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Recreation Aides–6 month positions with Forest Preserve District

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The Forest Preserves of Cook County is seeking 6 month Recreation Aides to work within the Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming.

Please pass along to anyone who might be interested.

They must apply online at

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Job Summary

Reporting  to staff from the Conservation and Experiential Programming Recreation Team, provides hands-on outdoor recreation activities to District patrons at a variety of special events, activities and programs at numerous locations around the District including district Campgrounds. Staff will develop programmatic ideas, concepts and in some cases curriculum that they will deliver at a variety of locations around the District.  May be assigned to oversee a specific aspect of special events and outdoor recreation and camping programs and to assist in overseeing seasonal support staff for those projects. Assists with programmatic and customer service interaction at Films in the Forest; Forest Jams; Cooler in the Forest; Camping and Gear library programs, youth and family events; arts, paddling and outdoor recreation activities; and Nature Center and partner events. This is a 6 month seasonal position.

Typical Duties

Provides hands-on activities related to nature, the arts, camping and outdoor recreation to patrons at events as part of a mobile team

Develops program ideas, concepts and curriculum.

Maintains equipment and supplies for programs and activities.

Serves as District customer service representative at events.

Maintains and adheres to program and event schedules.

Drives mobile unit and takes care of vehicle needs.

Provides statistical reports and anecdotal reports related to activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Must possess a high school diploma, GED, or higher.

Must have completed 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university with classes or degree concentration in environmental education, teaching, arts or recreation programming, OR must possess at least 18 months (can be non-consecutive) of practical work experience working with youth activities in a hands-on, youth development, outdoor, arts, recreation or outdoor environment capacity  OR must possess 12 or more months (can be non-consecutive) of professional work experience in hands-on, youth development, outdoor, arts, recreation or outdoor environment capacity.

Must possess a current valid driver’s license.

Must be a current Cook County resident.

Preferred Qualifications

Have at least one season of a paid job or unpaid internship working on Forest Preserves property with the Conservation and Experiential Programming Department or with a Forest Preserves partner group. (Must be listed in experience on application).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

Knowledge and interest in recreation trends, specifically, new concepts related to outdoor and adventure recreation, camping, the arts and nature play activities

Knowledge, interest and ability to lead hands-on outdoor recreation activities, programs and events including, but not limited to, canoeing, biking, hiking, camping, arts making and game playing.

Familiarity with youth development tools, skills and concepts.

Ability to provide programming for youth, young adults, adults and seniors

Familiarity with community based programming.

Knowledge of basic outdoor skills, i.e., camping, hiking, biking, paddling, fire starting, birding, stewardship.

Knowledge of and ability to lead process-based and open-ended arts programming.

Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work.  They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

No phone calls please.


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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