Career Opportunities

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
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Seasonal Positions
Internship Positions

Full-Time Positions

Head Lifeguard

Location: Cheshire, CT
Posting date: 05/02/2024
Closing date: 05/24/2024

Job Description:

The Town invites qualified candidates to apply for the full-time (40 hours/week), year round position of Head Lifeguard for the Cheshire Community Pool. Minimum starting hourly rate: $20.00/hr with benefits.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 12:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday in the 8:30am-5:00pm (winter hours) and 10:30am-7:00pm (summer hours).  

The job description and application are available on the Town website at (Personnel/Human Resources page).  Applications should be submitted by May 24, 2024, to:  Jaime M. LaMere, HR Director, Cheshire Town Hall, 84 South Main Street, Room 115, Cheshire, CT 06410 or at [email protected].  

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Recreation Division Director

Location: Norwalk, CT
Posting date: 04/26/2024

Job Description:

Under the Direction of the Director of Recreation and Parks, plans, develops, implements, and evaluates a broad range of public recreation activities including sports and fitness, social and cultural, special events, camps, aquatics, youth, teen, adult, and senior programs; and life enhancements.

General Duties: 

Works with the City’s Personnel Department and Director to hire the appropriate recreation staff. Plans, assigns, and directs the activities of employees engaged in the promotion, operation, and maintenance of the City's Recreation and Parks Department's programs.  Assists the Director and Parks Superintendent in the preparation and administration of the recreation division’s budgets for programs, services, and facilities (Re: community recreation centers, swimming pools etc.).  Determines the need for equipment and capital improvement projects related to recreation.  Coordinates and organizes information for the Central Reservation and Scheduling System, working with the Systems Coordinator. registration for recreation programs and events as well as rentals, for athletic fields, and outdoor pavilions.  Orders equipment supplies and materials within budgetary limitations.  Reviews and approves purchase requests from staff to verify expenditure and necessity.  Monitors budget expenditures and revenue collection in all Recreation related program areas. Performs public relations duties and services and maintains effective communication between City agencies, boards, community organizations and shareholders.  Provides exceptional customer service while investigating and responding to inquiries and complaints relating to citizen use and or participation in and of recreation programs and facilities.  Works with the Director to determine present and future program and facility needs, goals, and objectives for the recreation division areas. Works within the marketing and communications systems of the City to achieve attendance and participation goals. Cultivates volunteer and business partnerships as well as sponsorship opportunities for the Recreation and Parks Department.

Additional Duties: 

Develops evaluation criteria for individual programs.  Establishing metrics and measurements of programs.  Directs the research, analysis, and preparation of special reports, studies, and surveys.  Provides input into and assists in the development of short and long-range recreation plans. Maintains records, program statistics, attendance, and program outcomes.  Supervises and directs staff and conducts evaluations and progressive discipline with the consultation of the Director and the Personnel office.  Attends external conferences, workshops and seminars to stay abreast of parks and recreation trends while initiating best practices throughout the organization.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must have a passion and vision for recreation programming and exercise independent judgment and ingenuity in accomplishing program objectives and interpreting the needs and desires of the public.  Ability to acquire the skills to use data processing equipment and software to secure more effective and efficient operations including Microsoft, a Central Reservation and Scheduling System (such as Active -Net), and MUNIS.  Knowledge of the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Accreditation process

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or Childhood and Family Education or a related field and five years of municipal recreation management and programming, or five years of a sports or teen or youth guidance programs including three years in a supervisory role

Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License and maintain eligibility requirements and endorsement(s) to operate a City vehicle.  A Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred.

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Director of Recreation and Parks

Location: Town of Avon
Posting date: 04/18/2024
Closing date: 05/03/2024

Job Description:

The Town of Avon is seeking an experienced professional with a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of recreation programming and municipal recreation administration, parks administration and grounds maintenance. Works under the general direction and supervision of the Town Manager. Work is carried out with considerable independence and judgement to reach desired results. An ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics, knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Public Administration, or a closely related field and 6 years of increasingly responsible recreation administration experience, including at least three years in a supervisory capacity, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Recognition by National Recreation & Park Association as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

• Valid driver’s license.

• Ability to apply principles of recreational administration to solve practical problems and to deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

• Possess administrative leadership skills to initiate and successfully complete comprehensive recreational and park programs and projects, including contract administration.

• Ability to effectively communicate with community organizations, public and the media is essential. Must establish and maintain collaborative working relationships.

The annual salary range is $77,292 - $108,136. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include Medical and Dental Coverage, Defined Contribution Plan with employer contribution and paid vacation, sick, personal, and holiday leave. 

Application for Employment (under “Job Opportunities” at must be completed and returned with a resume by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024, to:

Human Resources

60 West Main Street, Building #5

Avon, CT 06001

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Recreation Supervisor

Location: East Lyme Parks and Recreation
Posting date: 04/15/2024

Job Description:

FLSA: Non- Exempt

Reports To: Director of Parks and Recreation

Supervises:  Full-time personnel as assigned, part-time personnel, seasonal personnel, volunteers and others as assigned.

Salary Range: $66,070 -$69,415


Under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation, manages and supervises the department’s public recreational, social, and cultural programs, events and facilities.  Supervises the full-time Program Coordinator and has primary responsibility for programs, events, seasonal beach operations and facility scheduling.


• Acts with authority of the Director when Director is not available.

• Assists the Director in budget preparation and implementation for General Fund operations, the Special Revenue Program Fund, and the Capital Improvement Plan.

• Responsible to plan, organize and implement special event programming including large community events, races, and other seasonal or cultural events.

• Orders supplies and equipment.

• Determines youth, family and/or cultural needs and interests relating to recreational programs and events.

• Oversees scheduling of Community Center spaces, recreational spaces and sports facilities.

• Coordinates recreational activities with the Board of Education and other social and community agencies.

• Develops and maintains connections with community partners to provide services.

• Coordinates with youth sport leagues and other organizations to provide athletic field space for public and private use.

• Supervises and manages seasonal beach staff and operations.

• Assists Director in departmental and commission short- and long-term planning.

• Trains, supervises and evaluates assigned seasonal, part-time and subordinate employees and makes hiring, promotion and disciplinary action recommendations.

• Maintains accurate data relating to the success/failure of programs and prepares reports on programs, events, and monthly activities as necessary.

• Participates in professional organizations to remain aware of developments in the Parks and Recreation field.   

• Serves as the department’s coordinator with the recreational management software system, social media, the department’s web pages and public relations campaigns.

• Works evenings, holidays and weekends as needed. 

• Performs other duties as assigned.


The skills and knowledge required would generally be acquired with a Bachelor’s degree in recreation, physical education or a closely related area, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal or group recreation and park administration work, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.  Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal recreation administration, park administration, park development and maintenance.  Three years of Special Events programming.  Ability to deal effectively with elected officials, members of the general public, and the media.  Ability to present ideas and policies to individuals and groups.  


• Certified Parks and Recreation Professional preferred

• Driver’s License 

• CPR/First Aid/AED preferred


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Director of Parks and Recreation

Location: Preston, CT
Posting date: 04/03/2024

Job Description:

The purposes of this position are to perform professional, management and administrative work in planning and implementing all adult and youth recreation programs. This position is responsible for the execution of policies and procedures, and the supervision of staff including scheduling and training for all parks and recreation programs. It ensures proper maintenance of P&R facilities. The position evaluates the needs of the various populations it serves and seeks out new ideas and methods to provide the appropriate services. Report to First Selectwoman and Supervise: Recreation Office Assistant, Park Maintainers, Summer Camp Directors & Counselors, Program Instructors, Basketball Referees, Volunteers.

  • Plan, organize, and implement the operations of the Parks & Recreation department which includes sports programs (softball, baseball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, etc.) summer camp, extreme teen camp, and after school programs, as well as specialized adult and youth offerings. Responsible for maintenance and supervision of the park, including trails, fields, restrooms and the pavilion.
  • Recommend and administer policies, procedures, and fees for department programs, Review and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services provided by the department; foster development of alternative sources of funding, equipment, property, and labor. Prepare and submit grant proposals.
  • Develop short-term and long-range program and facility planning to meet community leisure needs; work with Parks & Recreation Commission to review programs and receive input; serve as staff support for the Commission.
  • Assist in recruiting and recommending full and part-time, seasonal employees and contracted instructors as approved; develop and conduct employee orientation sessions and training.
  • Create department’s advertising materials, including flyers and social media posts. Post programs on Town’s website and serve as back-up webmaster.
  • Direct the day-to-day operations and activities of the department and supervise staff including scheduling, training, and discipline
  • Coordinate and oversee all maintenance at Preston Community Park. On-call for problems or disturbances.
  • Directly conduct community events, including setup, implementation, and oversee clean-up.
  • Oversee volunteer coaches and schedule practices, games, referees, and scorekeepers. Schedule the use of facilities at Preston Community Park. Coordinate the use of school facilities for programs.
  • Control and account for the expenditure of department’s funds in accordance with budget appropriations. Reconcile bank accounts on a monthly basis using software. Assist the P&R Commission in preparing the annual budget.
  • Solicit sponsorships for sports teams and community events.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with Town School Officials and Public Works Manager, to maximize cooperative usage of resources and facilities,
  • Coordinate with community organizations and other Town departments for special events,
  • Act as Preston’s Youth Services Bureau Director.

Education, Training and Experience:

The qualifications required would generally be a Bachelor’s degree in recreation, physical education or a related area. A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience is required, preferably in a municipality, with 2-3 years of supervisory experience, and/ or any equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience.

Special Requirements:

Must have and maintain: Valid CT Driver’s License CPR/First Aid Certification, Certified Parks & Recreation Professional (CPRP) preferred


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Recreation Supervisor

Location: Town of Monroe
Posting date: 04/02/2024

Job Description:


Develops, coordinates, implements and supervises community recreational and park programs.  Advises the Director of Parks and Recreation in the planning of departmental programs and activities.


  • Development and management of town recreational programs according to a planned schedule
  • Shall direct, manage and supervise town aquatic programs and facilities including the hiring and supervision of seasonal staff
  • Assists in the development of policies and procedures: be responsible for the enforcement and management of assigned programs 
  • Develop schedules and special events and prepares public relation materials to support such programs
  • Reserves athletic fields and indoor spaces as required through coordination with school personnel and other town agencies
  • Assists Director in Budget preparation and recommends fee schedules and expenditures in accounts for assigned programs
  • Researches opportunities for external funding of programs from Non Governmental Organizations, foundations and grants. May administer grants as approved by Director
  • In coordination with the Director of Parks and Recreation develop marketing strategies and techniques to support and develop programs 


  • Considerable knowledge and skill in executing and administration of the principles and practices of recreation and aquatic programming
  • Knowledge of design, layout, care and maintenance of recreational and aquatic areas 
  • Ability to identify customer needs and assist in the design and development of programs to meet these needs
  • Knowledge of management, marketing, sales, and effective communication practices and techniques
  • Proficiency in using Windows based computer programs including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software 
  • Basic understanding of Website fundamentals and navigation  
  • Ability to prepare and coordinate marketing and promotional materials
  • Ability to work with the Director to develop effective presentations for individuals and groups
  • Ability to follow complex oral and written directions 
  • Ability to maintain complex records and databases and to prepare reports from same
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with potential customers, program participants, associates and the general public.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to interface and problem-solve with the public
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Ability to supervise, train and evaluate employees
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality


While performing the duties, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit.  Must have the ability to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  Must be in good physical fitness, strength and stamina to perform required duties, and are expected to maintain such physical fitness to be able to perform the duties.

The employee must be able to lift and or move up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  These requirements can be satisfied with appropriate prescription glasses/lenses.


The candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, Leisure Services Management, Public Administration or a closely related field with at least three (3) years experience in community recreation, park programming or a closely related field.


CPR, First Aid, American Red Cross Lifeguard, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or equivalent certifications, Valid CT Driver’s license


Salary range $51,594.00-$60,000.00

Please send resumes and fill out application:

Human Resources Department

Town of Monroe

7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe CT

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Recreation Coordinator

Location: Town of Plainville
Posting date: 03/22/2024

Job Description:

The Town of Plainville is currently seeking a full-time Recreation Coordinator in our Recreation Department. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 1303-472 of Council #4. The starting hourly rate of pay of $26.10 per hour with a 35 hour work week. Hours are Monday thru Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Thursday until 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. will include some nights and weekends. Generous benefits package. The Recreation Coordinator will assist in the coordination of a comprehensive public recreation program for the community including summer camps, special events, and other programs. The position will also include marketing and clerical support for the department. Applicants must have desirable phone etiquette with outstanding customer service experience and possess friendly interpersonal skills. Ability to perform cashier duties accurately; ability to effectively meet and deal with the public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to handle stressful situations. Computer experience, knowledge of office equipment and general office procedures. Must be extremely organized and possess the ability to organize and prioritize work. Knowledge of philosophy and objectives of municipal recreation administration. Knowledge of methods and techniques involved in researching, planning, organizing, implementing, programming, supervision and evaluating a variety of recreation/youth services programs and activities.

Qualifications include High School Diploma or equivalent. Bachelors Degree preferred. Minimum of two (2) years’ experience working in a recreation department or any equivalent combination of experience and education. Applications are available in the Human Resources Department, Room 300, Municipal Center, One Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062.

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Program Supervisor

Location: Town of Groton, CT
Posting date: 03/22/2024

Job Description:

STARTING SALARY: $60,053/annum

POSITION RANGE: $60,053 - $68,982


The skills and knowledge required would generally be acquired with an Associate's Degree in Recreation, Parks and Recreation Administration, or some closely related field, and five (5) years related experience which includes some administrative responsibility. A Bachelor's Degree and two (2) years of related experience may be substituted.

The successful candidate will have considerable knowledge of modern recreation principles, practices and ability to apply in the administration of large-scale recreation programs. Considerable knowledge of organizing activities and supervision of drop-in after school program, leagues and management of multi-use community center. Must have the ability to train, evaluate and supervise recreation program staff and possess effective communication skills. Valid Drivers License and First Aid training.

Individuals with disabilities who will need reasonable accommodation to complete the selection process should inform the Human Resources Office on or before the application deadline. Documentation supporting the need for this accommodation may be required.

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Recreation Supervisor

Location: Madison, CT
Posting date: 02/27/2024

Job Description:

The Town of Madison is accepting applications for the position of Recreation Supervisor. This position is located in the Beach & Recreation Department. Completed applications must be received by the Human Resources Department. Application forms may be obtained at the link provided below.

Position Purpose: Recruits, interviews and supervises instructors and volunteers; provides instruction and training; plans, coordinates, schedules, assigns and review work; allocates personnel; maintains standards and evaluates performance. Provide programming, as dictated by policy, for year round activities, classes, trips and events; manages programs; advertises, acquires space. Submits budget recommendations for programs; monitors program budgets. Schedules and monitors field trips and performances; chaperones events. Develops, advertises and promotes recreational, social and cultural activities and programs; designs, prints and distributes brochures, flyers and news releases. Prepares statistical and narrative reports on programs, activities and staff. Prepares and reviews employee time cards. Prints, reviews and distributes program rosters to instructors. Administers the department’s Before and After School Program. Maintains enrollment records. Develops and maintains relationships with Madison Public Schools Principals and staff. Coordinates and executes monthly accounts receivables for the program. Provides continual communication with parents, keeping them abreast of issues as they arise. Performs other related functions as assigned or required.

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions: Bachelor’s degree in Recreation with one (1) year of recreation program supervisory and management experience or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Candidate must possess a Connecticut driver’s license and be able to successfully complete a complex background investigation.

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Assistant Director of Recreation

Location: Newtown, CT
Posting date: 02/26/2024

Job Description:

The Town of Newtown is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Recreation. This fun and exciting position is located in Newtown, Connecticut with the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department. Completed applications and resumes must be received in the Human Resources Department, position is open until filled.

For more information on this job opportunity see attached job posting.

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Recreation Supervisor – Health & Fitness

Location: Mansfield Community Center, 10 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268.
Posting date: 02/20/2024

Job Description:

The Recreation Supervisor for Health and Fitness is responsible for managing a variety of recreation programs with an emphasis on health and fitness programs as well as related work as required. Work will primarily include providing services to members and residents at the Mansfield Community Center, a 38,000 sf community recreation facility with over 4,000 sf of fitness area space, a two-lane  indoor track, and established water fitness classes. Duties include: planning and supervising health and fitness areas, group fitness classes, personal training, and other assigned recreation programs; scheduling programs and events; supervising and scheduling approximately 30-35 part-time staff and independent contractors; monitoring budgets of assigned programs; maintaining appropriate records and files; preparing reports. Position reports to the Recreation Services Manager. 

Work Schedule & Location

This position is 35 hours per week.  This is an exempt position eligible to earn compensatory time for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. The selected candidate will normally work Mondays-Fridays weekly. Work schedule includes a minimum of one evening per week and occasional weekend hours to accommodate work assignments.


The salary range is $64,191 - $81,299/yr. The hiring rate of pay will depend upon the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. The Town of Mansfield provides an extremely competitive benefits package. Mansfield participates in the Connecticut Municipal Retirement System (CMERS), a defined pension plan, a variety of other ancillary benefits such as medical, vision, dental, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, tuition assistance, paid vacation and holidays. 

Minimum Training and Experience

Candidates must have any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation, leisure sciences, fitness and health, sports management, exercise physiology or related field supplemented by considerable health and fitness programming and supervisory experience. A history of supervisory experience with part-time staff is preferred. CPR and First Aid certification must be held at time of hire, or within three months from date of appointment. Group fitness instructor certification such as ACE or equivalent and CPRP certification are preferred.  Possession and retention of a valid driver’s license.  

How to Apply 

The position is open until filled. Candidates may apply at: The preferred candidate will be subject to a comprehensive background and motor vehicle check. The Town of Mansfield is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider with a deep commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and welcoming in its workforce. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Town when necessary.

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Recreation Supervisor

Location: Town of Manchester
Posting date: 11/26/2023
Closing date: 05/10/2024

Job Description:


Under general supervision of the Director of Leisure, Family and Recreation, performs responsible work in developing, implementing, and supervising recreation/community education programs/activities including Division and Town sponsored community and family events. Knowledge of recreation and leisure services programs such as camps, adult and youth sports, aquatics and learn to swim programs, arts special and culture events planning, recreation facility management etc. Ability to plan, develop, promote, and implement recreation/community education and neighborhood event programs. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing as it relates to community publications for the purpose of informing and promoting community news and events. Ability to establish and maintain courteous, effective working relationships with other department divisions, civic groups, the public and other Town employees, and officials. Knowledge of basic first aid skills.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in recreation or closely related field required plus two (2) years experience working in a public recreation program and/or community organizing event planning preferred. Background and/or experience in aquatics and or camp program and facilities management and marketing and communications. Must possess a valid Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license.


Applications and job descriptions are available on visit our website at the link below

Applications must be received in the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024 or must be postmarked by Friday, May 10, 2024. No faxed or e-mailed resumes and/or applications will be accepted. The Town of Manchester shall not discriminate based on race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical disability or sexual orientation. The Human Resources Department provides reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need an accommodation in the application or testing process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

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Seasonal Positions

Summer Health & First Aid Specialist

Location: Mansfield, CT
Posting date: 05/09/2024

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Recreation Coordinator and Camp Director, oversees the health of all Camp Mansfield campers and staff during the regular camp day and the half day (same site) Mansfield Middle School summer school program. Provides supports in other areas in the camp such as special events, inventory, and general camp area supervision when not preforming main tasks. Some pre/post season work required.


Reports to the Recreation Coordinator, Camp Director and/or Recreation Service Manager.


• Supports certified staff in assessing and caring for injuries or illness that may occur during camp. 

• Ensures completions and signs off on accident and injury reports

• Prepares and maintains all camp first aid supplies, kits and sick room care area

• Assists in preparing allergy list for campers 

• Assists with labeling, tracking and storage of all medications for each camper; including MD orders by camper’s physician.

• Assists in the review and update all camp health records and emergency information forms of registered campers. Maintains signed copy on site.

• Reviews accident, injury and related health safety policies and makes recommendations to Camp Director and Recreation Coordinator.

• Provide necessary and appropriate information and training to camp staff in health and first aid care.

• Is alert to campers needs, administer appropriate medical care and treatment in compliance within scope of training and certification. 

• Consults with the Camp Director regarding camper illness, camp wide medical communications.

• Maintain all centralized and camp staff first aid equipment and supplies. 

• Helps maintain a safe, sanitary and organized environment for campers.

• During emergency crisis, assumes lead responsibility for decisions regarding appropriate medical response.

• Provide limited support to other areas of the camp when not dealing with an illness or injury.

• Other duties as assigned. 


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Camp Waterfront Coordinator

Location: Winding Trails Farmington CT
Posting date: 05/08/2024

Job Description:

Winding Trails seeks a seasonal summer Camp Waterfront Coordinator. Available Monday Through Friday from June 24th through August 16th

Minimum Qualifications:

• Training and experience in waterfront activities.

• Current Lifeguarding certification.

• Current Water Safety Instructor certification.

• Current BLS and First Aid certifications.

• Desire and ability to work with children and adults in a camp setting.

• Ability in supervising staff and campers.

• Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control

• At least 20 years of age.

Job Description: Under the direction of the Camp Director, oversee camp waterfront area including

teaching swim lessons, guarding free swims, and supervising all staff at the waterfront.

Typical Responsibilities and Duties:

• Uphold all policies and philosophies of Winding Trails

• Set up waterfront area during staff training.

• Teach staff their responsibilities regarding swim lessons and free swims during staff training.

• Teach and monitor proper use of equipment.

• Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory, and store equipment for safety.

• Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

• Correct or reprimand staff as soon as possible (in private), for actions that put the health and safety of the campers at risk.

• Each session evaluate and place all campers in their proper swim level.

• Keep records on all participants; help them progress through the swim levels.

• Each session test all campers and pass out swim cards in a timely fashion

• Work with campers to foster a respect for Winding Trails’ property and instill a civic duty to keep the camp clean.

• On a daily basis staff and campers will work together to ensure that the waterfront area is clean of papers, milk cartons, and other trash

• On a daily basis Lost & Found articles will be disturbed back to campers. All unclaimed articles will be brought back to the camp office each day.

• Evaluate current season and make suggestions for following season.

• Participate in all camp wide special events including “dress up” days and ending session special events.

• Attend all Parent’s nights and meetings as assigned.

• These are not all the duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

• Ability to communicate and work with groups and provide necessary instruction to campers.

• Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activity.

• Ability to possess the strength and endurance required teaching lessons and make rescues.

Pay: $18.00 per hour


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Head Swim Coach – South Windsor Seals Summer Swim Team

Location: South Windsor, CT
Posting date: 05/02/2024

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Pool Supervisors and Recreation Supervisor, the Head Swim Coach is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the swim team. The Head Coach plans and organizes all swim practices and coordinates all swim meets. The Head Coach is responsible for team and league communication, creating and facilitating workouts for swimmers of all skill levels, and oversees summer swim team operations.


  • Assist in hiring, training and evaluation of Assistant Swim Coaches.
  • Act as a liaison between league officials and the Recreation Department.
  • Schedule swim meets and practices in coordination with the Recreation Supervisor.
  • Attend coaches meeting before season, during season and the end of season
  • Knowledge of all strokes & swimming techniques
  • Organize and coordinate parental volunteers.
  • Organize and implement alternative fund raising campaigns.
  • Promote and market all swim team programs to members and the community
  • Supervise and assign responsibilities to the Assistant Swim Coaches.
  • Teach specialized skills necessary to become a successful competitive swimmer.
  • Ensure safe swimming conditions and provide emergency assistance in the event of accidents.
  • Coordinate weekly staff coverage, replacements and schedules in coordination with the Recreation Supervisor.
  • Keep Pool Supervisors informed of any problems, injuries or health concerns.
  • Inform the Pool Supervisors when supplies or equipment needs to be replenished or replaced.
  • Special Work Schedule Requirements: Weekend, weeknight and some travel required to coaches meetings and away swim meets.


Head Swim Coach must be at least 20 years of age and meet the following requirements:

Preferred to have current certifications in the following:

  • Lifeguard Training, Water Safety
  • Instructor, CPR, First Aid.
  • 1-2 years of previous coaching experience or swim education experience, working with swimmers of all ages.

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Awesome Adventure Day Camp Director

Location: Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation Department
Posting date: 04/29/2024

Job Description:

The Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation Department’s Awesome Adventure Camp Director provides a safe, fun, and memorable camp experience for children in grades 6-9. Under the direct supervision of the Recreation Program Coordinator, and general supervision of the Culture, Parks & Recreation Director. As a Camp Director, you will be the go-to person for the Awesome Adventure Camp. The Camp Director is expected to take an active, hands-on role in the daily operation of the camp. This includes interacting regularly with participants, parents, staff, and supervisors to provide a high-quality experience for everyone involved.


-Previous experience as Day Camp Counselor or Day Camp Director demonstrating leadership/supervisory skills in a recreation program setting 

-Must be at least 20 years old 

-Possess current certifications in Community First Aid with Epi-pen training and CPR for, Child & Adult  (we will assist in getting certifications for those who are not certified)

-Possess a working knowledge of games, sports and activities appropriate for various age groups.

-Possess the physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring emergency medical treatment and/or water rescue

-Ability to provide leadership to small groups of children of varying ages


Camp Dates are June 17-August 2, Staff training to take place in late May/Early June.

The pay range is $18.98-$20.53, 40 hours per week beginning June 17, 2024 plus staff training time. 


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Camp Supervisor

Location: Town of Trumbull
Posting date: 04/08/2024

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Recreation Program Manager, the Camp Supervisor(s) will operate summer day camps and/or sports camps over the course of four to eight weeks, June – August.  This person(s) will serve as the lead supervisor when present at the location(s) and on all trips. The Camp Supervisor(s) will provide leadership to the program and staff while planning, implementing and evaluating activities and camp staff.

  • Responsible for assisting with planning of all camp activities and trips
  • Assist with interviewing, hiring and evaluation of all camp staff
  • Work with Recreation Program Manager to plan and conduct all staff trainings
  • Oversee Playground camps and/or sports clinics to ensure efficiency and staff/camper safety
  • Responsible for risk management.
  • Recognize and effectively respond to emergencies
  • Oversee counselors planning and implementation of activities
  • Confirm weekly rosters and attendance
  • Complete necessary paperwork in a timely manner
  • Complete evaluations in an on-going basis and make necessary adjustments to sustain a high functioning camp
  • See that supplies are available and in stock for counselors and campers
  • Provide support, encouragement and leadership to all campers and staff members
  • Collaborate with counselors and the Recreation Program Manager on a daily basis   
  • Communicate with parents on a daily basis to ensure high standards and assist with concerns
  • Assists with disciplinary procedures with campers and staff
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must have supervisory experience in a camp setting
  • Must be certified in or have the ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications
  • Must possess leadership ability and ability to motivate others
  • Must be able to communicate with staff, campers and parents in a professional manner
  • Can think creatively, problem-solve, make decisions, instruct, supervise, and evaluate others
  • Previous experience working with youth

Salary Range

$25.00 hourly

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Location: Town of Windsor Recreation Services
Posting date: 04/03/2024

Job Description:

Windsor Recreation and Leisure Services seeks seasonal full time summer lifeguards. Lifeguards ensure the safety of our guest while providing courteous, friendly and professional assistance. The Lifeguard will provide aquatic instruction in classes and programs based upon the guidelines and standard operating procedures set by the American Red Cross during swim lessons. Performing duties may include possible phone usage (talking/listening), greeting participants, verbal class instruction and equipment/pool setup. Requirements: Lifeguard certification/WSI preferred; previous aquatics program teaching experience; and, current CPR and First Aid Certification or willing to obtain. Must be able to work May through September. Salary is $16.50-$17.00 per hour, depending on experience. Minimum age requirement - 16 yrs. old.

\Successful candidates will be subject to the Town of Windsor background screening process, which includes a criminal background check (for applicants over 18 yrs old) and a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana.

To apply:

Complete an online application and attach a resume using the link below

Closing date: Open until filled

The Town of Windsor is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all workforce levels. EOE/AA.

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Water Safety Instructors

Location: Town of Windsor Recreation Services
Posting date: 04/03/2024

Job Description:

Windsor Recreation and Leisure Services seeks seasonal full time summer Water Safety Instructors. The Water Safety Instructor will provide aquatic instruction in classes and programs based upon the guidelines and standard operating procedures set by the American Red Cross. Performing duties may include possible phone usage (talking/listening), greeting participants, verbal class instruction and equipment/pool setup. Requirements: WSI certification; previous aquatics program teaching experience; and, current CPR and First Aid Certification or willing to obtain. Must be able to work June through September. Salary is $17.00 per hour, depending on experience.

Successful candidates will be subject to the Town of Windsor background screening process, which includes a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana.

To apply:

Complete an online application and attach a resume at the link below.

Closing date: Open until filled

The Town of Windsor is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all workforce levels. EOE/AA.

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Aquatic Director

Location: Town of Windsor Recreation Services
Posting date: 04/03/2024

Job Description:

The Windsor Recreation Services Division seeks a strong and knowledgeable person with aquatics programming and supervisory experience to join our team as an Aquatic Director. The successful candidate will oversee aquatic operations, hiring, training, scheduling, supervising the Lifeguard staff, scheduling programs and pool events, coordinating swim lessons, and maintaining an organized pool schedule. The Recreation Services Division has one indoor pool and manages three outdoor pools in the summer. Must be available to work May through September. Hrs/Wk: 30 hours or less during May & September, Hrs/Wk: 40 hours or less during June-August. Salary: $20.00-$23.00 per hour.


Must be 21 years or older. Availability is a Seasonal Full-Time. Nights and weekends are required on an as-needed basis from May to September. 3+ years' experience in recreation or related aquatic activity; at least one year of supervisory experience; current lifeguard certifications from an authorized agency; and CPR/First Aid, Water Safety Instructor, and lifeguard certification.

Must have a valid driver's license and pass a background check and drug test (includes screening for marijuana)

Aquatics Director Responsibilities:

Customer Service—one of the most critical job duties is direct customer contact. The quality of service you provide to each swimming pool, customers, and staff will directly reflect on the Windsor Recreation Department.

Overseeing swimming pool operations—This includes all aquatic programming, pool events, chemically balancing the aquatic facility's swimming pool, vacuuming the swimming pools, cleaning the pool tiles, cleaning the facility decks, cleaning the facility furniture, cleaning the bathrooms, maintaining the facility's circulation system, and all other aspects of running the facilities.

Facilitate In-service Days - This involves training other staff members on the policies and procedures.

Hiring: You will assist the Assistant Recreation and Leisure Services Director recruit Lifeguards and staff members for all three pools.

Candidates will be involved in the opening and closing facilities - Involved with the Spring Opening and Fall Closing of all three pools.

To apply:

Complete an online application and attach a resume at the link below

The closing date is Friday, April 5, 2024, at 5:00 pm.

The Town of Windsor is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all workforce levels. EOE/AA.

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Recreation Intern

Location: Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services
Posting date: 03/07/2024
Closing date: 05/01/2024

Job Description:

SUMMARY: Performs a variety of duties assisting the Recreation Supervisor, Aquatics Supervisor, Facilities Supervisor, Community Engagement Coordinator, and the department Superintendent with daily operations of a busy, diverse and comprehensive summer Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Will be trained in daily operations of the Summer FUN Camp, Little Explorers Camp, Teen Adventure Camp, and associated with Pine Lake Adventure Park; the delivery of preparing and leading summer staff orientation and aquatics staff in-services, and help plan and implement summer special events at the pool and parks. Will support staff with weekly seasonal payroll preparation and office coverage as needed. Will learn MyRec software including registrations, reports, e-mail blasts, programming and other functions to complete objectives. Will participate in weekly Summer Concert Series and other specialty events. Will learn and be responsible for sending out press releases, surveys, and program evaluations, and will answer phones, handle registrations, and assist customers.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be at least 18 years of age. Requires the ability to successfully complete or have the American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certification (training provided). Prefer applicant be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in a Recreation & Leisure Program, Sport Management Program, or related field. Must have the ability to work with groups of various ages, gender, race, ethnicity and socio-economic background.

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE: Requires valid driver’s license, good driving record, and provide own transportation.

WORK SCHEDULE & CLASSIFICATION: Internship will occur between May - August. Typically 35-40 hours a week will be available, and work is generally conducted between 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hours will be determined based on Special Events and other department program requirements. A minimum commitment of 37.50 hours weekly is required. This internship is non-benefited, and employment is not guaranteed at the completion of the internship.

WAGES: $16.09/hour.


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Internship Positions

Recreation Program Assistant (Intern)

Location: Plainville, CT
Posting date: 03/21/2024

Job Description:

Plainville Recreation is a municipal agency that serves a population of approximately 17,000 in the town. The department's responsibilities include parks, recreation, and aquatics. The Recreation Assistant’s immediate supervisor will be the Assistant Director. They will also receive general direction from the Recreation Director. Information on the department is available at

Excellent opportunity for a Recreation & Leisure/Sports Management student or recent graduate that is interested in gaining hands-on experience in the Parks and Recreation field working with an active community Parks and Recreation Department. Position will involve all aspects of the department including special events, recreation programming, aquatics programming, supervisory responsibilities, customer service and promotion.

Assist the Assistant Director with daily operations of a busy, fast paced, diverse and comprehensive summer recreation program. This will include but not limited to the following:

• Assist with daily operations of a Summer Day Camp and Pre-school Camp

• Will develop and lead weekly leadership meetings for a brand new C.I.T. Counselors

in Training program for youth ages 14-17yrs

• Assist with preparing and leading summer staff orientation and aquatics staff inservices

• Help plan and implement summer special events at the pool and park

• Assist with weekly Summer Concert Series- Thursday evenings 6:30-8pm.

• Assist with preparation of weekly seasonal payroll

• Get hands on experience working with RecDesk software including registrations,

reports, e-mail blasts, programming, and other functionalities

• Will learn and be responsible for sending out press releases, surveys, and program


• Recreation Program Assistant (Intern) will be given the opportunity to obtain

CPR/First Aid certification at no cost


Flexible schedule depending on department and candidates needs. Will require some evening and possible weekend shifts. Maximum of 40/hrs per week.


Applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age with a valid Drivers License. Prefer college graduate or college student majoring in Recreation/Leisure Services- must have career goal in field of Recreation. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills needed.


Applications are available in the Human Resources Department, Room 300, Municipal Center, One Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062 or click HERE. Application, cover letter, resume and a copy of school transcript (if applicable) can be mailed to the above address above, or emailed to [email protected]. Applications accepted until the position is filled. For more information on the position please contact Courtney Hewett, Recreation Director at [email protected] The Town of Plainville is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Parks & Recreation Intern

Location: Monroe Parks and Recreation
Posting date: 12/12/2023

Job Description:

The Parks & Recreation Department Intern reports to the Parks & Recreation Director, but may receive direction and guidance from Recreation Program Supervisor and other department staff. Will be responsible to participate in various activities and assist at multiple facilities. The Parks & Recreation Department Intern is expected to be motivated and willing to learn about the many varied aspects of the Monroe Parks and Recreation Department. The Parks and Recreation Intern is expected to act in a professional manner at all times and be flexible in his/her hours of service.

Deadline for Spring 2024 is January 31, 2024
Deadline for Summer 2024 is March 31, 2024

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists Parks and Recreation Director and Recreation Supervisor in the planning details of special events and Program needs.
  • Participants at various special events, including, but not limited to: races, concerts, movie nights, character nights and provides operational support, crowd control, public relations and working with other employees to provide set-up, operation, clean up and safety for all events.
  • Assists Parks and Recreation Director and Recreation Program Supervisor in filling gaps in staff for the pool, lake, admissions, day camp and office needs.
  • Assists Parks and Recreation Director and Recreation Program Supervisor in the operation of youth and adult sports leagues and programs including, but not limited to assisting league operations, player evaluations, coaches’ background checks, registration records, meeting agendas, press releases, contacting participants and conducting surveys.
  • Performs record keeping duties; game results, standings, rainout rescheduling, umpire scheduling, and all participant/roster data.
  • Inventory, prepare, and transport the variety of recreation related supplies, materials, and equipment for various sports and other recreation activities.
  • Administers emergency response and first aid if needed. Properly documents all accidents and notifies supervisor.


  • Currently majoring in Parks and Recreation or a related field.
  • Must have completed 2 full years of college by the time the internship commences.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain First Aid and CPR/AED certification.
  • Excellent communications skills.

Contact: Monroe Parks and Recreation Department

7 Fan Hill Road
Monroe, CT

[email protected]

Salary: current minimum wage

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