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Career Opportunities

Our career center is an online resource for parks and recreation professionals looking to further their careers and a resource for members who are seeking to hire new professionals for their departments. 

Members in good standing wishing to post a job opening on this page should contact [email protected] or the CRPA office at (860) 721-0384.

Please note: CRPA is posting these listings on behalf of individual recreation departments/organizations. Any questions regarding job descriptions or the application process should be directed to the hiring organization, not to CRPA.

CRPA Career Posting Rules:

  1. CRPA will accept position postings from member organizations. Postings are to be submitted directly to the CRPA office at [email protected].
  2. Only members in good standing can post a position. Members in good standing are current members and have no payments that are more than 90 days overdue.
  3. Editing and proofreading are the responsibility of the organization, not CRPA. CRPA does not assume liability for inaccurate or incomplete information provided to us by the hiring organization. Postings are to be proofed by the company placing the posting, CRPA is not responsible for the position content's grammar.
  4. Postings must include the companies contact information, as job seekers are to contact the member organization directly and not CRPA.

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Full-Time Positions
Part-Time Positions
Seasonal Positions
Internship Positions

Full-Time Positions

Park Maintainer 1

Location: Glastonbury, CT
Posting date: 09/19/2017
Closing date: 09/28/2017

Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Park Maintenance Supervisor, incumbent performs entry level maintenance of public grounds, athletic fields, swimming facilities, cemeteries, landscaped areas, and recreational facilities. The Park Maintainer 1 uses hand and light power tools to mow grass, maintain athletic fields, clear snow, dig soil, clear brush, groom landscaped areas, rake leaves and debris, pick up trash, install signs, and perform related parks maintenance work. Operates pick-up truck and riding equipment, including large and small tractor mowers. Also responsible for moving bleachers, benches, park and playground equipment as well as other heavy objects. Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently.

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Supervisor of Parks and Grounds & Cemeteries

Location: Newington, CT
Posting date: 09/15/2017
Closing date: 10/05/2017

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Parks & Recreation Superintendent or designee, has responsibility for the maintenance of Town parks, playgrounds, pools, maintenance and operations of Town and Board of Education grounds and cemeteries and recreation facilities.

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Recreation Program Coordinator

Location: Stonington, CT
Posting date: 09/15/2017
Closing date: 09/25/2017

Job Description:

The function of the Recreation Program Coordinator is to provide support services, as directed by supervisory or high-level staff. This highly responsive position will be charged with supporting, coordinating, improving, expanding, researching, developing and implementing existing and new Recreation programming within the community. Such programming will include recreational, sports activities and special events for residents of all ages.

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Director of Recreation

Location: East Longmeadow, MA
Posting date: 08/09/2017
Closing date: 09/15/2017

Job Description:

With leadership and vision the Director of Recreation, directs and manages all operations of the Town of East Longmeadow’s Recreation Department. Performs highly professional administrative, and supervisory work in directing departmental operations, oversees all services and resources and the promotion and administration of a comprehensive indoor and outdoor community recreational program for children, youth, adults, and other organizations within the Town of East Longmeadow. This work is accomplished by anticipating, discovering and working to meet the service needs of all customers; planning and formulating services and policies; directing, training, and supervising staff; ensuring the publicity and outreach to the community of departmental services and programs; and ensuring creative programming that meets the needs of the residents of East Longmeadow. 

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Part-Time Positions

After School Positions (3)

Location: New Britain, CT
Posting date: 09/21/2017

Job Description:

New Britain Parks & Recreation is accepting applications for:

  • Site Supervisors
  • Assistant Supervisors
  • Group Leaders

After school program runs September 2017 - May 2018 at middle school and elementary school sites.  Monday - Friday, 2:30pm - 6:00pm.

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Gymnastics Specialist

Location: Glastonbury, CT
Posting date: 09/19/2017

Job Description:

Under general supervision of the Gymnastics Director, incumbent assists with planning, implementing, staffing and evaluating a comprehensive program of preschool and recreational gymnastics. Prepares lesson plans, and evaluates participants. The successful candidate must stay up to date with the USA Gymnastics Rules & Regulations, as well as recommended skill progressions.

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Aquatics Director

Location: Groton, CT
Posting date: 09/06/2017
Closing date: 09/15/2017

Job Description:

Supervised by: Program Supervisor – Recreational Services
Supervises: Lifeguards and other Aquatics staff
Minimum Qualifications: Three years of Lifeguard experience.  Current American Red Cross (ARC) Lifesaving, Standard First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Supervisory and planning experience and ARC Instructor certification desired.

Duties:

  • Perform duties as a Lifeguard
  • Supervise, evaluate and train Aquatics staff
  • Establish and maintain safe, orderly and professional environment for staff and participants.
  • Develop staff work schedule
  • Verify time sheets for Aquatics staff
  • Recommend operational and program improvements
  • Assume overall responsibility for operation of Aquatics facility during programs
  • Maintain accurate documentation and record keeping
  • Maintain open and effective communication with supervisor
  • Request supplies, equipment, and facility work requests
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Act as liaison with Avery Point staff

 

Aquatics Positions (3)

Location: East Lyme, CT
Posting date: 08/30/2017

Job Description:

EAST LYME AQUATICS & NUTMEG AQUATICS SEEKS QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED PERSONS FOR THE ROLES OF LIFEGUARD, SWIM INSTRUCTOR, AND SWIMMING COACH.

Qualified applicants currently holding, or willing to obtain appropriate certification are encouraged to apply. Opportunities exist for well suited employee to arrange a schedule varying from part-time to full-time depending on experience and qualifications. Hours are available 7 days per week with shifts ranging from 5:30am to 9:00pm. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Rob Bouchey, Aquatic Director via email [email protected] with a copy of their resume and an introduction letter stating their background in aquatics and an outline of availability.

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Facility Supervisor

Location: West Hartford, CT
Posting date: 08/28/2017

Job Description:

Part-time supervisory position overseeing the building operation and activities, including helping customers, answering phones, and completing office tasks and other duties as assigned. The position covers weeknights 5-9 pm as well as varied weekend hours, shared amongst several supervisors, there is some flexibility for shifts.

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Multiple Positions

Location: Canton, CT
Posting date: 07/12/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Canton seeks applicants for the following part time positions:

Basketball Coordinator ($12.50/hr)
After School Program Supervisor ($12.50/hr)
After School Counselor ($10.25/hr)

Application and job description can be attained at www.townofcantonct.org. Completed materials should be submitted to the Canton Parks and Recreation Office (40 Dyer Ave Canton, CT 06019). Materials should be submitted in person or via mail (online applications not accepted).

The positions are open until filled. Candidates will be contacted and hired on a rolling basis. For any questions please contact Chris Sacco, Recreation Coordinator at [email protected] or call 860-693-5808.

Lifeguards and Front Desk Staff

Location: West Hartford, CT
Posting date: 06/12/2017

Job Description:

Cornerstone Aquatics Center, owned by the Town of West Hartford and managed through HealthFitness Corporation has immediate openings for both Lifeguards and Front Desk Customer Service Representatives. Positions are to begin July 1st. Hours are very flexible and numerous shifts are available.  See below for additional information.

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Swim Instructors

Location: Mansfield, CT
Posting date: 04/13/2017

Job Description:

Mansfield Parks & Recreation is currently accepting applications for Swim Instructors and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors to teach the ARC Learn-to-Swim program at the Mansfield Community Center. All applicants must have experience teaching swim lessons, certified ARC Water Safety Instructors preferred. Duties include but are not limited to: teaching preschool aquatics swim lessons, school aged progressive swim lessons and adults. Private lessons available. Pay rates are $11.13-$12.30/hour for non-WSI swim instructors, $11.41-$12.62/hour for certified WSIs and $30/hour for private lessons. Applicants must submit an employment application via the Town of Mansfield website. Positions open until filled. This is a part time, hourly position with no benefits. Preferred candidates will be subject to a background check. EOE/AA

Swim Instructor

Location: Prospect, CT
Posting date: 02/07/2017

Job Description:

Prospect Parks and Recreation Swim instructors must be at least 18 years or older.  Prospect Parks and Recreation requires all instructors to be WSI (Water Safety Instructor) certified, Lifeguard Certified, CPR and First Aid Certified. Please submit copies of certifications with Résumé.

All instructors must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, multiple level classes, and a minimum of eight children per class.  The swim instructor must be willing to communicate with parents as well as the participants and be able to accommodate all aspects and levels of the program.  

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Lifeguard

Location: Branford, CT
Posting date: 08/25/2016

Job Description:

Monitor activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers. Caution swimmers of usage areas.  Rescues swimmers in danger of drowning and administers First Aid/ COR when needed.  Maintain order in swimming areas at all times.  Inspect facilities for any dangers and reports them to the appropriate personnel.  Lifeguards principle duties are to ensure the safety and well-being of the patrons and to observe and enforce all rules and regulations governing the public pools and beaches.

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Water Safety Instructor

Location: Branford, CT
Posting date: 08/25/2016

Job Description:

Under close supervision of the Aquatic Swim Instructor Supervisor, the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) plans, organizes and provides quality swimming and water safety instruction at the Walsh Intermediate School Pool.   Individual will plan and organize class teaching outlines, methods, and goals that support the general teaching outlines provided by the Aquatics Instructor Supervisor, and the American Red Cross Swimming Program.  Organizes and directs activities of assigned swimmers in order to provide a high level of quality instruction for all students. Insures that all students are registered properly prior to the beginning class thru the Branford Recreation Department office, and are thoroughly involved with the learning development of each participant.  Establishes a positive public relations with parents/guardians of class students helping them recognize and understand swimming developments and achievements.  The WSI will complete and submit records and documentation of completed lessons to the Aquatics Instructor Supervisor and the American Red Cross offices.  Candidates will work with the Aquatics Swim Instructor Supervisor  on an on-going basis to upgrade, improve, and refine individual teaching skills related to teaching effective swimming lessons to various age groups and various skill levels.

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Multiple Positions

Location: Stonington, CT
Posting date: 08/05/2016

Job Description:

Zumba Instructor: The COMO Zumba Instructor is responsible for leading Zumba classes and ensuring the safety of all participants.  The Zumba instructor should be certified to teach Zumba, be 18 or over, and have a first aid and CPR certification.  Experience teaching is preferred and applicants must be comfortable recording attendance and taking and recording money from participants. For more information or to apply visit http://www.thecomo.org/about-us/employment/ or contact Kelsey Haack, COMO Athletic Program Manager, at [email protected]
Start Date: ASAP

Basketball Referee: The COMO Rec Basketball Referee is responsible for officiating COMO Recreational Basketball games and enforcing the COMO Recreational Basketball Rules. Referees must keep track of game scores and manage the game clock.  For more information or to apply visit http://www.thecomo.org/about-us/employment/ or contact Kelsey Haack, COMO Athletic Program Manager, at [email protected] 
Start Date: November

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Seasonal Positions

Camp Nurse

Location: Cromwell, CT
Posting date: 05/18/2017

Job Description:

The Cromwell Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for a Camp Nurse for the Summer Season of 2017 Late-June to mid-August. All applicants must be certified in RN. The salary range is $25.00-$35.00 per hour. The position is 35 hours Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Applications are available on our Web site at www.cromwellct.com under Recreation. This is a temporary seasonal position with no benefits. All applications are due back to the Cromwell Town Manager’s Office. Position open until filled. EOE/AA.

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Lifeguards

Location: Branford, CT
Posting date: 05/03/2017

Job Description:

Monitor activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers.    Caution swimmers of usage areas.  Rescues swimmers in danger of drowning and administers First Aid/ COR when needed.  Maintain order in swimming areas at all times.  Inspect facilities for any dangers and reports them to the appropriate personnel.  Lifeguards principle duties are to ensure the safety and well-being of the patrons and to observe and enforce all rules and regulations governing the public pools and beaches. 

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Lifeguards

Location: Mansfield, CT
Posting date: 04/13/2017

Job Description:

Mansfield Parks & Recreation is currently accepting applications for American Red Cross Lifeguards for the Summer Season of 2016 for both open waterfront and pool lifeguarding. All applicants must be certified in ARC Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid, Waterfront certifications preferred. Duties include but are not limited to: providing preventative lifeguarding techniques and strategies at an indoor pool, providing preventative lifeguarding techniques and strategies at an open water facility and basic first aid. Pay rates are $10.60-$11.72/hour. Applicants must submit an employment application via the Town of Mansfield website. Positions open until filled. This is a part time, hourly position with no benefits. Preferred candidates will be subject to a background check. EOE/AA

Summer Employment Opportunities

Location: West Hartford, CT
Posting date: 02/17/2017

Job Description:

Elmwood Community Center
A Division of West Hartford Leisure Services

2017 Summer Camp Job Opportunities

We are looking for energetic, creative, and motivated people to join our summer camp team! If you have a passion for theater, cooking, computers, Legos, science, arts and crafts, sports, or other hobbies, consider applying! Leadership and counselor positions available for a variety of specialty camps listed below. Please don’t wait to apply, hiring is done on a rolling basis and positions will close when filled.

Theater Camp
Busy Bees preschool camp
Discovery Zone
Cooking Camp assistant
Special Needs inclusion counselors

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Seasonal Positions (Multiple)

Location: Canton, CT
Posting date: 12/21/2016

Job Description:

Are you looking for a rewarding position working with children and the community? Are you a responsible, hardworking and energetic individual that wants to make a difference? Consider applying for one of Canton Parks and Recreation Department’s seasonal job openings. Applications are accepted starting January 3, 2017. Don’t wait to apply, candidates will be contacted and hired on a rolling basis and positions may close at any time.

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Internship Positions

Recreation Intern

Location: Colchester, CT
Posting date: 03/16/2017

Job Description:

Open to current college students or recent graduates interested in gaining hands-on experience in the Parks & Rec field. Position involves all aspects of the department including special events, recreation programming, day camp support, park management, customer service and advertising.

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