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PenMet Parks offers recreation internships throughout the year. Interns work independently and under supervision of Recreation and Special Projects Coordinator in the development, marketing, and management of special events and recreation programs. Interns may also perform research and write reports for District management. Interns will spend time with the accounting and facilities departments to gain experience with those elements of District operations. Interns are involved with the public process of government as well as interacting with community organizations and park planning.

We are currently looking for the following kinds of Interns:

Parks and Recreation
Business Administration
Natural Resources and Conservation
Sports and Physical Education 

Select this link for more information on an internship position or click here to review the internship manual.



PenMet Parks is a Metropolitan Park District on the Gig Harbor Peninsula.  The District has 9 parks encompassing 395 acres, 9 full-time employees, annually conducts or participates in several special events, and supports a community-based recreation program.

Basic Job Duties & Responsibilities
Internship with PenMet Parks includes training and experience in all aspects of parks and recreation government including the multitude of administrative functions, recreation, marketing, maintenance, and finance.  With professional supervision and feedback from experienced and qualified supervisory staff, interns have an opportunity to gain exposure from a very diverse collaborative system.

Duties include planning, coordinating and supervising a variety of recreation programs and special events. Assist with program operations; program planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and special events; assisting with marketing of programs. Provide on-site leadership and instruction to program participants in specific areas; lead program participants in recreation programs and activities in assigned areas. Provide customer service; programs registration and scheduling of facilities in program software.

Flexible.  PenMet office is open, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. weekdays.
Some evening or weekend activities.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
--Knowledgeable or interest in recreation management and operations;
--Organizational skills and rudimentary knowledge of basic budget principles;
--Excellent writing and communication skills;
--Competent with computers including E-mail, MS Excel, and MS Word;
--Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and the
  general public;
--Ability to follow written and/or verbal instruction;
--Ability to develop flyers and brochures; schedule facilities; plan, schedule, and
  organize activities.

Special Requirements
--Successful completion of background check;
--Valid State Driver’s License with proof of satisfactory driving record;
--First Aid and CPR or can obtain within 30 days of employment.

Desirable Qualifications
Enrolled in a college or university with study emphasis in Parks and Recreation, Business Administration or related field.

Selection Guidelines
May include formal application, review of education and experience, written response to structured questionnaire, testing, oral interview, reference check, and examination of current driver’s abstract.

A stipend of $440/month is available to cover expenses and support on-going education.

How to apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:
     PenMet Parks
     Attn:  Human Resource Coordinator
     10123 78th Ave, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
     Gig Harbor, WA  98335

Applications available at www.PenMetParks.org or at the PenMet Parks office located at 10123 78th Ave, Gig Harbor, WA. 98332.

Application Deadline
Open until filled.

For More Information Contact
     Gretchen Hayes, Recreation Manager
     253-858-3400, ext 227

PenMet Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.