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Employment Opportunities:

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:

Special Recreation Program Manager - Recreation

Type: Part Time

Salary/Pay Rate: $13.00/hour

Reports To: Special Recreation Supervisor

Department: Special Recreation 16-09


Responsible level of work in planning, organizing and directing various recreational programs for special populations. Responsible for the development, coordination, and supervision of a major sector of the Special Recreation Program, such as athletic, aquatic, cultural arts, teen, adult and/or individuals with disabilities. Work involves a variety of public contact with volunteer groups, news media and the general public.

Essential Functions include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Plan, organize, schedule, direct and/or lead various recreational programs; organize, supervise and stimulate interest among the general public and special populations, i.e. children, teenagers, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities in various social and sports events, hobbies, educational and other recreational activities.
  • Ensure supplies, equipment and facilities are secured; flyers, schedules and pamphlets designed to interest the public in programs.
  • May assist with interviews, training program staff and volunteers; supervise and evaluate performance.

Supervisory Functions
  • Supervise seasonal employees, and may be asked participate in the hiring and training of staff.
  • Assist in maintaining weekly staff schedules to ensure coverage. Make recommendations for formal staff discipline within the department, in consultation with Special Recreation Supervisor.
  • Monitor and ensure contractual obligations are being met between departments and other agencies or businesses.
  • Assure adherence to standards and work relating to safety and our employee handbook.

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Recreation or a related field preferred but must have at least two years recreational experience General Skill Levels: Ability to work with customers and solve problems. Ability to analyze, organize and process quantitative data quickly and accurately. Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software, and other applications as needed by the department. Ability to assist in training and supervising subordinate personnel; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, and customers; ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions; ability to give verbal and written instructions. Ability to prepare detailed work reports as needed. Ability to direct staff in a respectful and constructive manner. Knowledge of safety precautions.
  • Certificates and Licenses: None
Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises seasonal employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the park districts policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting in interviewing, training employees; assist in planning, assigning, and directing work; complaints and resolving problems, subject to the review of the Supervisor.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
Work is performed in both office and field environments. Oversight activities may take place in moist or humid conditions and in a range of outdoor temperatures.

This position will work with individuals with disabilities. Desired qualifications in addition to those listed in the position description:
  • Broad based knowledge of disabilities including functional characteristics, developmental sequences, and steps.
  • Sound knowledge of intervention techniques, behavior modification and management, medical treatments and research, adapted equipment and function, and community resources.


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.


Internship Opportunities:

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

Recreation -

Special Needs Programming -

Horticultural -

Animal Care -

Animal Enrichment -

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 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:
  • Southwind Park - For information on volunteering as a docent at Southwind Park please email us at
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