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CONSERVATION
When recruiting staff for your agency, consider
targeting often overlooked or marginalized
populations through community partners, elected
officials and targeted recruitment.
Recruiting and Engaging Your Workforce
By Ayanna Williams, MSW
I
came to the field of parks and recreation in a nontraditional way. For
11 years, I worked with a nonprofit that supported an urban parks
department through capital improvement grants; community-driven
park planning; and corporate, college and community volunteers. I
earned a degree in social work and had a few years of experience as a volunteer
coordinator at United Way.
Throughout the past 16 years, I
cultivated a love of parks and an appreciation
for what it takes to keep
parks running. I held many different
titles, from community builder
(or volunteer associate) to director
of community building (or director
of programs) to healthy cities director,
and now director of community
and environmental resilience.
Many people are reassessing
their work and are seeking meaningful
opportunities that support
community resilience. According
to the 2022 NRPA Park and Recreation
Salary Survey
report
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(nrpa.
org/SalarySurvey), " The Bureau
of Labor Statistics estimates that
local park and recreation agencies
employed more than 165,000 fulltime
staff throughout the United
States in 2020. These employees,
combined with the efforts of several
hundred thousand more parttime
and seasonal workers, deliver
services in nearly every city, town
and county virtually every day of
the year. These skilled teams program
events, maintain facilities and
otherwise ensure that all community
members can access and enjoy
all that their local park and recre|
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ation agencies offer. " You can use
this report to compare your agency
against the field at large.
Conservation
Hiring for environmental education,
green infrastructure maintenance
and conservation
projects
can present a challenge. Focus on
core transferable skills that a broad
range of candidates might bring to
widen your search. Good customer
service and a willingness to learn
new skills in an evolving field are
foundational. Provide on-the-job
training where you can. Develop
partnerships
with
based organizations
green jobs training.
communityproviding
Explore
opportunities
to include the skills
that you need in the green jobs
program's
curriculum.
hosting hands-on learning opporConsider
https://www.nrpa.org/salarysurvey https://www.nrpa.org/salarysurvey

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https://ezine.nrpa.org/nrpa/ParksRecreationMagazine/march-2022
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