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About Milwaukee Recreation

Milwaukee Recreation carries out its mission to enrich the lives of Milwaukee's children, youth, adults and families through many innovative programs. These programs are designed to improve the academic achievement of all students during non-school hours, strengthen families, reduce crime in the neighborhoods, and enhance the well-being of all residents.

Personnel include 55 full-time program and clerical staff, plus approximately 2,500 part-time employees hired annually as instructors, leaders, field attendants, umpires and referees. Over 100 schools and community locations are programmed on an annual basis to serve the Milwaukee community.

Appointment is subject to a criminal background check. Learn more about our rich history, mission, vision, and values.

Current Job Openings

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Milwaukee Recreation engages in different types of job placement:

  • Full-time staff (administrative/supervisor positions)
  • Part-time/Seasonal employees
  • Coaches & Athletic Directors
  • Volunteers
  • WIAA Officials

Expand the items below to learn more about our employment opportunities.

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  Full-time Staff

Full-time Staff

The Recreation Department periodically hires full-time program and clerical staff positions. However, such vacancies are managed by the district Office of Human Resources (OHR). Potential applicants should search for official full-time vacancies on the district website. Look for and apply to such Administrator/Supervisor Positions on the MPS Job Openings page.

  Part-time or Seasonal Employees

Part-time/Seasonal Employees

This is by far our biggest and most active list of departmental openings, whereby we fill 2,500 part-time seasonal positions annually. View Part-Time Recreation Staff Positions on the MPS Job Openings page (Valid street address required when applying. No P.O. Box accepted).

  • Building directors, clerks and monitors
  • Camp directors and staff
  • Field attendants, umpires and referees
  • Lifeguards and swim instructors
  • Adult and child enrichment instructors
  • Wellness coordinators
  • Groundskeepers
  Coaches & Athletic Directors

Coaches & Athletic Directors

On-boarding of coaches and athletic directors (ADs) requires a unique approach because local school administrators typically serve as hiring officials. Accordingly, such vacancies are not commingled among the part-time/seasonal vacancies who are hired by program staff. For the convenience of applicants, our department posts Coaches/Athletic Director Positions on our Vacancies (Coaches & Athletic Directors) page.

  Aquatics Training and Job Opportunities

If you would like to earn extra money and advance your swimming skills while protecting the safety of others, sign up for one of our Lifeguard Training Classes. Or, if you think you'd like to teach others to swim enroll in a Water Safety Instructor Course. These American Red Cross courses are typically offered in Fall, Winter and Spring. Employment opportunities are available for individuals who successfully complete each course and become certified according to the American Red Cross criteria. Join the Milwaukee Recreation aquatics team!

For more information, call 414-647-3838 or email Swim [at]

  Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation Programs serve Individuals with disabilities. We are looking for energetic individuals who are interested in working with people with disabilities and their families.

Summer and school-year employment positions are available for individuals at least 18 years old (some positions available for minors).

Staff benefits

  • Great learning experience, especially. for those individuals pursuing or working in education/special education
  • Work alongside respectful, caring, and supportive individuals
  • Build life-long friendships with participants and other staff members

Positions available

  • Group leaders
  • Instructors
  • Directors

For more information, call 414-647-6065 or email therapeutic [at]


Volunteer Opportunities

We are very appreciative of the wide variety of volunteers who assist our recreation programming. A small example of volunteerism in our Recreation program includes such activities as:

  • Gilbert Brown Football Camp Assistant (MPS Recreation)
  • Community Center Instructor (MPS Recreation)
  • Recreation Building Monitor (multiple locations available)
  • Youth Sports Coach - General (multiple locations available)
  • Youth Tackle Football Coach (multiple locations available)

Complete the volunteer application here!

  Sports Officials

There is a shortage of officials in almost every sport. By becoming an official, you will simulateously stay in shape, earn extra income, become a role model, boost the next generation of athletes, remain connected to the sports world, and have fun!


No P.O. Box accepted

Contact Us

Phone: 414-475-8811
Email: hr [at]

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