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Free in-water training and starting pay at $17.13 per hour with summer bonuses. Sign up now - the next training session starts in January!
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Who Doesn’t Love Summer in the Parks?!
Every summer, Milwaukee County Parks hires hundreds of seasonal employees with many different skill sets to serve the community. Positions offer training and work experience in your area of interest – and a flexible schedule to give you work-life balance! From high-school students and college interns to people just beginning their careers or retirees, people from all walks of life can find interesting work to support financial, educational or personal fulfillment goals.
Age 16 by hire date or age 18 by hire date if serving alcohol. Additional requirements are specific to the position.
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As a top-notch swimmer, your role as a lifeguard is to keep the public safe! Your work may include watching over an outdoor pool near you or giving swimming lessons to first-time swimmers. The camaraderie you develop with fellow guards is highlighted at the annual Lifeguard Games, a fun competition putting all your skills to the test!
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Maintaining Grounds & Golf Courses
You've cut the lawn for an allowance or you have the nickname, "The Lawn Ranger," because of your ability to maintain a well-kept yard. Take that pride to the green spaces in the parks! In addition to general park maintenance and interacting with the public, your tasks could include preparing sports fields, picnic areas and pavilions for rentals, or manicuring the greens at a golf course!
Your desire to get your hands in the dirt to plant, weed and use your gardening skills could be fulfilled at Boerner Botanical Gardens, a golf course or many other locations! You'd be helping to keep these attractions looking their best. If you're more experienced, you could be applying your skills as a horticulturist.
Officiating Adult Softball & Kickball
Your thorough knowledge of the rules of softball and kickball, as well as your ability to maintain control of the game, could qualify you as an athletic official. Working with adult players and coaches, you'd contribute to a friendly and safe recreational atmosphere. Certification is not required.
Building Customer Experience
Through Food Service
Create a welcoming atmosphere at concessions stands, restaurants, catered events and beer gardens, through friendly interactions with customers and team members. Your reliability and work ethic would benefit both the team and your customers. Cash handling and food-preparation skills are preferred, but not required.
Enhancing Natural Areas
Immerse yourself in nature as you assist with stewardship activities! Your tasks as a field technician or wildlife technician could include invasive species removal, plant and wildlife surveys, and tree plantings. Do work that improves the health of our local environment!
Safeguarding the Parks
Enjoy working outdoors as you keep the parks and park patrons safe! You'd provide information and make sure the public complies with fees, permits and municipal codes. Your ability to resolve conflict in a positive way would keep crowds controlled and situations from escalating. You'd also work closely with local law enforcement.
Working in the Office
Summers are peak time in the parks, and that means extra help is needed in the office! Lend us your friendly voice to assist at the recaption desk or with customer service calls! In addition to general office duties, your tasks could include entering data, compiling reports and other clerical work.
Gain experience in your field of study, complete community-service requirements and develop work-readiness skills through Milwaukee County Parks programs, including internships and volunteer opportunities.
The following sections often seek qualified candidates.
Operating the Pools
Develop your knowledge of pumps, motors and other mechanicals as you learn about pool filtration systems. Your tasks could include evaluating pool chemistry, maintaining filters and assisting with general maintenance in and around the pool facility.
Applicants must be pursuing a degree in accounting or finance and must have completed one semester of accounting or have relevant work experience.
Food & Beverage
Applicants must be pursuing a career path in culinary arts or hospitality management.
Boerner Botanical Gardens: Applicants must be pursuing a degree in horticulture or the plant or environmental sciences. Applications for internships are due Feb. 15th, each year.
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes): Applicants must be pursuing a degree in horticulture or art with an emphasis in 3-D design.
Wehr Nature Center: Applicants must be pursuing a degree in natural resource management or environmental education.
Marketing & Communications
Applicants must be pursuing a degree in marketing, communications or special events.
Applicants must be pursuing a degree in human resources or sports management.
Milwaukee County Parks employs nearly 200 regular, full-time employees who oversee more than 16,000 acres and the programs within them. All employees contribute to our mission: To steward a thriving park system that positively impacts every Milwaukee County Park visitor.
The department is organized in three general divisions:
- Administration & Planning: Director’s Office, Marketing and Communications, Finance, Fund Development, Engagement, Contract Management, Safety, Security & Training, and Planning
- Park Operations & Trades: Operations, Land Resources/Natural Areas, and Skilled Trades
- Recreation & Business Services: Aquatics, Food & Beverage, Horticulture, McKinley Marina, Public Services, Recreation, Golf, Organized Sports, and Special Events
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