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ABOUT US:  The Des Plaines Park District, established in 1919, features more than 50 parks and facilities. As an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency, we service a culturally diverse and growing community with hundreds of affordable recreational and educational programs, classes, and events for kids, teens, adults, and families each season. "Enriching Lives Everyday" is our vision and our constant goal. Due to an upcoming retirement, we have this exciting opportunity!

Job Title: Special Projects Supervisor
Grade: 11
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Department: Parks

Reports to: Superintendent of Parks & Planning
Supervises: Full Time Special Projects II, Special Projects I, Part-Time Staff

BASIC FUNCTION: The Special Projects Supervisor is responsible for the management of a variety of special construction projects throughout the District. The position oversees playground installations inspections and maintenance.

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 7:00-3:30pm

  1. Plan, organizes and manages special projects throughout the District.
  2. Oversees hiring, staff schedules, daily direction and evaluations for assigned staff.
  3. Plans, prepares and oversees budget.
  4. Oversees playground/park/park ID sign inspection and maintenance program.
  5. Coordinates snow removal district wide as assigned.
  6. Regularly coordinates maintenance activities with other supervisors.
  7. Completes reports, processes payroll and regularly utilizes a computer.
  8. Set standards and procedures for areas of responsibility.
  9. Procurement of supplies and equipment.
  10. Operates various trade specific equipment such as skid steer, boom lift, back hoe.
  11. Oversees the completion of work orders as assigned and assists the Recreation Department and Facilities by overseeing the requirements for major outdoor special event needs.
  12. Assists with seasonal operations of Lake Park including marina maintenance (weir, piers & docks), clubhouse maintenance, shelter maintenance and special event setup.
  13. Manages fire alarm and fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance district wide.
  14. Oversees district wide master key program including door/frame/lock repair.
  15. Coordinates projects and purchasing with contractors and vendors.
  16. Responds to public inquires and complaints.
  17. Prepares, recommends and manages operating and capital budgets.
  18. Works/volunteers for annual 3 day community Fall Fest event, third weekend in September.
  19. Oversees the setup, take down and maintenance of district fencing, windscreens and banners.
  20. Semi-annually performs improvements and upgrades to Mountain View Mine Adventure Golf Center amenities and infrastructure.

  1. Act as liaison to the City of Des Plaines Public Works department and July 4th
  2. Make recommendations and prepares specifications for capital and other improvements as assigned.
  3. Attend training sessions for professional development.
  4. Inform all staff of any changes in policy, procedures or rules handed down by supervisors.
  5. Provide support as assigned for district wide events and emergency repairs in other areas of the district.
  6. Manage the memorial bench program
  7. Wildlife management throughout parks as assigned.
  8. Oversee repairs to facility roofs and building envelopes as assigned.
  9. Follow through on all vandalism reports. Including inspecting, reporting and restoration.
  10. Follow all safety policies and procedures as outlined in the Park District Safety and Crisis Manuals.
  11. Perform additional duties as assigned.
  12. Member of a Park District committee as assigned.

Education:  Associates degree or certification program requiring two years to complete in building Trades
Experience: At least 5 years supervisory experience in related trades field. 
Demonstrated competencies within multiple trade disciplines such as; plumbing, electric, equipment operation, welding, concrete install/removal, HVAC repair, landscaping, carpentry, commercial painting. Must be able to read and understand blueprints and construction drawings. Basic computer skills: Outlook, Word and Excel.

Certifications: CPR and First Aid Certification, Classes available through Park District, Valid Illinois Driver’s License, Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)          

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
  • Life insurance (basic & voluntary additional coverage)
  • IMRF Defined Benefit Pension
  • 457 Defined Contribution Plan
  • Paid Time Off (sick, vacation, and personal)
  • Medical Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account with Employer Contribution (for applicable HDHP)
  • Park District Facility & Program Discounts
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 Des Plaines Park District


Nicole Dale

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $45,000-67,500 Depending on Qualifications

Do you love to work in a great community? Then the Woodridge Park District located in Woodridge, Illinois is for you! We have an opening for a full-time Park Maintenance II staff member. As a five time Illinois Distinguished & Accredited Agency Award recipient, the Woodridge Park District serves approximately 35,500 residents with 690 acres of parks and sites offering over 1,000 programs each year. A person in this role is responsible for performing general maintenance for the Park District. General maintenance consists of but is not limited to, the care and repair of landscaping, turf, trees, buildings, vehicles, and equipment. Maintenance - Level 2 staff will also assist the Parks Operations Manager with implementation of maintenance/construction projects. Normal hours worked are Monday-Friday from 7:00am-3:30pm. Occasionally hours will be on nights and weekends for special events, snow removal, or on call rotations. We have a great benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 10 paid holidays, vacation, sick, personnel time, and alternative work schedule availability. A complete job description is available upon request.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily and demonstrate the District’s core competencies consisting of adaptability/flexibility, dependability, initiative/productivity, integrity/ethics, interpersonal skills, job knowledge, personal organization, quality, situational resolution, and teamwork/being a team player. Essential duties include but are not limited to:

* Operate assigned Park District vehicles and motorized equipment.
* Operate equipment including but not limited to mowers (comparable to a 580 Toro mower), weed eaters, power washers, blowers and other miscellaneous power equipment as directed.
* Perform general horticultural practice of plant material in include maintenance, installation and removal.
* Operate tractors and riding/walk-behind mowers to mow and trim turf
* Perform general maintenance functions as assigned for parks, buildings, facilities, and park site furnishings/equipment.
* Oversee part-time seasonal workers and special work crews as assigned.
* Generate new ideas to improve maintenance operational efficiencies, reduce maintenance costs, improve safety and improve access to parks and recreation services.
* Develop and exercises safe work habits to prevent injuries and conserve material resources.
* Visually inspect and remove all safety hazards, garbage and refuse materials from parks and playgrounds, regardless of assigned task. If unable to do so, immediately notify supervisor of conditions.
* Obey the practical safety rules, regulations, and procedures established by the loss control program that is pertinent to the activities conducted by the department.
* Assist in the setting up, operation and taking down and other maintenance duties of special events.

 A complete job description is available upon request.


- Minimum of a high school degree or equivalent required.
- Basic understanding of tools, turf, and equipment maintenance.
- Basic skills in electric, carpentry, and plumbing.
- Knowledge of and the ability to maintain and care for turf, trees, buildings (interior & exterior components/systems), vehicles, equipment, and the repair of same.
- Knowledge of construction techniques including: plumbing, carpentry, electricity and the ability to use this in implementation and supervision of construction projects.
- Strong leadership skills and the ability to oversee seasonal part-time department employees.
- Ability to operate heavy equipment including, but not limited to: tractors, end loaders, backhoe, and large mowers.
- Ability to observe and report safety hazards.
- Ability to interact positively and effectively with residents, cooperating agencies, and Park District employees.
- Ability to identify and respond quickly to emergency situations.
- Ability to effectively problem solve and adapt to change.
- Able to work in inside environmental conditions as well as  outside environmental conditions which may include varying weather conditions and extreme temperatures.


We are seeking dedicated individuals who are self-sufficient, strive for excellence and are very people oriented; able to think creatively; have strong written & oral communication skills; are detailed oriented and able to problem solve in unexpected situations. 

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 Woodridge Park District


Connie Curry

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 25.98/hour to 29.09/hour DOQ

At Palatine Park District, we are all about our Community. Entertaining recreation programs, beautiful parks, and facility fun creates the Parks and Rec Life. A career with the Palatine Park District is so much more than just a job, it is choosing to live the Parks and Rec life. It’s about being a positive influence on your community, growing as a person, and the friendships you’ll make with your fellow staff members.

Position Focus
Under the direction of the Horticulture Manager, the Horticulture Specialist - Arborist is responsible for the routine care, maintenance and removal of trees and other woody plant material, on all District owned and/or operated properties.
The position works Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week, with work hours designated by the Superintendent of Parks. Evening and/or weekend hours may be needed. This position is on call whenever needed.

Education, Experience and Training
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of forestry and general landscape maintenance procedures
  • High school graduate or general education degree required
  • Five (5) years in the landscape maintenance and/or landscape construction fields or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training required
  • Formal or trade school studies related to arboriculture maintenance practices desired
  • Valid State of Illinois driver's license required
  • Certification through the International Society of Arborists (ISA), Illinois Pesticide License, CDL Class B, CPR, First Aid and AED certifications required within twelve months of employment
Duties and Lines of Responsibility
  • Assist with the management of contractual work that pertains to the scope of the position
  • Manage and train arborist team staff
  • Identify safety hazards, insects, pests and diseases within trees and woody plant material
  • Operation of chainsaws, woodchippers and bucket trucks (rigging equipment)
  • Assist with snow removal operations and ice rink maintenance
  • Other duties assigned may include, but are not limited to:
    • ​General park landscape maintenance, landscape bed weed control, grading and irrigation equipment
Benefits & Wages
  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance for individual and family
  • Paid life insurance
  • A retirement plan with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
  • Paid vacation, personal days, holidays and sick time
  • Unlimited in-house complimentary programs
  • Seasonal pool passes for indoor and outdoor pools (individual and family)
  • Fitness Center membership (individual and family)
  • Discount at Palatine Hills Golf Course
The hiring pay rate for this position is $25.98/hour to $29.09/hour, dependent on qualifications.
If you are ready to take the next step in your career, come join us and Live the Parks & Rec Life!

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 Palatine Park District


Matt Sheehan

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 80,980 - 93,746 DOQ

Elgin Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a candidate who is passionate about accomplishing our mission and strives to enhance our parks and playgrounds throughout our community. The ideal candidate is creative, motivated, enthusiastic, works well with others, and takes on duties with a positive attitude as they are assigned.  
Under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Director, and working closely with the Parks and Facilities Superintendent, this position is responsible for park  planning, design, development, bidding of various capital development projects and construction management, update and maintain the Parks and Recreation planning files, participating in master planning, capital improvement and management of natural areas.

The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department strives to be the heart of the community by creating community through people, parks and programs. In doing so, the department operates the Elgin Sports Complex, The   Edward Schock Centre  of  Elgin,   Wing  and  Lords   Park Family  Aquatic  Centers,   The Pavilion at Lords Park, the Hawthorne  Hill   Nature  Center, Wing Park Golf Course, Highlands of Elgin Golf Course, Bowes Creek Golf Course, 76 parks, 47 playgrounds, Festival Park Splash Pad and a variety of community recreation programs and activities.

Understand theory and practice of comprehensive park planning and be knowledgeable about the theory, principles and philosophy of the park and recreation profession.

* Participation in master planning, capital improvement planning, site planning and site improvement processes.
Strong skills in project management.
* Ability to supervise outside consultants and contractors.
* Ability to communicate effectively with staff, contractors, consultants and appointed/elected officials.
* Ability to locate and apply for park related state and federal grants (i.e. OSLAD and PARC).
* Works with the grant coordinator or contractor to develop and prepare grant applications;   narratives,  budgets, and exhibits as required; monitors costs, maintains project reports and coordinates audits, billing and reimbursement requests for grant projects;
* Assists in department and capital budget planning.
* Prepares, coordinates and supervises the preparation of sketches, working drawings, specifications, cost estimates, bid documents and contract documents for projects, including the preparation of staff recommendations for approval by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council.
* Reviews, supervises and inspects the construction/renovation of park and facility improvements to ensure specification compliance, satisfactory completion and to provide direction to staff and contractors involved in projects. 
* Responsible for making regular site visits and preparing punch lists.
* Assist in the design and development of maintenance procedures.
* Maintains complete and accurate files on all planning, design, construction and cost for all projects.
* Maintains and updates site plans, park utility maps, playground plans and maintains CAD files and GIS database for park boundary, topographic surveys and park assets.
* Participates in  park acceptance process.
* Attends Park Board meetings and city council meetings as requested.
* Attends professional educational training and remain informed of current trends and issues in related areas of responsibility.
* Assists other City Departments in planning, design and review of capital projects as requested; reviews and provides comments upon intergovernmental agreements, annexation agreements and proposed development plans as they relate to parks; reviews proposed plans to ensure park development and playground construction comply with written requirements; edit and update park and playground requirements as necessary;
* Performs related tasks as required.

* Must possess good written and oral communication skills.
* Fluent in both English and Spanish preferred.
* Ability to work 40+ hours per week. Work schedule may vary and may include nights and weekends.
* Ability to work independently and in a team based environment.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
* Ability to enforce policies and rules of the City in a diplomatic matter.
* Ability to maintain a positive image and relationships with the community, staff and third party partners.
* Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines and problem solve.
* Possess strong communication, organizational and customer service skills.
* CPR/AED certification is required.
* Ability to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor conditions.
* Ability to lift 30 lbs.
* Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license.
* Four years of applicable professional park planning experience.
* Certified Landscape Architect in the State of Illinois desired.
* Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in project management, landscape architecture, or a related field with a minimum of four years of applicable, professional work experience.
* Extensive knowledge of landscape architecture and architectural planning required.
* Membership in a professional organization and state licensure is desirable.
* Possession of a Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification desired.
* Must have experience applying for and following reporting protocols for state and federal grants.
* Must have experience working with construction contracts, bid documents and specifications.
* Proficient in AutoCAD, GIS, Photoshop, Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office.
* Proficient working knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Illinois Environmental Barriers Act and Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC).
* Ability to effectively lead projects and work well with outside parties and contractors.
* Knowledge of budget and fiscal accountability.
* Ability and willingness to work independently with little supervision.

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 City of Elgin


Barb Keselica

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


JOB OPPORTUNITY with the Glenview Park District:

Park & Facility Services Seasonal Maintenance
“Recreate” a better life with a career in the field of Parks & Recreation!
We are looking to hire several seasonal maintenance workers who will be responsible for:
  • Maintaining district owned parks and facilities.
  • Landscaping, athletic field maintenance, facility maintenance.
  • Safe operation of district owned vehicles and equipment.
  • Communicating issues of importance to supervisor.
Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age with a valid IL driver’s license. Some prior experience in maintenance preferred.
This is a part time seasonal position, working approximately 40 hours per week.  Our season is currently underway and runs through November 1st (weather permitting).  Typical schedule is Monday – Friday from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm, however some weekend work may be required.  Target hiring range is $15-$20 per hour. 
Visit us at – click on “Jobs” at the top of the page
Tom Deschamps 
If interested, please apply early.  Recruiting and interviewing will begin immediately.
The Glenview Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Glenview Park District


Tom Deschamps

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled