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 $11.75/hr. ($376-$470/week)

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Recreation Intern Agency West Chicago Park District, DuPage County Category Part-time/Seasonal/Internships Region Chicago-Metro-West Salary $11.75/hr. ($376-$470/week)

Core Values We Are the West Chicago Park District Innovative – Dedicated – Focused Creating Community and Impacting Lives Achieving Better Results Moving Forward – Ever Evolving – Here We-Go

Description Complete your internship with the West Chicago Park District! Work with a qualified, cohesive team of staff to gain the knowledge necessary to be a successful, well-rounded professional. We are seeking one individual for this position.

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 housing and transportation.

Primary Emphasis Program management skills in the areas of Summer Day Camp for
early-childhood (2-5 years) and school-age (6-14 years) and Community Special Events.

Secondary Emphasis Front desk/customer service, pool operations, facility management/scheduling, building maintenance, and parks.

Specific Skills In this internship, students will work in the areas of program development,
zero-based, budgeting, lesson plans, event itineraries, purchasing of materials, training of employees, evaluation of both programs and personnel, written and oral communication, Rec Trac, contracts, and marketing.

Intern Requirements • Commitment to a 10-12 week internship. • Work 32-40 hours per week. • Be available days, evenings and weekends.

Applications To apply please complete the fillable Internship Application from our website: and email with your cover letter and resume.

Closing Date Open Until Filled Contact Name Mary Lester Contact Phone 630-231-9474 ext. 111 Contact Email

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 West Chicago Park District


Mary Lester

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $12.00 per hour

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The Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a summer intern. The Recreation Intern is a part-time seasonal position that reports to the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. The Recreation Intern will assist with the planning and coordination of summer camps and special events such as Fourth of July festivities, Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, and Car Show Cruise Nights. They will also assist in areas including aquatics and registration. The intern will be scheduled 40 hours per week for twelve weeks; nights, weekends, and holidays will be required.

The 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 Recreation Intern will work closely with both the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation and the Director of Parks and Recreation to expand their understanding of the field.

Candidates must have a high school diploma. Must be a student in good academic standing and currently enrolled in a college undergraduate program, or be a recent 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.

Applicants will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug test prior to employment. Interested candidates should submit the job application to Kristin Kazenas, Director of Human Resources. Email: or fax 847.847.3591. We are proud of our dedicated and exceptional staff and welcome your application to join our team.

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 Village of Hawthorn Woods


Amy Mason
(847) 847-3533

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $12.00 / Hr

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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:

  • Athletics

  • Aquatic Facility Operations

  • General Recreation and Summer Camps

  • Golf Course Operations

  • Marketing

  • 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).

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

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 Niles Park District


Peter Dubs

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Open Until Filled


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Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. The Director of Big City Day Camp coordinates and oversees the day-to-operations including staff supervision, budget management, and planning. The Director is responsible for training, supporting and scheduling staff, while monitoring camper happiness and well-being. For children who thrive on adventure, Big City Day Camp offers a summer full of discovery and exploration. We take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer, from water parks to canoe trips to cooking classes – and of course, plenty of trips to the beach for sandcastles and splashing around.

We are looking for a Camper Director that will provide a fun, safe and memorable experience to our camp participants by planning, preparing and implementing the daily activities for our Big City Day Camp.

The Big City Day Camp Director operates with a high degree of autonomy under the supervision of the Director of Chicago Operations. The Big City Day Camp Director is responsible for development, promotion and management of Big City Day Camp (BCDC.) They will provide leadership, direction and supervision to BCDC program staff.

This is an immediate opening for the right candidate to begin preparing for the upcoming summer camp session.

Position Responsibilities: • Responsible for development, implementation and supervision of programming for BCDC Programs • Responsible for planning, coordination and on–site supervision of field trips • Recruits hires and trains Program staff; organize and run staff training • Supervises and evaluates Program staff • Establishes and maintains professional relationship with principals and others that may act as recruiting partners for campers • Develop routines, schedules, and procedures for Day Camp operation • Informs Director of Chicago Operations of concerns, complaints, accidents and incidents • Maintains records such as parent sing-in report, staff time sheets, program calendars, rosters, waivers, permission slips and parent communication • Purchases and maintains program supplies • Prepares timesheets for payroll • Monitor safety and all procedures as they pertain to the complete supervision of all campers and staff • Maintains all aspects of risk management and safety policies • Support marketing programs to potential schools and clients • Recruit participants for summer camp • Develop Summer camp program including field trips, daily and special activities • Help provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being among the BCDC family.

JCYS is an equal opportunity employer.

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Jean Losek

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $ 400 weekly

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The mission of the Lombard Park District is to Provide People with Quality Recreation Opportunities to Enjoy Life. The Lombard Park District is an Illinois Distinguished Accredited agency, governed by an elected board, and staffed with over 460 dedicated employees. The District is a past winner of the National Gold Medal award from the National Recreation and Park Association, and was a finalist in 2019. In 2016, the District received accreditation from the NRPA Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies for meeting 151 national standards. These awards provide recognition to the District for providing exceptional services to the community of Lombard.

Description: The Lombard Park District is offering a Summer internship to students working towards a degree within the field of parks and recreation. The recreation internship will provide a well-rounded experience in park district operations, administration, facility management, program management and special events. Qualifications: Must be a current student of an accredited university pursuing a bachelor or master’s degree in Recreation or Leisure Studies. Must possess a valid driver’s license and provide own transportation. Start date: Mid/Late May

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

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 Lombard Park District


Katie Manheim
630 953-6102

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled