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Naperville Park District and KidsMatter to Co-Host Job Fair on Jan. 5

Individuals seeking summer, seasonal or year-round, part-time employment are invited to learn more about job opportunities at approximately 50 area businesses and at the Naperville Park District by attending the 2019 Part-time and Seasonal Job Fair co-hosted by the Naperville Park District and KidsMatter.

The Job Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5 at Fort Hill Activity Center in the gymnasium, first floor, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville. This is a free event and is intended for a variety of job seekers, from high school students (ages 15 and up) to senior adults.

The Park District and KidsMatter are combining what formerly were two separate job fairs into one event with positions available not only at the Park District but also in a variety of local businesses.

“We are holding the Job Fair early in January to give college students who are home on winter break an opportunity to begin seeking summer employment and internships,” explained Kamala Martinez, CEO and Executive Director of KidsMatter. “KidsMatter is planning to offer mock interviews, resume building, and career conversations for additional workforce preparation.” 

In addition to targeting both college and high school students, the 2019 Job Fair will include opportunities for retirees and other adults seeking part-time work. For example, park maintenance and golf course maintenance positions at the Naperville Park District can be ideal for retirees who are looking for a flexible schedule. Lifeguard positions at Centennial Beach may be attractive to firefighters and others who are available for the entire season. For the 2019 season, lifeguard positions will be structured in shorter shifts with the option of shallow water only positions or full facility positions.

“We are happy to partner with KidsMatter to expand the Job Fair to include more opportunities and resources to assist job seekers and to get an early start in filling many seasonal positions,” said Katie Sepe, Director of Human Resources for the Naperville Park District.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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