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WSSRA Enriching Lives Through Recreation

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The West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) is a cooperative extension of nine park districts and two villages. WSSRA was formed in 1976 to coordinateEmployment year round recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.

Recreational Activities Include: Arts and Crafts, Sports Programs, Cultural Arts, Fitness, Social Clubs, Day Camps, Overnight Trips, and Special Olympics!

WSSRA runs 40-50 programs a week during a typical program season. During the summer we have 20-30 programs per week as well as 9 day camps.

WSSRA is always looking for qualified candidates to fill the following seasonal positions:

  • Recreation Leaders
  • Inclusion Aides
  • Program Supervisors
  • Day Camp Supervisors
  • Lifeguards
  • Day Camp Recreation Leaders

EmploymentSeasonal Programs
As a Recreation Leader you will be able to make a difference in someone's life through fun and meaningful program activities. Recreation Leader positions are available on a seasonal part-time basis. Programs are held Monday through Saturday with flexible morning, afternoon, and evening hours. Summer positions are also available in our Day Camp program.

Special Events
These one-time events are held annually, raising funds to support WSSRA. This opportunity is ideal for someone who cannot commit to working every week.

Inclusion Aides
You are responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities who chose to participate in park district and recreation department programs. Partners encourage peer interaction between people with and without disabilities. Hours are flexible.

Who Should Apply?
  • You
  • High School Students
  • Interns
  • Moms and Dads
  • Retirees
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • People with skills to share
  • Responsible Individuals
  • Anyone who wants to make a difference!
WSSRA is an ideal agency to complete your internship. You will have a variety of experiences that may guide you to a specific career.

Volunteer Experience
In addition to paid positions, WSSRA offers you the opportunity to volunteer and make a difference.

Who can volunteer?
Community groups, service clubs, corporate groups, and any Individual who wants to help others.

All staff and volunteers receive training prior to participation in a program. Orientations are held throughout the year, and teach program adaptations and disability awareness. We will review policies, procedures and staff expectations.

Things You Should Know
Involvement in WSSRA programs requires enthusiasm, patience, and commitment. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the program sites. You must be 16 years or older for paid employment. Individuals under 16 years of age are encouraged to volunteer with parent approval.