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Parks, Recreation, Tourism, & Sport Management Jobs and Academic Opportunities Newsletter – December 2023

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

CNR student working on the golf course at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.    PHOTO BY ROGER WINSTEAD

ACADEMIC Positions

9 Month Teaching Instructor Position – Recreation Sciences – East Carolina University

East Carolina University seeks an individual for a nine-month, fixed-term Teaching Instructor with experience in Sport Management and/or Community Recreation in the Department of Recreation Sciences (RCSC) within the College of Health and Human Performance for an August 2024 start date.

Duties include teaching within the shared core classes in Sport, Recreation, and Park Management; Contributing to the advancement and promotion of the undergraduate program in Recreation and Park Management; Supervising student field experiences; and mentoring students on academic procedures and career goals.

Expectations include delivery of instruction and mentoring with a learner-centered approach; curriculum leadership; and providing meaningful service to the University, community, and profession. Candidates must possess a master’s degree in Recreation and Park Management, Sports Management, or a related area.

Administrative Associate – Triangle Land Conservancy

TLC is an accredited and well-respected land trust, having protected 24,000 acres in the rapidly growing Triangle region of North Carolina. Since 1983, TLC has conserved land to safeguard drinking water, support family farms and the local food economy, protect important natural habitat, and connect people with nature. Position Summary: An integral part of the organization by providing administrative support to the Director of Finance & Administration, Executive Director (ED), leadership team and organization as a whole. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, mature, friendly, and capable of managing their workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced nonprofit environment.

Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars – University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire invites your application to Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars. This 2 year appointment provides opportunities to hone your scholarship as you prepare for the professoriate through mentoring, professional development, development funds, salary, and benefits. Learn more about the program and the opportunity to apply for a future tenure track faculty opening. We are recruiting for 4 postdoctoral positions.

The University of New Hampshire is a Carnegie R1 institution with land- space-, and sea- grant designations. The university actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We are located in the beautiful seacoast region of New Hampshire, an hour from Boston, with a train station on our main campus. Applications close January 15, 2024. Contact to set up an appointment with the executive director. Please share this opportunity with recent PhD graduates and current postdocs in your network.

Executive Director – Davidson Lands Conservancy

Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) seeks an Executive Director to continue the organization’s strong record of accomplishment and guide future growth. DLC’s next Executive Director will benefit from an established organization led by a strong board of committed community members and powered by scores of other volunteers. They will share and focus their passion for conserving land and preserving the natural environment, and relish life in an historic, academic town populated by involved, energetic residents.

PhD Graduate Research Assistant Position – Environmental/Climate Justice, Political Ecology, Black Geographies, & Climate Change Resilience in the Mississippi Delta – University of South Carolina

The areas of interest of the prospective student should align with the fields of environmental justice, climate justice, political ecology, Black Geographies, and/or climate change resilience. While the primary responsibilities and duties will be supervised at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Geography, the individual will gain valuable experience working with an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the University of South Carolina, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi Valley State University as well as several community organizations on tasks related to investigating resilience to climate change in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta on topics related to flood risk, agricultural sustainability, and other community identified areas of interest.

Potential candidates should submit their CV and a letter of interest (no more than one page maximum) directly to Dean Hardy at no later than December 15th. Strong candidates for the position will be contacted directly and potentially encouraged to apply to our graduate program.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont – Multiple Positions

Manager of Science Literacy and Research

Do you have science research experience and an interest in education? Have you ever wanted to combine science and education with all ages in a major national park? We seek a dynamic, enthusiastic, energetic individual with exceptional ideas, vision, and people skills to join our team. You must bring experience, expertise, and a love of field research and science education. You will work with Tremont faculty, national park personnel, classroom teachers, volunteers, and researchers to foster the science literacy of our staff, participants, and our wider Tremont community. Must have a keen interest in, and aptitude for, Natural History and placed-based experiential education. This is a full-time, year-round position.

Summer Teacher Naturalist

We are seeking individuals with experience leading outdoor adventures, whether at an outdoor school, summer camp, or out-of-school time program. Teacher Naturalists demonstrate curiosity and awe for the natural world, embodying the naturalist mindset of learning about nature from nature itself. Teacher Naturalists help create an atmosphere of welcome, warmth and belonging as they welcome youth into exploration of nature.

Community Science Educator

We are seeking passionate science educators to join our team. Community Science Educators play a crucial role in cultivating a science identity among campers and colleagues, working to demystify the study and exploration of nature by creating accessible pathways into science that are fun, engaging and welcoming.

Department Chair, Recreation Management, Health and Physical Education – App State

The Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Appalachian State University seeks nominations and applications for a strong, innovative, and experienced leader for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education (RMPE). The Department boasts outstanding faculty and programs, as well as committed alumni and community partners. The Department’s component programs are highly regarded and its faculty have exemplary reputations in their respective fields. The Department also delivers a wide array of physical education activity courses taken by students across the entire university and thus has a strong presence on campus.

Director, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands – Indiana University

Founded in 1993, Eppley serves as a widely respected statewide, national, and international resource that provides training and learning design, research, planning, and accessibility guidance to parks and public land agencies with a focus on up to date and practical solutions for interpreting park resources, enhancing visitor experience, and managing facilities, natural resources, and cultural assets. Eppley strives to promote and support physical and programmatic access for all, including people with disabilities.

Drawing on Eppley’s vast internal training and development resources, research and evaluation capacities, and technical assistance expertise, it works in partnership with government, education, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations to solve local challenges.

This is a twelve-month, non-tenure track, academic position.

Instructor – Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership – Oregon State University-Cascades

Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 9-month Instructor Position to teach in the Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership (TRAL). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The successful candidate will be responsible for instruction in all levels of the TRAL program. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to a re-envisioned TRAL curriculum and activities, with the potential to develop and teach new courses. The candidate should provide evidence of successfully employing innovative pedagogical techniques and technologies in the classroom and in the field. The successful candidate will promote diversity through their pedagogy and student mentoring, as well as collaborate with OSU-Cascades in interdisciplinary community outreach efforts. The position is renewed yearly with opportunity for promotion to Senior Instructor.

INTERNSHIP Opportunities

Sports Broadcast Operations Intern (Summer 2024) – Durham, NC

SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT) Durham-based operations team supports sports broadcast all across North America, in a variety of ways. The scope of this department includes help desk technical support for clients utilizing our technology, our travel team’s on-site operation of our broadcast technology and our recent addition of a remote production studio at our HQ.

The Sports Broadcast Operations Intern will be exposed to all elements of our operations department. This includes the completion of SMT’s internal Certification Training program, traveling to support at least 1 remote event and supporting events from our remote production studio. Interns will work directly with the managers of these teams throughout the course of their internship, as well as completing a system build as their final project.

This is an on-site summer internship, averaging 35-40 hours a week. Pay for this internship is $10/hour. Interns will report to our Durham Director of Operations.

Teacher Naturalist Intern – Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

Job Type: Paid Internship

Location: Townsend, TN

Compensation: Starting salary $350/week, plus meals and lodging. On-site housing provided with monthly utilities paid by the Institute. Paid professional development including First Aid and Red Cross Lifeguard Certification.

Graphic Design and Content Intern – The Basketball Tournament

We are in search of interns to help out with Graphic Design and Content for The Basketball Tournament. An overview of what each internship track includes (but is not limited to) is provided below:

  • Team roster and player commitment graphics for TBT teams and athletes
  • Create graphics for TBT website
  • Build graphics and content for TV production
  • Team-related social media management
  • Production of promotional graphics for marketing purposes
  • Creation of pitch decks for internal and external use by TBT staff

To apply, please email Luke Rubin at with your resume and samples.

Summer Recreation Intern ( May- August 2024) – OBX- KOA, Coinjock, NC, US

The Recreation Intern is responsible for ensuring our guests have fun through the development and implementation of theme weekends, special events and dynamic recreation and leisure offerings. Obviously, each day in the recreational field is not the same as the previous but that is what makes this job interesting and FUN! Some days you will be busy, hard at work facilitating scheduled activities while other days you are in the office brainstorming ideas to plan for the upcoming weeks. The hospitality industry is always changing, and our positions need to reflect those changes. It can be assured to you that days with Blue Water Hospitality are never boring!

Natural Resource Management Assistant Intern – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

The SIP Intern will support PIRO in revising their wilderness character “building blocks” and conducting the baseline assessment. Wilderness Character is defined as a holistic concept based on the interaction of (1) biophysical environments primarily free from modern human manipulation and impacts, (2) personal experiences in natural environments relatively free from the encumbrances of modern society, and (3) symbolic meanings of humility, restraint, and interdependence that inspire human connection with nature. Taken together, these tangible and intangible values define wilderness character and distinguish wilderness from all other lands. In 2009, The Beaver Basin Wilderness was formally designated within PIRO. The 11,740 acre Beaver Basin Wilderness includes 13 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, three lakes, five streams, abundant wildlife, and many other natural features.

IDEAL Summer Internship – Internship for Diverse Emerging Arts Leaders – Wake County

IDEAL is a summer internship from United Arts that places undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership with host arts organizations in Wake County and pairs them with local mentors to guide the students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer.

The pathway to leadership positions at the highest level in the arts sector is not always clear. The IDEAL eight-week internship will help students gain skills, networks, and experience that will prepare them for leadership roles after they graduate.

The 2024 IDEAL summer internship program will run from June 3 through August 2 and includes:

  • $4,500 pre-tax stipend per intern
  • Work placement at an Arts Host organization in Wake County for 24 hours per week for 8 weeks
  • Additional professional development opportunities, cultural activities, and networking events
  • Individualized mentor pairing in interns’ arts-specific field of interest
  • A local cohort that will serve as a strong foundation for interns’ growing careers

Community Recreation Interns – Winston-Salem, NC

Under immediate supervision, the Playfield Leader for Camp WePLAY is responsible for assisting with implementing day camp programs and activities for 5 – 12 year olds at a recreational facility; does related work as required.

Seasonal position (12 weeks) from June to mid-August, up to 40 hours per week. Typical hours are between 7 am and 6 pm, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends


Operations Manager – East Coast Greenway Alliance · Durham, NC

The fast growing East Coast Greenway Alliance seeks an experienced Operations Manager to join our team. The Operations Manager will help ensure the smooth running of our organization, confirm adherence to organization policies and improve company procedures, especially day-to-day operations. The Operations Manager will create and maintain a pleasant work environment, fostering high levels of organizational effectiveness. A successful Operations Manager should have experience with a variety of office software (email tools, spreadsheets and databases), office equipment, and be able to accurately handle administrative duties.

The Operations Manager reports to the Deputy Director and is in frequent communication with all staff. Some travel and occasional evening and weekend work is required.

Recreation Specialist / Parks & Recreation – Cape Coral, FL

The City of Cape Coral is the seventh largest city in Florida, has over 1,500 full-time employees, offers diverse career advancement opportunities, and features a comprehensive training and development initiative to enhance existing abilities, cultivate fresh skills, and foster valuable professional connections.

Recreation Program Specialist – Life Long Recreation – Seattle Parks and Recreation

Lifelong Recreation provides fitness, arts, educational, and social opportunities to adults 50 and older and strives to offer activities that meet a wide range of ages, abilities, and interests. We are seeking a creative, organized, and results-driven Recreation Program Specialist to develop and implement a broad spectrum of culturally relevant programs and activities targeting older adults. You will collaborate with various Seattle Parks and Recreation work units, community partners, and other agencies to develop and implement programs at multiple locations to meet community needs. This position is an integral part of the Recreation Division that is responsible for providing a high level of customer service, outreach to engage communities not currently being served in our programs, and strengthening internal relationships vital for success. The recreation specialist reports to the Lifelong Recreation Program Coordinator.

Recreation Coordinator – Athletics – Sampson County Government · Clinton, NC

The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate youth programs with a focus on athletics. Coordinator’s assist management in developing and implementing a strategic plan and sets goals for the department. Responsibilities include drafting teams, selecting coaches, training officials, scheduling games/practices, directing and implementing a variety of recreation programs, activities, special events, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Recreation Manager.

Operations Manager – Five Star Parks and Attractions · Greensboro, NC

Our vision is to create a safe and fun space for families of all ages to have the best in modern entertainment. Efficiency and teamwork are crucial to what we are looking for in this position. As the Operations Manager you will be responsible for leading a group of talented attraction operators, technicians, and customer service employees in maintaining a fun, efficient, and safe working environment. We are looking for someone who has great communication skills, excellent time management, and is an overall customer service guru.

Parks Crew Leader – City of Greenville, NC

The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is looking for a Parks Crew Leader! The purpose of this position is to support the Parks Facility Supervisor II of Turf Management by hands-on leadership of a Park Crew. This is accomplished by assigning crew members work assignments, supervising, inspecting, performing the maintenance of athletic fields, and supporting sporting events and activities at various athletic fields and facilities including The Coastal Plains Baseball team at Guy Smith Stadium.

Outdoor Recreation Planner – National Park Service – Overmountain Victory National (OVVI) Historic Trail in Blacksburg S.C.

Do you love working beyond the usual boundaries, with different communities, groups and partners? Do you love building visitor experiences, finding creative solutions and working on projects that will have a lasting impact? This position is a unique opportunity to work directly for one of our nations twenty-one National Historic Trails. Our mission is broad, we work with states, counties, municipalities, and private landowners to bring the story of the Overmountain Men to life, make the trail part of adjacent community’s quality of life and give visitors the opportunity to engage with an awesome tale of the American Revolution. This position will be tasked with projects working with communities and partners along the trail to enhance interpretation, signage, land and resource protection, plan trails, and will support projects in Kings Mountain NMP, Cowpens NB and Ninety Six NHS. And yes, you will also get to participate in living history and wear period clothing. “Enlist” now and join us on the trail!


Marketing Coordinator, Special Events – AEG, Los Angeles

For more than 20 years, AEG has played a pivotal role in transforming sports and live entertainment. Annually, we host more than 160 million guests, promote more than 10,000 shows and present more than 22,000 events around the world. We are committed to innovation, artistry, and community, and leverage the power of our 300+ venues, leading sports franchises, marquee music brands, integrated entertainment districts, premier ticketing platform and global sponsorship activations, to create memorable moments that give the world reason to cheer.

The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for marketing, social media, online e-marketing public relations and promotions for Special Event Venues. This position will develop promotional initiatives with venues sales teams and national operations team, to promote positive brand image.

Live Nations Concerts, Operations Manager – The Ritz Raleigh

Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment company, comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. Ticketmaster is the global leader in event ticketing with over 500 million tickets sold annually and more than 12,000 clients worldwide. Live Nation Concerts is the largest provider of live entertainment in the world promoting more than 40,000 shows and 100+ festivals annually for nearly 4,000 artists in over 40 countries. These businesses allow Live Nation Media & Sponsorship to create strategic music marketing programs that connect over 1,000 brands with the 98 million fans that attend Live Nation Entertainment events each year. For additional information, visit

Event Manager – Boone County Distilling Company · Independence, KY

The Events Director will have primary responsibility of creating, maintaining and modeling exemplary experiences for Boone County Distilling Company’s external event clients. This includes but is not limited to, sales, sales pipeline management, establishing relationships with key vendors and industry partners, managing guest experience, staff training, supervising the event staff and being a liaison for event clients.


Assistant Scout (First Team) – New York Red Bulls

The position of the Assistant Scout is responsible for scouting and recruiting related tasks focusing on the Red Bull New York MLS team, the Red Bull New York MLS Next Pro team and on the Red Bulls’ Academy. Contribute in the scouting and recruiting process identifying target players through video and live scouting as well as by the use of data analysis according to our Red Bull philosophy, feeding into our database with both written and video reports and staying up to date with shortlists. Working unsociable hours including evenings, weekends and holidays is expected at times, at the discretion of the Head of Scouting.

Coordinator, Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program · Memphis, TN

The Program Coordinator, Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program is primarily responsible for leading operations of the mentoring program at all school sites, responsible for leading the recruitment, screening, and training of program volunteers, and aiding with the development & implementation of a blueprint for coaching volunteer mentors in a manner that emphasizes the social context of mentees and utilizes social scientific knowledge and developmentally relevant tactics to support mentor/mentee interactions.

NC State Gaming and Esports Lab Student Advisor

NC State Gaming and Esports Lab Advisors provide excellent customer service and assist patrons with specialized gaming needs in the NC State Gaming and Esports Lab located in the Hunt library. Students will staff the Lab, helping users with technologies such as PC gaming stations, video game consoles, streaming software, and more. They will also be responsible for greeting visitors, answering questions and providing introductions to the NC State Gaming and Esports Lab. The incumbent will also work on projects to support the space which may include developing and teaching workshops, broadcasting, recording, or streaming gameplay, supporting events, and exploring new games and platforms.

Production Coordinator I – ESPN · Bristol, CT

The Production Coordinator I assists in the day-to-day operations of production content, logistics and business operations to support a group of assigned shows and/or sport categories. This position is based out of ESPN’s world headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

Tour Operations – Trackman · Florida

Do you want to travel the US collecting Trackman data at professional golf tournaments? Do you love golf and technology? Would you like to travel with professional golf tours setting up and collecting Trackman data from the best players in the world? Or be a software operator for live TV broadcasts? We are looking for passionate people who embody the Trackman values of being customer-centric, have high integrity, and believe that accuracy is critical.

This is a very unique and exciting opportunity to literally get inside the ropes. Trackman is an integral part of the data collected at professional golf tournaments and is responsible for changing the way golf is viewed on TV. Be a part of the traveling team that is responsible for adding new insights to golf and providing entertainment to millions of fans around the world. This could be your chance to contribute to a highly innovative sports technology company as we create impactful solutions for the very demanding professional market.