Employment

EMPLOYMENT

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Syracuse Department of Parks & Recreation. The City of Syracuse affirmatively recruits, hires, and promotes without regard to age, marital status, race, sex, religion, national origin or handicap and actively employs Vietnam Era Veterans and Handicapped persons. The Department hires both full-time and part-time staff.

  FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT
Most full-time positions are filled through examinations offered by the New York State Department of Civil Service when job openings become available. The Parks Department hires titles such as Recreation Directors, Leaders & Supervisors, Aquatic Directors & Supervisors, Dog Control Officers etc. Some exams are given annually, others every three to four years, while still others are "continuous recruitment." For job listings, please  click here  or call the Onondaga County Personnel Department at (315) 435-3537.


SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT  -    
The City of Syracuse Parks & Recreation Department Divides its seasonal employment opportunities into two seasons, summer and school year. Actual dates of employment vary during each season depending upon specific program needs. Applicants are hired on a seasonal basis, meaning employment is officially terminated at the end of the season. Job openings are limited. 

Requirements for Seasonal Hires at the time of hire
 

    • You must be 16 years or older to work for the Parks Department unless you are a lifeguard ice rink attendant.
    • You must provide proper identification -  Click Here for a List of Acceptable Documents  
    • You must provide the ORIGINAL Social Security Card - copies will not be accepted. If you do not have your card, you may obtain a new card at the Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton Street - 4th Floor- 479-0049. Their hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You may not start work without this.
    • If you are 16 or 17 years old, you be required to supply us with GREEN working papers from your school.
    • CPR and Lifeguard cards will have to be supplied at the time of hire where applicable.
    • You must reside in the City of Syracuse.
    • Please complete the entire application below, print it and mail it to:  Syracuse Parks & Recreation, RE: Job Application, 412 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 . A representative will contact you if there are any openings that fit your qualifications. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we ask that you do not call to inquire about your application. Thank you in advance.

SUMMER SEASONAL POSITIONS  

AQUATIC POSTIONS

Water Safety Instructors

Hours:   Pools are open 7 days a week. Schedules and work shifts vary by pool.   Provide swimming instruction for a variety of swim levels. Requirements: Must be at least 16 years of age and certified as a  Water Safety Instructor .  

Lifeguard 

Hours:  Pools are open 7 days per week during the summer. Schedule and work shifts vary by pool. Must be available on weekends and holidays. Provide general lifeguard duties at one of 11 city pools.  Requirements:  Must be certified as a  lifeguard , with updated first aid/CPR . Screening required annually ( click here for screening dates and information)  

Pool Aide

Hours:  Pools are open 7 days a week during the summer. Schedule and work shifts vary by pool. Must be available on weekends and holidays.  Duties  include but are not limited to monitoring pool attendance, checking patron height and swim attire (for admittance), and basic cleaning duties. 

Night Security

 

Hours:  generally 6:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (varies by site). Schedule and work shifts vary by pool. Must be available on weekends and holidays! Night-awake position providing security for outdoor city pools (and golf courses, where applicable).

GOLF POSITIONS

Golf Course Attendant

Hours:  Golf Courses are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Must be available to work weekends and holidays.  Duties  include assisting with the operation/supervision of one of  two municipal, 9-hole golf courses . Duties may include general course maintenance, assisting with youth groups/clinics/tournaments; clubhouse cashier.  Requirements:  Should have familiarity with the game of golf and a Learner’s Permit

GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

Grounds Keeper

 

Hours:  Vary.  Duties  include assisting grounds/maintenance staff with general upkeep of outdoor parks, playgrounds, sport fields, and golf courses.  Requirements:  Position requires physical labor.

YOUTH RECREATION POSTIONS

Day Park Supervisor  

Hours:  generally 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (varies by site). Monday - Friday. Supervisors must create a comprehensive, age-appropriate schedule of activities for a 7-week youth recreation program;maintain safety and security of park and facility; supervise staff;monitor registration/sign-in;prepare weekly reports. Responsibilities may also include administering a lunch program and participating in field trip activities. Requirements:  MUST BE CPR-CERTIFIED. Creative, energetic personality a must!

Day Park Recreation Aide

Hours:  generally 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (varies by site). Monday - Friday.  Duties  include assisting Day Park Supervisors with supervision of children and implementation of activities.  Requirements:  Creative, energetic personality a must!

Mobile Recreation

Hours:  Must be available 7 days a week. Times may vary week to week. Mobile Recreation staff travel to several sites per day in a mobile recreation vehicle. Staff is responsible for preparing and implementing a series of adventure-based games, cooperative-learning activities, and craft projects for youth. Some materials and guidebooks are provided, though staff creativity is a must. Staff will be responsible for preparing and submitting weekly reports.  Requirements:  Creative and energetic! Ability to work as a team

Full Day Camp Counselor

Hours:  9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Monday - Friday. Counselors responsibilities vary by week and by camp.  Duties  include assisting the camp director with operations of a one-week summer camp by assisting with instruction, officiating, general supervision and lunch distribution. Should have familiarity with sport or camp topic. Must apply for each camp individually.  Requirements:  Creative, energetic personality a must! For a listing of our camps, please  click here .

Half Day Camp Counselor

Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Counselors responsibilities vary by week and by camp.  Duties  include assisting the camp director with operations of a one-week summer camp by assisting with instruction, officiating, general supervision and lunch distribution. Should have familiarity with sport or camp topic. Must apply for each camp individually.  Requirements:  Creative, energetic personality a must! For a listing of our camps, please  click here .

Basketball League Coach

Hours:  Thursday nights for 8 weeks. Game times vary from week to week. One game per week. Coaches are needed for our ACTION JR boys teams, 13 - 15 yrs. Team rosters will be drafted from all league registrants.

Basketball League Scorekeeper

Hours:  5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  Duties  include managing the book and/or clock during weeknight ACTION league basketball games at McChesney Community Center.  Requirements:  Must be knowledgeable of basketball rules and book management.

Night Recreation Director

Hours:  4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Weeknights.  Duties  include creating a comprehensive, age-appropriate schedule of activities for a 7-week recreation program; maintain safety and security of building; supervise staff; monitor registration/sign-in; prepare weekly reports. Applicant must have experience organizing and implementing age-appropriate sport and non-sport activities and must have experience working with teens. Requirements:  Experience leading recreation/teen programs. MUST BE CPR-CERTIFIED Creative, energetic personality a must!

Night Recreation Assistant

Hours:  4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Weeknights.  Duties  include assisting Night Recreation Director with program supervision and implementation of activities.  Requirements:  Must be 21 or older. Creative, energetic personality a must!

 

SCHOOL YEAR SEASONAL POSITIONS  

AQUATIC POSTIONS  

Water Safety Instructors

Hours:   Pools are open 7 days a week. Schedules and work shifts vary by pool.   Provide swimming instruction for a variety of swim levels. Requirements: Must be at least 16 years of age and certified as a  Water Safety Instructor .  

Lifeguard

Hours:  Pools are open 7 days a week. Schedules and work shifts vary by pool.  Duties: Provide general lifeguard duties for one of the two indoor pools that the city operates. Requirements:  Must be  certified as a lifeguard  with proper  updated first aid/CPR training .
Screening required annually ( click here for screening dates and information).  

ICE RINK POSITIONS

Ice Rink Attendant

Hours: Ice Rinks are open 7 days a week. Must be available to work nights and weekends. Attendants are responsible for assisting with the operation/supervision of one of three  municipal ice rinksDuties may include general ice maintenance, assisting with youth groups/clinics/tournaments; cashier and general cleaning.  Requirements: Must be able to ice skate and be at least 15 years of age.

YOUTH RECREATION POSITIONS

Tennis Instructor

Hours:  Between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Opportunities for part-time or per diem work leading tennis clinics on city park courts.  Duties  would include developing, organizing and leading a team tennis program.  Requirements:  Must be USTA-certified.

Fitness Instructor

Hours:  Vary according to site. Monday - Friday. Opportunities exist for certified fitness instructors to lead groups of youth, adults and/or seniors.  Requirements:  Experience leading safe, effective programs is a must. Certification by one or more national organizations required (ACSM, NSCA, ACE). CRP certification also required.

Tutor/Academic Specialist

Hours:  Between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. A limited number of school-year positions are available that involve assisting with after-school, drop-in recreation programs.  Duties  may include developing and implementing age-appropriate education programs.  Requirements:  College degree preferred. Creative, energetic personality a must!

After School Recreation

Hours:  Between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. A limited number of school-year positions are available that involve assisting with after-school, drop-in recreation programs.  Duties  include serving snacks/meals, field trip supervision, physical activity program development and implementation.  Requirements:  Experience working with youth in an educational or recreational setting. Creative, energetic personality a must!

 

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Last Updated: 2/20/2020