Job: Parks and Recreation Paid Intern

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Become an Intern for
City of Aurora Parks and Recreation!
Make an effective transition from the classroom to the professional world.
We've designed our internship program to give students the opportunity to explore the parks and recreation field and to gain practical experience under professional leadership.
City of Aurora Parks and Recreation offers seasonal internships in the following areas:
  • Aquatics and Facility Management - Indoor/Outdoor Operations
  • Sports Management and Programming
  • Camps
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Exercise Science and Health Promotions
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Youth Services Initiative Program
  • Recreation Centers and Facility Management

The purpose of the City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Internship Program is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their academic skills and knowledge to the practical experience daily operations. Under the assistance of supervisory staff, an intern will have exposure to several Divisions within the Department with a focus on the Division that meets their goals. (i.e. a Recreation Major will work primarily in the Recreation Division with some exposure to overall City and Department operation)
In selecting your internship location please keep in mind the goals you wish to obtain. The City of Aurora is a large city, while interning for our municipal parks and recreation department, you will experience and learn many facets of local government and how it functions.  The goal of staff is to expose you to a meaningful and practical learning experience that will benefit both the intern and the Department.
  • Interns are hired with the City of City of Aurora for minimum wage $10.20/hour
  • Interns may use the City of Aurora Centers on any working day
  • Interns are eligible for mileage reimbursement when using their own vehicles to transport themselves to and from work sites
**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.** 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Department takes pride in presenting itself to the public in a professional manner.  We provide quality programs to our citizens and expect the same from our student interns.  The City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Department expects an incoming intern to be enthusiastic and to present a professional attitude.
Expectations of the intern are as follows, but not limited to:
  • Attendance at required meetings
  • Assist as needed in the production of a brochure
  • As needed, create news releases, flyers, social media/web content
  • Familiarization with office operating procedures
  • As needed, aide in construction of a budget
  • Familiarization of all program/service area assigned
  • Major written project if required
  • Completion of written requirements by university or college
  • Regular meetings with Internship Coordinator
  • Evaluation of internship
  • Familiarization with some maintenance procedures
  • Facility scheduling
  • Assistance with a Special Event
  • Other areas as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Affiliation with a college or university
  • Ability to follow written, demonstrated, and oral directions
  • Ability to instruct and lead individuals or groups
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs, use of office machines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, participants and the public
  • Ability to take initiative, ask questions, perform tasks and lead participants
  • Interns are expected to dress appropriately, conduct themselves in a professional manner, be punctual, and complete all given tasks within the required time period in a quality manner.
  • Interns should be prepared to work comparable hours to their professional colleagues. (Weekends, evenings).  We are looking for interns who feel they can help improve our programs while experiencing a meaningful learning experience themselves.  We are open to new ideas and welcome innovations. 

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: 
  • Light physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 30 pounds
  • Some lifting, carrying, walking, and standing to set up for facility programs
  • Frequent hand/eye coordination to operate office equipment
  • Vision to read and interpret reports and other written material
  • Frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens

Work Environment: 
  • Works in a recreation center facility.
Equipment Used: 
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.


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