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. more than 100 schools and community locations are programmed on an annual basis to serve the Milwaukee community.
Appointment is subject to a criminal background check.
Staff positions include: camp director and assistant director, coach, community center director and assistant director, field attendant, instructor (children enrichment-art, dance, music; youth sports-baseball, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, t-ball, tennis, track, volleyball, etc.; adult enrichment-computers, dance, fitness, yoga and more), lifeguard, swim instructor, bilingual instructor, naturalist, animal care attendant, sports official, travel leader, non-program staff and more.
Part-Time Hiring Process
The Milwaukee Recreation Department averages 2,500 part-time recreation employees per year. During the summer season our department employees about 800-1,200 part-time workers who fill a wide range of positions. A large percentage of the part-time staff consist of current MPS employees who serve the district in other capacities such as teachers, educational assistants, food service helpers, etc. Milwaukee Recreation’s part-time staff is invested in creating a positive work environment while providing enjoyable experiences for the surrounding community.
Recruitment and Screening of Applications
All new applicants must complete all designated paperwork and have a cleared criminal background check before they can proceed with being assigned a part-time position. The Recreation department houses a large variety of programs that lend opportunity for many different skills. Due to the many program opportunities, applicants should be specific as to what skills they possess and which programs they are interested in so that applications can be directed to the proper program area for review. Once applications are reviewed by a supervisor in a specific program area and open positions are available, an applicant will be contacted for an interview.
After an applicant has been interviewed and it has been determined that he/she will be a good fit for the specific job opening, references will be checked and a confirmation that the applicant has a clear criminal background is determined. Once applicant advances past the two previous steps, the remainder of the hiring paperwork will be filled out (I-9, A&I, W-4, etc.) and an assignment will be presented to the applicant.
If returning employees receive a satisfactory rating on the previous season’s evaluation, he/she only need to complete the seasonal availability and A&I form for the current season. All part-time employees may be subject to an interview prior to each program season.