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 $80,000 starting

Superintendent of Parks     
 Full Time – Downers Grove Park District
 Administrative Office

Salary: Starting $80,000 annually

 About Us: The Downers Grove Park District offers quality parks, facilities and programs for people of all ages to enjoy and explore. Home to 48 parks, a recreation center, history museum, nature center, golf course, community center and more, there is something for everyone at the Downers Grove Park District! Learn more at

 The Opportunity: We have an opening for a Superintendent of Parks in the Parks and Facilities department. This individual would be responsible for planning and administering a comprehensive program for the care and upkeep of all District parks and outdoor facilities through effective planning, organizing, and supervising team members while effectively coordinating with internal and external departments, patrons, and contractors.  

 What you get: The District offers health, dental and vision insurance; paid time off;  IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund); retirement savings plan; employee assistance; free/discounted recreation programs for employee and household family members; and a free fitness membership to 4500 Fitness.
When you’ll work: Full-Time; 40 hours per week + on-call weekend rotation. 

 A Day in the Life: 
·         Coordinates the maintenance and repair activities for all assigned District properties, equipment and assigned structures 
·         Implements maintenance plan that provides for the daily care and upkeep of assigned assets, specifically: parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, turf areas, park structures, utilities, drainage, restrooms, horticulture, and other program support
·         Prioritizes and coordinates the scheduling of repairs, projects, and maintenance of crews 
·         Identifies and communicates recommended actions to the Director of Parks and Facilities with regard to projects, personnel, equipment needs, and work scheduling 
·         Establishes strategic goals in relation to projects, personnel, equipment, and work scheduling.  
·         Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications, and participating in professional societies
·         Provides direction to staff through coaching, directing, supervising, and evaluating staff performance within the framework of the CBA and District guidelines
·         Prepare, implement, and enforce procedures, methods and policies in relation to grounds maintenance and overall park operations 
·         Advises staff in the technical aspects of the work assignments
·         Prepares and monitors the budget and initiates corrective action 
·         Ensures that all paperwork is completed on timely basis such as payroll, accounts payable, procurement documentation 
·         Procures necessary supplies and equipment, including specialized or general services 
·         Coordinates contractual services with others to complete work without unnecessary delays
·         Maintains quality service by enforcing quality and customer service standards 
·         Participates in on-call weekend rotation and on-call for Park related emergencies 
·         Coordinates District efforts in snow removal
·         Coordinates required park inspections per PDRMA recommendations such as playgrounds, sled hills, rinks, etc.
·         May be required to work evenings and weekends to assist with District events  
·         Follow and adheres to all District safety guidelines 
About you:
·         Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Parks Administration, Forestry, or closely related field preferred
·         Eight to ten years of progressively responsible experience with at least five years in a supervisory role in parks operations
·         Demonstrated knowledge of principles, practices and techniques relating to maintenance, layout, and design of parks
·         Prior construction management preferred
·         Experience in managing department budgets
·         Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite 
·         CPO Certification within three months of employment
·         CPSI Certification within twelve months of employment
·         Illinois Pesticide Applicator License within six months of employment
·         CPR/AED certification is required within three months of employment
·         Strong analytical, problem solving, verbal and written communication skills  
·         Valid Illinois driver’s license (may receive within three months of employment when possessing valid out of state license)
What sets us apart:
·         Supportive and friendly coworkers
·         Collaborative and connected management
·         Work for a Distinguished Agency Park District
The Downers Grove Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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 Downers Grove Park District


Marian Olund

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $150,000 to $200,000

The Oswegoland Board of Park Commissioners is seeking an Executive Director who will have extensive experience in parks and recreation operations. In addition to an extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of maintenance, open space management and trails planning, the successful candidate will have experience with municipal funding, land acquisition, park construction, and recreation program and facility management. The ideal candidate will be an innovative, collaborative leader with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

The Oswegoland Park District was established in 1950 by a public referendum, the Oswegoland Park District is a separate governmental entity known as a “special district” and serves approximately 62,000 residents who live within this District’s 38-square-mile service area. This service area includes all of the Village of Oswego, parts of Montgomery, Aurora, and Plainfield, and all of Boulder Hill. The Oswegoland Park District also includes the surrounding countryside of Oswego Township and a tiny portion of Will County.

The successful candidate will:
  • Report to the 5-person elected Board of Commissioners, and implement and administer the policies adopted by the Board. 
  • Possess a clear vision and goals for the agency’s future and communicate that vision clearly and effectively to staff and all sectors of the community. 
  • Be present and approachable with community members, board members, and staff.
  • Participate and engage in various District and community events and programs.
  • Possess a wide range of experience across diverse types of parks, facilities, and recreation experiences.
  • Have strong planning, capital project management, and facility renovation experience.
  • Possess the financial skills and experience to support and lead the District’s fiscal future. 
  • Be able to collaborate with a highly talented team of employees, agency partners, the school district, and the Village of Oswego. 
  • Be a transformative leader, a conductor/connector that takes action confidently and decisively.
  • Have a proven track record of connecting with stakeholders and working innovatively to deliver the parks, programs and services desired by the community.
  • Be a person who leads and motivates by personal example, encouraging high standards of performance, productivity, accountability and ethical conduct from self and all staff.

A board of five elected Park Board Commissioners set policy and conduct the official business of the District. The Executive Director, who is hired by the Board, manages the day-to-day operations of the District, and oversees a staff of 50 full-time, 220 part-time, and 185 seasonal employees. The District also offers the residents 7 facilities, 66 parks, and over 18 miles of paths and trails and has an annual operating budget of over $17,000,000. 

Experience and Education: 
  • Must have experience leading an organization of similar complexity and have a broad range of experience with the diverse types of community-based recreation services, programs, and facilities that the Oswegoland Park District offers. 
  • Should have at least 10 years of progressive management and operational experience at a parks and recreation agency, park district, municipal department, or related field with experience overseeing the management of a large team of employees. 
  • Graduate from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Leisure Studies, Facility Management, Public Administration, Business, Finance, or a related field. 
  • Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) designation is preferred.

The hiring salary range for this position is $150,000 to $200,000. The actual salary will be determined by the selected candidate's qualifications and commensurate experience. Additionally, the Oswegoland Park District offers an extensive benefit plan, including a defined benefit pension plan, competitive health, dental, vision, and life insurance, 457 savings plan, car allowance, flexible spending plan, and a variety of other recreational benefits.

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) professional references by Monday, September 25, 2023. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to Joe DeLuce or Chuck Balling, Vice Presidents, and Executive Recruiters, GovHR USA. TEL: 847-380-3240.

The Oswegoland Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Oswegoland Park District


 Closing Date

September 25, 2023

 $57,096 – $74,963 DOQ

The Village of Glendale Heights has a position available for a Recreation Supervisor in the Recreation Division of the Leisure Services Department.

The Recreation Supervisor is primarily responsible for the Village’s growing soccer program, as well as, other contracted athletic programs.

Additionally, this position will be asked to organize and direct a variety of other indoor and outdoor recreational and leisure community programming.  They will also assist the Recreation Division in leading special events of the Village.

 The Recreation Supervisor employs a variety of creative, innovative, and motivational methods to create a market and customer-oriented approach to developing, promoting and evaluating services.

 This position will also exercise independent judgment and discretion not of a routine or clerical nature in evaluating and reporting on the work efforts of employees, and oversees the recruitment and selection process for the division.

 Will be required to work nights and weekends to meet recreational and special event needs of the general public.


This position requires graduation from a four year accredited college or university with a degree in recreation or closely related field (CPRP preferred), minimum of 3 years recreation experience including community center programming and supervision, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary Range: $57,096 $74,963, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Very competitive benefits package.This is an AFSCME union, exempt position. 

Apply online at Please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references.

The selection process includes a panel interview and may include job skills testing. All job offers are conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of pre-employment drug testing and background check. Employees are required to have permanent residency within a 20-mile radius of the Village unless waived by the Village Administrator.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. The Village of Glendale Heights’ is committed to a nepotism policy of employment and advancement based upon qualifications and merit, without discrimination in favor of or in opposition to the employment of immediate family members.

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Shannon McCrea

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $18.00 - $26.00 Depending on Qualifications

Laborer I

The Laborer I position is performed on a full-time basis and is classified as Regular Personnel with nonexempt status.  Starting compensation $18.00 - $26.00 per hour pending qualifications.  Benefits include competitive Medical, Vision, Dental and IMRF retirement plan.  This position is responsible for performing tasks related to the construction, operation, care and maintenance of the Park’s grounds, facilities and equipment. Generally, the work pace is moderate and controlled by the Superintendent of Parks.

1. Performs snow and ice removal/control, when required, using equipment to maintain sidewalks and parking lots.
2. Performs off-duty personnel call-out tasks as assigned.
3. Performs landscaping, grass mowing, tree trimming and related grounds maintenance.
4. Operates hand tools such as chainsaws, power saws, trimmers, jack hammers, etc.
5. Maintains, repairs and installs new Park equipment.
6. Assists in the installation and repair of underground pipes.
7. Ensures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools through inspections and repairs.
• A high school diploma or higher.
• A valid Illinois State Driver’s License.
• 4 years’ relevant experience in construction, maintenance (general and/or park related) or related field.
- Any equivalent combination of training and experience that produces the competencies required for the position will be considered – such as grounds, janitorial, landscaping, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, pool maintenance and operations, using and maintaining power tools, and/or operating heavy equipment such as tractors.
• Knowledge of general construction, repair and maintenance principles, as well as equipment, machinery and tools used in these activities.
• Knowledge of landscaping, grass mowing, tree trimming and applicable equipment.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance.
• Ability to work nights and/or weekends and to be on call for emergencies, seasonal work load, and snowplowing.
• Dependable and self-motivated with a positive attitude and professional public image.
• Ability to make independent decisions and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to exercise good judgment, initiative and discretion.
• Ability to read, understand and communicate effectively using the English language – applies to spoken, written and electronic media and communications.
• Ability to manage small groups of part-time employees.

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 Norridge Park District


Jerry Hernandez

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $15.00 Hourly

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Job Purpose:
The Part-Time Guest Services Representative is responsible for providing reception and registration services to patrons of the Park District of Oak Park.
This position is an integral component to the Park District of Oak Park. The Guest Services Representative will work at various locations depending on season and scheduling needs including Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, the Gymnastics Recreation Center, the Community Recreation Center, and Rehm Pool.

Essential Functions:
Handles guest point of contact duties including guest services, registration and membership processing, public relations, and facility guidance.

The Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer! 

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 Park District of Oak Park


Desiree Hines

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled