Looking for your next summer adventure? THPRD is Hiring!
Do you want a job that is active and allows you to spend time outdoors? Look no further than THPRD! We need to hire dozens of people who are interested in public service, share our values around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and believe in being part of an organization centered on ensuring a sense of belonging for everyone in our parks, trails, centers, and natural areas.
Specifically, we have openings for:
- Summer camp staff (directors, assistant directors, camp leaders, camp assistant leaders, rec mobile leaders, and more)
- Instructors (sports, fitness, aquatics, tennis, dance, gymnastics, arts & crafts, & more)
- Park maintenance
- Inclusion Assistants
To learn more about any of these job opportunities, please visit our website at www.thprd.org/jobs.
Summer Registration Has Begun!
Summer registration for camps and classes is underway. THPRD is offering both full and half-day camps, preschool camps, sports camps and nature camps. We’ll also be offering camps at more locations than last year. The summer session begins on June 21. Register now at www.thprd.org/portal. Financial aid is available, learn more at http://www.thprd.org/activities/financial-aid.
Multilingual Welcome Center
Registration Help Available in Many Languages: We have expanded our special registration assistance center to serve additional languages. We continue to have bilingual staff and volunteers serving Spanish-speaking patrons. This term we are partnering with community-based organizations to accommodate even more languages. Details are still being finalized, but we anticipate having in-person translation for Arabic, Farsi, Somali, and more. All non-English speakers needing extra assistance are encouraged to attend this event. Running from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 1 at THPRD’s Howard M. Terpenning Complex at 15707 SW Walker Rd.
RISE Volunteer Opportunity
The district offers the Realizing Interest through Service Experience (RISE) leadership program where youth can develop the necessary leadership and communication skills to join the workforce. Teens are provided an introduction to volunteering with the park district and coached in safety, volunteer expectations, group dynamics, age-appropriate learning and more. They gain valuable work experience, earn school community service requirements, and have lots of fun!
Applicants must commit to a minimum of 50 hours of service within their interest area which could include district events, summer camps, afterschool, preschool, drop-in childcare, and therapeutic recreation programs. At this time, we are recruiting volunteers interested in assisting with leadership of district events, however we hope to be able to recruit youth to assist with leadership in other programs as additional COVID guidance comes out for the summer.
Learn more and apply at http://www.thprd.org/connect/volunteer/youth.
Join the City Nature Challenge!
THPRD is part of a regional City Nature Challenge which is a community science “bioblitz” to observe and document as many plants and wildlife as possible in a 4-day period. People join from around the world and this is the first year THPRD is participating.
Between April 30 – May 3 you can:
Find It. Take a picture of a wild plant, animal, mushroom, or other evidence of life in your city. (No pets, houseplants, or garden plants.)
Take a Picture of what you find. Be sure to note the location of the critter or plant.
Share your Observation through iNaturalist. Create an iNaturalist account at https://www.inaturalist.org/signup.