JOB and Volunteer OPPORTUNITIES

  • Employment at the Crystal Lake Park District

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    In 2016 the Park District employed 436 employees. Of those 436 employees, 61 full time, 110 part time and 265 seasonal. With this seasonal employment number, the Crystal Lake Park District is one of the area's largest employers of teens.

    The Crystal Lake Park District is the largest park district in McHenry County, Illinois with 17 facilities and 42 neighborhood parks with over 1400 acres of land. We are always looking for talented, energetic customer-focused individuals to be a part of our team. We offer a variety of full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. All positions are governed by Park District Operating and Employment Policies and Procedures.

    All potential employees must successfully complete the required background checks and submit to monthly random drug testing as a condition of employment.


    Apply Now

    Online Employment Application Form

    The Crystal Lake Park District strictly adheres to an online job application process. If you are interested in applying for employment, you must complete the online job application. We keep your online job application active for one year, and you may access your online job application at any time to make changes or to apply for different positions.

    We receive hundreds of applications annually and regret that each season a limited number of positions are available. Please note you will be contacted for an interview only if you're being considered for a specific position. Click below to view Vacancy Categories (left column). When viewing vacancy, click 'show/hide' to view job description.

    Online Job Portal


    Program Proposal

    Do you have a special skill to share or a new program concept?

    To suggest a new program to the Crystal Lake Park District

    please complete the Program Proposal form

    Mail or email the completed Program Proposal Form to:

    Kim Buscemi, Superintendent of Recreation Services

    Crystal Lake Park District

    One East Crystal Lake Avenue

    Crystal Lake, IL. 60014

    kbuscemi@crystallakeparks.org


    University Student Opportunities

    Park and Recreation Internships

    The Crystal Lake Park District offers two internships per year for university students in their senior year majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The selected interns will be expected to commit to 40 hours per week for 14 weeks. This program is designed to provide the intern with firsthand knowledge and understanding of public recreation agencies. Students will be provided the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, theory and understanding from the academic setting to the working environment.

    Interns are allowed to witness and assist in many of the different job aspects that public recreation agencies provide and will work with and for different supervisory staff during their internship.

    • Program planning as it relates to starting new programs, supervising current programs and evaluating past programs. Direct leadership skills will be emphasized as students actually conduct programs and special events.
    • Facility management that includes programming, staff scheduling, supervision, maintenance, marketing and public relations.
    • Customer relations as intern become involved with countless number of patrons and guests.
    • Park administration, which includes budgeting, finance, policy formation, and public and professional meetings.

    Field Study Work

    The Crystal Lake Park District also offers field study work for university students in their junior year.

    Application Information

    Please submit a resume and a letter of recommendation from the university.

    Kim Buscemi, Superintendent of Recreation Services

    Crystal Lake Park District

    One East Crystal Lake Avenue

    Crystal Lake, IL. 60014

    For more information call 815-459-0680 ext. 1217

  • volunteer at the Crystal Lake Park District

    Enhance your life while giving back to the community through various volunteer service opportunities with the Crystal Lake Park District. Volunteers are essential to the success of our programs and special events.

    Why volunteer?

    • Give back to and strengthen the community
    • Connect with others and meet new people
    • Develop new skills and broaden your experience
    • Feel a sense of achievement and purpose
    • Good for your mind and body
    • Career exploration or advancement
    • To have fun!

    Who can volunteer?

    • Individuals and Families - choose an activity or special event based on your interests and availability.
    • Businesses and Civic Organizations - build a community's public image and improve staff morale by volunteering as a group.
    • Teens and Social Groups - Boys and Girls 14 years and up are invited to gain valuable work experience or fulfill service hours for school or other organizations. Youth younger than age 14 may volunteer with a parent or legal guardian. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must have a parental signature to volunteer.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    The list below is a partial list of opportunities. Don't see what you're looking for on this list? Please contact Human Resources Coordinator, at Anna Olas aolas@crystallakeparks.org to inquire about additional opportunities.

    special Event VOLUNTEERS

    • Throughout the year, the Crystal Lake Park District hosts large scale special events that rely on groups of volunteers. Event volunteering opportunities are suitable for parent/child pairs, business groups, service organizations, as well as, individuals.

    Blast on the Beach

    Crystal Lake Half Marathon

    Crystal Lake Open Water Swim Race

    Kite Fest

    Truck or Treat

    Santa's Workshop

    Date Nights

    Natural Area Volunteers

    • The natural areas found throughout the Park District offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers to make a difference by helping the environment. Individuals or groups can benefit from the rewarding and education experience of restoring our native ecosystems.

      Butternut Nature Preserve

      Volunteer Co-Stewards: Judi Stuck, Nicole Petra, Marita Griffith

      Woodland and prairie preserve located on a branch of the Kishwaukee River

      Work Days: TBD

      Meet in parking lot on Butternut Road

      Lippold Park Wetland Complex

      Volunteer Co-Stewards: Position Open

      This wetland helps clean the water flowing into Crystal Lake

      Work Days: If you are interested in becoming the Steward, please contact John Fiorina at jfiorina@crystallakeparks.org

      Sterne's Woods Fen

      Volunteer Co-Steward: Larry Smith

      One of the highest quality wetlands in the state

      Work Days: 4th Sunday of the month, 9-11 AM

      Veteran Acres and Wingate Prairie Nature Preserve

      Volunteer Co-Steward: Jim Wigman

      One of our popular sites, this has been formally dedicated as a sanctuary for native plants and animals

      Work Days: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month, 9-11 AM, every Tuesday, 2-4 PM

      Meet at the Nature Center

    Volunteer Instructors/Group Leaders

    If you a special skill or knowledge base you would like to share with others such as art, nutrition or literature we welcome you to submit a Program Proposal Form to lead a new program at the Crystal Lake Park District.

    What is the Volunteer Time Commitment?

    This is up to each individual. Some volunteers may wish to volunteer on a regular basis in the same capacity while others may wish to volunteer for the occasional special event.

    Ready to Get Started Volunteering?

    For questions on volunteering for the Crystal Lake Park District please contact Anna Olas at 847-835-7538 or aolas@crystallakeparks.org

    Complete a Volunteer Application