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The Itasca Park District offers an internship to students pursuing a degree in the field of parks and recreation with a comprehensive experience within the agency's operation. The intern will gain experience in administration, marketing, budgeting, leadership, staff management, programming, facility management, special events, and maintenance/parks. The Intern will assist in several programs and special events. Qualifications: Must be a current student of an accredited university, pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Recreation, Leisure Studies or a related field, looking to complete an internship. Student must provide own transportation.

Duties: In this internship, students will work in the areas of program development, facility management, written and oral communication, human resources, budgeting, training of employees, evaluation of both programs and personnel, customer service, maintenance, parks, operational and program manual development, contracts, and marketing. Intern will be required to work flexible hours including nights and weekends based on projects assigned.

Send cover letter, resume, and completed Itasca Park District employment application to Doug Sieder, Superintendent of Recreation. 350 E. Irving Park Road, Itasca, IL 60143. Employment application is available at

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 Itasca Park District


Doug Sieder

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $10.00 an hour

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TITLE: Recreation Intern (FLSA non-exempt) R 2.19

SUPERVISOR: Superintendent of Recreation Programs & Facilities


Enrolled in a practicum/seminar class at a community college or university.

Student must have university or community college approval prior to beginning work at the Wheeling Park District.

Part-time experience working in a park district or recreation setting is preferred.


Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in pursuing a full-time career in the field of Recreation & Parks.

Complete formal application process including cover letter, resume and interview with the Superintendent of Recreation Programs & Facilities.

Students must provide own housing and transportation.


The Wheeling Park District offers internships for university students majoring in Parks & Recreation, or a related major. The program is designed to provide the intern with first-hand knowledge and understanding of public recreation agencies. Students will be provided the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, theory and understanding from the academic setting to the working environment. Under the supervision and guidance of the Superintendent of Recreation Programs & Facilities the intern will gain experience in administration, marketing, budgeting, leadership, programming, facility management and special events based on the interest of the intern and needs of the park district.


This position can expect a normal workweek of 40 hours per week.

The hours of work shall be designated by the immediate supervisor as necessary to properly perform the duties of the job.

Interns are required to work according to program/facility hours of operation. This may include being on duty whenever a need exists for their services.


-Performs the job safely and in compliance with Park District policies, procedures, work, and safety rules.

-Comply with all District/Department policies and procedures.

-Manage personal schedule, combining pre-scheduled activities, special events, meetings, and university requirements.

-Attend recreation staff meetings.

-Experience registration software processes, financial reporting and brochure proofing.

-Prepare and submit reports as required by university program requirements.

-Gain direct leadership experience by conducting programs, special events and assisting at various facilities.

-Work on a special project (Unplug at the Park) and any other projects as required by university program requirements.

-Provide timely, accurate paperwork and reporting.

-Encourage the safety of all program participants and fellow staff by following Park District Safety Guidelines.

-Participates in required training and safety programs as established and recognized by the Wheeling Park District.

-Develop a positive rapport with the Wheeling Community. Supports & exhibits the established organizational values of respect, communication, integrity, innovation, recognition, continuous learning, fun, empowerment and people.

-Work as scheduled.


-Perform other duties or special projects as assigned.

-Attends all meetings when appropriate.


$10.00 an hour


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 Wheeling Park District


Jennifer Sweeney

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $14.00/hr - $18.00/hr

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JOB TITLE: Aquatics Coordinator (Seasonal) (FLSA non-exempt) R 2.19

SUPERVISOR: Aquatics Manager


High School graduate and some college preferred Lifeguarding License from the National Pool and Water Park Lifeguarding. (Ellis License)

Preferred certifications (or the ability to acquire) include: Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Instructor Certification or ability to obtain certification.

CPR/AED certification.

Food Safety Manager and/or Food Handler Certification (or the ability to acquire).

Demonstrated knowledge and skill in aquatics facility management as assigned including staff in-service training.

Supervisory experience required. Must possess the ability to hire, schedule, direct and lead the work of subordinate employees for aquatic operations.

Must have good oral and written communication skills; ability to work with minimal supervision, to solve problems and produce work on a timely basis.

Demonstrate initiative, dependability, professionalism, resourcefulness, and management skills with the ability to work in a positive manner with the general public.

Must able to read, write and speak in English. Bi-lingual a plus.


The Aquatics Coordinator is responsible for assisting in overseeing, managing the Family Aquatic Center (outdoor pool), excluding maintenance. The operations include, but are not limited to, admissions, concessions, guest service, special events, and lifeguards. Assists Aquatics Manager in pre-season hiring of staff and post-season closing of the facility. Responsible for assisting in all operational, managerial and risk management processes at the Family Aquatic Center during its season (June 1-September 2). Assists Aquatics Manager to implement systems and procedures to capitalize on group, memberships and daily admissions and concessions sales. Helps train and educate staff on guest services practices, and standards. Maintains a current inventory of food and beverage supplies to support the concession stand and oversee the supervision of the cooking and prep personnel. This position requires an active and participative management approach and an overall working knowledge of all aspects of an outdoor aquatic operation. The Aquatics Supervisor is under the direct supervision of the Aquatics Manager but is granted opportunities for independent supervision over part-time staff in related areas of responsibility.


Hours Vary weekly 30-40hrs per week. Daytime, Evening and Weekends Season: April-Labor Day


Trains and certifies seasonal lifeguards in CPR, first aid, and water rescue skills as outlined by Ellis & Associates International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants.

Physical ability and endurance to perform the job as required.

Maintains a professional image and enforce all rules, regulations, and work to create a safe aquatic environment.

Performs the job safely and in compliance with Park District policies, procedures, work, and safety rules.

Demonstrates a thorough working knowledge of all safety, rescue, swimming lessons, and first aid procedures at the pool.

Ensure cleanliness of the facility as assigned.

Supports and exhibits the established organizational values of respect, communication, integrity, innovation, recognition, continuous learning, fun, empowerment and people.

Maintains necessary supplies and equipment.

Works as scheduled.

Assists with the hiring, training, management, evaluation, discipline and supervision of aquatic center staff.

Attends all meetings when appropriate.

Coordinate assistance as needed from Guest Services and Maintenance staff.

Performs other duties or special projects as assigned.

RATE OF PAY: $14.00 /hour - $18.00/hour DOE


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 Wheeling Park District


Matt Smith

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $11/hour for program time

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At NSSRA, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to play. Formed in 1970 with that goal in mind, we were the first Special Recreation Association in the country, offering programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. We are similar to a park district, however we only serve residents in our partner communities with special needs.

Fifty years later, we serve approximately 1,800 individuals with disabilities throughout the year in the northern suburbs of Chicago. We’re all about creating an environment of belonging through play, and we want you to be a part of our team!

Want to see us in action? Take a look!


• Instagram: @playwithnssra



As a Therapeutic Recreation Intern you will be introduced to and participate in all areas of programming and administration. While being supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), you will learn and accomplish a variety of job tasks as outlined by National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). This internship will give you an opportunity to implement theories learned in the classroom, growing as a professional beyond the academic setting. As an Intern, you are responsible for the following:

• Attend required meetings as determined by supervisor.

• Actively engage and supervise individuals with disabilities.

• Maintain safety of participants and team members at all times.

• Communicate professionally and consistently with participants, parents, fellow team members and the general public when needed.

• Develop skills to lead programs and provide direct guidance and supervision to seasonal employees.

• Develop and implement recreation programs.

• Develop a special project that will benefit both you and NSSRA.

• Work alongside Recreation Manager to complete and maintain reports, files and paperwork as necessary.

• Fulfill other duties as assigned.


• You are currently a senior in the process of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in therapeutic recreation, special education, adaptive physical education or a related field and working to complete NCTRC requirements.

• Interns must have knowledge of the recreation needs of people with disabilities.

• Demonstrate strong academic performance and provide references from a university internship supervisor.

• Desire to learn and grow as a professional and work in a team-oriented environment.


This is a leadership position. As such, NSSRA expects all employees to perform their jobs professionally in the following ways:

• Provide positive and effective customer service for participants, families, team members and the community according to NSSRA’s Customer Service Standards.

• Become well-versed in NSSRA’s mission, vision and values.

• Know and follow personnel, safety, fiscal and agency policies and procedures.

• Lead, mentor and respond to the needs of participants and team members with an encouraging attitude.

• Prioritize responsibilities through strong time management and organizational skills, producing quality work consistently and meeting all deadlines.

• Demonstrate independent judgment and sound decision-making skills.

• Handle confidential information discreetly and professionally.

• Show strong ability to adapt to changes in all aspects of the job, including assigned tasks, scheduling and new or unforeseen circumstances.

• General proficiency in Microsoft Office and able to competently create and maintain documents, budgets and file systems.

• Complete Internship requirements.

We are looking for candidates who are as highly motivated, enthusiastic and professional as we are. If you’re ready to be a part of a diverse team of professionals, we want to hear from you!


Complete an online application at to schedule an interview.


Candidates must complete an Illinois background check and hold a valid Driver’s License with personal transportation to accomplish position responsibilities. This position is 40 hours per week, Tuesday – Saturday and including nights and weekends, paid minimum wage for program hours. Scheduling is assigned by program season. Must be able to commit to 560 hours on-site in a minimum 14 weeks of internship.

NSSRA has over 500 recreation, sport, cultural and social offerings available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. Programs are offered at park district facilities, schools and other community locations throughout the northern suburbs.

NSSRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association


 Closing Date

January 15, 2020


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Program & Education Assistant, Robert R. McCormick House (Part-time)

Department: Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park Reports to: Jeff Anderson, Interpretation Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Location: Wheaton, IL

About Robert R. McCormick House

The McCormick House is an historic house museum that was once the home of Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Robert R. McCormick. Robert R. McCormick’s grandfather, Joseph Medill, built the house in 1896 for McCormick’s mother Katherine. McCormick acquired the house around 1910 and extensively remodeled it in 1936. Upon his death, McCormick’s will established the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust, known today as the McCormick Foundation, which created a public park, museum, and philanthropy to foster communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. The museum opened to the public in 1958.


The Program and Education Assistant assists in creating, implementing, and evaluating a wide variety of public programs related to the life, legacy, and impact of Chicago Tribune Editor and Publisher, Robert R. McCormick. This role also supports core operational functions at the museum, such as coordinating events and tours, processing and updating collection objects, and general gallery upkeep. The ideal candidate is comfortable with public speaking and would enjoy interacting with a wide array of museum visitors, keeping them engaged with content, and providing compelling learning experiences. We are interested in bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) as we strive to continue to offer a welcoming environment for all visitors. This is a part-time, temporary position (approx. 12-24 hours/week) planned to start in February and conclude in early August.


• Facilitate public programs including, but not limited to: ‘drop-in’ tours, school field trips, in-classroom instruction, scout and general population programs, and other special events • Assist Museum Educator with evaluation and revision of education programs and materials • Aid Museum Educator with processing and inventory of education collection objects; maintain, replace, and update materials as needed • Ensure the museum maintains an orderly physical appearance, this includes tasks like keeping brochure and handout supplies current and general gallery upkeep • Provide help to staff with the set-up and breakdown for McCormick House events • Mentor fellow McCormick House colleagues and volunteer docents • Proactively engage visitors and initiate conversations to provide an exceptional visitor experience • Provides for personal safety in the workplace by attending and completing all required safety training, knowing and following existing safety rules including the applicable use of personal protection equipment, and reporting any unsafe conditions to Director of Museum Operations

Qualifications • Minimum two years of experience specifically in education, history, museum studies and/or collections, theater or other related experience • Bachelor’s degree preferred • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred • Demonstrated interest in learning and sharing history with visitors • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation, including willingness to interact with groups of children and other diverse groups of visitors for long periods of time • Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful • Team player, with the ability to work independently when needed • Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission • Strong computer skills and comfort using the internet and Microsoft Office Suite • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and some hours outside normal business hours. We are specifically seeking someone with Friday availability. • Must be able physically able to lift and maneuver 30 lbs. • All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening

To apply: submit a resume and cover letter online here:

Cantigny Park and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, individuals with disabilities, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital and housing status.

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 Cantigny Park


Whitney Wade

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled