We recently hosted a community Job Fair and it got me thinking about the wide impact the Park District has in the community.  Not only do we provide a wide variety of programs and facilities to meet recreational needs, but we also provide job opportunities right here in town.  Did you know that we employ approximately 600 individuals every year?  After all my years here, I still find that number staggering, so let’s break it down.  We have 53 full-time employees, as well as approximately 460 year round part time employees and 90 seasonal employees.  This means that if you are looking for a job, there is a good chance we have something for you.  

We have some of the common positions every business has, like accountant, IT, customer service agent, HR, maintenance, mechanic and custodian.  However, some of our unique positions include outdoor adventure facilitator, personal trainer, skating instructor, tennis instructor, golf course ranger, lifeguard, after school program leader, and activities coordinator.  Our positions range from 2 to 40 hours per week, so there’s something for everyone, from a whole new career to working for a little extra spending money.  We are always looking for new faces on our team, could the next one be yours?  

If you know anyone interested in joining our team, check out our website at www.hfparks.com/employment.  The listings change often, but if you want to discuss your skills with our team, feel free to reach out to our HR Manager at the Goldberg Center.  

Another great way to get involved is to volunteer.  There is a long list of ways to participate, from planting flowers on Park Pride Day to assisting participants at Tennisfest or a 5K race.  We have two citizen advisory committees that are also looking for new members interested in community engagement.  The Senior Advisory Committee is an active group of senior adults interested in activities and programs for the senior community.  The committee meets once per month to discuss new ideas and plan future fundraisers and events.  The Park District Advisory Committee (PDAC) meets once per month on Tuesday evenings to review, evaluate and suggest recreation programs.  We would love to have a few more community members on these committees.  

Whether it is work or play—we like to think we have something for everyone.  

As another season approaches, our talented team will do our best to provide a wide variety of ways for you to enjoy all that the park district has to offer.  We hope to see you often!