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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

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 04/08/2020

Job Description:

Performs general manual labor in the maintenance of City park properties and grounds. Includes operating, cleaning and basic upkeep of medium or smaller motorized equipment; mower/saw/broom/blower/cutter and any related equipment. Performs clipping, raking, litter clean-up, brush removal, bleacher or bandstand handling, truck loading and unloading, locker & bathroom clean-up, snow shoveling and sanding walks. Assist in painting, repairs, weeding, cultivation, planting, pruning, transplanting, fertilizing, watering and other similar duties. Performs duties related to skating and sliding programs and showmobile operations. Operates pickup or similar light vehicle, riding/walk behind/push mowers, small tractor, etc., and performs preventive maintenance. Performs other related duties.

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Recreation Leader

Location: Waterbury, CT
Posting date: 02/05/2020

Job Description:

The City of Waterbury is currently hiring for the position of Recreation Leader.

Applications which may be obtained by visiting our website at www.waterburyct.org or at the Civil Service Office, Chase Municipal Building, 236 Grand St., Waterbury, CT 06702.

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Project Coordinator & Group Facilitator

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 01/15/2020

Job Description:

The City of Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services Department is looking for a Project Coordinator & Group Facilitator. This position is responsible to coordinate strategies to prevent substance abuse through multi-dimensional programming and policy development to promote wellness for the City’s youth and families.  

Interested applicants can complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter at: www.bristolct.gov

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Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation Branch

Location: Hartford, CT
Posting date: 01/06/2020

Job Description:

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is seeking a Deputy Commissioner to lead the Environmental Conservation Branch. We are looking for a dynamic leader who will inspire staff, build positive relationships with external stakeholders, advocate for balanced management of natural resources, plan for the future including a changing climate, promote efficiency in agency practices, and uphold Connecticut’s laws and regulations. 

Please send a cover letter, and resume or curriculum vitae to Lee Sawyer, Chief of Staff, at

[email protected]

 

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Part-Time Positions

Assistant Aquatics Director

Location: New Britain, CT
Posting date: 03/10/2020
Closing date: 04/17/2020

Job Description:

The City of New Britain is looking for an Assistant Aquatics Director. Under the direct supervision of the Recreation Services Coordinators and the Aquatics Director, the Assistant Aquatics Director oversees the day-to-day operation and administration of the City’s aquatic facilities which include: A.W. Stanley Pool, Willow Brook Pool, and Chesley Splashpad.  The job schedule includes days, nights, weekends, and holidays.  Applications can be submitted via email: [email protected].

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Gate Attendant-Vendor

Location: South Windsor, CT
Posting date: 01/22/2020

Job Description:

The Gate Attendant is responsible for handling all patron admission, as well as serving as a resource for our guests.  While on duty, the Gate Attendant should be able to present a professional image, carefully process monetary transactions, and be able to adapt to a changing environment.  The Vendor is responsible for all snack related transactions in the Snack Shack.  While on duty the vendor should be able to present a professional image, carefully process monetary transactions, and be able to adapt to a changing environment.  The Vendor is in charge of all Snack Shack inventory.  The Gate Attendant/Vendor will work with the Supervisors and all other VMP Staff.

Apply using the attached application and return to Nancy Glynn, Recreation Supervisor at [email protected]. Please call if any questions 860-648-6355.

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Maintainer

Location: South Windsor, CT
Posting date: 01/22/2020

Job Description:

The maintainer is responsible for the up-keeping of the grounds, pool, and facilities at Veteran’s Memorial Park. An employee in this position has some potential for occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials as a result of performance of the employee’s duties. 

Apply using the attached application and return to Nancy Glynn, Recreation Supervisor at [email protected]. Please call if any questions 860-648-6355.

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Recreation Program Instructor

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 12/09/2019

Job Description:

Job Description: Responsible for operations of program including staff and participant supervision and scheduling, evaluation and training. Maintains safety standards at all times. Follows and enforces city and department policies. Ensures quality customer service to all program participants.

General duties for the position include attending all scheduled classes, games, meets and activities as assigned, supervising and scheduling any staff as assigned, and developing appropriate training programs and practice schedules.

Hours for this position vary, however, are mostly weekends and evenings. Salary range is $20-$60 per hour/class based on program and experiance.

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Seasonal Positions

Kid's Paddle-Camp Supervisor/Counselor

Location: Old Lyme, CT
Posting date: 05/24/2020

Job Description:

Black Hall Outfitters is seeking a Paddle Camp Counselor to plan, direct, and implement activities in Black Hall Outfitters Kid’s paddle camp program. This position will oversee all events and safety, risk assessments and coordination of the waterfront paddle equipment area, while delivering lessons, guidance and coordinating activities for the camp program to kids, ages 9-14. Compensation: $15 - $18 per hour.

Please visit our website at https://blackhalloutfitters.com/camp/ for more information.

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Recreation Supervisor

Location: Newington, CT
Posting date: 03/11/2020

Job Description:

The Newington Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for a Recreation Supervisor position. Applicant must be available to start immediately.  This is a seasonal position at 40 hrs/week with potential to turn into a full-time position.  Duties include but are not limited to overseeing the summer camp program, summer concerts, various leagues, special events, community center management, and other duties as required.  

Interested applicants should fill out a Town of Newington Employment Application and email it to [email protected]. Please include a resume and cover letter. Don’t delay. Training will be provided. Compensation is very competitive.  

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Summer Seasonal Positions

Location: Avon, CT
Posting date: 03/03/2020
Closing date: 04/24/2020

Job Description:

The Avon Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for the following summer positions:

Camp Positions: Summer Program Director, Assistant Director/Special Needs Coordinator, Special Needs Para Professional, Recreation Leaders and Special Needs Counselors.

Pool Positions: Aquatics/Facility Director, Assistant Aquatic/Facility Director, Head Lifeguards, Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors, Water Aerobics Instructor, Certified Lifeguard Trainer, Swim Team Coaches, Assistant Swim Team Coaches and Gate Attendants. 

Salary ranges are dependent on position applied for.

Please call (860) 409-4332 for more information. Application deadline for the above positions is April 24, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Applications can be downloaded at www.avonct.gov

then click on the Summer Job Opportunities icon on the bottom of the page. Applications can be mailed or dropped off to the Avon Recreation Department, 60 West Main Street, Avon, CT 06001. EOE/ADA/M/F

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Tweens Adventure Summer Fun Days Coordinator

Location: Monroe, CT
Posting date: 02/18/2020
Closing date: 04/15/2020

Job Description:

The Town of Monroe is seeking a Tweens Adventure Summer Fun Days Coordinator to manage and interact with children in summer day camp setting. Please see the Town's website at http://www.monroerec.org/ for more information about this postition and to apply online.

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Camp Foxfire Summer Staff

Location: Windsor, CT
Posting date: 02/18/2020

Job Description:

The Town of Windsor, CT seeks enthusiastic and friendly staff to work at Northwest Park’s summer program, Camp Foxfire. Children ages 4-13 learn about nature and the environment at the park’s 473 acre campus featuring native forests, fields, wetlands, and heritage farm animals. Through active, field based explorations and age-appropriate outdoor adventures, Camp Foxfire nurtures each child's curiosity and helps them gain confidence and self-respect while building relationships with other children and the natural world. Join our team of creative, energetic individuals who work together to provide an extraordinary experience in outdoor learning.

We are hiring for multiple positions including Assistant Camp Director, Teachers, Nature Specialists, Adventure Program Leader, and Youth Development Specialist. Full job descriptions can be found online at the application link below. All positions are full-time/temporary, starting in June and ending in August 2020. Hourly pay rates are $15-$17 per hour. Red Cross First Aid and CPR training is provided. Requires a drug screen and criminal background check before hiring. Build skills and experience to establish your career as an environmental educator, science educator or field biologist, and learn while you earn on this summer job. Northwest Park is in a friendly small town located midway between Boston and New York City. Limited onsite housing may be available.

To Apply: See full job descriptions and complete an on-line application at https://townofwindsorct.com/human-resources/vacancies/ Applications will be accepted until positions are filled; interviews to start February 10, 2020. EOE/AA

Summer Camp Counselor

Location: Granby, CT
Posting date: 02/14/2020

Job Description:

The Granby Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for summer camp counselors. To succeed as a Camp Counselor, you should be upbeat, decisive, and responsible. You should also be organized and possess strong leadership skills. Please indicate camps of interest based on descriptions below. Camp Counselors must be at least 16+. Staff must have previous experience working or volunteering with children, be self-motivated and able to make quick decisions with minimal oversight.

Applications available at www.GranbyRec.com an emailed to [email protected]

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Lifeguard

Location: Granby, CT
Posting date: 02/14/2020

Job Description:

The Granby Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for lifeguards at the Town’s waterfront located at Salmon Brook Park.  Flexible hours and prior swim experience preferred.  The Lifeguard is responsible for scanning their assigned zone, recognizing potential emergency situations, and responding accordingly by enforcing facility rules and regulations, utilizing training from the American Red Cross.  Applicants must hold a current lifeguard certification.  A Lifeguard Certification Course is also available through the department in early June.

Applications available at www.GranbyRec.com an  emailed to [email protected]

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Assistant Aquatics Supervisor

Location: West Hartford, CT
Posting date: 02/12/2020

Job Description:

West Hartford Leisure Services is seeking a motivated candidate for the position of Assistant Aquatics Supervisor.

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, assist with and manage aquatics programming, and facility operations including assisting in leading, training, organizing and supervising aquatics staff and activities. Responsibility will also include, managing swim lesson registrations on site.

Preferred knowledge of aquatics programming, and management is significant. Ability to lead, train, organize and supervise aquatics staff and activities. Must be American Red Cross Lifeguard Certified. Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard instructor certificate is a plus.

Experience in organizing and running effective staff in-service trainings, and evaluating staff and program quality is also preferred.

Valued interest in recommending and implementing effective solutions to continually improve the level of service to the community.

Position is seasonal with up to 40 hours per week. The outdoor aquatics season runs from June to August. Position requires pre-season administrative and training related work from April to August.

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Seasonal Parks Maintainer

Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Posting date: 02/07/2020

Job Description:

The Town of Rocky Hill is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of a Seasonal Parks Maintainer. Must have a high school diploma or a general equivalency degree and be 18 years or older.

This position is a seasonal, temporary, non-bargaining position. Salary is $13.00 – 16.00 per hour commensurate with experience. Anticipated work schedule of 40 hours per week (Monday – Friday) for 120 working days, beginning approximately end of March 2020 depending on weather until approximately September 2020 when employment ends.

Interested applicants must submit each of the following: 1) A resume; 2) A letter of interest which clearly demonstrates how the applicant meets the qualifications listed in the job description; and 3) A completed Town of Rocky Hill application.

Please submit all application materials to Parks & Recreation, ATTN: Rita Chhabra [email protected] via electronic mail. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please be advised finalists will be required to undergo a comprehensive background, financial, and/or criminal investigation. The Town of Rocky Hill is an EEO/AA Employer and complies with the ADA.

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Tweens Adventure Summer Fun Days Coordinator

Location: Monroe, CT
Posting date: 02/03/2020

Job Description:

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a Tweens Adventure Summer Fun Days Coordinator. The position is responsible for managing and interacting with children in the summer day camp setting.

To apply complete online application and submit resume and cover letter to: www.monroect.org

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Summer Camp Counselor

Location: West Hartford, CT
Posting date: 01/31/2020

Job Description:

Seasonal Summer Lead Staff and Camp Counselor Positions

The Elmwood Community Center, a division of West Hartford Leisure Services, is accepting applications for summer camp counselors. To succeed as a Camp Counselor, you should be upbeat, decisive, and responsible. You should also be organized and possess strong leadership skills. Please indicate camps of interest based on descriptions below. Camp Counselors must be at least 16+. Lead Staff must be 18+, have previous camp leadership experience, be self-motivated and able to make quick decisions with minimal oversight.

Applications may be mailed to Elmwood Community Center, Attention: Victoria Branning, 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford CT 06110 or emailed to [email protected]

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Challenge Course Intern

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 01/24/2020

Job Description:

Direct service delivery of adventure education programs - on and off the Challenge Course to educational, social, recreational, therapeutic, corporate, and community groups.  Work with course facilitators to help in the design and delivery of course programs. Willingness to utilize a range of adventure and experiential techniques as taught by supervisor.  Support the delivery of school-based curriculum and participate in professional staff development trainings.  

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Lifeguard-Gate Guard

Location: Deep River, CT
Posting date: 01/24/2020
Closing date: 04/15/2020

Job Description:

Dual position requires a valid & current American Red Cross Life guard Certification as well as Red Cross Life guard waterfront certification. Certification in First Aid & CPR is also required. The person in this position will serve in both roles, as gate guard and life guard by rotating from one position to the other with other staff every 1.5 hours. This person is responsible for the effective and safe operation of Plattwood Park Beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, September 7, 2020. From May 23rd -June 14 th , and late August, life guard hours will be limited to weekends only. After 6/14, the position will be full time, 5 days a week, typically Tuesdays and Thursday-Sunday, weather permitting through 8/16. Lifeguards will also be offered limited weekends in September. Lifeguards must work in pairs so schedule above may be impacted if additional qualified personnel are not available.

Please see complete description and requirements @ www.deepriverct.us  Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2020 or until filled.

Camp Counselor

Location: Deep River, CT
Posting date: 01/24/2020

Job Description:

Two categories are identified-Senior Counselors and Junior Counselors. All staff is expected to be positive role models for the campers and participate in the daily camp activities.  Staff is also expected to contribute program ideas, be flexible, maintain a positive attitude, have patience, display fairness, be on time, be willing to help with clean-up duties when needed and abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the counselor handbook. Applicants must have current first aid and CPR training.

In addition to the requirements above, candidates for:

  • senior counselor must have 3 or more years serving in the role of CIT/Junior Counselor. The ideal candidate will be at least 18 years old.
  • junior counselor must have a minimum of two years’ experience as a Counselor in Training (CIT) or previous experience as a camp counselor.  Ideal candidates for junior counselor will be at least 16 years of age or entering the 11th grade.

All staff will be required to attend mandatory staff training on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Counselors are required to be available, at a minimum, for at least 6 weeks of the summer camp session. Preference will be given to Deep River Residents. Counselors are paid positions.  Hourly rate is based on number of years of experience.

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Concession Stand Personnel

Location: Deep River, CT
Posting date: 01/24/2020
Closing date: 04/15/2020

Job Description:

This position is at Plattwood Park. The person must have good communication skills and be able to deal with the public in a positive but firm manner. The position requires on going interaction with others as well as counting money and making change. The person in this position may be required to stand for long periods of time. The position requires being able to lift cases of soda, water and other beverages to maintain stock within the shack as well as lifting and bending to restock snack and food items. The ideal candidate must be able to maintain a positive attitude and exhibit patience when dealing with small children and the public at large. This position requires a willingnessto keep the shack and the beach area clean by sweeping and picking up garbage.

The concession stand attendee is responsible for the effective and safe operation of the snack shack from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. From May 23 rd -June 14th, the shack will only be staffed on weekends, from 10:00AM-2:00PM weather permitting. After 6/14, the position will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with some weekend work (Sat. & Sun.) as needed through 8/14. More days and hours might be added. This is part time job offering 12-16 hours a week. The concession stand will not be open if there is inclement weather or neither a lifeguard or gate guard on duty.

Candidates should be at least 15 years old. Preference will be given to Deep River Residents. Please see complete description and requirements @ www.deepriverct.us  Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2020 or until filled.

 

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Location: South Windsor, CT
Posting date: 01/22/2020

Job Description:

The Water Safety Instructor is responsible for instructing various levels the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program, and ensuring the safety of their students. While on the job, a Water Safety Instructor should step in and help lifeguards as needed.  An employee in this position has some potential for occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials as a result of performance of the employee’s duties. 

Apply using the attached application and return to Nancy Glynn, Recreation Supervisor at [email protected] please call if any questions 860-648-6355.

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Lifeguard

Location: South Windsor, CT
Posting date: 01/22/2020

Job Description:

The Lifeguard is responsible for scanning their assigned zone, recognizing potential emergency situations, and responding accordingly by enforcing facility rules and regulations, utilizing training from the American Red Cross.  An employee in this position has some potential for occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials as a result of performance of the employee’s duties.

Apply using the attached application and return to Nancy Glynn, Recreation Supervisor at [email protected] Please call if any questions 860-648-6355.

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Lifeguard

Location: Stonington, CT
Posting date: 01/15/2020
Closing date: 06/01/2020

Job Description:

The Lifeguard is responsible for the effective and safe operation of duBois Beach from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day.  From May 23 – June 22 (Labor Day Weekend), the beach will only be staffed on weekends. Applicants must have the following certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, American Red Cross First Aid, and American Red Crosss CPR.

Interested candidates should apply at indeed.com. For questions about this position, please contact Winnie Edmed, Athletic Director, at [email protected]

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Recreation Leader (Vacation Camp)

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 12/09/2019

Job Description:

Vacation Camp Recreation Leader position for February 17th - 18th, 2020 8:30am- 3:15 pm and/or April 13th- 17th, 2020, 8:30am- 3:15 pm.

Rate: $11.00 per hour

Job Description: Responsible for planning, implementing and supervising all activities within assigned group. Maintains safety standards and practices at all times. Follows and enforces city and department policies. Ensures quality customer service to all program participants. General duties include supervising and ensuring the well-being of all campers within assigned group, as well as planning, implementing, and leading a variety of recreation activities.

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Internship Positions

Recreation Program Assistant Internship

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 12/18/2019

Job Description:

The Recreation Program Assistant Intern performs a variety of duties assisting the Recreation Supervisor, Aquatics Supervisor, Parks, Grounds & Facilities Supervisor and the Superintendent/Deputy Superintendent with the administration of busy, diverse and comprehensive summer Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department.

Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services with daily operations of a General Duties:

  • Assist with daily operations of the Summer FUN Camp, Little Explorers Camp, and Teen Adventure Camp.
  • Assist with preparing and leading summer staff orientation and aquatics staff in-services.
  • Help plan and implement summer special events at the pool and parks.
  • Assist in weekly Summer Concert Series – Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm

 Assist with preparations for weekly seasonal payroll as needed.

  • Work with MyRec software including registrations, reports, e-mail blasts, programming and other functions
  • Assist in office coverage as needed. Answering phones, handling registrations, and assisting costumers.
  • Will learn and be responsible for sending out press releases, surveys, and program evaluations.

Qualifications:

  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certification (training provided)
  • At least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and transportation.
  • Preferred: Enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in a Recreation & Leisure Program or Related Field.

Wages: $12.40/hr

Hours: Varies- summer 2020 but does include some weekend and evening hours (Averaging 25- 40 hours per week)

Pop-Up Internship

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 12/18/2019

Job Description:

The All Heart Pop-Up Park initiative involves bringing “Pop-Up” events to underserved neighborhood parks in order to strengthen families and neighbors, engage underutilized spaces to enhance visibility and safety, and strengthen the sense of community for all residents - regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. The All Heart Pop-Up Parks Program Assistant Intern performs a variety of duties assisting the Superintendent/Deputy Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services with planning, organizing, and implementing the All Heart Pop-Up Park series in 2020.

General Duties:

  • Assist in the planning of pop-up park events by analyzing the needs of neighborhoods and the infrastructure of local parks.
  • Aid in purchasing supplies for the series and documenting expenditures for grant reporting.
  • Assist in setting up for and overseeing weekly Pop-Up Park events. 
  • Assist with preparations for weekly payroll in conjunction with the grant as needed.
  • Work with MyRec software and other local marketing avenues to promote the events to the community.
  • Will learn and be responsible for sending out press releases, surveys, and event evaluations.

Qualifications:

  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certification (training provided)
  • At least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and transportation.
  • Preferred: Enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in a Recreation & Leisure Program or Related Field.

Wages: $12.40/hr

Hours: Varies starting Winter/Spring 2020 as needed; summer 2020 varies including some weekend and evening hours (Averaging 25- 40 hours per week)