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Parks, Recreation, Tourism, & Sport Management Jobs and Academic Opportunities Newsletter

Full and part-time jobs, internships, academic opportunities, and volunteer events inside

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IMPORTANT: If you are planning to complete an internship during the Fall, please make sure to reach out to Martha Brown ( by the end of May to notify her of your plans.

EDUCATIONAL Opportunities

The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trip with the Black Ecologist Section of Ecological Society of America – September 21-25, 2023

The SEEDS program hosts National Field Trips to bring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and interests to explore the science of ecology. We sponsor diverse students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies at a US institution to travel to different research stations to engage with scientists and professionals with hands-on learning experiences and workshops to discuss career development and the future of our science field. Diverse People for a Diverse Science!

The SEEDS program and the Black Ecologist Section of Ecological Society of America are co-hosting a hands-on experience in urban ecology in the fourth largest city in the United States: Houston, Texas! Houston is one of the most diverse big cities in the nation and has a variety of factors affecting its urban biodiversity, such as global warming, flooding, and a rapidly growing human population. However, the factors affecting Houston’s urban biodiversity are not equally distributed across the city, with implications for inequitable access to clean air, green spaces, and outdoors for residents in low-income and minoritized communities.

This field trip experience will explore how the urban ecology of cities differs across socioeconomic status and the potential consequences of environmental injustice. Selected undergraduate students will have the unique opportunity to learn cutting-edge methods in urban ecology while also receiving mentorship and career development by working with Black ecologists who are experts in the field. Situated in the heart of Houston, the host institution will be Rice University.

Application deadline is May 1, 2023 at Midnight.

Embedded Counselor for the College of Natural Resources

Finn Losch will join NC State University as an embedded counselor to support the wellbeing and mental health needs of students in the College of Education and College of Natural Resources.

Through the new shared position, with support from the Provost’s Office, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Education and the College of Natural Resources will be able to receive free counseling services from Losch on campus and virtually.

Beginning April 17, Losch will be available to meet with College of Education students in Poe Hall 520M on Mondays and Tuesdays; with College of Natural Resources students in Biltmore Hall 2022D on Thursdays and Fridays; and with students from both colleges virtually on Wednesdays. Please see this page for more information for students, including how to schedule a session with Finn, what Finn can help you with, and what other mental health resources are available on campus.

ACADEMIC Positions

Western Carolina University – Instructor / Assistant Professor of Practice – Parks and Recreation Management

The candidate will teach general courses in the undergraduate major and specific courses in the community recreation and youth development focus area including but not limited to: Management and Administration in PRM, Entrepreneurship & Commercial Recreation, Diversity & Inclusion in PRM, Leadership and Group Dynamics, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Professional Planning in PRM. The candidate will support general program responsibilities including undergraduate advising, university and community service and internship supervision during the fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Instructor in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources – Colorado State University

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR), Colorado State University is pleased to announce the search for the position of Instructor in HDNR. This position is non tenure-track. The successful candidate is expected to provide high-quality learning and engagement activities to our students in two collaborative programs in China (Master of Tourism Management-China and Master of Parks and Protected Area Management).

The position will be based in Fort Collins, Colorado at Colorado State University (USA) and in Wuhan, China at CCNU. The successful candidate will spend five to six months each academic year on-site at our partner university of Central China Normal University (CCNU) in Wuhan, China, or the equivalent of 10-12 weeks per semester. Remote participation during the rest of the academic year will be considered. The successful candidate should be proficient in English. Mandarin proficiency is not required.

Instructor (non-tenure track) in Leisure & Sport Management at Middle Tennessee State University

The Department of Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for a full-time, temporary (non-tenurable) faculty position (#118400) at the rank of Lecturer for its Leisure and Sport Management Program. This is a one-year temporary appointment with a possible annual renewal for up to three years. The start date for the appointment is August 1, 2023. The position is contingent upon funding.

The successful candidate will provide instruction in the Leisure and Sport Management undergraduate major. All candidates are expected to demonstrate the following: relevant teaching and mentorship experience in undergraduate recreation, sport, parks, or leisure services management curricula; a commitment to excellence in teaching; an ability to develop effective rapport with students and colleagues; experience with the design and delivery of both online and face-to-face coursework and curricula.

UC Davis Postdoc: Community and Citizen Science, Social Science, and the Environment

The Center for Community and Citizen Science seeks an accomplished social science researcher to join two projects at the Center for Community and Citizen Science, each focused on volunteer-based approaches that can deepen understanding of human activities in coasts and watersheds. The ideal candidate will have expertise related to human activities monitoring in conservation settings (e.g., from fields such as recreation ecology, human geography, policy sciences, or environmental social science), working knowledge of community and citizen science (CCS) approaches, and a strong track record in managing projects designed to meet the priorities of non-academic collaborators.

Professor of Practice – Parks and Recreation – Auburn University

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE) at Auburn University invites applications for a 12 month Professor of Practice who will contribute to the Parks, Recreation and Community Sport (PARK) program with a desired start date of August 1, 2023. This will be a full-time permanent position (non-tenure track).

The successful candidate will serve as an instructor. The candidate will teach several courses in the PARK program (6 classes) at the undergraduate level on topics such as management, leadership, planning, programming, health, or interpretation according to applicant background and expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to help develop, promote, and grow the PARK program and develop collaborative relationships with external park and recreation partners such as state and federal agencies, community agencies and planners, non-profit organizations, and private industry.

Assistant/Associate Professor – Parks and Recreation – Auburn University

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE) at Auburn University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/AssociateProfessor level who will contribute to the Parks, Recreation and Community Sport (PARK) program with a desired start date of August 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to teaching (55%), research (40%), and service (5%). At the undergraduate level, the candidate will teach several courses in the PARK program (typically 2 per semester) on topics such as management, leadership, planning, programming, health, or interpretation according to applicant background and expertise.

INTERNSHIP Opportunities

Environment for the Americas Internship Opportunities

To reach Environment for the Americas’ goal of increasing diverse representation in natural resource fields, EFTA has established several partnerships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create successful internship programs for underrepresented participants to mold future conservation professionals and leaders. Internships are offered around the globe through a variety of organizations. Browse and Apply to Internships here.

Dogwood Alliance Paid Summer Internships: Environmental Justice and Storytelling

Are you passionate about forests, climate, and justice? Join Dogwood Alliance this summer to tell the stories of community members fighting against the impacts of forestry and climate change across the rural South.

Benefits: 12 weeks full time (35hr), fixed-length fellowship at $18/hr. Remote – no relocation required, but some travel may be necessary.

Two positions:


Trailblazer Child and Youth Program – Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

The Trailblazer Child & Youth Program at Utah Tech University is actively recruiting interns for Summer ’23 placements. This unique internship opportunity places students at U.S. military installations across the world to support U.S. Navy families by facilitating child-care and recreational programs. Interns earn a living stipend, and all travel costs are paid by the program! Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Student KSAs are matched with the Navy Child and Youth Program, which determines job position and job duties/responsibilities.

LAS-SCADS Event Coordinator Intern – NC State University

We are looking for a motivated, organized student with an interest in Event Planning. Must be available to work on campus. Responsibilities include:

  • Event Preparation
    • Tracking event registrations
    • Creating and assembling name tags for attendees, speakers and visitors
    • Assembling welcome bags for attendees
    • Creating and assembling welcome folders for attendees, visitors and or speakers
  • Day of Support Staff
    • Welcome and check in attendees, speakers and VIP’s
    • Providing directional and event information to attendees. Answering questions as necessary
    • Monitoring the Zoom Webinar stream for virtual attendees. Monitoring the chat and answering questions from virtual attendees as needed.
  • General Event Support
    • Assisting in organizing weekly social events for conference attendees (happy hours, bull’s games, group hikes, etc.)
    • Organizing LAS employee and SCADS attendee social events
    • Managing conference food and beverage. Stocking snacks and coffee for attendees in conference space. Monitoring inventory of in stock items and providing Events Manager with updates for new purchases
    • Assisting in CRM system management. Updating contact profiles in MailChimp to provide better mailing lists for upcoming events.

The Many Faces Initiative – Brewing Internship

A paid, ten-week, brewery internship program designed to provide opportunities to people of color in the brewing industry. Founded In 2020, the Many Faces Initiative raised funds for the North Carolina Brewers Guild’s Diversity Scholarship Program through Town Brewing Co.’s release of Many Faces West Coast IPA. In 2021, the Many Faces Initiative will continue its mission by launching a paid ten-week brewery internship program designed to provide mentorship and offer an immersive training experience to people of color interested in pursuing careers within the craft brewing industry.

FALL Internship Opportunity: Duke Athletics Facilities and Game Operations

Duke Athletics is starting the search for Athletic Facilities and Game Operations Fall 2023 Interns. If you are interested in helping us and earning some great experience, please contact me Alli Slater, Director of Game Operations and Championships:

FALL Internship Opportunities: Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

Positions available include:

  • Course Scheduling
  • Digital Marketing
  • Golf Tournament Operations
  • Hospitality and Logistics
  • Recruitment
  • Sponsorship Sales and Service

Why intern at HJGT?: Academic credit, bonus incentive program, free housing, full time job opportunities, networking/resume building, weekly stipends.

FALL Internship Opportunities: Wasserman – Application Closes 5/19

Wasserman sports marketing and talent management is currently hiring for multiple Fall internship positions, including:

VOLUNTEER Opportunities

Victory Junction is in need of Summer Camp Volunteers

Few things are more rewarding than helping a child expand their boundaries and achieve things they never thought possible. Our volunteers play a large part in that process. Are you looking for that type of experience?

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Family Weekend Camp:Our Family Weekend Camps are designed for the whole family. These programs run from Friday night to Sunday afternoon and provide the opportunity for families to explore the magic of Camp together!
  • Traditional Summer Camp: Our Traditional Summer Camp programs are overnight programs designed specifically for individual campers between the ages of 6-16 to come to experience the magic of Victory Junction with other kids just like them! These programs are run by a wonderful group of summer staff, volunteers, full-time staff, and medical professionals!


Lake Crabtree County Park – Park Aide – Environmental Education Position – Part-time

The Lake Crabtree County Park Environmental Education Park Aide’s primary duties include creating and presenting a variety of environmental education programs to school groups, other organized groups, and the general public. In addition, the Park Aide is responsible for developing and creating educational materials for exhibits and displays. Daily tasks include janitorial duties, litter cleanup, and park rule enforcement. Additional job duties may include assisting with natural resource monitoring, volunteer management, and customer service.

Lake Crabtree County Park – Park Aide – Boat Rental – Part-time

Boat rental staff will be responsible for providing exceptional boat rental service to the general public and organized groups. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following: rent boats, minor boat maintenance, stage and move boats on the beach, patrol lake, enforce park rules, protect park property, and stress safety issues. Boat rental staff must commit to working most weekends from 9:30am-6:30pm and holidays throughout the summer. The Boat Rental season is late April through the end of September. For more information, please call Parker Shouse at 919-306-6440.

Blue Jay Point County Park – Park Aide – Maintenance & Operations -Seasonal Position

Employee’s primary duty is to maintain a safe and clean park environment through: turf and landscape maintenance, trash collection, janitorial tasks, building maintenance, and various construction projects. Other duties include opening and closing park facilities, enforcement of park rules, trail patrol and maintenance, equipment maintenance, and natural resources management. Applicant must be willing to work at least two weekends per month and some holidays.

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space – Park Aide – Nature Preserves & Open Space

Hands-on job experience in natural resources at three unique nature preserves and open space properties. This is THE way to gain experience for that full-time position. Staff report to the Wake County Office Park at 4026 Carya Drive, Raleigh for office space and work trucks. The three preserves are in Wendell: Robertson Millpond Preserve, Turnipseed Nature Preserve, and Sandy Pines Preserve. Open Space properties are throughout the county.

Camp Counselors – Camp Cedar Fork ($500 End of Summer Bonus!)

Camp counselors are eligible for a $500 retention bonus. The requirements for the retention bonus includes working a cumulative total of 275 hours of work from June 1 – August 18, 2023, and the counselor must remain on the roster through week 9 of camp.

Join the Town of Morrisville staff this summer by working as one of our camp counselors. The purpose of this position is to provide an exciting and safe environment for youth campers by leading games, songs, crafts, and other activities. Camp counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of campers, working with other staff to address the daily needs of a group of campers. We seek counselors with energy, flexibility, leadership skills, act as a positive role model, pay close attention to detail, build relationships with campers, adhere to, and are responsible for enforcing, all Town of Morrisville and summer camp policies and other duties as necessary.

Seasonal Park Ranger – Farragut State Park, Idaho

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking to fill Seasonal Park Ranger positions at Farragut State Park to provide education and information services for park visitors, maintain park facilities and grounds areas, and ensure compliance with park rules and regulations.

Park Manager 3 – Eagle Island State Park – Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Eagle Island State Park is a 545-acre park west of Boise. Bordered on the north and south by the Boise River, Eagle Island features a swimming beach, a grassy picnic area, and more than five miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking, or walking your dog. Eagle Island State Park also has a cooling waterslide open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and a challenging, yet fun, 19-hole disc golf course for the public to enjoy! As the Park Manager, you will oversee an Assistant Park Manager, two full-time Rangers, and several concessionaires and their respective agreements. Additionally, you will have the amazing opportunity to help the new, 50-space campground for Eagle Island State Park come to fruition!

Victory Junction is Hiring Males for Summer 2023

Victory Junction is an organization that provides year-round, life-changing camp experiences for children with serious or chronic medical conditions at no cost to families. We are based in Randleman, NC (20 minutes south of Greensboro). We are in the middle of our summer 2023 hiring process and are looking for college aged MALES to come spend a life changing summer at Victory Junction with our campers. We have paid positions available for cabin counselors and program counselors for our lifeguard & adventure team:

  • Cabin Counselors serve as the primary role model for campers on a weekly basis during peer programming. In this role, individuals will assist campers with activities of daily living, provide support and encouragement at program areas, and ensure the health and safety of our campers.
  • Lifeguard & Adventure Counselors specialize in their specific program area, providing intentional programming to our campers. When not supporting their program area, program counselors work in the cabins and spend time with our amazing campers.

Recreation Therapist – Sheridan, WY – Department of Veterans Affairs

Provides recreation therapy as part of a multidisciplinary clinical care team working directly with Veterans on various inpatient units, residential treatment units and/or as outpatients along with Veteran families and/or their advocates. This position resides in the Veterans Experience Office and may work both traditional and non-traditional tours. The recreation therapist will work in conjunction with Recreation Assistants and Aides to meet the needs of the Veteran.

Summer Position: Camp Counselors Needed at Camp Easterseals Virginia

At Camp Easterseals Virginia, we’re dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and supportive environment where people with disabilities can explore new activities, build lasting friendships, and gain confidence and independence. Whether it’s horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, or just hanging out with friends, there’s something for everyone at Camp Easterseals Virginia. We’re committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming community where everyone feels valued, supported, and can have fun.

To assist in creating the inclusive and welcoming community we are known for. We are currently searching for volunteers and staff for SUMMER 2023!! Staff include- Camp Counselors and Program Staff (climbing wall/adventure staff, horse specialists, lifeguards, etc). We offer competitive salary, climate-controlled cabins, hands-on experience caring for individuals with disabilities, opportunity for personal growth, and so much more! Click here to learn more about Camp Easterseals and the open job positions.


Sustainable Events Coordinator – Temporary Position – NC State University

The Sustainable Events Coordinator will act as conference secretariat for the June 2023 Evolving Textiles conference. Responsibilities include obtaining speakers, creating the agenda, liaising with conference partners, managing registrations and attendee requests and other conference management duties. This position will be needed 5/15/23 through 8/31/23.


Tournament Director – Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (Orlando · FL)

The purpose of the Tournament Director is to develop and manage junior golf events to achieve HJGT’s mission, goals, and objectives within the constraints of the event’s scope, timing, and budget. HJGT is looking for a professional, enthusiastic Tournament Director to produce up to 45 annual junior golf events from conception through to completion. Tournament Director responsibilities include providing outstanding customer service and organizing memorable events that meet quality expectations.

Assistant Director of Athletic Turf & Grounds – NC State University

The Assistant Director of Athletic Turf and Grounds in Athletics Grounds will maintain athletic turf-grass to established expectations. This position will work closely with the Director of Turf & Grounds for Athletic Department on our management practices.Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparing athletic fields and facilities for practices, games and special events,
  • Providing assistance in the day to day maintenance of facilities equipment including plumbing and electrical,
  • Working athletic and special events as scheduled.

Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach – NC State University

This position serves as a Coach of Division 1A Men’s Soccer program and reports to the Head Men’s Soccer Coach. Assists with coaching Goalkeepers and maintaining a highly competitive Division I Men’s Soccer team.

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications – NC State University

This position will serve in the Athletic Communications Dept. for North Carolina State University Athletic Department which competes as a NCAA Division I team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Athletics Communications Department designs, writes and produces all media guides, news releases and other printed materials. They report statistics and information to ACC and NCAA offices. Coordinate and respond to all media inquiries. The Assistant Director of Communications is responsible for creating media awareness, working to extend the brand and message of NC State University Athletics and producing digital publications and publicity. The position will serve as the secondary athletics communications contact for football and the primary contact for other athletic programs.

Students planning to do their internship during the Fall need to notify Ms. Brown to discuss their plans and get their internship approved.  arrow
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