenvalley Sports Complex, two cemeteries, indoor and outdoor rental facilities, over 16 miles of trails, and more!

Internship will include exposure to multiple areas of the Park and Recreation Department. Areas of focus can vary depending upon interest, but will include: Athletics, Aquatics, Special Events, Cemeteries, Park Maintenance and Customer Relations.

Approximate employment duration: Minimum 400 hours total, can be adjusted to fit internship credit guidelines. Assigned work hours will vary between 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM including weekends and evenings from May through August.

Deadline: Applications are accepted until such time a sufficient number of qualified applications is received to fill the position. If interested send resume and cover letter and/or any questions to Eric Griffith, Parks Recreation Director, 309-524-2424 /

Acceptable Experience and Training • High school diploma and working toward a bachelor's or graduate degree; • Have an interest in park and recreation in general and a willingness to learn the broader scope of services provided by city programs; • Preference will be given to current students of Park & Recreation, Sports Management, Event Management, or a related field. • Ability to work as a team member and collaborate effectively with others; • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Required Special Qualifications • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen; • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only) • Work closely with professional staff on special projects, including but not limited to: project management, tournament/event management, staff/program scheduling, program evaluations, and goal setting; • Implementation or creation of a concept of one new program as part of seasonal offerings; • Observe and assist facility management and concession operations; • Learn registration software system and assist with participant registrations, facility reservations and general inquiries; • Assist with planning, scheduling and implementation of park programs, leagues, special events, and more; • Support the marketing and promotion of the Parks and Recreation Department along with all programming, facilities and special events through various marketing strategies; • Spend time learning other areas of the Parks and Recreation Department such as cemetery operations, field maintenance, pool maintenance, customer relations, and more; • Act as the Summer Camp Director for a new, low cost/free camp; including hiring, planning and implementation. • Other duties as assigned.

Goals for the Internship: • Connecting students who exhibit passion for park and recreation programming with an opportunity to enhance the operation of our department. • Provide a creative opportunity for contributions to the current season and future planning. • Develop students with a wide range of park and recreation interests who ultimately feel more connected to all areas of park and recreation programming. • Apply strategies to integrate students into the organization to allow for maximum inclusion and productivity. • Ensure the development of students for the continued future growth and quality of the park and recreation workforce.

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Eric Griffith

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Recreation Intern - Summer 2022

Salary & Benefits include:

  • $13-$14/hour

  • Approximately 40 hours per week.

  • Complimentary Fitness Center and Coral Cove Water Park Membership

Days & Hours:

  • 12+ week internship (May - August).

  • Primary hours are Monday-Friday, between 9am-5pm, with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

Job Requirements:

The Carol Stream Park District is seeking an energetic, motivated college student in the field of recreation to serve as our Summer Recreation Intern. Hands-on educational experiences and exposure to many aspects of park district management will be offered. Events and projects will be completed for a variety of recreation divisions.


  • College student working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Leisure Studies, or a related field.

  • Minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework completed.

  • Strong communication and organizational skills.

  • Self-motivated with a mature, professional, and positive attitude.

  • Physical ability to lift up to 30 lbs.

  • Valid Illinois driver’s license.

  • Completion of a post-offer background check, driver’s abstract, and drug test

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 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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2022 GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice, Lurie Garden Full-time, Seasonal, Nonexempt, Benefits Ineligible

About Lurie Garden and Millennium Park Foundation Lurie Garden is located in Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. The Garden was designed by landscape architecture firm GGN in the early 2000s. GGN continues to be involved with the Garden’s stewardship, and the firm supports this apprenticeship. The initial design collaboration included Kathryn Gustafson, Shannon Nichol, and Jennifer Guthrie of GGN with perennial planting designer Piet Oudolf; more recently, bulb planting designer Jacqueline van der Kloet has joined the collaboration

The design and construction of the Garden was underwritten by the Millennium Park Foundation (MPF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1998 as an organization dedicated to the stewardship of Millennium Park. MPF has the principal horticultural responsibility for the Garden.

The Garden’s naturalistic, new wave design—inspired by the prairies and woodlands historically characteristic of northeastern Illinois—is set within the contemporary design of Millennium Park and against the urban backdrop of downtown Chicago. The Garden is curated in a manner that honors its designers’ original vision for the space, while continuing to evolve the design and plantings through ongoing collaboration with the designers themselves.

About the Opportunity Lurie Garden has developed a reputation as the premier example of naturalistic, new wave garden design in the United States. The 2022 GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice will report to the Head Horticulturist and will be a significant contributor to the Garden’s day-to-day horticultural operations. The Apprentice will also hone their public horticulture skills by participating in all aspects of operations with the Garden and across Millennium Park. The Apprentice will interact with Garden volunteers, contractors, visitors, and other stakeholders in accomplishing their horticulture duties. The Apprentice is expected to begin work in April or May, continuing through August or September. Exact dates are negotiable.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Millennium Park Foundation and GGN wish to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in the public horticulture sector through the GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice program. As such, individuals who reflect such breadth and range of background, experience, and uniqueness are strongly encouraged to apply.

Millennium Park Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity status, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

General Duties (including but not limited to) • Plant, weed, water, prune, and perform other general horticulture tasks to the standards of Lurie Garden, under the supervision of, independent of direct supervision, and in support of the Head Horticulturist and Assistant Horticulturist. • Assist in the care and maintenance of all hardscape elements (i.e., pathways, water feature, lighting, ornamental stonework, fencing) and irrigation systems within Lurie Garden. • Assist in the accessioning, deaccessioning, mapping, and relocating plants in Lurie Garden. • Contribute to and collaborate with all staff to ensure quality of work for Lurie Garden’s community engagement and volunteer activities, which may include training and supervision of volunteers. • Collaborate with the Millennium Park Foundation, Lurie Garden, and GGN staffs to document and share a first-person perspective of the experience of the apprenticeship.

Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities • Strong interest in public horticulture, landscape/garden design, perennial plant production, and ecologically informed horticulture required. • Combination of education and experience in horticulture, landscape/garden design, perennial plant production, ecologically informed horticulture, and/or related fields required. • Dependability, punctuality, willingness to learn, and attention to detail required. • Ability to work collaboratively, take & give direction, work independently, and accomplish tasks effectively and efficiently in public garden, outdoor, and office settings required. • Ability and willingness to engage with the public through speaking and writing required. • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds without assistance required. • Ability to kneel, sit, and bend for extended periods of time required. • Ability to work in a shared office environment required. • Ability to work outdoors in varied weather conditions required. • Computer skills required, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Position Details • Part-time, seasonal, 40 hours per week, frequent early/evening and/or weekend hours. • Position begins in April/May and ends in August/September 2022 (15-20 weeks). • Benefits ineligible. • Hourly pay rate starting at $18 per hour and commensurate with experience. • Direct reports: None. • Reports to: Head Horticulturist, Lurie Garden.

To Apply Please submit a resume and letter of introduction that, together, address your qualifications with respect to the general duties of this position. Your letter of introduction should also demonstrate your passion for public horticulture and gardens.

Submit all materials and/or questions to Evaluation of materials will begin immediately and continue on an ongoing basis. Application Details:

No phone calls please.

Individuals reflecting underrepresented and underserved communities in the public horticulture industries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature, scope, and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals so classified.

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 Millennium Park Foundation - Lurie Garden


 Closing Date

February 11, 2022