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Lake Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability in employment.

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Lake Metroparks Administrative Offices
Personnel Department
11211 Spear Rd.
Concord Twp., OH 44077

Contact information
phone: 440-639-7275
fax: 440-639-9126

TTY Capabilities are available by calling 1-800-669-9226
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm

Summer Seasonal Positions

Applications for summer 2015 seasonal positions are now being accepted.
Click here for more information.

Full Time

Contact Specialist

Park Maintenance Specialist


Contract Specialist


Rate: $16.05 per hour minimum


Method for ApplyingApply online.


Closing date: Open until filled.


Brief description: A full-time, non-exempt position under the supervision of the Deputy Director.  The Contract Specialist coordinates various functions as they relate to park district capital improvement projects, as well as, provide administrative support to Planning Division personnel.



  • Serves as Prevailing Wage Coordinator for all contracts. Attend pre-bid and/or pre-construction meetings, set up and maintain records and related documents with respect to the project for all contractors.
  • Assist the Deputy Director, Planning Division staff, and other Park District personnel in the contract/bidding process. The preparation, reproduction, distribution/broadcasting (print and on-line media) and maintenance of bid documents; coordination, scheduling and taking minutes at pre-bid, pre-construction meetings and bid openings; coordination and maintenance of all required documents.
  • Prepares Board-Contractor Agreements.
  • Files necessary paperwork for permits with the county or state; processes files and keeps record of all building, zoning and fire department permits.
  • Obtains price estimates, quotes, proposals, RFP’s and RFQ’s that relate to park district capital improvement projects.
  • Coordinate meetings and scheduled events with park personnel, contractors and architects/engineers.

Qualifications:   Broad general business/administrative know-how, typically acquired through two or more years of formal training.  Computer skills: MS Office Suite, Adobe, Publisher, Excel, various other programs, internet and e-mail.  Initiative in identifying and resolving problems.  Attention to detail with a strong requirement for accuracy.  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Ability to deal with all types of people with tact and diplomacy.  Ability to coordinate many types of business activities, and prioritize projects and daily schedules.  Understanding of office procedures and protocol.  A previous level of seasoned administrative experience is required.  Broad general knowledge of construction contract administration.


Park Maintenance Specialist

$14.38/hour minimum, Non-Exempt

Method for applying: Apply online.

Closing date: Open until filled.

Brief description: Perform a broad range of building and grounds maintenance functions to assure the maintenance and safety of park facilities and grounds.


  • Demonstrated carpentry skills, use of hand tools, and mechanical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated electrical, plumbing and basic HVAC skills.
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to work effectively and communicate with others.
  • Moderate level of general building and grounds maintenance experience.

Part Time


Children’s Naturalist


Rate: $9.25/hour minimum


Method for ApplyingApply online.


Closing date: Open until filled.


Brief description: Under the direction of the Schoolhouse Manager, the part-time Children’s Naturalist plans, organizes, coordinates and carries out a variety of educational programs and activities relating to natural history and resources, the environment, conservation or wildlife management specifically for children.  The children’s naturalist trains and supervises volunteers and junior volunteers who assist in programming.  Scheduled to work 28 hours per week maximum.


Requirements: Bachelor's degree in natural history, education or related field, or associates degree plus equivalent four years experience.  Past experience with school age children essential.


Desirable Traits/Skills:  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Creative, flexible, and well organized.  Ability to relate well with children.  Must be energetic, able to lift 50 lbs., walk up and down hills and work in an outdoor setting.  Ability to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends.  Computer skills desirable.  Must have valid Ohio drivers’ license with good record to be insurable by Lake Metroparks auto insurance.




Interpretive Naturalist

Rate: $9.25 per hour

Method for ApplyingApply online.
Closing date: Open until filled.
Brief description: A part-time, hourly position in the Department of Interpretation. Under the supervision of the Nature Center Interpretive Manager, executes interpretive programs on natural and/or cultural history and staffs Nature Center. Addresses environmental issues and relates the above activities to the park district’s role as a land steward.
Hours: 24 to 28 hours per week.

Examples of work: Executes and evaluates park-sponsored and requested interpretive programs for adults and families at Penitentiary Glen Reservation.
Fills Naturalist on Duty (NOD) role on weekdays and weekends.
Assists with department programs, special events, projects, and other naturalist duties as needed.
Responsible for communication with supervisor via in-person meetings, phone calls and e-mail. Responsible for maintaining current knowledge of Lake Metroparks and Penitentiary Glen Nature Center/Reservation, in order to fulfill a role as park representative.
Education/Experience Required: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental education or related field or equivalent experience. Other Requirements: Valid Ohio Driver’s License. Must be insurable by Lake Metroparks auto insurance. Annually completes all necessary safety and professional trainings as required by Lake Metroparks and supervisor.

Desirable Traits/Skills: Ability to write and speak in a clear, concise manner, ability to work with people in a pleasant, enthusiastic and appropriate manner. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Creative, flexible. Well organized. Ability to stimulate interest and excitement about program subject and the park district in visitors and other staff. Available weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Admissions Clerk

Rate: $8.10 per hour minimum

Method for ApplyingApply online.
Closing date: Open until filled.
Brief description: Part-time, year-round position available at Lake Metroparks’ Farmpark in Kirtland providing outstanding customer service to park visitors. MUST be able to work flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, special events, and occasional evenings. This is a non-seasonal position requiring working throughout the year. Days of the week and hours will vary week-to-week up to 24 hours. Requires exceptional interpersonal skills, accurate and efficient handling of cash and cash register transactions and related paperwork, with ability to use computer and calculator. Work involves standing and minimal lifting.


Summer Seasonal Positions

Applications for summer 2015 seasonal positions are now being accepted.
Click here for more information.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark College Internship Program


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s mission is to help our urban society understand how farmers raise food, fiber, and other products that sustain and enhance human life. To fulfill this vision, Lake Metroparks Farmpark maintains a collection of livestock including equine, bovine, caprine, porcine, ovine, and avian individuals. Sustaining a suitable group of animals to meet exhibit and program needs is the goal of the Animal Care and Interpretation Department.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s College Internship Program works with students to develop animal care and handling techniques as well as routine care procedures. Staff will work with interns to meet specific curriculum requirements for college credit.

Interns will be scheduled depending on time required to meet interns curriculum needs, availability of staff, and timing of animal care tasks. Hours will vary and, as animal care is a 24/7 responsibility, may include weekends and/or holidays. This is an unpaid internship and on-site housing is not available.

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.

Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center
College Internship Program

The mission of the Kevin P. Clinton d and orphaned animals receive care and rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center—many eventually resume life in the wild. Some animals that cannot be released may become animal ambassadors and assist us in teaching about wildlife issues and conservation. 


To teach students the basic procedures and protocols involved with wildlife education and rehabilitation. They will develop and practice skills of animal husbandry/triage, environmental programming and handling/enrichment for program animals directly from professionals in their field of interest.

The students work a predictable, regular schedule and work six to eight weeks or more. Work days are 8 am to 5 pm.  Two-9 hour days are required per week, although interns can work up to 40 hours per week. The internship is unpaid and housing is not available. 

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.