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Philadelphia Parks & Recreation occasionally has positions and internships available that are both paid and unpaid.  These positions will be posted when they become available.
Horticulturalist Trainer
The Seasonal Horticulturalist Trainer is a seasonal position that will provide support of perennial gardens at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) facilities and conduct horticultural-based trainings for facility and grounds maintenance staff. The position will be responsible for the success of existing gardens and the growth of new ones. This position will be responsible for building horticultural expertise at PPR. The Horticulturalist Trainer will report to PPR’s Sustainability and Quality Control Manager.

Download the full Horticulturalist Trainer job description (PDF)
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation seeks 400+ lifeguards for its summer outdoor pool season. The starting salary for PPR lifeguards is $12.33 per hour, with a salary cap of $14.60.

Learn more about how to become a PPR lifeguard
Seasonal Park Ranger
A Park Ranger provides public information and assistance, public safety, resource protection, interpretive programming and assists in light maintenance at all division facilities. This is a seasonal position from April through October. The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Download the full Park Ranger job description (PDF)
Strategic Planning Research Fellow
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation seeks a research fellow to investigate best practices in the parks and recreation field and make recommendations for the department’s strategic plan. The research fellow will conduct interviews with global industry leaders in order to establish benchmarks for Philadelphia. On occasion, the research fellow will provide general administrative assistance with the strategic planning process, such as coordinating logistics for Steering Committee meetings.

Download the full Strategic Planning Research Fellow job description
Teaching Artists
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is seeking artists/teachers to work with youth this summer at Summer Art Camp. Summer Art Camp instructors teach visual arts to children ages 7-17. Artists specializing in all media and unique forms of art are encouraged to apply. Special attention should be paid to nature and art inspired by nature as camp takes place outdoors in a park setting. Past classes include: painting/drawing, sculpture/three-dimensional art, printmaking, photography, copper enameling and screen printing. This is a seasonal summer position. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 7.

Download the full Teaching Artist job description (PDF)
Please visit the City of Philadelphia's Office of Human Resources website for additional civil service and non-civil service job opportunities. 

Ways to Volunteer

At a neighborhood park
If you would like to volunteer in a neighborhood park, check our list of Friends groups with websites to see if your park has an active group and reach out to them directly. If you don’t see your park listed, please contact Barb McCabe, Director of Stewardship, at 215-683-3679.
If you're a business or corporation
If you’re a corporate entity looking for an individualized volunteer experience for your employees in a watershed park, please contact Jennifer Mahar at the Fairmount Park Conservancy at 215-988-9334.
If you're a non-corporate group
Please contact Barb McCabe, Director of Stewardship, at 215-683-3679.