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Springfield Park District employs hundreds of people in various areas of its operations that include full-time, part-time, summer and seasonal positions. We are currently accepting applications for the following:

BOARD VACANCY - Looking for candidates to fill open Board seat with the Springfield Park District Board of Trustees:

The Springfield Park District Board of Trustees is accepting letters of interest until February 3, 2016 for appointment to the office of Springfield Park District Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy created when Trustee Gray Noll voluntarily resigned his position after being appointed States Attorney for Morgan County. The remainder of this term will expire after the April 2017 election.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Springfield Park District, responsible for setting policies, budgets and hiring the Executive Director. The Board holds two regular monthly meetings, with special meetings as needed. Board members serve a four year term, without pay. Potential candidates must meet all statutory eligibility requirements of the office as described in the Illinois Park District Code section 70 ILCS 1205/2-11.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest indicating the reason they wish to serve as trustee and include a resume as well. Materials may be hand delivered or mailed to the address below. For additional information contact Executive Director Derek Harms:

dharms@springfieldparks.org,

217-544-1751 ext. 1000, www.springfieldparks.org

 Springfield Park District, Letter of Interest

 Attn:  Derek Harms, Executive Director / Secretary

 2500 South 11th Street

             Springfield, IL  62703

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The Nelson Center Ice Rink – contains two indoor ice rinks, eight locker rooms, and two concession areas that are open to the public year-round. The Nelson Center houses the only two indoor ice rinks within a 60 mile radius and therefore serves as the home for most ice related programs, events and activities in the area.  It  is also the home of the Springfield Jr. Blues.  

We are looking for an experienced, responsible individual to fill a part-time position on our staff during week nights and weekends.  We need to fill a Nelson Center Facility Supervisor position.  A qualified candidate will need strong interpersonal, public relations and management skills.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

-   Perform work supervisory and manual at the direction of

    General Manager and full-time Facility Manager.

-   Supervise facility activities in the absence of administrative staff.

-   Responsible for overall maintenance, general housekeeping &

    cleanliness of entire facility at all times.

-   Will require training on Ice Rink Operations and Equipment.

-   Manage all on-duty (6-8) part-time staff during the shift.

General Requirements:

- Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
- Good oral and written communication.
- Physical capabilities - lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
- Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
- Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Must possess valid Illinois Driver's License.
- Must present a neat and professional appearance.
- Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual.
- Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.

Direct Questions about the Position - Contact Bruce Blanshan at 217-753-2800 or email bruceblanshan@springfieldparks.org

Interested candidates should fill out a Park District employment app (find online, SPD Website under Forms), send their resume and cover letter to the Springfield Park District:

Address:  2500 S. 11th Street, Springfield IL 62703

Email:  kshields@springfieldparks.org

Website: www.springfieldparks.org

Got Employment Questions?       217-544-1751 ext. 1007

Deadline to apply:  Friday, February 5, 2016

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Department:  General/Park Maintenance
Position:  Assistant Superintendent of Park Maintenance

Are  Area/Section:              Maintenance Division – Park Area Maintenance

Reporting Authority:   Position reports to Superintendent of Park Maintenance or designee
Classification:             FLSA & IPLRA Exempt Status
Salary Range:             $45,000 - $48,000

 

Synopsis of Position:
Position is primarily responsible to assist the Superintendent for the overall efficient and effective supervision of the physical grounds and facilities of parks owned and/or leased by the District.  Position is responsible to assist the Superintendent in the supervision and management of maintenance personnel in assigning and carrying out the duties and responsibilities of maintaining the properties assigned that shall include park maintenance foreman, maintenance III, maintenance specialists and seasonal and/or summer personnel.  Position will work closely with the Superintendent of Park Maintenance in coordinating annual maintenance programs and related maintenance needs/desires.  Position reports to and takes direction from the Superintendent of Park Maintenance


Positions Duties & Responsibilities:

- Recommend, administer and implement park maintenance programs as needed for the general upkeep and overall cleanliness of the parks, facilities and equipment.

- Responsible for keeping records regarding maintenance of park facilities and grounds to assist in development of short and long range maintenance needs.

- Responsible for maintaining daily, weekly and annual work schedules and time & attendance information of all maintenance personnel under supervision and direction.

- Responsible for monitoring staff in their daily or designated duties and responsibilities to assure general work and performance standards are met and project(s) performed in accordance with District standard of work.

- Responsible for correcting employee work performance issues by utilizing disciplinary action in accordance with District policy and procedures and/or provisions outlined in applicable labor agreements.

- Responsible for training and orientation of all personnel under supervision.

- Responsible for uniform and consistent administration of all District procedures, department work rules and/or labor agreements as it applies to employee supervision.

- Responsible to assist the Superintendent of Park Maintenance in educating all personnel under supervision of proper safety precautions (personal protective equipment & safe operations).

- Will assist the Superintendent of Park Maintenance in the completion and oversight of required forms for personnel and operational administration including time sheets, time off requests/authorization, work orders, area preventative maintenance sheets, fuel log reports, workers compensation injury report, purchase orders and related administrative procedures and will be responsible for completion of the items listed above in the absence of the Superintendent of Park Maintenance.

- Responsible for overall safety program of employees, investigation of all accidents as required by policy, returns to work and corrective actions where necessary.

- Will assist in the preparation of annual budget, purchasing and related financial matters as directed.

- Responsible for performance of other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Superintendent of Park Maintenance.

Relevant Education & Experience:


Minimum of three (3) years in supervisory capacity overseeing general construction/maintenance, property and facility maintenance operations and staff.

Must possess prior work experience and thorough knowledge of mechanical, technical, equipment and modern practices in maintenance of grounds operations.

Must possess ability to communicate effectively with staff concerning operations, policies, work rules, assignments, scheduling changes/practices and other areas relevant to operations.

Must possess self-initiative and independent decision making as direct supervision may not always be available.

Must possess or have ability to obtain within 6 months of hire date Illinois Dept of Agriculture “Pesticide Applicator’s License” and maintain license as required.

Must possess and maintain valid Illinois Driver’s License and be insurable under District liability insurance.

General Requirements:
- Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
- Good oral and written communication.
- Physical capabilities - lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
- Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
- Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Must possess valid Illinois Driver's License.
- Must present a neat and professional appearance.
- Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual.
- Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.

Deadline to apply:  Monday, January 25th - Tuesday, February 16

Interested candidates should fill out a Park District employment app (find online, SPD Website under Forms), send their resume and cover letter to the Springfield Park District:

Address:  2500 S. 11th Street, Springfield IL 62703

Email:  kshields@springfieldparks.org

Got Employment Questions?       217-544-1751 ext. 1007


SPD JOB APPLICATION - PDF


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The Washington Park Botanical Garden –  is a place for enjoyment and education. The Garden provides a scene of tranquility and beauty, an oasis of nature, within an urban environment. Visitors enjoy the color of annual and perennial flower beds, the fragrance of the Rose Garden, and the refreshing shade of our many evergreen and deciduous trees.  The Garden offers one of the most stunning settings for an outdoor wedding in the Springfield area. Additionally, the exhibit hall offers a great venue for wedding receptions and business meetings. 

We are seeking a friendly individual, with strong customer service skills to work every other weekend to fill our Botanical Gardens Weekend Attendant position.  This job has physical requirements and some lifting is required.  Knowledge of plants preferred.

 Duties will include but are not limited to the following:

   - Must attend to the weekend needs of watering and caring for the greenhouses and garden plant collections.

   - Monitor heating and cooling system within the building complex.

   - Must show outstanding customer service skills and help with the needs and questions of the garden patrons, renters & members.

General Requirements:
- Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
- Good oral and written communication.
- Physical capabilities - lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
- Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
- Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Must possess valid Illinois Driver's License.
- Must present a neat and professional appearance.
- Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual.
- Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.

Direct Questions about the Position - Contact Chad Scaife at 217-546-4116 or email chad@springfieldparks.org

Interested candidates should fill out a Park District employment app (find online, SPD Website under Forms), send their resume and cover letter to the Springfield Park District:

Address:  2500 S. 11th Street, Springfield IL 62703

Email:  kshields@springfieldparks.org

Website: www.springfieldparks.org

Got Employment Questions?       217-544-1751 ext. 1007

Deadline to apply:  Monday, February 1st, 2016

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The Nelson Center Ice Rink – contains two indoor ice rinks, six locker rooms, and two concession areas that are open to the public year-round. The Nelson Center houses the only two indoor ice rinks within a 60 mile radius and therefore serves as the home for most ice related programs, events and activities in the area.  It  is also the home of the Springfield Jr. Blues.  

We are looking for a motivated and outgoing individual to fill a part-time position on our staff during week nights and weekends.  We need to fill a Customer Service; Front Desk and Skate Rental Representative position. A qualified candidate will need strong interpersonal and public relations skills. 

Duties will include greeting visitors, staffing the information desk, helping take admission and skate rentals, answering questions from the public and overall representing the Nelson Center during our evening and weekend hours. Great customer service skills will be essential to success at this position.

General Requirements:
- Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
- Good oral and written communication.
- Physical capabilities - lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
- Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
- Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Must possess valid Illinois Driver's License.
- Must present a neat and professional appearance.
- Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual.
- Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.

Direct Questions about the Position - Contact Marty Strieker at 217-753-2800 or email mstrieker@springfieldparks.org 

Interested candidates should fill out a Park District employment app (find online, SPD Website under Forms), send their resume and cover letter to the Springfield Park District:

Address:  2500 S. 11th Street, Springfield IL 62703

Email: kshields@springfieldparks.org

Website: www.springfieldparks.org

Got Employment Questions?       217-544-1751 ext. 1007

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 8, 2016




PARK DISTRICT APPLICATION - PDF



The Park District is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person in the making of any employment decision on the basis of race, religion, color, age, national origin, handicap, marital status, arrests not leading to convictions, gender status or orientation, veteran status, a military discharge other than dishonorable, membership or non-membership in any labor organization or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal or state statutes, except where a bonafide occupational qualification applies.



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Internship Opportunites:

The Springfield Park District offers comprehensive internship opportunities in the following areas:

Recreation - lsaputo@springfieldparks.org

Special Needs Programming - annette@springfieldparks.org

Horticultural - jpeeler@hensonrobinsonzoo.org

Animal Care - jpeeler@hensonrobinsonzoo.org

Animal Enrichment - jpeeler@hensonrobinsonzoo.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to be part of the Springfield Park District's mission to provide outstanding parks and recreational services please consider volunteering your time. Numerous volunteer programs provide educational opportunities for cub scouts, church groups, and fulfillment of school curriculums, and much more.

  • General Volunteerism - Contact the Park District's volunteer coordinator, Chuck Smith at csmith@springfieldparks.org for a list of projects and services that we are looking for assistance to complete.
  • Henson Robinson Zoo - For information on volunteering as a docent at the Henson Robinson Zoo please visit the Zoo's website at: www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org/page.php?6
  • Southwind Park - For information on volunteering as a docent at Southwind Park please email us at jbilyard@springfieldparks.org
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