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Executive director
lancaster recreation commission

(Posted December 18, 2017)
The LANCASTER RECREATION COMMISSION, an intergovernmental non-profit agency located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, seeks an experienced Executive Director to provide overall leadership, vision and inspiration in the delivery of parks and recreation programs and services, aligned with community needs. The Executive Director provides strategic direction to the agency and leads a team of senior-level direct reports in support of operational excellence, working closely with the Lancaster Recreation Commission Board, Lancaster City/Township and School District of Lancaster on the use of park areas, school buildings and grounds, and recreation facilities for public recreation programs, with a large full-time and part-time staff and an annual operating budget of $4.3 million.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred, in parks and recreation or related field. Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) credential is preferred. CPRE credential is required within one year of hire. This position requires 8-10 years of progressively responsible work experience, showing evidence of staff leadership and management, expertise in managing public recreation programs and recreation facilities, and extensive experience with financial systems and budgets. A strong and varied background in public urban recreation programming and experience reporting to and working with a board of directors is preferred. A valid state driver’s license and successful passage of all background clearances are required.

Highly competitive salary and benefits are commensurate with proven expertise and experience. Visit to review the position description and salary range and download the employment application. A resume, cover letter of interest with salary requirements, and completed Lancaster Recreation Commission employment application should be forwarded by 4 p.m. on January 19, 2018 to:

The Lancaster Recreation Commission is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. About the Community:  A relatively small city, Lancaster City is located within driving distance of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Delaware beaches and the Jersey shore. Lancaster City is a place where historic preservation and a cutting-edge arts scene live and thrive side by side; a city of neighborhoods that are safe and welcoming; a city that encourages entrepreneurship and investment; and a city that values the cultural, ethnic, and diverse lifestyles of residents and guests. Lancaster Township surrounds Lancaster City on the east and west. The School District of Lancaster serves the 13.5-square-mile Lancaster City/Township community of 73,000+ residents.

Executive Director
Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau
State College, PA

(Posted December 15, 2017)
The Organization:
The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau (CPCVB) is a tourism and community development organization whose purpose is to enrich the area’s economy by attracting visitors, whether individual or groups. A non-profit, membership-based organization, the overall mission is to market the region as a desirable destination, and as such the bureau develops, promotes, and engages in travel related activities and coordinates visitor services designed to enhance the economic activity and quality of life within the county and thereby contribute to the commonwealth. Over the past few years, Centre County, also known as Happy Valley, has experienced substantial growth infusing more than $720,000,000 into the local economy.

The Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau has a healthy balance sheet of nearly a $4 million dollar annual budget; and a staff of 19 which encompasses a satellite visitor’s center. For more information visit the website at: To read the full job description, click here.

Aquatic/Program Director
County of Butler

(Posted December 15, 2017)
The County of Butler is seeking qualified applicants with proven leadership, aquatic, recreational program development and management experience to fill the position of Aquatic/Program Director.  This position works under the general supervision of the Director of Parks & Recreation Commission.  Plans, organizes and directs comprehensive public and voluntary recreation programs at Alameda Park & Pool Complex.  Directly recruits, trains, and supervises aquatic, concession and program seasonal employees.

Candidates are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management or a related field; a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.  Current certification in Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Instructor, Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor, Community First Aid & Safety Instructor, Certified Pool Operator (CPO or equivalent), and Pesticide Applicator’s License or able to obtain all certifications within 6 months of hire.

Excellent communication, customer service, organizational, meeting management, project management, and leadership skills.  We are seeking candidates with strong skills/experience in aquatic & program planning/development, knowledge of swimming pool operations to include filtration, sanitation, maintenance, liability and safety preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits package.

Interested qualified applicants may apply by sending resume and salary requirements via email to or by mail to the address below.
Deadline for consideration:  January 8, 2018
County of Butler Human Resources
Government Center, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1208, 124 W. Diamond Street
Butler, PA 16001
Mon. – Fri. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

GIS Specialist (TBD)

(Posted November 20, 2017)
About PEC: 
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. At the heart of our success is our belief in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. PEC has three regional offices across Pennsylvania and actively engages in projects and policy initiatives that promote land and water-based recreational opportunities, protection and conservation of water resources, promotion of forward-thinking energy and climate approaches, and sustainable development of communities and landscapes.

Position Summary:
The GIS Specialist is a full time exempt position that supports PEC’s Trails and Recreation Initiative and primary role is to manage PEC’s GIS resources. The GIS Specialist reports to the Program Director for Trails and Recreation.

Position Activities:
1. Manage PEC’s GIS resources, including the master file geodatabase and SDE feature classes used for PEC’s Gototrails, ensuring appropriate data use and standardizing data-entry requirements and data quality.
2. Implement outreach strategies for new spatial data collection and interface with PEC trails staff and extensive trail manager network to add new trails to the database and update data for existing trails.
3. Collaborate with the Trails Program Director to identify and fulfill the strategies and goals related to the Gototrails platform.
4. Assist in producing interactive cartographic products for other PEC programs and assist with locating, editing, or digitizing data for research projects.
5. Assist PEC staff with other organizational GIS needs, as appropriate.
6. Other duties as assigned.

Specific Required Skills Are:
1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Proficiency with ESRI’s ArcGIS platform and extensions, including ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE. Experience digitizing data and editing large datasets. Experience with image interpretation and data verification. Verifiable experience creating quality cartographic products. A solid understanding of relational databases and data queries. Experience locating project-specific datasets and working with Census data (including ACS) and other government datasets is desirable. Programming experience, particularly from a web or GIS perspective, is a plus, as is experience with spatial analysis.
2. Custom Programming: The ideal candidate will have experience creating custom programs in .Net, Python or JavaScript to manipulate geospatial data. Experience with the MapWindow ActiveX component is a plus. Experience with the R statistical programming language is a plus.
3. Communication:  Much of the success of the position is dependent on the ability to interpret the desires of technological novices and transfer it into Gototrails. Contributions to various media platforms is expected, as is the ability to make presentations in large meetings and conferences, including collaborating with remote co-workers and advisors.
4. Interpersonal Skills: Strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of working with volunteer organizations are required as much of PEC’s work is focused on supporting trail groups throughout Pennsylvania.  

A bachelor degree or higher in geography, urban planning, forestry, recreation management or a related field, with very strong experience in GIS theory and practice, is preferred. The successful candidate should have at least 1-3 years of GIS experience, preferably with a conservation, recreation or public lands agency. A portfolio of Story Maps is strongly desired. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a personal passion for protecting open spaces and developing trail connections.

This is a salaried position commensurate with experience and includes an attractive benefits package (medical benefits, vacation, holidays, 403(b), life insurance, et cetera).

The position can be based out of any of PEC’s offices or State College depending on the location of the ideal candidate. Travel to other locales in the region and state will be required.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, project samples, and any salary requirements to by January 5, 2018.

Current Internships


Spring Semester Internship

(posted November 7, 2017)
PRPS Office, State College, PA
The PRPS Internship Program assists students in making an effective transition from the classroom to the professional world. It is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the parks and recreation field and develop their professional interests. The intern serves one academic semester fulfilling the following responsibilities within the PRPS Office.

Responsibilities and Relations
• Complete sufficient education, practical work experience and observation experience to fulfill his or her university’s requirements for internship eligibility
• Work a 40 hour-week with some nights and weekends as needed
• Know and adhere to PRPS’s policies and procedures. Learn the organizational structure of PRPS
• Complete written mid- and post-internship evaluations
• Assist office staff with day to day operations
• Job shadow each full time office position for at least one day
• Complete and report on at least two site visits to different recreation departments and one local or state park facility. Interview at least one staff member at each location on best practices in the field
• Develop one major and one minor project to be completed before the end of the internship

• Academic major in recreation, parks, tourism or related studies

Knowledge and Abilities
• Dedication to advancing recreation and parks
• Excellent customer service skills
• Possess a high degree of personal integrity,  honesty, equity, excellence and innovation
• Ability to work effectively in  collaboration with diverse groups
• Ability to work as part of a team for the betterment of the organization and membership
• Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making sound decisions
• Handle suggestions and complaints in a professional manner
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to participate when required at  PRPS events
• Excellent written and communication skills

To apply, contact Niki Tourscher, CPRP, CPSI, Director of Training & Get Outdoors PA.

Spring Internship

(posted July 26, 2017) Lower Providence Township, Eagleville, PA Lower Providence Township Parks & Recreation Department is offering Spring internship opportunities for any student working towards a degree in recreation and parks or equivalent. Hands-on experience in various aspects of community recreation including planning, programing, special events, as well as day-to-day administrative office duties. Interns will gain a wide range of recreation and parks experience through this internship. Contact Karl Lukens at

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