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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.

Full-Time Positions

Recreation Supervisor (2 Positions Available)

Location: East Hartford, CT
Posting date: 03/16/2017
Closing date: 04/07/2017

Job Description:

The Town of East Hartford seeks applicants for the position of Recreation Supervisor (two  positions available). This is a full-time position at 35 hours per week.  Salary Range is $53,531-$65,070 per year plus benefits.  Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Thursdays 8:30 AM  - 7:30 PM and Fridays, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

The Recreation Supervisor position develops, coordinates, and supervises community recreation, social and cultural programs. One position is responsible for camps, the other position is responsible for 5 outdoor pools and two indoor pools.

The skills and knowledge required would generally be acquired with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation plus three to five years of progressively responsible recreation program experience including one to two years in a supervising capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Application and job description can be obtained at www.easthartfordct.gov.  Completed Applications must be returned to the East Hartford Human Resources Department, 740 Main Street, East Hartford, CT  06108 by 4:30 PM April 7, 2017. The Town of East Hartford is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Director of Recreation

Location: Hamden, CT
Posting date: 03/09/2017
Closing date: 03/15/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Hamden announces the recruitment for the position of Director of Recreation.

Applications and copies of the job description are available in the Personnel Office from 8:30-4:30 PM.

Applications can be sent to:

Town of Hamden
Personnel/Civil Service
2750 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT  06518
203-287-7131
203-287-7135 Fax
[email protected]
www.hamden.com

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Director of Arts & Culture

Location: Hamden, CT
Posting date: 03/07/2017
Closing date: 03/15/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Hamden is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Director of Arts & Culture. This is a highly responsible Administrative position in the Town of Hamden reporting directly to the Mayor.  The Director of Arts & Culture will create and oversee implementation of the strategic vision, business plan, budget, staffing plan, marketing plan for music, dance, film, theater, multi-disciplinary arts programming and other community events and projects.  Coordinates funding and community volunteer involvement. The candidates must be proficient in all aspects of booking and artist relations, production management, and community development. 

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Superintendent of Parks & Recreation

Location: Bristol, CT
Posting date: 03/06/2017
Closing date: 03/24/2017

Job Description:

Strives to build a finer community spirit and contribute fully to the enrichment of life for the citizens of Bristol.  Responsible for over 730 acres of park land which includes two major active parks with over 100 acres each, eight neighborhood parks, a lighted stadium, an indoor pool facility, a veterans memorial park and four open space, passive parks.  Plans, organizes and directs a comprehensive group recreational, social, and cultural program; directs and coordinates the care and maintenance of parks, recreational areas and facilities, and administers financial operations of Department including management of special trust funds.  Supervises and directs activities of assigned staff. Prepares and administers the Parks and Recreation budget and corresponding revenue. Analyzes and recommends needs and fees for programs and services.  Directs, develops and manages the current activities and intermediate and long range planning of the department.  Analyzes recreational needs of residents. Manages multi-purpose athletic stadium.  Plans parks, grounds, facilities and equipment maintenance and renewal programs.  Prepares specifications for reconstruction projects and equipment purchases. Supervises the employment, training and performance evaluation of regular, intermittent and seasonal employees.  Administers collective bargaining agreements and personnel regulations for permanent employees.  Develops program schedules, tournaments, and special events.  Prepares brochures, news releases, and other public relations materials.  Coordinates activities; speaks on recreational matters. Coordinates management of trust funds dedicated to park and recreation use with City financial officials.  Prepares narrative and statistical reports.  Attends monthly Park Board meetings and other City meetings as required.  Participates in professional recreational organizations; manages department web page.

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Parks & Recreation Director

Location: Oxford, CT
Posting date: 03/02/2017
Closing date: 03/09/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Oxford seeks a qualified candidate to fill  the full time position as its Parks and Recreation Director. Applicants must be able to work an average of 36 hours a week including some nights and weekends. Duties include telephone, e-mail and personal contact with the public, planning programs, activities, bus trips and special events, scheduling and overseeing the maintenance of all town owned properties and athletic playing fields, data input, composing and distributing program promotional materials, hiring and training seasonal and year round staff, maintaining an annual town based budget, liaise with all of the youth and adult leagues. A working knowledge of basic computer programs is a must. A  bachelor's degree in recreation plus two years experience preferred. Please send resumes to Oxford First Selectman George R. Temple, 486 Oxford Road, Oxford, Ct. 06478 by March 9. EOE/AA

Parks & Recreation Director

Location: East Granby, CT
Posting date: 02/22/2017
Closing date: 03/08/2017

Job Description:

The Parks & Recreation Director is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, supervision, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive year round, seasonal and special recreational programs for the Town of East Granby, CT.

For a detailed job description and list of essential functions and requirements, please see the link below.

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Part-Time Positions

Camp Director

Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Posting date: 02/27/2017
Closing date: 03/22/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Rocky Hill is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Camp Director of the Summerscape Teen Adventure Camp program in the Department of Parks & Recreation. Applicants must be available year round (June to August full-time for the operation of camp; and January to June part-time to assist with planning camp). Ideal candidates must enjoy working with youth, possess motivation and leadership qualities, and be able to carry out the mission statement of the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Recreation Coordinator

Location: Canton, CT
Posting date: 02/22/2017
Closing date: 03/17/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Canton seeks applicants for the position of Recreation Coordinator. This position is a part time position at 19 hours per week from September-April and 35 hours per week from May to end of August. The rate of pay for the position is $16.00 per hour.

The Recreation Coordinator will assist the Recreation Supervisor in the coordination of a comprehensive public recreation program for the community including direct oversight of an after school program, summer/vacation camps and special events. The position will also include programming, marketing and supporting the Youth Services Bureau including supervising the Town’s Youth Center on Friday nights.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation, Parks and Recreation Administration, or a closely related field is preferred although a candidate currently enrolled seeking such a degree would be considered. Related experience conducting organized recreational/youth service activities and varied administrative responsibilities is a plus.

Application and job description can be attained at www.townofcantonct.org.  Applications and resumes are due by March 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon to Town of Canton, 4 Market Street, P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, CT  06022; Attention: Robert Skinner. EOE

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Administrative Assistant

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

Job Description:

The Parks and Recreation Administrative Assistant works under the discretion of the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Under the general supervision of the Parks and Recreation Director, assists with professional duties consisting of, but not limited to planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and supervising Center staff along with development and implementation of programs offered out of the Park Center.

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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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Multiple Positions

Location: Stonington, CT
Posting date: 01/10/2017

Job Description:

The Stonington Community Center is currently hiring for multiple positions:

  • Head Lifeguard / Beach Manager
  • Beach Gate Keeper
  • Lifeguard
  • Adult High School 6V6 League Supervisor
  • Soccer Referee 

Interested persons should contact:

Kelsey Haack
Athletic Program Manager
Stonington Community Center
[email protected]
860-535-2476 ext 104.

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Multiple Positions

Location: South Windsor, CT
Posting date: 09/28/2016

Job Description:

4th “R” Before and After School Program

Hiring for:

  • Site Director
  • Assistant Site Director
  • Program Leaders

Monday—Friday, Approximately 6:45-9:00 AM and 2:45-6:00PM.  Must enjoy leading elementary school children in fun recreational activities while providing quality care both before and after school!

Competitive wages in a fun environment! Hours are convenient with school schedules!

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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

Playground Camp Director

Location: Trumbull, CT
Posting date: 03/13/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Trumbull is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Playground Camp Director within the Parks & Recreation Department.  This is a part time, seasonal position with an anticipated work day of 8:30am – 3:30pm for the duration of the camp, late June through mid-August.  Potential candidates should also be available for camp planning, staff recruitment and training at selected times January through June.  Anticipated salary is $17-$20 per hour and will be commensurate with experience.

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Seasonal Positions (Multiple)

Location: Coventry, CT
Posting date: 03/08/2017
Closing date: 06/05/2017

Job Description:

The Coventry Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the following 2017 Summer Employment positions:  

  • Camp Director (must have current CPR and First Aid or proof of enrollment in these courses).  Camp Directors are responsible for the direct supervision of Day Camp operations and personnel.  General Responsibilities include overseeing the safe operation and administration of the Day Camp.
  • Aquatics Director (must have current LGT, Waterfront, First Aid and CPR or proof of enrollment in these courses).  Oversees staff and provides for the safety of the waterfront and staff.
  • Lifeguards  The seasonal Lifeguard position is responsible for supervision of patrons, enforcing beach rules and regulations and maintains the health and safety of all patrons. The lifeguard reports to the Head Lifeguard.  Must hold current American Red Cross (ARC) CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, ARC First Aid Certification, ARC Waterfront Lifeguarding. $11.14 per an hr. 
  • Water Safety Instructors (must have current WSI) plans, organizes and provides quality swimming and water safety instruction at Coventry Lake waterfront. Individual will plan and organize class teaching outlines, methods, and goals that support the American Red Cross Swimming Program general teaching outlines.
  • Park Maintainers, Boating Attendants
  • Park Gate Attendants responsible for the effective and safe operation of the entrance to 2 parks.  Collects money, issues resident passes, serves as welcome ambassador of the park.

Contact:
Coventry Parks and Recreation Department
1712 Main St. Coventry CT 06238
860-742-4068
download applications at: www.coventryrec.com

Summer Employment Opportunities

Location: Marlborough, CT
Posting date: 03/02/2017
Closing date: 04/14/2017

Job Description:

The Town of Marlborough is accepting applications for the following seasonal positions; Summer Day Camp Director, Summer Day Camp Assistant Director, Lifeguards, and Day Camp Counselors.  These are seasonal positions with anticipated work dates of Mid-May – September 1, 2016. 

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Summer Employment Opportunities

Location: Avon, CT
Posting date: 03/02/2017
Closing date: 04/07/2017

Job Description:

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

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

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

Salary ranges are dependent on position applied for.

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Summer Employment Opportunities

Location: Suffield, CT
Posting date: 02/22/2017
Closing date: 06/05/2017

Job Description:

The Suffield Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the following 2017 Summer Employment positions:  

  • Camp Directors (must have current CPR and First Aid or proof of enrollment in these courses).  Dates of employment:  June 26-August 4, 2017. Camp Directors are responsible for the direct supervision of Day Camp operations and personnel.  General Responsibilities include overseeing the safe operation and administration of the Day Camps.
  • Waterfront Director (must have current LGT, Waterfront, First Aid and CPR or proof of enrollment in these courses).  Oversees and provides for the safety of the waterfront and staff.
  • Lifeguards (must have current LGT, Waterfront, First Aid and CPR or proof of enrollment in these courses).  Guards and provides safe daily swimming programs at the waterfront. 

Lifeguarding is at a small pond and includes weekdays & weekends.

Dates of employment:  June 26-August 12, 2017  

Interested individuals should contact:

The Suffield Parks and Recreation Department
97 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT.  06078
860-668-3862
Website:  www.SuffieldRec.com

Closing date:  Monday, June 5, 2017 (or until positions are filled)

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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Mighty Mites Youth Basketball Coordinator

Location: South Windsor
Posting date: 11/29/2016

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Recreation Supervisor, the Coordinator is responsible for assisting in all phases of the assigned youth basketball division. This position is responsible for completion and/or implementation of administrative, programmatic, and service oriented tasks.  This position supervises 1 and possibly 2 staff at each location where the program occurs. Operates program activities in a safe manner so that children develop fundamental skills of basketball and enjoy their experience. Follow lesson plans and guidelines along with Recreation Department initiatives and goals.

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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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Recreation Program Assistant

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

Job Description:

The Recreation Program Assistant (Intern) performs a variety of duties assisting the Recreation Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor and Director of Parks and Recreation with daily operations of a busy, fast paced, diverse and comprehensive summer parks and recreation program. 

*Candidate must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program in recreation and leisure services or closely related field.

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