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Looking for a summer job? Park Board has 430 of them

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Looking for the opportunity to work this summer. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has 430 job openings, including lifeguards.

Looking for a summer job? The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is now hiring for nearly 40 different summer seasonal jobs — 430 positions in all.
To fill these positions, the Park Board is partnering with the Missouri Job Center on a Seasonal Hiring Event, Wednesday, March 22, 2-6 p.m., at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway. Applicants may meet with supervisors, learn about various jobs and apply on site. Applicants may also apply online at ParkBoard.org/Employment.
Summer jobs range from entry-level cashiers to skilled drivers and maintenance workers. Hours vary, ranging from a few hours to 40 hours a week. Seasonal employees typically work April-September, and schedules can be flexible around school, perfect for students who have the summer off.
The Park Board is one of few employers that will hire workers as young as 14.
“The Park Board offers great opportunities for a first job, as well as great hands-on experience for anyone interested in a career in sports and recreation,” said Anne-Mary McGrath, Superintendent of Recreation. “Many of our full time staff started out as summer seasonal employees. But it’s not just for first-time job seekers — we have opportunities for all ages, anyone who has availability during the summer.”
Seasonal openings include lifeguards at indoor and outdoor pools; counselors for summer day camps and before- and after-school (SPARC) programs; concessions staff at pools, sports complexes and special events; maintenance workers at golf courses, ball fields, and pools; front desk, fitness and childcare staff at family centers; front desk and Springfield Lasers staff at Cooper Tennis Complex; and cashiers, scorekeepers and umpires at sports complexes.
Most positions are entry-level, but some require training or certification, including lifeguards, who may be as young as 15. Lifeguard training is offered now through late April at Chesterfield Family Center. Details and dates at ParkBoard.org, click Register Now, or call 417-891-1616.
Free umpire training takes place Saturday, March 25, 8:30 a.m-1 p.m., at Cooper Sports Complex, 2300-2700 E. Pythian St. Umpires must be16 years or older. Information at 417-837-5817.

To apply, visit parkboard.org/employment. ParkBoard.org/Employment. For more information, call the Springfield-Greene County Park Board at 417-864-1049.

Accessible Recreation

Recreation Leader — Working with individuals with disabilities, assisting with recreation programs and special events. Experience working with individuals with disabilities and driving a van preferred. Weekdays, 5-15 hours per week. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 2-4 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-837-5808.

Bus Driver — Provide transportation for trips for individuals with disabilities. Flexible and variable hours, some evenings. Requires CDL Class B, Passenger and AirBrake Endorsements. 2 positions available. Starting at $8.50/hour. Info at 417-837-5808.

Bus Monitor — Supervise and insure safety for individuals with disabilities while riding bus. Experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred. Must possess First Aid and CPR/AED certification. Must be 18 or older. Avg. 20 hours per week. 2 positions available. Starting at $8/hour. Info at 417-837-5808.

Aquatics
Lifeguard — At indoor and outdoor pools, various locations, throughout the year and especially May-August. 30-40 hours per week, including weekends. Requires Lifeguard Training, Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Register for training sessions at ParkBoard.org, click Register Now. Must be 15 years or older. 75 positions available. Starting at $8/hour. Info at 417-891-1616.

Cashier — At outdoor pools, various locations, May-August. 25-30 hours per week, including weekends. Will hire ages 14 and 15. 8-10 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-891-1616.

Concessions
Concessions Clerk — Various locations, including ball fields, outdoor pools and special events. Hours vary. Flexible schedule. Will hire ages 14-15. 40 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-874-1203.

Botanical Center
Tram Driver — Operates solar tram people hauler while giving guided tours at Nathanael/Greene-Close Memorial Park, able to answer questions about gardens, as well as other outdoor work. 28 hours per week. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 2 positions available. Starting at $8.50/hour. Info at 417-891-1515.

Office Support Staff — Staffs front desk in the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael/Greene-Close Memorial Park, as well as Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden ticket window. Mostly indoors, with some outdoor work. Must have strong customer service skills and basic knowledge of modern office practices. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license and high school diploma. 28 hours per week. 4 position available. Hourly rate varies with experience. Info at 417-891-1515.

Family Centers
Fitness Monitors — Monitor activities in fitness and gymnasium areas for safety and cleanliness, and assists Family Center members with exceptional customer service. CPR/AED certification preferred. Must be 16 years or older. Average 10-25 hours per week, includes evenings and weekends. 8-10 positions available. Info at 417-891-1616 (Chesterfield,) 417-891-1500 (Dan Kinney) or 417-837-5900 (Doling). Starting at $7.70/hour.

Childcare Provider — Supervise children ages 3 months-8 years, with an emphasis on safety and friendliness. Infant/Child CPR/AED certification preferred. 4-6 positions available. Must be 16 years or older. Average 10-25 hours per week, includes evenings and weekends. Info at 417-891-1616 (Chesterfield,) 417-891-1500 (Dan Kinney) or 417-837-5900 (Doling). Starting at $7.70/hour.

Centers Monitor — Provide excellent customer service at Family Centers, including managing front desk, phones, member forms, computers, handling money and general housekeeping. CPR/AED certification preferred. Must be 16 years or older. Average 10-25 hours per week, includes evenings and weekends. 4-6 positions available. Info at 417-891-1616 (Chesterfield,) 417-891-1500 (Dan Kinney) or 417-837-5900 (Doling). Starting at $7.70/hour.

Golf Courses
Golf Maintenance — Mowing, weed eating, watering, some equipment operation. Must be 18 years or older. Early morning and afternoon, including weekends. Up to 40 hours a week. 12 positions available. Starting at $10/hour. Info at 417-864-1051.

Golf Concessions — Various locations including Rivercut, Horton Smith, and Bill and Payne Stewart. Daily food preparation and cashier duties. Up to 28 or up to 40 hours per week. Daytime hours, must be available weekends. Must be 16 years or older. 4-6 positions available. Info at 417-891-1645 (Rivercut,) 417-891-1639 (Horton Smith,) and 417-833-9962 (Bill and Payne Stewart.) Starting at $7.70/hour.

Golf Pro Shop — Various locations including Rivercut, Horton Smith, and Bill and Payne Stewart. Positions include pro shop cashiers, starters, rangers, and outside daily duties. Up to 28 or up to 40 hours per week. Daytime hours, must be available weekends. Must be 18 years or older. 4-6 positions available. Info at 417-891-1645 (Rivercut,) 417-891-1639 (Horton Smith,) and 417-833-9962 (Bill and Payne Stewart.) Starting at $7.70/hour.

Jordan Valley Park
Landscaping, Turf Maintenance, Tree Work, General Maintenance — Propagating, planting and maintaining shrubs, flowers and trees and general maintenance in parks. Must have knowledge of safe and proper use of tractors, mowers, and powered hand tools. Average hours per week vary, includes weekends. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 1-2 positions available. Starting at $8.50/hour. Info at 417-874-2946.

Lake Springfield Park
Boat Rental Attendant — Coordinate canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals at the Lake Springfield Boathouse. Provide safety and general information in a friendly and courteous manner. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be 16 years or older. 30+ hours per week, some evenings and weekends. 1 position available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-891-1550.

Mediacom Ice Park
Front Desk, Event Staff, Skate Guards, Pro Shop — Work with families and ice skating participants of all ages. Some positions require basic knowledge of ice sports and equipment. Major hiring time in late summer, early fall. Must be 16 years or older. 10-40 positions available. Starting at $7.75/hour. Info at 417-866-7444.

Northview Center
Recreation Leader — Working with seniors, assisting with recreation programs and special events. Experience working with seniors and driving a van preferred. Weekdays, 5-10 hours per week. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 2-4 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-837-5808.

Bus Driver — Provide transportation for senior trips. Flexible and variable hours. Some evenings required. Requires CDL Class B, Passenger and AirBrake Endorsements. 2 positions available. Starting at $8.50/hour. Info at 417-837-5808.

Center Monitor — Open, monitor and close facility during rentals. Must possess First Aid and CPR/AED certification. Hours vary, including evenings and weekends. Must be 18 years or older. 2 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-837-5808.

Outdoor Initiatives
Recreation Leader — Leading and assisting with outdoor recreation programs that may include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, cave tours, etc. Experience in outdoor recreation and education, as well as group facilitation is preferred. Some evenings and weekends required, 20-30 hours per week. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 2 positions available. Starting a $8/hour. Info at 417-833-8647.

Park Operations
General Labor/Turf and Ball Field Maintenance — Mowing, weed eating, equipment operation, ball field maintenance, trash pickup, cleaning restrooms, pavilion helper, lifting. Must be 18 years or older. Flexible shifts, including weekends, typically 40 hours per week. Must be 18 years or older. 25 positions available. Starting at $10/hour. Info at 417-864-1051.

General Labor/Pool Maintenance — Clean bathhouses and vacuum pools at various outdoor pools. Mostly 40 hours per week, May-August. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 2 positions available. Starting at $10/hour. Info at 417-864-1051.

Landscaping, Turf Maintenance, Tree Work — Propagating, planting and maintaining shrubs, flowers and trees in parks. Must have knowledge of safe and proper use of dump and flatbed trucks, tractors, mowers, skid loader and attachments, and powered hand tools. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 5 positions available. Starting at $10/hour. Info at 417-864-1051.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
Camp Counselor — Supervising children at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park summer camps. Indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, games, animal interactions, cow train rides, pony rides. May-August, weekdays, avg. 28 hours per week. Must be 16 years or older. 2-3 positions available. Starting at $8/hour. Info at 417-874-2920.

Day Care Leader — Supervising children at before and after summer camp programs at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, games, animal interactions. May-August, weekdays, avg. 28 hours per week. Must be 16 years or older. 1 position available. Starting at $8/hour. Info at 417-874-2920.
School-Park (SPARC)
Summer Day Camp Counselor — Ensure children’s safety, manage children’s behavior, and act as a role model and mentor while leading crafts, playing games, going swimming, and taking field trips through summer day camps. Weekdays only, May-August. Must be 16 years or older. 50 positions available. Starting at $7.75/hour. Info at 417-837-5737.

Program Assistant, Before and After School — Ensure children’s safety, manage children’s behavior, and act as a role model and mentor while leading crafts, playing games and having fun at before- and after-school programs. Weekdays only, June-July, 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. Must be 16 years or older. 30 positions available. Starting at $7.75/hour. Info at 417-837-5737.

Inclusion Counselor — Work with children with behavioral, developmental, or physical disabilities to assist them with successfully participating in all activities of summer programs. Weekdays only, May-August. Must be 16 years or older. 15 positions available. Starting at $8.25/hour. Info at 417-837-5737.

Clerical Assistant — Provide excellent customer assistance at SPARC office, complete data entry, answer phone calls, file office paper work, handle money transactions, take office supply inventory, make copies. Must be 18 years or older. Weekdays only. 1-2 positions available. Starting at $8/hour. Info at 417-837-5737.

Springfield Skate Park
Bike Camp and Skate Camp Instructors — Assist in the planning, organizing and instruction of either youth BMX riding lessons or skateboard lessons. Instructors must be experienced in either disciplines and previous teaching experience is preferred. Evenings and weekends. 2-3 positions available. Starting at $25 per class. Info at 417-868-8758.

Tennis
Tennis Team Staff — Support staff for Springfield Lasers at Cooper Tennis Complex, including parking, ushers, VIP room attendants, on-court staff, scorekeepers. Basic knowledge of tennis preferred, but not required. Evenings and weekends, avg. 30+ hours per week. Must be 15 years or older. 8-10 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-837-5800.

Youth and Adult Sports
Cashier — For spring, summer and fall baseball and softball leagues. Up to 35 hours per week, evenings and weekends. Must be 16 years or older. 10 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-837-5817.

Scorekeeper — For spring, summer and fall baseball and softball leagues. Basic knowledge of sport required. Up to 30 hours per week, all evenings and weekends. Must be 16 years or older. 15 positions available. Starting at $7.70/hour. Info at 417-837-5817.

Umpire — For spring, summer and fall baseball and softball leagues. Contract position. Basic knowledge of sport required. Training available, contact Killian Sports Complex for details at 837-5817. Up to 20 games per week, all evenings and weekends. Must be 16 years or older. 13-15 positions available. Starting at $12/game Info at 417-837-5817.

Referee — For spring, summer and fall volleyball leagues. Up to 30 matches per week, including evenings and weekends. Must have at least two years volleyball club experience. Must be 16 years or older. 3 positions available. Starting at $12/match. Info at 417-837-5817.

Baseball/Softball/Flag Football Complex Manager and Gym Supervisor — For baseball, softball, flag football and volleyball leagues, as well as gym supervisor for free play. Up to 35 hours per week, evenings and weekends. Must be 16 years or older. 2-3 positions available. Starting at $8/hour. Info at 417-837-5817.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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