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1 Park Districts: Your Path To Success Tom Miller Peoria Park District

2 My Path To The Peoria Park District Background Education Career Today-W.H. Sommer Park

3 What Is A Park District ? A local unit of government formed for providing parks (green space) and recreational activities within a geographical area. Peoria Park District Mission: To enrich life in our community through stewardship of the environment and through provision of quality recreation and leisure opportunities.

4 There Are Many Career Opportunities For Professionals Who Work For Park Districts

5 IPRA Career Video

6 How Does One Prepare Themselves For A Career With A Park District? Enroll in a Bachelor/Master of Science related field Seek out a Mentor who is willing to help guild your success Choose the correct courses and diversify Be involved in WIU clubs, Greek system & volunteer opportunities Prepare a resume and keep it updated-you may need it tomorrow Summer work-apply early for day/residential camps, internships Have a PASSION for what you want to do & do it well

7 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Outdoor ability People skills Well organized, Follow-through skills Oral-written communication, public speaking Physical fitness Subject matter (flora/fauna, fitness, sports management, inner-city) Risk management

8 Certifications There are several types of certifications that may be able to give you a competitive edge when interviewing or advancement. National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) & Illinois PRA Certified Park and Recreational Professional (CPRP) or Executive (CPRE) Leadership Academy (new program in 2014) IPRA National Council for Therapeutic Recreation-Certified TR Specialist (CTRS) National Association of Interpretation-Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Lifeguard: American Red Cross or Ellis NPWLTP FEMA National Fire Academy-S130/S190

9 5 Reasons To Become A Certified Professional Greater career opportunity and advancement Demonstration of your commitment to the industry Enhanced quality of park and recreation services nationwide Recognition for your accomplishments and ability to meet national standards Expansion of your skills and knowledge through continuing professional development and networking contacts

10 How Do I Get Hired? What If I Don’t Get Hired? Fill out an application. If one is not completed (correctly) you have a zero chance of employment There are a number of qualified people seeking different opportunities in Illinois Park Districts. Not everyone can be hired Understanding how experiences, volunteer work, personality, attitude, driving/criminal records and skills all play a role in getting an interview Seek out opportunities to enhance the resume Try, Try, Try Again

11 Make The Change In Someone’s Life!

12 Questions?


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