Carbondale Park District Employment Opportunities


In addition to staff, the Carbondale Park District is always looking for interns, fieldworkers, and dependable volunteers. We also work with individuals needing to complete community service hours.

Current Positions Available


Recreation Division


The Aquatic Coordinator is responsible for planning, promoting, and overseeing aquatic programs; hiring, scheduling, and supervising lifeguards, instructors, aquatic maintenance staff and volunteers; and ensures proper pool, equipment, and locker room maintenance. The Aquatics Coordinator works under the supervision of the Superintendent of Recreation. This position is full-time and includes a benefit package.


  • Recruit; select, hire, and schedule aquatic staff
  • Plan, schedule, and conduct monthly in-service training and new staff orientation and training
  • Maintain proper pool chemical levels at all times
  • Maintain rescue ready status of the lifeguard and first aid equipment
  • Maintain compliance with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Jackson County Health Department
  • Oversee program goals and budgets
  • Provide program descriptions, schedules, and budgets for all aquatic programs
  • Monitor and assist in maintenance of registration software
  • Interact with the general public effectively
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with other agencies, both public and private
  • Handle aquatic department and program promotion


  • Make requests and recommendations for the purchase of supplies and new equipment
  • Ensure the Daily Pool Readings and Duty Reports are accurately completed
  • Maintain record of staff certification and expiration dates; schedule training as needed
  • Maintain volunteer, program, and accident/incident report files
  • Coordinate pool and locker room maintenance
  • Conduct sand filter backwash
  • Maintain inventory of all pool chemicals, supplies, and equipment
  • Maintain safe chemical storage area
  • Keep hazardous material data current
  • Participate in training sessions and career development programs as assigned
  • Lifeguard as needed
  • Coordinate with other Park District staff to carry out assignments
  • Assume additional duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR/AED/PR, First Aid, Water Safety Instructor certification or ability to obtain within six months
  • Certified Pool Operator or ability to obtain within six months
  • Swimming pool management experience
  • Ability to lead and supervise staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Computer experience: Windows. Microsoft Office, Adobe, program registration, social media


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
  • American Water Safety Instructor Trainer

Park District

P.O. Box 1326,
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park

P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL
Located at: 625 S. Lewis Lane

Hickory Ridge Golf Center

2727 W. Glenn Rd, Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration

1115 W. Sycamore, Carbondale
(618) 529-4147

Park Operations & Maintenance Office

108 N. Williams, Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner

101 N. Glenview, Carbondale
(618) 457-7356