Employment opportunities

Marilyn Levand, Wildlife Interpretive Manager photo by Albert Susinskas

Lake Metroparks
Personnel Department

11211 Spear Rd.
Concord Twp., OH 44077
Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

440-639-7275 • f: 440-639-9126 • email
TTY: 1-800-669-9226

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.


Ways to apply:



Full Time

Park Maintenance Specialist

Golf Course Superintendent - Erie Shores Golf Course


Park Maintenance Specialist

Rate: $14.35/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, grounds and trail systems.

• Moderate level of general building and grounds maintenance experience.
• Demonstrated landscaping, turf and planting bed maintenance skills.
• Demonstrate an ability to operate grounds and trail maintenance support equipment.
• Demonstrated carpentry skills, use of hand tools, and mechanical aptitude.
• Demonstrated electrical, plumbing and basic HVAC skills.
• Ability to obtain a pesticide applicators license.
• Valid Ohio driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• Interpersonal skills: Ability to work effectively and communicate with others.
• Demonstrate an ability to use a computer for basic functions.

Golf Course Superintendent - Erie Shores Golf Course


Grade:  F, Exempt (Range: $41,897 min/annual to $62,845 max/annual)


Method for applying: Apply online.


Closing Date:  Open until filled.


Brief Description:  Direct the maintenance of golf course, including infrastructures to provide public with a well maintained, safe and playable golf course.



  • Seasoned level of experience as an assistant or golf course superintendent.

  • In-depth knowledge of turf grass, typically acquired through formal training at the Bachelor Degree level.

  • General business knowledge: purchasing and budgeting.

  • Supervisory skills.

  • Licensed pesticide and herbicide applicator.

  • In-depth customer service skills and interpersonal skills: demonstrated emotional intelligence; self-awareness, accurate self-assessment, sensitivity, honesty, reliability, trust and consistency.

  • Ability to operate a broad spectrum of heavy equipment.

  • Basic plumbing and electrical skills.

  • Written and oral communication skills.

  • Basic knowledge of landscaping and horticulture.

  • Basic computer skills including MS Office products.

Download job description for more information



Part Time



Events Assistant


Rate: $13.00/hour minimum


Method for applying: Apply online.


Closing date: Open until filled.


Brief description: A part-time position under the supervision of the Development & Corporate Services Manager.  Responsible for marketing Lake Metroparks facilities to individuals and brides for the purpose of scheduling and coordinating events.  Duties include client relations, conducting facility orientation tours with potential clients to show rental spaces, process internal facility reservations, and maintain accurate sales reports and records. Workload and hours vary from 12 to 28 hours per week. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.



  • Plan and implement facility rental events; actively assist brides/clients with event planning needs and be present the day of event from set-up through the end of event.

  • Manage timely correspondence of phone calls, e-mail responses and mailings to support event sales.

  • Maintain contracts, invoices, and other sales correspondence; communicate event bookings and activities to staff via event sheets, set ups, ranger requests, alcohol requests, etc.

  • Provide excellence in guest services by ensuring visitor safety, using courtesy to drive each client and visitor interaction, by effectively promoting Lake Metroparks, and by keeping operations efficient.

  • Monitor department information on agency website and make update request to department supervisor.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Development and Corporate Services Manager.


  • Coursework and/or degree in hospitality/marketing or equivalent preferred.

  • Demonstrated sales and marketing skills; minimum two years sales and special event experience required.

  • Excellent customer service and strong organizational skills.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills, and the ability to work well in a team environment.

  • Computer proficient in Microsoft Office/Word/Excel and e-mail.

  • Demonstrated flexibility; ability to readily adjust to the needs of the situation.

  • In-depth interpersonal skills: demonstrated emotional intelligence; self-awareness, accurate self-assessment, sensitivity, honesty, reliability, trust and consistency.

Park Maintenance Worker - Penitentiary Glen Nature Center (Weekend)


Rate: $9.25/hour minimum

Method for applying: Apply online.
Closing date: Open until filled.
Brief description/Requirements: Part-time weekend custodial/facility maintenance position working 16-24 hours per week (usually 16), year-round at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center in Kirtland.  Must be willing to work primarily Saturdays and Sundays, some holidays and evenings required.  Requires highly motivated individual with excellent customer service skills to assist with special events and programs as needed, with the ability to perform physical labor, janitorial duties, minor repairs, painting, litter removal, landscaping and snow removal.  Also may serve as a room host to park rental clients.



Cross-Country Ski Instructor (Seasonal)


Rate: $8.25-$10/hour (depending on experience)


Method for applying: Apply online.


Closing date: Open until filled.


Location:  Chapin Forest Pine Lodge


Brief description: Interested in cross country skiing and hanging out at the Pine Lodge Ski Center? Then this job is for you! Lake Metroparks is looking for a motivated, outgoing individual to join our team! We are looking for both classic and or skate ski instructors to teach group and private lessons for children and adults. Our cross-country ski lessons are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings along with ski programs offered at schools during the week and lessons offered on weeknights. In addition to the ski lessons, hours are available inside the ski center assisting with the rental operations.


RequirementsThis individual must be at least 18 years of age and be comfortable in the winter elements. Classic and or skate ski experience required. Must be able to work weekends.


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 Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center College Internship Program

Summer 2016

The Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is an environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation and research facility. We present over 350 outreach programs a year and rehabilitate over 2,000 native Ohio wildlife annually. The wildlife center, located at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, is a great place for students to gain experience if they are interested in pursuing a degree in biology or related field.

Student interns are a valuable resource to the wildlife center. The students work a predictable, regular schedule and work during the summer months. We will spend quite a bit of time mentoring these students, they in turn provide a valuable resource and are the next generation of “wildlife conservationists.” Many become passionate about “spreading the word” to their fellow students and communities.

Objectives for interns:
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 interpretation, and handling/enrichment for program animals directly from professionals in their field of interest.

At the conclusion of an internship, students will be able to:

  • Identify the mission of the center and the role of rehabilitation and education in the community.
  • Understand the basic tasks involved in operating the education department and the programs offered to the public
  • Understand the basics of animal first aid, and follow through triage.
  • Identify at least 3 species of each animal group (mammal, reptile, bird) and know a general history of each.
  • Carry out husbandry duties for at least 4 species of education animals and how to properly handle those species.
  • Read, comprehend and record pertinent logs and forms related to daily operations.
  • Plan and carry out one enrichment/training project for 1-2 species.
  • Handle 1-2 animals for a public presentation and utilize appropriate interpretive skills to speak to the public on behalf on the center during a program with staff.
  • Learn basic habitat and nutritional needs for species rehabilitated.
  • Identify individual tasks, prioritize them and carry them out.

Click here to email resume to Tammy O'Neil, Wildlife Care Manager
Deadline: March 30, 2016.

Click here to download the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center summer 2016 internship letter.