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 $44,000 to $54,000, DOQ

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Must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Park Administration, Early Childhood Education or a related field. One to two years relevant recreational programming work experience with tots and young children preferred. Summer Camp and recreational special event programming experience is preferred. Supervisory experience is required. Must be able to obtain and keep current CPR and AED certifications. We provide certification training. Prefer CPRP certification. 


The Recreation Supervisor will be responsible for the overall daily operations of the Exploritorium, named Chicagoland's "Top Rainy Day Destination" by the Chicago Tribune. The Exploritorium is housed within our Oakton Community Center.  Visit to learn more about the Exploritorium. This position oversees Exploritorium operations, programming, birthday parties, schedules group visits, supervises a summer camp program and develops, plans and oversees special events. Specific duties include:

  1. Responsible for the overall operation and management of the Exploritorium including hiring, training, supervision, scheduling and evaluation of Exploritorium staff, special event staff and summer camp staff.

  2. Plans, directs, implements and evaluates Exploritorium daily programming, Exploritorium birthday parties and assigned summer camps.

  3. Develops, plans and oversees recreational special events and pop-up events.

  4. Ensures that the Exploritorium is clean and operating up to the District's service, cleanliness and safety standards. 

  5. Maintains an inventory of program supplies; purchases supplies and equipment as needed following District purchasing policies and procedures.

  6. Works as a team with other staff to assist with large District-wide special events. 

  7. Works with the Oakton Center Manager to prepare the annual budget for the Exploritorium, special events and summer camps. Reviews monthly budget reports to ensure that operations and programs are meeting budget goals. 

  8. Approves and submits payroll for staff that this position supervises. 

  9. Prepares and proofs content for seasonal brochures and other promotional marketing pieces. 

  10. Greets and interacts with the public in a courteous and knowledgeable manner.

  11. Performs other duties as assigned by the Oakton Center Manager. 


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 Skokie Park District


Lynn Seebacher

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Description: The Community House is excited to offer a professional internship to students working toward a degree within the field of parks and recreation. This internship opportunity runs 12-13 consecutive weeks and usually starts a few weeks before the start of our summer programs. Under the supervision and guidance of the Program Director and The Community House Recreation Supervisors, the Recreation intern will have the opportunity to expand their education. Interns are exposed to all areas of operations, from administration, budgeting, leadership, staff management, programming, special events, and facility/maintenance. Students will be provided the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, to the following programs: Summer Day Camps, Leagues, Sports Camps, Art Programming, Special Events, Enrichment Camps, and Active Adult/Senior Programs. Please include resume and school requirements.


• Work in areas of program development, written and oral communication, budgeting, training/management of employees, evaluation of both programs & personnel, marketing and special events. • Experience registration software processes, financial reporting and brochure proofing. • Gain direct leadership experience by conducting programs and special events. • Plans, prepares and participates in recreation programs and special events. • Assists with the planning, set-up, execution and tear down of special events. • Responsible for the well-being, safety and care of children and youth attending programs. • Responsible for creating a fun and energetic environment for the program participants on a daily basis. • Work in a team-based environment supporting the Recreation Team. • Interact with guests, parents, and participants in a positive and professional manner, utilizing excellent guest service standards. • Maintain professional attitudes and relationships with parents, participants, and co-workers. • Adhere to The Community House rules and regulations including proper attire, safety procedures, and overall professionalism. • Participate in safety training and respond to emergencies in an appropriate manner. • Performs other duties as assigned.


• Be currently enrolled, or a recent graduate of a university or junior college pursuing or having completed a degree in Parks & Recreation, Youth Programming, Sports Management or similar field. • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. • 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 by hire date or be able to attend The Community House training to become certified).

Hours: Intern hours will vary, depending on the weekly activities and special events; however, the Intern will work approximately 40 hours per week, including nights and weekends when needed. The schedule is usually Monday through Friday but may vary, depending on the weekly activities and special events.

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 The Community House


Beth Metelak
630-323-7500 ext.247

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Starting pay for this non-exempt position is $47,331. Actual salary will depend upon qualifications.

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WHO WE ARE: The Elmhurst Park District, established in 1920 and located 16 miles west of Chicago, provides parks, recreation facilities and programs to meet our mission of enriching lives while having fun! We serve residents of the Elmhurst community as well as residents of neighboring towns!

We have an exciting full-time job opportunity for a STRATEGY & PLANNING COORDINATOR. We are looking for someone to join our team and be part of an organization that values being community focused, providing customer service excellence, working with integrity, and having fun! The Strategy & Planning Coordinator plays an integral role in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic plan initiatives and long-range plans that will help us achieve our vision of becoming “a national leader in providing memorable parks and recreation experiences to our community.”

WHAT YOU’LL DO: Coordinate and support the District's strategy and planning function specifically related to the development, implementation and evaluation of long-range plans and plan initiatives and conducting organizational performance data analysis and improvements.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Conduct research and analyze issues, alternatives, trends, innovative practices, recommended next steps, etc. related to strategic and comprehensive plan initiatives and special projects Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data and use independent judgment to provide program and performance analysis, develop alternatives and recommendations for performance improvements, and draft reports and presentations summarizing the findings and recommendations Track implementation of the District’s strategic and comprehensive plans, including compiling the Vision 2020 Plan Progress Report Assist with the implementation and evaluation of strategic plan initiatives to strengthen the organizational culture, including increasing employee engagement and becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization Assist with coordinating the long-range capital planning process and development of the capital budget Coordinate the employee Values Recognition Program, including program promotions, Values Champion recognition, and program data tracking and analysis Develop and revise Park Board and administrative policies, procedures, and manuals Monitor, track, and coordinate compliance with Distinguished Agency reaccreditation requirements Serve on inter-departmental teams

WHAT YOU’LL BRING: Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, Public Administration or related field with 2 years of progressively responsible experience Valid Illinois driver’s license Problem-solving, communication (oral and written), analytical, organizational, and customer service skills Time management and planning skills to manage multiple projects at any given time Familiarity with the methods and techniques of organizational planning and development, performance management, research report writing Ability to read, write, analyze, and interpret complex business reports Knowledge of principles and practices of government administration with a strong emphasis on local government Proficiency of computer word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and survey software applications NOTE: Applicants must possess requisite physical ability to perform the essential job duties of this position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

WHEN YOU’LL WORK: Workweek is Monday - Friday and typical hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (40-hour work week). There is flexibility in work schedule.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: The starting pay for this non-exempt position is $47,331. Actual salary will depend upon qualifications.

In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefit package, including: Defined contribution medical insurance plan (5 plan options) Dental insurance plan Vision insurance plan District paid life insurance Participation in IMRF (retirement, disability, death benefits) Vacation days, personal days, sick leave and 9 paid holidays! Sick bank leave, paid parental leave and paid bereavement leave Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Two deferred compensation programs (VOYA & Nationwide) Voluntary Supplemental insurance coverage for short-term disability, accident, hospitalization Flexible spending accounts for unreimbursed medical and dependent care Free family Courts Plus Membership and Pool Passes! Free/discounted District programs, merchandise and concessions Educational assistance/tuition reimbursement Professional organizational membership Values Recognition Program Service Awards Program Employee social activities Credit Union (Central Credit Union of Illinois)

  • The Elmhurst Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process may contact the Division Manager - Human Resources & Risk at*

For more information about the Elmhurst Park District, please visit!!

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 Elmhurst Park District


Laura Guttman

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $20.00 - $25.00 /hr

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Summary: Under the direction of the Superintendent of Parks, the Landscape Manger shall oversee the District’s landscape areas; including but not limited to planting beds, trees, and natural areas. Performs the physical planting and maintenance of these areas and supervise part-time and seasonal staff to achieve the departments’ standards and goals. This is an FLSA non-exempt position. Five 8 hour days (Monday-Friday/ 6:30 am- 3:00 pm), 40 hour work week, with additional hours as necessary, including emergency call-in. Overtime is required, but not guaranteed, and is based on the need of the maintenance department and the District as a whole. Supervisory Responsibilities: Trains and supervises a work crew that may consist of 2-3 part-time or seasonal employees. Essential Duties/Responsibilities: • Performs physical planting and maintenance while supervising 2-3 part-time or seasonal employees in the completion of work assigned. • Implements a plan to achieve optimal results pertaining to the aesthetics of existing planting beds. • Provides direction to volunteers pertaining to the districts sign and flower beds. • Complete tree removals, tree trimming, and tree planting • Design, Plant, & Maintain all ornamental landscapes, beds, signs, and decorative areas throughout the district • Remove weeds and undesirable plants via mechanical or chemical methods • Plants, cultivates and prunes trees and shrubs • Sprays shrubs and other plants for weed, insect, and fungus control • Supervises & trains seasonal landscape staff on daily tasks and safe operations • Mulch ornamental landscapes, beds, signs, trees, and decorative areas throughout the district • Operates pick-up trucks, dump trucks, trailers, skid steer, forklift, wood chipper, and other earth moving equipment to prepare, plant, and maintain all ornamental landscapes, beds, signs, and decorative areas throughout the district • Operates powered equipment for mowing, trimming and pruning • Operates tractor and attachments for landscaping • Operates small power tools as required • Purchase and or grow plants for park landscape beds, including adopt a flower beds • Coordinate adopt-a-flower bed assignments • Maintains district greenhouse • Obey and enforce the practical safety rules, regulations and procedures established by the safety program that is pertinent to the activities conducted by the department. • Submits daily reports of work performed • Works Park District events including 4th of July and Halloween, and others as needed • Performs other related duties as assigned

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS • Attends meeting as required. • Assists with trash and litter removal from park property • Mows grass • Cleans vehicles and equipment • Observes and enforces the practical safety rules, regulations and procedures established by the safety program • Removes snow & ice from park walks, drives, and lots. PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS • Standing, kneeling, bending, and sitting are regularly required to perform job functions • Use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times • Must be able to climb up and down: ladders, vehicles, equipment PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS • Must be able to think critically and offer solutions as problems arise • Must be able to work closely with co-workers • Must be able to work well with the general public ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS • Exposure to rain, snow, ice, heat, cold, and other extreme weather conditions for long periods

COGNITIVE CONSIDERATIONS • Identify proper PPE required to safely perform job tasks • Must have good problem solving and communication skills • Intermediate level written and verbal communication in the English language • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office software • Must have the ability to read, write, and organize materials • Ability to maintain self-control, confidentiality and composure in difficult situations. REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS • Must possess a valid Illinois Pesticide Public Applicator License or obtain within 6 months of hire • Must be certified in CPR/1st Aid/AED or willing to become certified within a specified time frame • Must possess a valid Illinois Class “C” driver’s license (or equivalent) or obtain within 6 months of hire.

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 Oak Lawn Park District


Ryan Gory

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $72,000 - $85,000 DOQ

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The Prospect Heights Park District serves over 15,000 residents mostly from the City of Prospect Heights, a small portion of the Villages of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and Wheeling. The agency’s operating budget is over $5 million which includes a recreation center with gymnasium & fitness room, in addition to an outdoor swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, banquet facility, 4-mile bike path, 14 park sites with tennis courts, ball fields, etc. over 71 acres of land. The agency employs 20 full time, 25 part time and about 134 seasonal employees. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall administration and management of the recreation department.

POSITION: The Superintendent of Recreation is responsible and accountable for the operation of the Recreation Department, and to plan, promote, organize and implement a comprehensive recreation program addressing the passive and active recreational needs of the Prospect Heights Park District’s residents. This is a full-time exempt position, working at least 40 hours per average work week. The benefit package includes: medical, dental, vision and life insurance (basic and voluntary); IMRF pension plan; short and long-term disability; 457(b) deferred compensation plan; AFLAC; wellness programs and incentives; paid holidays and time off; paid professional development opportunities and memberships; cell phone reimbursement; facility and program usage.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation or closely related field • Five years of progressively responsible experience in recreation operations or similar field, at least three (3) of which was in a supervisory role • Valid Illinois Class D driver’s license and good driving record are required • CPR/AED Certification required within 30 days of hire date • Preferred Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) • Preferred proficiency in Microsoft Office, RecTrac and Incode

RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential duties include to provide direction to staff through coaching, directing, supervising and evaluating their performance. Facilitate the administration, management, supervision, planning and operation of the District's programming personnel. Manage and supervise assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources. Plan and organize workloads and personnel assignments. Select, hire, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel. Review personnel progress and direct changes as needed. Review program areas, implement changes or new programs as needed to meet current recreational needs of the community. Assure that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; monitor revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; assure effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials and time. Develop and manage all fiscal responsibilities and performance for the department including planning, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and corrective management. Assist in planning, coordinating and implementing programs and special projects. Provide leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans; gather, interpret, and prepare data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinate department activities with other departments and agencies as needed. Establish and maintain cooperative planning and working agreements/relationships with local community organizations, governmental agencies and youth sports organizations. Maximize the effective use of facilities for programs and activities. Monitor the scheduling and reserving of athletic fields, picnic shelters, room rentals, etc. Support the citizen-led Prospect Heights Parks Foundation 501 (c) (3). Work closely with the Executive Director and other department heads and their departments. A complete job description is available upon request.

ATTRIBUTES: We are seeking a dedicated and effective manager who possesses strong organizational, written & oral skills.

APPLY FOR POSITION: Please visit to submit a resume and cover letter. Questions should be directed to Edlyn Castil, Administrative Services Manager, at 847.394.2848 or

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 Prospect Heights Park District


Edlyn Castil

 Closing Date

February 14, 2022