4.1.2 - Recruitment Process

Standard: There shall be a comprehensive recruitment process to attract qualified personnel that is based upon established recruitment procedures with specific recruitment objectives that are reviewed periodically. It is understood that in certain cases an agency is required to handle its personnel through a state or local civil service merit system, and is, therefore, linked to that system in the recruitment of its park and recreation personnel. Agencies are obligated to comply with all applicable statutes and policy statements.

Suggested Evidence of Compliance: Provide recruitment procedures, recruitment objectives, and last review.

Informational reference in the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, (2010), 3rd Ed., Chapter 16 – Human Resource Employment, pp 404-406.

Agency Evidence of Compliance:

The Park District strives to attract highly-qualified applications for every position and desires to select employees who bring a combination of talent and passion to the Park District.  The Park District's recruitment objectives include:

  • To attract highly-qualified applicants with desired education and certifications,
  • To attract applicants who possess a combination of talent and passion, and
  • To encourage workplace diversity by following all applicable laws related to equal opportunity employment.

Procedures for Employee Recruitment1 (which were created and last reviewed in September 2014 as evidenced by the Memo Regarding Recruitment Procedures Review2) are in place to request the filling of a vacancy as well as determine recruitment efforts that will be used to attract quality candidates. Staff use a variety of traditional recruitment techniques such as advertising positions online on the Park District's website3, advertising in the classified section of newspapers, or asking employees for referrals. The Park District also attends job fairs to help fill seasonal positions and has even held its own Job Fair4 in the past. For specialized positions, staff will identify the most appropriate and effective methods to attract qualified applicants. For instance, the Park District frequently advertises openings for professional positions with the Illinois Park & Recreation Association5.


  1. 04.01.02_Procedures-for-Employee-Recruitment.pdf
  2. 04.01.02_Memo-Regarding-Recruitment-Procedures-Review.pdf
  3. link to Current Job Openings on the Park District website
  4. 04.01.02_Job-Fair-Flyer.pdf
  5. Screenshot of Positions Advertised on IPRA Website (below)

Agency Self Assessment: MET