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SEA - Intern - Special Recreation

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Adaptive Recreation Center - Waukegan, IL
$14.00 - $15.00 Hourly

Intern - Special Recreation

Status of Employment:
Seasonal, Non-Exempt


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC) and the Waukegan Park District offers an excellent opportunity for students pursuing a career in Therapeutic Recreation and as required by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). The internship focuses on therapeutic recreation in a community setting. Our agency is one of many Illinois Special Recreation Associations. The candidate will have many opportunities to practice and apply TR knowledge and methods. Interns will observe and lead programs, drive pick-up and drop off routes and fieldtrips, assist in children's camps or leisure education activities in special education classrooms, complete assessments and one case study, and complete a major project. Interns work with individuals with a variety of disabilities, and will be part of Special Olympic events within a sports season. Knowledge of basic behavior management with children and adults with a disability. Understanding of disability specific characteristics of, but not limited to: Autism, Oppositional Deviant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Developmental Delays.

  • Assist with planning, organization, implementation and oversight of recreational/general interest programs and special events within area of responsibility in the Special Recreation department.
  • Provide direct leadership and supervision to all assigned recreation programs and services.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate activities that meet the needs and interest of participants.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of long-range plans and strategies.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of goals and objectives specific to area of responsibility. May develop and implement an intern project.
  • Assist in evaluating effectiveness and efficiency of programs and services.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for recreation programs, services, and facilities consisting of appropriate pricing and promotional efforts.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of specific program details consistent with recreation marketing strategy.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of assigned staff and volunteers. Contract with independent contractors and vendors for programs and services as needed.
  • Assist staff and volunteers in the performance of their duties.
  • Assist securing alternative funding through grants, sponsorships, and fund raising.
  • Assist in the purchase, distribution, and maintenance of proper inventory of all supplies and materials. Turn in appropriate receipts as required.
  • Prepare and maintain management reports and records regarding programs and services.
  • Prepare and submit reports and projects as required by sponsoring university.
  • Accompany participants on field trips. Transport program participants and supplies using park district vehicles.
  • Assist in scheduling facility rental and program use. Assist with management of facilities as needed.
  • Assist in the preparation of program budgets.
  • Establish a cooperative planning and working relationship with coworkers, parents, community agencies and organizations.
  • Attend pertinent departmental/park district meetings and in-house training sessions.
  • Conduct self according to the policies and procedures as established by the park district.
  • Participate in park district Safety and Training Program to ensure that work performed, and services provided are implemented in a safe manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education: Registered as a student at a four-year university. Meet university requirements for senior student status. Majoring in Recreation Administration, Therapeutic Recreation, Sports Management, Social Work, or related field.

Experience: Minimum six (6) months experience in a recreational setting, preferably in a recreation department, school district, social services agency or non-profit organization. May be obtained through a combination of volunteer, seasonal, part-time or temporary positions. Has acquired necessary special competencies in the field of specialization for doing fieldwork. Must have completed all university requirements for internship placement.

Knowledge: General knowledge of recreation, parks, and leisure service field. General knowledge of recreation principles and philosophy within specific area of responsibility. Specific knowledge of recreation programs and services for assigned area of responsibility. Knowledge of basic behavior management with children and adults with a disability. Understanding of disability specific characteristics of, but not limited to: Autism, Oppositional Deviant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Developmental Delays.

License/Certification: Valid driver's license required. CPR, AED, and First Aid certificate preferred.

Hours: Candidates should be prepared to work 40 hours per week. Weekdays and weekends are required with various evening hours. 14-16 week internship.

Conditions of Employment May Include:

  • Provide proof of date of birth
  • Provide a copy of driver's license
  • Provide driver's abstract
  • Submit to a reference check / employment verification
  • Submit to a state criminal background check
  • Submit to pre-placement drug test and TB test
  • Submit to a pre-placement lifting evaluation
  • Submit to random, reasonable cause, and post-accident alcohol and drug tests
  • Provide verification of education
  • May have to provide certification within area of responsibility.

Closing Date: Open until filled

Kari Robinson, CTRS, CPRP
Recreation Supervisor of Special Recreation

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