Flexibility. Training. Choices.

Whether looking for your first job, supplementing another job or making this your primary employment, WDSRA has what you are looking for. If you are enthusiastic, patient, caring, dedicated and like to enjoy what you do, we want YOU.

Where else can you get paid AND make a difference in someone’s life!


  • Choose MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY – day or evening, week days or weekends
  • Choose the NUMBER OF HOURS you want to work – as little as 3 hours OR as many as 40 hours per week
  • Choose from a VARIETY OF WORK SETTINGS – indoor/outdoor activities, special events, athletics, arts/crafts, one-on-one, larger groups, and more

Who should apply?

  • High school & college students – great for those looking for a first time job or simply a summer position
  • Students in sports – we can work around any practice schedule
  • Teachers & paraprofessionals – great supplement for summer
  • Retirees – bring your skills to WDSRA
  • Anyone (16+) looking for a great experience!

We offer:

  • Competitive wages
  • Training and mentoring
  • Referral bonus – refer a friend and receive $50… for each referral!

CHOOSE to work for WDSRA!

Highlights & Benefits

  • Work fun and exciting programs.
  • Choose programs that match your schedule, abilities and interests.
  • WDSRA offers competitive wages.
  • Everyone, regardless of experience, is encouraged to apply.
Examples of Seasonal Staff Positions

We are always looking for seasonal staff! WDSRA offers a variety of positions available:

  • Seasonal Support Staff – work as an assistant in a group setting in program like bowling, arts & crafts, Special Olympics
  • Seasonal Inclusion Support Staff – work as a 1:1 aide in Park District programs
  • Summer Camp Counselor – Day camps run June-August
  • Head Instructor/Driver – Leader and Instructor for group programs
  • Rec & Roll Head Instructor – adult day program M-F 8:30am – 2:30pm
  • Special Olympics Young Athletes Instructor – morning and afternoon sessions during school day
Examples of Specialty Staff

Do you have a talent to share? Examples of Specialty Staff we look for includes:

  • Dance Instructors, Art Therapists/Instructors, Music Therapists, Musical Skills: Piano, Guitar, Voice/Singing Skills/Instructors, Drama Assistant
  • Special Olympics Coaches (all sports), Swim Lesson Assistants & Team Instructors, Rhythmic Gymnastics Instructor
  • Wheel Chair Basketball Coaches
  • Softball Umpires and Volleyball, Soccer & Lacrosse Officials


For more information, contact Heather Richardson, Support Staff Manager, at 630-681-0962 ext579 or heatherr@wdsra.com.


FAQ & Additional Resources

Applicants must be 16 years or older to be eligible for seasonal work. Students under 16 years of age are encouraged to volunteer with parental approval. See Volunteer Opportunities.

The typical program season runs 6-12 weeks. We ask that you commit to the entire season. However there are also one-time events that you might be interested in.

Experience is a plus but not necessary. All seasonal staff are required to attend training.

You must provide your own transportation to and from work and be able to perform your job duties independently of others.

Our mass hiring is conducted during the months of March – May.  However, do not get discouraged if you do not receive a call for an interview during these months. We will “spot hire” throughout the rest of the year based upon our current needs.

Yes. Summer is largest hiring period. Anyone interested in applying for summer day camp positions should have their applications in between January-May in order to be considered for our mass hiring months. Before March is best but we hire for summer through June.

Once you have filled out the Employment Application, you will receive an automated email response confirming we have received your online submission. Upon approval, you will receive a phone call or e-mail with further instructions.

If you have completed a seasonal application and have not been selected for an interview, we highly encourage you to complete a Volunteer Request form.

Additional Resources