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Naperville Park District highlights opportunities for career growth

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Above / Park District staff shares information about trees and sustainability at the Earth Day Fair, 2023. Staff profiles on the updated website show versatility of parks and recreation as a career.

As the employment landscape continues to evolve, Naperville Park District leaders have invested time and thought into attracting new employees and retaining current staff in a tight labor market. After analyzing the staffing needs and types of positions involved in the District’s operations, leaders recognized that the parks and recreation industry, and specifically the Naperville Park District, offers a wide variety of interesting work that attracts job seekers from many fields and professions. 

‘Careers Grow Here’ at Naperville Park District

The Park District recently launched a new webpage, Careers Grow Here, that includes information and insight regarding expertise, interests, and academic backgrounds that can be applied to a career in parks and recreation. Also included are career profiles of four current employees in different roles at the Park District, namely, the Fitness Manager, Planner, Creative Services Manager and Director of IT.

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Each employee explains in a Q&A what they do and why they enjoy their work at the Park District. Additionally, three other employees share their stories in ParkTalk podcast episodes posted on the page.

“We hope that the information included on the Careers Grow Here webpage will help students of all ages and job seekers with varying interests and experience consider the field of parks and recreation,” explained Katie Sepe, director of human resources. “Through this resource, they can learn more about how different academic disciplines and prior work experience can lead to a fun and fulfilling career in the dynamic field of parks and recreation.”

To learn more about current Naperville Park District employment opportunities, visit www.napervilleparks.org/employment.

Report and photo submitted by Sue Omanson, CPRP, Community Development Manager, Naperville Park District.

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Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.

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