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Recreation Intern


The residents of Janesville choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a place to realize life’s opportunities. We strive to sustain a community culture where differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated. As such, the City of Janesville recognizes the importance of developing an environment where diversity is not merely accepted but embraced and celebrated. As public servants, we believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. To this end, we will diligently recruit and retain the most talented employees in an environment that fosters maximizing one’s potential. Therefore, we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to consider employment with the City of Janesville and serve the residents of “Wisconsin’s Park Place”.


Under general supervision and guidance of the Recreation Director and guidance of the Recreation Supervisor and Recreation Programmers, the Recreation Intern is responsible for assisting with program and event coordination, execution and supervision in addition to general Division office assistance.  This position is for eligible students in an approved internship program. 


Reports to:  Recreation Director 

Works with seasonal employees on a regular basis and communicates with other City employees, professional staff, customers and the general public.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Recreation Programming: Attend staff and other relevant meetings; Plan, coordinate, schedule, implement and supervise recreation programs and events; Shadow and and/or fill in for various seasonal positions as needed; Complete program surveys and evaluations.
  2. Marketing & Promotion: Design, create and distribute various publicity materials; Use of social media marketing; Obtain sponsorships/donations; Represent Division at promotional events; Understand policies and procedures.
  3. Facility Operations & Maintenance: Assist with office coverage, including proper phone protocol, participant registrations, facility bookings, equipment rental program oversight, and record keeping; Review operational manuals and maintenance procedures; Shadow and assist with maintenance of facilities; Assist with program and facility supervision.
  4. Budgeting & Fiscal Management: Learn budgetary procedures; assist with employee payroll and timecard management; purchase supplies and materials within given budgets.
  5. Personnel Supervision & Management: Assist with hiring and evaluation of employees; Solicit and help with volunteer recruitment and management; Assist with staff training sessions; Responsible for proper documentation of incidents and injuries.
  6. Major Project: Plan and execute a major project.  This project is determined together with student and supervisor input. 
  7. General Duties:  Acts as a professional staff member; participates in facility orientations; familiarization of city policies and procedures; other related duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform the essential duties of the position. 

Education, Certifications and Experience:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Current Child and Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications or willing to obtain.
  3. Must be currently enrolled in an approved university internship program.

For successful performance in this position, the incumbent will need to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Ability to:

  1. Work evenings and weekends as required.
  2. Follow City/Division/Ice Arena policies, work independently and make sound decisions.
  3. Communicate effectively in verbal and written form. 
  4. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with city employees, arena user groups, patrons and the general public.
  5. Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures
  6. Maintain positive behavior and a calm and professional demeanor
  7. Passes or ability to obtain a valid State of Wisconsin driver’s license.


Equipment used in this position includes but is not limited to: Personal Computer; Recreation Based Software; Copy Machine; Telephone.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Position works general indoor office setting; along with the ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions. 
  2. Working conditions involve occasional exposure to dirt, dust, and moisture. 
  3. Perform basic activities, which may include, but not limited to lifting, stooping, semi-reaching, to full-reach overhead, crouching, kneeling, bending, twisting, and turning.
  4. Must be able to sit or stand and move for long periods of time
  5. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  6. See and observe all sections of an assigned area of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  7. Ability to drive an 11-passenger van. 


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position, or is responsive to the needs of the City of Janesville. 


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


The City of Janesville, Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.