Big turnout for park district's summer job fair

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 - Uncategorized

Becket McInerney, 16, knows summer is just around the corner and he’s going to need a job.

“I’m hoping to work with the park district because I prefer being outdoors and I’m hoping some of my friends are able to work with me,” McInerney, of Naperville, said. “This is the first time I’m looking for a job, and I’m excited about getting a paycheck and doing something that’s not boring.”

For the second year, the Naperville Park District held a job fair Saturday morning to find people to fill about 40 mostly part-time jobs at Centennial Beach, Springbrook and Naperbrook golf courses and district parks. Human resources Administrator Janyll Cashman predicted the fair would attract 200 people.

“We had pretty much the same number of positions posted last year and we drew 200 people, but the crowd here this early is more than we expected,” said Cashman, about 15 minutes after the doors opened at 10 a.m. “A couple of jobs like a specialist golf position will be full time, but there will be seasonal and part-time jobs that will run throughout the whole year.”

Director of Recreation Brad Wilson called Saturday’s job fair “a one-stop shop,” offering a number of benefits for both applicants and the district.

“We like this format as it gives people a chance to have one-on-one conversations about jobs, and we get to see if someone will be a good fit,” Wilson said. “It’s true we look at personalities rather than just a resume.”

Salaries posted online ranged from minimum wage up to $12 and $13 per hour. A Centennial Beach manager position pays a $16 to $19 hourly wage.

Cashman acknowledged many of the jobs would be seen as far more appealing than flipping burgers or working at the mall.

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