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    The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or disability. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in any position, you MUST download/print an employment application form. Your application form (along with a resume if one is available) can be:

    1. Mailed to the address at the bottom of the application
    2. Faxed to (309) 686-3352
    3. Dropped off in person at the Noble Center at 1125 W. Lake Avenue in Lakeview Park (Mon-Fri, 8 am-4:30 pm)

    Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.  While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

    Luthy Botanical Garden - Internship

    Horticulture Intern (Unpaid)

    REQUIREMENTS:                

    • Education – High school diploma required; currently enrolled in a two or four year college/university program (Horticulture, Botany, Landscape Architecture or related field preferred).
    • Aptitude for on-the-job training.
    • Ability to perform physically demanding work.
    • Ability to operate landscape maintenance equipment safely and instruct others on procedures for use.
    • Ability to handle assigned projects with a minimum of supervision, follow written and oral instructions and accept responsibility.
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to work harmoniously with other team members, volunteers and internal and external customers.
    • Ability to provide the best possible image of the Botanical Garden and the Park District.
    • Requires neat appearance, a pleasing personality and a work record that shows reliability, initiative, tact and resourcefulness.
    • Ability to reach, walk, squat and bend at the waist and knees.
    • Ability to understand and complete record keeping and paperwork relative to job duties.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

    DUTIES: Under the supervision of the Horticulturist/Garden Manager, the Intern shall:

    • Oversee maintenance within the Botanical Garden, including turf areas, trees and shrubs, gardens, annual beds, fountain and pond areas, parking lot and storage areas.
    • Assist in the physical maintenance of the greenhouses and conservatory.
    • Assist in the production and installation of greenhouse crops when necessary.
    • Assist in development, application and record keeping of an integrated pest management program for the Botanical Garden.
    • Operate and be responsible for preventive maintenance on mechanical equipment.
    • Assist with events and classes as needed.
    • Must have valid driver’s license.
    • Follow all safety procedures that pertain to the duties performed; support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
    • Perform other duties as assigned:

    OTHER:

    • Unpaid-Internship runs during the summer (approx. 2- 4 months).
    • Hours are based on specific work needs as they relate to the requirements set forth by the University, student, and Luthy Botanical Garden.

     

    RiverFront Events Division Internship

    POSITION: Internship Program – Spring 2017

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • High school diploma required; currently enrolled in a four year college or university program (Parks/Recreation & Tourism, Business, Marketing or related field preferred).
    • Experience in special event programming and implementation.
    • Extensive knowledge of computers (Microsoft Office/Photoshop) and general office procedures along with a comprehensive understanding of social media, event promotion/coordination, and program development.
    • Ability to work weekends, special events and significant hours the weeks of March 1-21, 2017.
    • Ability to work well with others and promote an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among other staff and volunteers.
    • Familiarity with contractual agreements and public event policies.
    • Ability to communicate with others clearly in person and in writing.
    • Must possess good customer service and organizational skills.
    • Must demonstrate the ability to multi-task, develop solutions to complex problems, and complete assignments in a timely manner.
    • Ability to work harmoniously with the public and event management staff.

     

    DUTIES:

    • Intern will become acquainted with staff, various facilities, operational procedures, filing system, and common office duties associated with RiverFront Events.
    • Intern will develop goals and objectives (short and long term) for internship.
    • Intern will review all University requirements with PPD in order to establish due dates, special projects, etc.
    • Intern will provide Event Coordinators with a weekly review of his/her projects and progress with each one – including challenges faced and what was done to overcome various obstacles.
    • Assist and actively work with Event Coordinators to prepare for upcoming outdoor event season including tasks of: working with band and entertainment contracts, check requests, purchase orders, health department forms, public event applications, promotional materials, and all social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) activities.
    • Assist staff with routine duties.
    • Assist in the creation and implementation of marketing plans to use in accordance with the division’s special events.
    • Design, create, and distribute concert flyers, newspaper ads, and tickets using Photoshop and Microsoft Office programs.
    • Intern will be required to help with all tasks relating to planning, production, promotion and implementation of the March Madness Experience.
    • Intern will be required to attend all appropriate staff & event committee meetings, training and safety sessions, and at least one Park Board meeting.
    • Intern will conduct weekly research of local and national acts for future shows and present to Event Coordinators on a weekly basis.
    • Intern will conduct weekly research of local and national festivals to find potential cultural bands, food vendors, exhibitors, etc.
    • Intern will complete a capstone project at the conclusion of the internship and present to the RiverFront executive staff.
    • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
    • Perform all other duties assigned.

     

    OTHER:

    • Internship runs during the spring semester, January – May (approx. 4 months).
    • Hours are based on specific work needs as they relate to the requirements set forth by the University, student, and RiverFront Events.
    • Compensation is available for all hours worked during events.

     

    Lakeview Recreation Center - Summer 2017

    POSITION: Summer Lakeview Recreation Center Internship (May – July)

    REQUIREMENTS:
     High school diploma required; some college experience highly preferred.
     Knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office and experience in event planning camp
    experience preferred.
     Ability to work independently and maintain a flexible schedule.
     Display an understanding of the philosophy of recreation sports programs or summer camp.
     Ability to work cooperatively with private organizations and special interest groups.
     A valid driver’s license.
    DUTIES:
     Serve as Lakeview Recreation Center assistant manager, responsible for handling a large
    majority of administrative duties for the Lakeview Recreation Center Summer Camp.
     Work alongside camp supervisor ensuring they have everything needed to run summer camp.
     Assist in the oversight of camp marketing, camp registration and camp day to day activities
     Assist in the inventory and distribution and setup/take down of camp supplies and equipment.
     Assist in the recruiting and hiring of camp staff along with the scheduling, supervising, and
    evaluation of part time staff.
     Assist the camp supervisor and camp counselors in day to day procedures involving campers.
     Prepare records and reports including payroll, camp and league/event schedules, evaluations,
    and marketing materials.
     Additional duties and experience can be gained from assisting in the planning, setup, take
    down, and administration of events such as: Youth and Adult Tennis Program, Sand Volleyball
    and Adult Softball Leagues.
     Assist as needed in the management of the Mossville Soccer Complex and the Glen Oak clay
    court tennis courts.
     Performing all other duties as assigned.
    OTHER:
     Some evenings and weekends may be required.
     We do not provide housing or living expenses for this internship.


     

    Athletics Intern

    POSITION: Spring Internship (February-May 2017)
    REQUIREMENTS:
     High school diploma required; some college experience highly preferred.
     Knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office and experience in event planning.
     Ability to work independently and maintain a flexible schedule.
     Display a good understanding of the philosophy of recreation sports programs.
     Some knowledge of sports skills and methods required.
     Ability to work cooperatively with private organizations and special interest groups.
     A valid driver’s license.
    DUTIES:
     The candidate will help and be primarily involved in the Youth Soccer Program but will be
    able to gain additional experience in other departments under the Recreation Division.
     The candidate will develop goals and objectives for their experience and be asked to
    evaluate them at the end of their internship.
     Assist the coaches in the setup/tear-down of practices and games.
     Prepare records and reports including payroll, league/event schedules, evaluations, and
    marketing materials.
     Assist the Athletics Manager in the planning, administering and evaluating of the Summer
    Activities including but not limited to the, Youth Baseball (Tee Ball, Coach Pitch, Minors,
    Majors, Pony Travel & House), Adult Kickball League, and Youth and Adult Tennis
    Program, Adult Sand Volleyball and Adult Softball Leagues.
     Assist as needed in the management of the Lakeview Recreation Center and the Mossville
    Soccer Complex.
     All other duties as assigned.
    Applications and resumes will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. To ensure full
    consideration, applications should be forwarded in a timely manner to:
    For any questions or for more information, please contact Matt Suellentrop, Athletics Manager, at
    (309) 681-2866 or msuellentrop@peoriaparks.org.


     

     

    POSITION: Summer League Internship (May – July)  

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • High school diploma required; some college experience highly preferred.
    • Knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office and experience in event planning.
    • Ability to work independently and maintain a flexible schedule.
    • Display a good understanding of the philosophy of recreation sports programs.
    • Some knowledge of sports skills and methods required.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with private organizations and special interest groups.
    • A valid driver’s license.

     

    DUTIES:

    • Serve as the League Coordinator, responsible for being the main contact and direct representative of the Tee Ball/Coach Pitch Program.
    • Oversee registration, coach team selection, and pre-season meetings.
    • Assist in the inventory and distribution of supplies and equipment.
    • Assist in the recruiting and hiring of staff along with the scheduling, supervising, and evaluation of part time staff.
    • Assist the coaches in the setup/tear-down of practices and games.
    • Prepare records and reports including payroll, league/event schedules, evaluations, and marketing materials.
    • Additional duties and experience can be gained from assisting in the planning, setup, take down, and administration of events such as: Adult Softball Leagues.
    • Performing all other duties as assigned.

     

    OTHER:

    • Evenings and weekends will be required.
    • We do not provide housing or living expenses for this internship.

     

    Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum Internships

    For this internship only, please click here to fill out our online application. 

    Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum:

    The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is a new museum located in Glen Oak Park. Our mission is to provide young individuals with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the word.

    An internship at the PlayHouse can offer an opportunity to learn about museums, early childhood, and museum education. Internships at the PlayHouse are paid through collaboration with AmeriCorps and we encourage all students to apply for this funding opportunity.

    We are seeking up to FOUR interns to assist in some or all of the following areas:

    • Assist in the development, planning, and coordination of, as well as to lead, workshops, programs, and summer camps.
    • Assist floor staff in helping and engaging visitors and maintaining exhibits throughout the day.
    • Greet field trip groups.
    • Assist in the inventory and preparation of supplies associated with education programs.
    • Assist with promoting programs, including social media and community outreach.
    • Assist with exhibit development and refinement.
    • In addition, PlayHouse Fellows are encouraged to identify areas of interest and create related programs or exhibit components.

     

    qualifications:

    • Previous museum experience is not required.
    • Applicants must be upper-level undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) or graduate level.
    • For interns working directly with children and families, education experience or course work is preferred.
    • Ideal candidates will possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong interpersonal skills including comfort interacting with young children and adults.
    • All intern placements are contingent upon the successful completion of screening requirements including a background check. Please be sure to fill out application in addition to sending resume and cover letter.

     

    internship dates and hours:

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Flexible schedule is available; interns are expected to work 2 to 3 days/week.

    compensation:

    We encourage students to apply to an AmeriCorps position through our partnership with Children’s Home for paid internships. Internships may also qualify for college credit.

    to apply:

    Please complete the Intern Application Form located at:

    https://forms.peoriaparks.org/peoria-playhouse-internship-application/

    Please contact Kristin Vannatta, Operations Manager at kvannatta@peoriaparks.org with additional questions.

     


     

    Peoria Zoo Division

    The Peoria Zoo has several internships available. Please click here to check them out.