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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:

Department:                          General Maintenance

Position Title:                       Administrative Assistant

Section:                                 Administration

Reporting Authority:           Position reports directly to Accounts Payable Supervisor


Synopsis of Position:

     Primarily responsible for safekeeping and maintenance of paper and electronic records, personnel and operational files, confidential and other correspondence, budget figures and purchase orders, payroll and related information as may be required by the Supervisors.  Position will require typing correspondence, confidential and non-confidential, of the Supervisors along with related activities in the administration of the office.  Position works closely with the Supt of Park Services, Supt of Landscape Services and Supt of Park Maintenance.  Desirable applicant would have a pleasant phone voice and the ability to answer questions and handle complaints presented by the General Public.  Must also be able to work with minimum supervision, have general knowledge of all parks and facilities and the ability to communicate and work comfortably in a diverse, blue-collar environment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible for overall effective operation of the office and all it entails

Maintaining and safekeeping of paper and electronic records.

Responsible for completing all accident reports and sending them to the Personnel Department.

Responsible for maintaining and recording of all Fuel and diesel usage in the Areas.

Responsible for accepting, assuring purchase orders are fulfilled and appropriate file maintained in conjunction with the Business Office.

Responsible for keeping inventory records up to date and sending records of all additions and deletions to the Administrative Office.

Responsible for filling out Work Order Requests and keeping a record for the Supt of Park Services.

All other duties as may be assigned.

Relevant Education and Experience:

Prior work experience in area of office management, record keeping, filing and use of up to date computer software is a prerequisite.  Prior work experience in handling of confidential information is needed.  Proficiency in use of Word and Excel programs and related areas is preferred.

Environmental Requirements

  • Ability to perform responsibilities indoors and outdoors.
  • Ability to perform duties in various lighting, temperature and weather conditions.

General Requirements for employment:

Must successfully pass a background check

Must submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening

Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Office© Suite.

Must possess valid Illinois Driver’s License.

Must possess professional phone skills and work well with the public.

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, Illinois.  Sangamon County residency is required within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.


Applications & Resumes should be submitted to:

Human Resources

Springfield Park District

2500 S. 11th Street

Springfield IL 62703 

Phone:  217-544-1751 

            Fax:  217-544-1811

The Springfield Park District is committed to the provisions of Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action to its applicants regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age sex, marital or veterans’ status, national origin, disability or any other legally protected status.

Questions about this particular position should be directed to:

Debbie McKinley, Accounting Supervisor

Phone:  217-544-1751, x1006


Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon –  The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is one of the largest and finest of the world’s carillons. Located in historic Washington Park, the Rees Carillon is the site of numerous free public concerts, exciting community events and the world-renowned International Carillon Festival and Festival Fireworks Display, held each June.

We are looking for enthusiastic, qualified individuals to work part-time as tour guides at this historic location.  Persons with an interest in music/culture/history, with great communication skills and the verbal ability to tell the story of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon to tourists.  Tour guide employment runs May 1 - September 30.

Interested candidates should fill out a Park District employment app (find online at, send their resume and cover letter to Karen Shields in our Human Resource Department at:

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


Questions regarding application process:  217-544-1751

Questions regarding specific job duties contact

Carlo van Ulft - Park District Carillonist:


Deadline to apply:  OPEN

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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