Parks & Recreation Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
The Parks and Recreation Department generally accepts applications from February through June for various seasonal (Summer) positions.

Summer Camp Counselors: To succeed as a Camp Counselor, applicants should be upbeat, decisive, and responsible. You should also be organized and possess strong leadership skills. Staff must have previous experience working or volunteering with children, be self-motivated and able to make quick decisions with minimal oversight. Camp Counselors will be responsible for organizing daily games and activities for campers, as well as supervising campers on field trips and at the waterfront daily for camp swim.

Lifeguards: Lifeguards are responsible for scanning their assigned zone, recognizing potential emergency situations, and responding accordingly by enforcing facility rules and regulations, utilizing training from the American Red Cross. Applicants must hold a current lifeguard certification or be enrolled in a lifeguard class. Lifeguards are considered the first responders to all emergencies at East Windsor Park.

Swim Instructors: Swim Instructors are responsible for providing high quality swim lessons during the summer months. Instructors must be able to provide feedback to both students and parents, while also maintaining the safety of all students during lessons. Applicants should hold a current water safety instructor certification or have prior experience teaching swim lessons. Experience in lifeguarding and mechanics of swimming is also preferred.

Gatehouse & Snack Bar Attendants: Gatehouse & Snack Bar staff are responsible for taking in admission at the gate and operating the snack bar. This includes such responsibilities as money handling, operating grills and fryers, keeping inventory of supplies and cleaning. Potential applicants should be self-motivated, organized and personable. Prior experience with handling money and/or food service is a plus.

Completed applications can be submitted via:
• Email:
• Mail:  East Windsor Parks and Recreation, 25 School Street, East Windsor, CT 06088.
• Drop-off:  East Windsor Parks and Recreation, 25 School Street, East Windsor, CT 06088 (Black drop box located outside the entrance)

This year, applications are also available to complete online at

Tips on Completing a Great Application:

  • Submit your application early, even if the deadline is months away. 
  • Your application is the first thing we see; fill out all sections completely and accurately.  Your application should be completed by you, not by a parent.
  • Each individual who applies may not necessarily receive an interview.  The information you provide on your application will help to determine who the best candidates are, and these are the candidates who will receive a personal interview.
  • Employment references are required.
  • Make yourself stand out by listing all applicable experience, honors, and supervisory roles that would make you a better candidate.  For example, were you an Eagle Scout?  High Honors student?  Food Bank volunteer? Did you volunteer at a youth camp?  Did you complete leadership training?  Include this on your application!  These are the things that make you stand out. 
  • When scheduling an interview, or calling with any questions regarding your potential employment, all communication should be between the applicant and the employer. Don't have a parent call for you; instead, show us that you are interested in the position and responsible by reaching out yourself. 
  • Lastly, make sure that you will be available to commit to the requirements of the position.  For summer positions, we are looking for staff who are available to work the short (8-10 week) summer season.  If you have numerous conflicts and/or will not be available for a large chunk of time during the summer, this may not be the right fit for you.

Tips on a Successful Interview:

  • Be on time. This is so important, as it shows potential employers that you would likely be reliable and timely when showing up to work. 
  • Dress appropriately. This does not necessarily mean dressing up (though you are welcome to!) but more so about looking neat, clean and professional. 
  • Relax. We know that many applicants are interviewing for the first time. We've all been there!  We know that you may not have a lot of experience, and that's ok.  We are more interested to find out if you are confident, a good decision maker, reliable, able to enforce rules and respond to emergencies, and able to be a role model for the children in our programs. 
  • Take your time. Don't worry if you need us to repeat a question; we don't mind!  Think about your response, and take a few seconds to formulate an answer if you need to. 
  • Be honest with your answers.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Parks and Recreation Department offers volunteer and community service opportunities throughout the year in a variety of settings including special events and other programming opportunities. Availability varies.  Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 627-6662 for current availability.