We offer you the challenge of meaningful work, the ability to make a difference, and to have a tangible impact on children’s lives. When you work for Lancaster Rec, you know your work matters.

We recognize that our employees’ hard work and dedication are the driving force behind our success. We continually look for friendly, upbeat and caring individuals who thrive working in a diverse, team-oriented environment. We have many part-time employment opportunities available throughout the school year and summer months.

Our part-time employees enjoy competitive pay, rewarding experiences, and structured hours. Most of our openings are in child care programs. Our entry-level positions require two years’ experience working with children, plus 12 college credits or completion of the Child Development Associate or School-Age Professional Credential.

You must successfully pass criminal and child abuse clearances to work in any capacity for Lancaster Rec.

We are always looking for experienced class instructors. If you have a skill or hobby you can teach to others – reach out to us at info@LancasterRec.org.

Current Employment Opportunities

Urban Outdoor Fellow

The Urban Outdoor Fellow will work in an urban community for a 24-month time period. The Fellow will be engaged in identifying the specific challenges faced by the local recreation providers in delivering programming to underrepresented/underserved populations.  The Fellow will establish stakeholder connections through meetings with appropriate partners, identifying expertise in outdoor programming and opportunities while promoting and encouraging the sharing of resources to facilitate underrepresented, underserved urban children, youth and young adults.

Another aspect of the Fellow’s community outreach may include conducting focus groups and/or other avenues to engage with children, youth and young adults to determine their interests, needs and issues related to engaging with the outdoors, participation in existing programs, etc. Based on the results of this information gathering, the Fellow will work with the city and its partners to develop a strategic plan for the community and surrounding county.  It is expected that gaps, roles and expansion of services related to the delivery of outdoor recreation programming and engagement will be defined.

The Urban Outdoor Fellow will also be responsible for training internal and external staff members on outdoor programming in a “train-the-trainer” structure. It is expected that there may be times when the Fellow will provide direct programming for children, youth and young adults in the community, but a primary focus will be on trainer-level education. View the full program description here. View the full job description here.

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree, with 3-5 years of working experience in providing environmental education, conservation and/or outdoor recreation programming and/or other related fields in biology, community engagement/partnerships or health sciences
  • Experience speaking in large group settings and facilitating work groups, focus groups and meetings
  • Effective communicator, both written and orally. Documentation of work and reports will be required, throughout the life of this program
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and other computer software
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision
  • High-level organization skills
  • Have lived or are living in an urban area
  • English/Spanish bilingual abilities, preferred

Complete and Submit the Following Items Electronically to UrbanOutdoorFellow@gmail.com :

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Lancaster Recreation Commission Application; complete and upload application (click here for application)
    3. Resume
    4. Contact Information for 3 Professional References
    5. Transcript (if recent graduate)
    6. Experience Essay (addressing the following items with a limit of 1 page per item):
      1.  Provide information about your recent programming experiences with Outdoor/Environmental Education within the last 1-3 years. Include information about the programs, population, ages of participants, etc. Evaluate the success of the programs and how you may want to modify them next time.
      2. Provide your recent experiences working within community systems and with community partnerships. Identify the community where you worked, your role, the purpose of the community engagement, etc. List the goals of the project, list the agencies and results of the work.

Applications will be accepted from July 3 to Aug. 21, 2017. The anticipated start date for this temporary position is mid-September, 2017.

For questions or additional information, please contact urbanoutdoorfellow@gmail.com.

Assistant Group Supervisor

Assistant Group Supervisor needed for state-licensed Before/After School Program. Hours are part-time, Monday-Friday, from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. A Child Development Associate or School-Age Professional Credential or 12 college credits in elementary or early childhood education and a minimum of two years’ experience working with children is required. Duties include working hands-on with children and assisting with lesson plans, observations, assessments, and other required paperwork. Pay rate starts at $9.50/hour and varies with experience.

To apply, complete and submit an employment application to Jackie at jhawkins@LancasterRec.org.

Site Director, Before/After School Program

Join a well-established, quality Before and After School team! The Lancaster Recreation Commission is recruiting qualified candidates to fill Site Director positions in its state-certified child care programs. Before and After School sites are located in School District of Lancaster elementary schools and include children in Kindergarten to 5th grade.

The Lancaster Recreation Commission participates in the state Keystone STARS quality child care initiative. All Before and After School sites have attained the STAR 4 level, the highest rating from Keystone STARS.

Site Directors plan and conduct activities and lessons to support each child’s development and learning. Our activity-based curriculum helps children meet state standards in academic areas, reinforce classroom learning, improve social and communication skills and become more physically active.

Duties include:

  • Managing staff on-site
  • Planning and implementing daily program activities
  • Abiding by all state regulations
  • Maintaining a positive relationship with families and School District of Lancaster staff.

Candidates must possess excellent communication skills and be self-starters.

Hours are part-time, Monday-Friday, from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. plus planning time during the school year. The second Wednesday of each month After School begins at 12 p.m. Expanded hours are available during the summer months.

Site Directors are required and paid to attend meetings and trainings to meet the guidelines for Keystone Stars and the PA Department of Human Services. A degree in Education or a related field with a minimum of 30 credits in Elementary or Early Childhood Education and a minimum of 2 years’ experience working with children is required. Competitive pay and health insurance benefits are included.

To apply, complete and submit an employment application to Jackie at jhawkins@LancasterRec.org.

Building Security Workers

Building Security Workers needed for sports programs. Hours are part-time, Monday-Friday, ranging from 6 to 10:15 p.m. and Saturday ranging from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Duties include monitoring who enters the building and ensuring that program areas are left in proper condition. Training is provided. Pay rate $8/hour.

To apply, complete and submit an employment application to Jack at jbingeman@LancasterRec.org.

Game Officials

Referees and umpires needed for Kickball, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Flag Football and Dodgeball leagues. Hours are part-time, Monday-Friday, ranging from 6 to 10:15 p.m. and Saturday ranging from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Certification is preferred. Understanding of league and sport rules is required. Duties include controlling the progress of the sport/activity, looking for violations of rules and regulations during play, and imposing penalties on teams or players when necessary. Training is provided. Pay rate varies with experience.

To apply, complete and submit an employment application to Audra at alanders@LancasterRec.org

Lifeguards

Lifeguards needed for the outdoor Conestoga Pines Pool. Hours are Monday – Sunday ranging from 11:45 a.m. to 6pm and Friday – Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Duties include lifeguarding, working the admission booth and light maintenance duties of pool, facility and park grounds. Must have American Red Cross Lifeguard or Shallow Water Lifeguard certification. Pay rate starts at $7.50/hour and varies with experience.

To apply, complete and submit an employment application to Jack at jbingeman@LancasterRec.org

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Sports and Recreation Internships

An internship links the knowledge you learn in the college classroom to the ‘real world’ setting for academic credit, enhancing your college education through on-the-job experience. Lancaster Rec internships have flexible hours, day, evening and weekend, year-round. We offer internships in sports services, community recreation, and senior center operations.

By participating in an internship with Lancaster Rec, you can focus on your career goals by acquiring and building valuable job skills. Our internships also help you gain new life experiences outside of the classroom. The professionals you meet on the job will be network connections that could be useful for your future career.

To apply, you must be enrolled in a college degree program and be able to work a minimum of 15 hours each week for a full semester. The cost of academic credit is your responsibility. We provide monetary stipends to interns, dependent on the time commitment.

Internship Openings

Recreation and Parks Intern

Get experience in all aspects of the operation of a community recreation agency. This is a full semester internship, 35 hours each week. Applicants must be enrolled in a recreation and parks degree program to qualify.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sue at slandes@LancasterRec.org

Sports Services Intern

Plan and implement youth and adults sports programs and leagues, organize and issue equipment and supplies, recruit volunteer coaches, assist with promotion, monitor sites and serve as a program leader or coach when necessary. Applicants must be enrolled in a sports management degree program to qualify.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Audra at alanders@LancasterRec.org

Senior Center Intern

Get experience in all aspects of a senior center operation, helping to plan and implement recreation activities and services for adults age 60 and over. Applicants must be enrolled in a social work or related degree program to qualify.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Susan at sdavis@LancasterRec.org