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If you're interested in joining the Student Focus Area as a student representative, please contact Focus Area Chair, Kevin Troshak.

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If you are a parks and recreation student at Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, or Michigan State University you have a complimentary student membership with mParks? Contact Aja Jenks at mParks with any questions about your membership.

 

Student Job Shadowing Opportunities
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
COMMUNITY RECREATION

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation has over 2,100 acres of park land and a diverse collection of park spaces/uses and ways to enjoy them! 159 parks, 14 facilities, 79 playground areas, 52 miles of multiuse paths, 31 tennis courts, 2 golf courses, 2 canoe liveries, 4 swimming pools, Farmers Market, 2 disc golf courses, a Skatepark, 3 Dog parks, 375 staff, 2,100 volunteers, natural area preservation, and more! This student shadow experience will be hosted by GIVE 365 supervisor, Erika Pratt. We will take you on a highlights tour of our park system and give you an inside look at our volunteer operation. Or let us know your area of interest and we can incorporate anything that you are curious to learn about!

Contact: Erika Pratt

Ann Arbor Recreation & Education
COMMUNITY RECREATION

For almost 100 years, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Rec & Ed division has provided a wide variety of high quality, affordable enrichment and recreational opportunities to residents of Ann Arbor and surrounding communities. Staff in our five divisions -- Team Sports, Lifelong Learning, Early Childhood, School-Aged Child Care, and Administration -- serve about 19,000 youth and 18,500 adults annually, from birth to senior adult.  Our services include youth and adult sport leagues, youth and adult enrichment classes, more than 200 summer camps, a First-Steps preschool program as well as before and after care at Ann Arbor Public Schools.  Ann Arbor is an extremely diverse community and the Ann Arbor Public Schools focus on fostering a sense of community and inclusiveness for all students.  Shadowing opportunities are available in our tennis, summer camps and instructional sport programs. 

Contact: Chris Clough

Canton Leisure Services
COMMUNITY RECREATION

Canton Leisure Services is a Nationally Accredited, Gold-Medal-winning Department. 58 Full-Time, and approximately 300 Part-Time/Seasonal employees help to oversee and operate the Division. Amenities include 18 facilities like the B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center, Village Theater at Cherry Hill, the 95,000 square foot, Summit on the Park Community Center, several Historical properties, and the Canton Sports Center. 10 Parks (500+ acres), 2 Golf Courses, 110 Athletic Fields, a Dog Park, 2 Splash Playgrounds, Community Gardens, and 10 miles of nature trails are all a part of Canton's unique green spaces. Well-attended community events and programs like the Canton Farmers Market, Concert Series, Summer Camps, Preschool Programs, Club 55, Therapeutic Recreation offerings, and so many more, help connect and serve Canton's nearly 90,000 residents. Canton's highly trained Recreation Professionals, many of whom have obtained C.P.R.P. certifications, have created a welcoming environment for both staff and visitors alike. A job shadowing experience with CLS could focus on or combine elements that are of most interest to each student. Half-Day and Full-Day Experiences Available.

Contact: Jen Provenzano

Independence Township Parks & Recreation
MARKETING, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, SPONSORSHIP

Independence Township (Clarkston, MI) is located in northern Oakland County, just 40 miles north of Detroit. Located along the I-75 corridor between Pontiac and Flint, Independence Township is a very desirable place to live and visit. Independence Oaks (an Oakland County Park), the Village of Clarkston and DTE Energy Music Theater/Pine Knob Ski Resort, are just a few of the area’s major attractions. Independence Township’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Seniors (ITPRS) is responsible for much of this community’s “fun!” ITPRS is an Accredited Department, with 16 full-time employees, and over 150 part-time/seasonal employees that oversee and operate 5 Township Parks (including a beach, complete with swim lessons), a Senior Community Center, and a full line up of classes, programs, and events for the entire Clarkston Community. From Youth soccer and youth baseball/softball to large community events such as Independence Fest and Taste of Clarkston, we have something to offer every age and interest level!

Contact: Amy Laboissonniere

Independence Township Parks & Recreation
COMMUNITY RECREATION

Independence Township (Clarkston, MI) is located in northern Oakland County, just 40 miles north of Detroit. Located along the I-75 corridor between Pontiac and Flint, Independence Township is a very desirable place to live and visit. Independence Oaks (an Oakland County Park), the Village of Clarkston and DTE Energy Music Theater/Pine Knob Ski Resort, are just a few of the area’s major attractions. Independence Township’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Seniors (ITPRS) is responsible for much of this community’s “fun!” ITPRS is an Accredited Department, with 16 full-time employees, and over 150 part-time/seasonal employees that oversee and operate 5 Township Parks (including a beach, complete with swim lessons), a Senior Community Center, and a full line up of classes, programs, and events for the entire Clarkston Community. From Youth soccer and youth baseball/softball to large community events such as Independence Fest and Taste of Clarkston, we have something to offer every age and interest level!

Contact: Lisa Christensen

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation 
Community Recreation

The City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department provides City residents with 33 great parks, youth and adult recreation programs, and a variety of community special events. The Recreation Division is responsible for all things recreation and assisting other City departments with their event planning needs. The Parks Division maintains 33 parks, several green spaces, boulevards, Kik Pool, Youth Development Center, Park Maintenance Buildings, and provides logistical support to the Recreation Division for special events like Lunchtime Live and Movies in the Park. Kalamazoo employs 16 full-time staff and hires over 100 seasonal staff for programs in the summer. The main office for the Parks & Recreation Department is located at 251 Mills Street, which is the home to Soisson, Rapacz, Classon field and Homer Stryker Field. Homer Stryker Field is home to the Kalamazoo Growlers, a Northwoods League baseball team comprised of college-eligible players. Youth programming has increased significantly over the past several years and includes great programs like All Things Possible and Super Rec, which is a free supervised recreation program offered at four sites throughout the community. After school programs at Station 5 (former City fire station) and the Youth Development Center are popular with youth and parents. Every year since 2013, the department has exceeded revenue targets and been under budget with regard to expenses. The Parks & Recreation team is known as “Disney” throughout the City and works very hard to provide quality parks, programs and events for City residents. Job shadowing experiences are available at multiple levels and can offer half- or full-day options.

Contact: Sean Fletcher

Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation
Community Recreation

Pittsfield Twp. Parks and Recreation is located at 701 W. Ellsworth in Ann Arbor.  The Department resides in a satellite location from the rest of the Township in a building that is shared with the parks crew. The facility is also a community/senior center as most of the daytime activities revolve around seniors.  We work with a travel group to provide day, overnight, and extended trips as well as classes and programs. We also offer many classes, camps and leagues for youth to adults.  John Hines is the Youth Recreation Specialist there.  The Township oversees several parks and green spaces, so John dedicates regular time to setting up field and pavilion rentals.  John is an EMU grad, interned at the Saline Rec Center, and spent 3.5 years in South Lyon with SLARA as the sports coordinator/manager.  He has been with Pittsfield Township since May 2017.

Contact: John Hines

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
Arts, Facility Management, Cultural Arts Programming

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (owned and operated by Canton Township) is a 400-seat, premiere performing / visual arts and education center offering opportunities for all ages to experience the arts and culture as both participants and patrons. The mainstage, black box, and other performance spaces offer a unique venue for community theatre group productions, concerts, nationally touring entertainers, weddings, meetings, worship services, parties, fundraisers, and so many other special occasions. A job-shadowing experience with the Village Theater's Arts Coordinator could offer students a glimpse into the world of facility and arts program management, from day-to-day operations, to longer range planning. Half-Day and Full-Day Experiences Available.

Contact: Joe Kvoriak

West Bloomfield Parks
Community Recreation
Office location: 4640 Walnut Lake Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48323; Here at West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation we have twelve beautiful township parks that make up 580 acres. We serve to a diverse community with a population of about 65,700. Our goal at wbparks is to enhance the quality of life in the community by providing facilities, programs and natural setting for the enjoyment of residents. We offer programs for youth, adult, 50+ and nature. We invite you to job shadow at wbparks! Following is a list of potential Job Shadow Opportunities: Recreation Programming, Special Events, Marketing, & Parks. Let us give you an opportunity to check out what a day in the field!

Contact: Britany Trout