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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Use the links below to navigate to the type of position your are searching for.

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

Full-Time Positions

Public Works Maintainer

Location: Town of Preston
Posting date: 09/26/2023
Closing date: 10/06/2023

Job Description:

Under general supervision and direction of the Public Works Manager and Crew Leader, performs semi-skilled and skilled work in the construction, installation, repair, and maintenance of Town roads, bridges, parks, grounds, and facilities. Duties include plowing snow, sanding/salting roads, operating power equipment, and performing heavy physical labor.

The hours for this position are 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional overtime as required.

Please submit application and resume to the Town of Preston at [email protected]. Applications and full job description can be found under the “Job Opportunities” section on the Town of Preston website,

All applications must be received no later than Friday, October 6th by 4:30 PM.

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Grounds Maintainer - Public Works Department

Location: Town of West Hartford
Posting date: 09/22/2023
Closing date: 10/03/2023

Job Description:

Salary Range: $28.75 - $34.94/hour

Responsible for the operation of park and golf course equipment and machinery to assure maintenance of grounds, buildings, and Town facilities.

Work Environment

Work involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions and extensive muscular exercise.  Must be able to operate equipment and trucks for an extended period of time.  Responsibilities include repetitive digging, shoveling, and bending.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds in repetitive fashion.  Exposure to dirt, noise, fumes, and other disagreeable conditions.  Work may include extended work periods in excess of eight hours and being called in to respond to routine and other public safety emergencies as necessary. Work outdoors for prolonged periods, exposed to varying weather conditions and/or temperature extremes.

Essential Job Functions

Mows lawns, roadsides, fields, golf greens and edges of right-of-ways.

Assists in the care of lawns, golf courses, tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds and other Town properties.

Plows and shovels snow, soil, and other materials in and around Town parks, grounds, sidewalks, lots, golf courses and parkways.

Installs, maintains and repairs playground equipment.

Floods, cleans, and maintains skating ponds.

Operates miscellaneous equipment such as power lawn mowers, trucks, loaders, gang mowers, saws, back hoe, skid steer loaders and a variety of other power tools.

Makes minor repairs to assigned equipment.

Participates in repairing and patching roadways and maintaining grounds.

Hauls material and equipment.

Assists in the planting, cultivating, spraying, trimming, pruning, watering, fertilizing, and caring for turf, shrubs, flowers, and trees.  Examines and treats trees for defects such as splits, wounds, rotting and attacks of various insect pests.

Trims branches from trees using saws and pruning tools.  Removes small trees.  Digs to remove tree stumps.

Repairs irrigation systems as directed.

Minimum Qualifications

High school graduate with two (2) years experience in building and grounds maintenance or equivalent combination of education and experience.  A valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL) shall be obtained by the completion of the probationary period.

A driving record in accordance with Town of West Hartford Driving Policy.

A State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Commercial Operator’s License shall be obtained during the probationary period.

Employees may be eligible to progress into differential steps of the wage range following receipt of a State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Supervisory Commercial Applicator’s License.




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Tree Trimmer - Public Works Department

Location: Town of West Hartford
Posting date: 09/22/2023
Closing date: 10/03/2023

Job Description:

Salary Range: $30.57 - $36.80/hour

Under the general supervision of the Grounds Maintenance Manager, or designee, performs tasks that involve the care and maintenance of shade and ornamental trees and a variety of types of shrubs in the urban forest of the Town of West Hartford.  This work involves the pruning, removal of trees and their general maintenance.  Assists with the inspection and determining the extent of pruning, surgery, removal, elevating or other corrective action required for trees and shrubs located on public property.  Incumbent performs duties that vary in complexity requiring the exercise of independent judgment in accomplishing work assignments. 

Work Environment

Work is performed primarily outdoors for prolonged periods at a variety of field assignments.  Work involves moderate risks and/or discomforts which require special safety precautions, including, but not limited to personal protective equipment.  Frequent heavy physical exertion required including standing, walking, repetitive digging, shoveling, bending, and reaching.  Must be able to lift heavy tools, equipment and objects of 50 pounds in repetitive fashion and perform functions in a bucket truck at heights of up to 75 feet.  Operates equipment and trucks for an extended period of time.  Work is performed in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to varying weather conditions and/or temperature extremes.  Exposure to dirt, noise, fumes, chemicals/pesticides, and other disagreeable conditions.  Position requires the ability to travel in a town vehicle frequently to and between facilities and locations throughout town.

Essential Job Functions

Operates aerial bucket truck to perform tree maintenance activities.

Climbs trees, using safety equipment and tools, and prunes trees to eliminate hazards and preserve tree health.

Removes broken branches of limbs and prunes branches, fertilizes, waters, and cultivates trees and shrubs.

Assists in tree surgery work.  Evacuates diseased part of trunks and branches.

Fells dead or hazardous trees using chain saws, ropes, and aerial bucket truck.

Coordinates the work group when engaged in the pruning and removal of trees and their general maintenance to assure proper communication and safety while on-site.

Assists in training employees in the proper and safe practices used in tree care.

Conducts visual inspection of trees along right of way, parks, alleys, and other public properties to recommend corrective action necessary to alleviate any problems.

Assists in investigating work requests and makes recommendations regarding the type of work to be performed.

Applies insecticides and fungicides as directed.

Braces, bolts, and cables branches.

Operates and feeds the chipper and enforces safety rules.

Operates power driven machinery such as a chain saw, hydraulic pruning equipment, gasoline powered hedge trimmer, stump grinder or other similarly sized equipment.

Sharpens chain saw chains with a hand file and performs minor field repairs.

Cleans equipment using appropriate materials.

Cleans debris from tree trimming or removal operations using a shovel, rake or other tools.

Loads trucks and hauls material and equipment.

Additional Job Responsibilities

Operates a truck, other automotive equipment and miscellaneous tools and equipment.

Performs general seasonal maintenance and repair work on grounds and facilities including plowing and shoveling snow in and around Town parks, grounds and parkways as identified in the Grounds Maintainer job description.

Performs other related duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED with three (3) years experience caring for and cultivating trees and shrubs, including tree pruning and removal work; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License ( CDL ) and applicable State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Commercial Operator certificate.  Driving record must be in accordance with the Town of West Hartford Driving policy

NOTE:  If otherwise not possessed, the CDL and operator's certification must be obtained during the probationary period and be maintained as a condition of employment.

Applicants must possess and maintain a driving record in accordance with the Town of West Hartford's Safe Driving Record Policy.  An individual may not be considered for appointment if he or she has had a major violation conviction within a three year period; four or more motor vehicle violations other than major within a three year period; or suspension or revocation of a license for any reason in the past five years.  Applicants must complete the Driving Supplement to Employment Application.



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Supervisor of Recreation

Location: Waterbury
Posting date: 09/18/2023

Job Description:

Open competitive examination for Supervisor of Recreation, please see details below in the link for more information.

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Beede Swim and Fitness Center General Manager

Location: Concord, MA
Posting date: 09/06/2023

Job Description:

The Town of Concord, MA seeks an experienced, forward-thinking, team-oriented leader to oversee the management of the Beede Swim and Fitness Center. A municipally owned and operated swim and fitness facility open nearly 100 hours per week, the General Manager will oversee 7 full-time employees and 75+ seasonal employees with an annual budget of approximately $2.5 mil.  Candidates should have a strong working knowledge of natatorium operations, have excellent communication skills, and possess a can-do attitude.  This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday-Friday; weekend, and evening work may be required to attend events and meetings. Full salary range: $97,178 – $136,053.  Starting salary is based on qualifications and typically in the first half of the range.

The Concord Recreation Department’s mission is to support and promote community through wellness and play. Our experienced team of employees is proud to serve as regional leaders in municipal recreation services offering innovative and expansive programs and events year-round for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Employees of the Recreation Department receive free memberships to the Beede Swim and Fitness Center, significant discounts to childcare programs including camp and preschool, as well as generous discounts to year-round program offerings. 

This position is open until filled. The most highly qualified candidates will be invited to one or more interviews and/or other assessments. All applicants will be notified of their standing in the process as soon as a decision has been made regarding their individual application.

Appointment of the final candidate will be contingent upon the results of pre-placement conditions including criminal, motor vehicle, and credit record checks, a physical exam, and a drug screening.  Costs for these pre-placement requirements will be borne by the Town.

The Town of Concord, MA is an EEO Employer.  We value diversity and welcome candidates of all backgrounds to apply


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Recreation Program Coordinator

Location: Brooklyn, CT
Posting date: 07/12/2023

Job Description:


Under the direct supervision of the Recreation Director, the Recreation Program Coordinator is responsible for creating and implementing a diverse year-round recreation program within the resources of the community. This will include planning, organizing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating activities and events to meet the needs of the community as well as assisting with program budgeting, marketing, scheduling facilities, managing social media platforms, and running special events with approval of the Recreation Director. Recreation Program Coordinator works closely with volunteers and seasonal staff, assists with program registration, purchasing of equipment and supplies and related paperwork, and coordinates with various community organizations on activities.

Interested candidates will need to send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Attn: Lori Gilpin

@ 119 Gorman Road, Brooklyn CT 06234 or [email protected]

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Recreation Supervisor

Location: Mansfield, CT
Posting date: 06/29/2023

Job Description:

Job overview

This position performs intermediate professional work managing a variety of recreation programs with an emphasis on indoor and outdoor aquatics and outdoor recreation programming as well as related work as required. Duties include: planning and supervising recreation programs; scheduling programs and events; supervising and scheduling approximately 30-35 part-time staff; monitoring budgets of assigned programs; maintaining appropriate records and files; preparing reports. Work is performed under regular supervision and limited supervision is exercised over subordinate program staff. Position reports to the Recreation Services Manager.

This position is 35 hours/week with benefits. Work schedule includes a minimum of one evening and occasional weekend hours to accommodate work assignments. Position is exempt (salaried).


Salary (7/1/2023) Salary Grade 20 $35.27 - $44.67/hr $64,191 - $81,299/yr

What You Bring! 

The Town of Mansfield is seeking individuals who 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, sports or leisure sciences, physical education or related field and some experience in organized recreation programs. A history of supervisory experience with part-time staff is preferred.

Special Requirements

Aquatic Facility Operators or obtain within six (6) months from date of hire. Current Lifeguard Certification or obtain within six (6) months from date of hire. CPR, first aid are preferred but must obtain within first six months of hire and possess and retain a valid driver’s license.

Application Process Candidates who are interested in applying for this position should visit: and submit their application materials online.

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Part-Time Positions

Office Aide

Location: Town of Monroe
Posting date: 09/26/2023
Closing date: 10/13/2023

Job Description:

Assist in daily administrative duties of the Parks and Recreation Department to serve the needs of the Town including recordkeeping, financial reports, registration, and customer service.

All inquires/application submission should be directed to [email protected] and


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PREP- Before and After School Childcare Worker

Location: Hebron, CT
Posting date: 08/23/2023

Job Description:

The Town of Hebron Parks & Recreation Department is seeking a PREP Before and After School Childcare Worker to act as a positive role model and provide guidance and leadership.  Under the direction of the Hebron Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreation Supervisor, the Before and After School staff is responsible for planning and implementing games and activities, serving snacks, and interacting with children grades Pre-K through 6th, and their families.  Hours available mornings and/or afternoons!  Flexible scheduling! 

PREP care hours are Monday through Friday- 

AM Care- 6:45 a.m. – 8:15, 8:30 a.m.

PM Care- 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

PM Extended Care- 5:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.  

The staff schedule is set by the Recreation Supervisor and is subject to change.  Applicants must be responsible and reliable, working independently as well as with a team and providing a safe, caring, and enriching environment. The candidate must have a positive attitude and serve as a role model.  All applicants must be able to pass a criminal record background check.  Applicants must have a valid Connecticut Driver’s License.  Please send letter of interest, resume and application to the Town Managers office, Town of Hebron, 15 Gilead Street, Hebron, CT 06248 or call 860-530-1281.  The Town of Hebron is an equal opportunity employer.


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After School Program Job Opportunities

Location: New Britain, CT
Posting date: 08/11/2023

Job Description:

The New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is currently accepting applications for part-time employment with our Department’s After School Program. Looking for motivated, flexible, creative, passionate, fun individuals who are interested in working with youth.  We are seeking to fill group leader as well as supervisory level positions at both elementary and middle school programs.

Applications can be found in the Parks and Recreation Office or online at

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Part-time & Maternity Leave Coverage Aquatic Supervisor

Location: Plainfield, CT
Posting date: 08/02/2023

Job Description:

Compensation: $20.00 per hour. Not eligible for paid time off or additional employee benefits.

Reports To: Works under the supervision of the Aquatic Coordinator and Recreation Director.

Supervision exercised: Supervises part-time pool personnel during shift.

Anticipated Start Date:

9/25/23 for regular evening and weekend hours

10/23/23 – 1/20/23 for maternity leave coverage

Work Schedule: This position will start as a weekday evening and Saturday supervisor until the current Aquatic Coordinator begins maternity leave. This position will then change hours to cover the Aquatic Coordinator’s absence. Once the Aquatic Coordinator returns, this position will permanently have weekday evening and Saturday hours. It is anticipated this position will be scheduled for approximately 31 hours during maternity coverage and 23 hours per week during regular evening and Saturday shifts.

Position Summary: 

The part-time Aquatic Supervisor will ensure the safety of all individuals in the pool area, enforce all pool rules, recognize, and respond to emergency situations and act as a lead support to the lifeguard team in the absence of the Coordinator. This position also provides the opportunity to be a swim instructor as well as a water aerobics instructor.


• Position requires a minimum of two years of experience as a lifeguard

• Must be 18 years of age.

• Prior experience or training in staff supervision and management.

• Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR, AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens.

• Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.

• Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.

• Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community

Preferred Qualifications:

• Lifeguard Trainer Certification

• CPO or AFO Certification

• WSI Certification

• Aqua Instructor Certification

Working conditions and Physical Demands:

• Work is performed in an indoor aquatic environment.

• Must be able to hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility. Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.

• See and observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility.

• Ability to sit for long periods at a time are required, as well as, the ability to hold breath under water when necessary.

To Apply for this position:

An employment application and complete job description are available on Resume and completed applications can be submitted to Plainfield Recreation 482 Norwich Rd. Plainfield, CT 06374 or emailed to [email protected]. Interested applicants can also apply via Indeed.


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Parks & Recreation Office Assistant

Location: Brooklyn, CT
Posting date: 07/12/2023

Job Description:

Essential Functions:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

 Conducts the registration of program participants including implementing the program information into the computer database, and collection of program fees; maintains, and distributes registration lists.

 Maintains financial records and reports for the department. Responsible for receiving and recording fees paid; Follows up on late program payments, processes refunds, gathers information for instructors’ payments, and prepares deposits of collected fees.


 Assists with the development and distribution of marketing material (news releases, advertisement, brochures, etc.) about department programs and activities in a variety of formats including in-person, print, and electronic.

 Assists with the development of new programs or trips by researching and gathering information about cost, instructors, schedules, etc.

 Assists with coordination of department programs and special events and any relative correspondence needed to organize and conduct the program or event.

 May be asked to attend or assist at indoor or outdoor programs and special events as needed for set-up, take down, and ensuring safety of program participants.

 Handles administrative duties such as; assisting with department reports, correspondence, updating the department webpage, and purchasing supplies for programs and events.

 Manages office supplies and equipment.

 Work independently, respectfully, and in cooperation with all department staff and town employees.

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