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 $13.00 / hour

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Niles Park District is excited to offer an array of summer internship opportunities for current college students and recent graduates. Enthusiastic and driven applicants are encouraged to submit their credentials for openings in the following areas:


-Aquatic Facility Operations

-General Recreation and Summer Camps

-Golf Course Operations

-Park Services & Groundskeeping

-Ice Rink Operations (available beginning September)

-Tennis Facility Operations (available beginning September)

Interns can expect to work 20-35 hours per week. Specific job responsibilities will vary by facility. Interns will gain experience across a wide range of essential tasks, including: revenue & inventory control, programming, staff supervision, customer service, special event planning & implementation, and marketing. Requirements applicable to all positions include:

-Area of study in Recreation / Leisure Studies or related field.

-Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

-Must have a valid driver’s license.

-Must be able to respectfully and effectively communicate with fellow staff, program participants, and facility users of all ages.

-Must have current CPR / AED and First Aid certification (or be able to attend Niles Park District training to become certified).

Compensation: $13.00 / hr

For more information, or to apply, please contact Peter Dubs at 847-583-2735 or email

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Peter Dubs

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Open Until Filled

 $15.00 per hour

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General Purpose: The Recreation Intern is a temporary position that reports to the Director of Parks and Recreation. The Recreation Intern will be exposed to a broad range of Recreation Management concepts, situations, and experiences meant to provide additional training and educational experience to college students who wish to find a position in the field of Recreation (or similar) field upon the completion of their undergraduate or graduate degree.

This internship position will focus primarily on community event planning for downtown activities, programs, and events during evenings and weekends throughout the Summer months.

Being selected as a Recreation Intern does not guarantee employment with Pontiac Parks and Recreation upon completion. Recreation Interns should be available to work consistent with the hours prescribed by their college or university program which will include many evenings and weekends throughout the Summer.

Qualifications: • Education: Must be a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a college undergraduate or graduate degree. Preference is given to students majoring in the field of Recreation Management (or a related field). • Skills: Must be able to take direction and assist in planning, leading, managing, troubleshooting and evaluating recreational events, programs and facilities. Must be comfortable in front of large crowds of people, and comfortable leading activities. Must work well with people of all ages, especially children. Must be able to use basic reading, writing, and computer skills to learn, understand, and apply Parks and Recreation policies and procedures. • Certifications: Valid Driver’s License, First-Aid, CPR, and AED certification (or ability to obtain one within first 2 weeks of hire – training provided) • Competencies: Candidates must demonstrate through a personal interview and reference check that they are able to work with people of all ages and possess a basic knowledge of the Recreation Industry such that they can understand the tasks they will be provided. • The ideal Recreation Intern should be motivated with strong multi-tasking skills, great attention to detail and strong interpersonal communication skills.

General Work Outline: • Recreation Interns will have the opportunity to expand their education by learning how recreation facilities, programs, and events operate, understanding the roles of the Parks and Recreation staff, and becoming familiar with safety standards and procedures. Interns will be asked to perform various administrative functions, attend and observe meetings, perform research and writing assignments, and assist Parks and Recreation staff with development of assigned projects.

Examples of Work: • Provide direct leadership on nights and weekends for activities, programs, and events in Downtown Pontiac. • Work with the Community Development Team and Recreation Supervisor to brainstorm, implement, and evaluate activities, programs, and community events in Downtown Pontiac. • Coordinate and communicate with local businesses and community organizations on event partnerships. • Work with the Recreation Supervisor to determine an activity schedule for Downtown Pontiac. • Provide customer service in regard to suitable programming, prepare program evaluations, and organize comments/complaints. • Assist Recreation Supervisor with ordering and delivery of equipment and supplies, distribution of marketing and promotional items. • Other duties as assigned.

How to Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to the Director of Parks and Recreation, Taylor Baxter at

Physical Demands: • Movement of supplies and equipment is necessary, generally up to 50 lbs. Bending, twisting and kneeling may be necessary in support of the programming areas. • Work performed will be at indoor and outdoor environments so exposure to the sun, light rain, wind, and other weather factors who should be expected as well as exposure to extreme temperatures while working outdoors.

General Statement of Policies, Safety, etc. It is expected that all Pontiac Parks and Recreation Staff comply with the policies and procedures as set forth by the Pontiac City Council. Resources that outline these policies and procedures include the Personnel Policy Manual and Safety Manual, other written or verbal procedures as provided by your supervisor. As all situations cannot be documented even in manuals such as these, it is further expected that your actions as an employee are always performed with safety in mind, respect of your fellow staff and customers in mind, and at the direction of your supervisor. It is expected that all staff learn and understand these policies and procedures.

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Taylor Baxter

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Open Until Filled