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What is Parks & Recreation? Related Career Titles
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What is Parks & Recreation?

Parks and Recreation Management prepares professionals for rewarding positions in the exciting and rapidly growing field of parks, recreation and leisure services. It's about planning, organizing, and facilitating challenging and satisfying leisure service programs to meet the needs of an ever-changing population.

At UNCW, the curriculum in Parks and Recreation Management prepares students for employment in a diversity of leisure service or travel and tourism delivery settings and for graduate study, and is NRPA/AALR accredited in Leisure Service Management. Within the Parks and Recreation Curriculum, there are two areas of concentration in which a Bachelor of Arts Degree can be obtained: Travel and Commercial Recreation, and Public and Non-Profit Recreation.

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Related Career Titles

Some positions are entry level, while others require advanced degrees and experience:

Adventure Travel Coord. Equipment Salesperson Cruise Ship Activities Staff
Aerobics Instructor Facility Manager Park Naturalist
Rental Agent Reservations Agent Food & Beverage Assistant
Marketing Assistant Activities Coordinator Athletics Coordinator
Umpire/Referee Youth Counselor Recreation Supervisor
Athletic Coach Fish & Game Warden Park Police Officer
Banquet Supervisor Fitness Trainer Park Ranger
Activities Resort Facilitator Forest Fire Fighter Personal Assistant
Guest Services Staff Forest Ranger Professional Athlete
Recreation Therapist Forester Professional Sports Team Mgr
Club House Manager Government Tourism Mgr Program Director/Leader
Commercial Fisher Grounds Supervisor Range Manager
Concert Promoter Interpreter Recreation Leader
Condominium Social Dir. Health Club Manager Sports Writer
Amusement Park Operator Assistant Manager Departmental Administrator
Conference Organizer Hotel/Resort Manager Recycling Manager
Cruise Ship Activity Dir. Marketing Director Wildlife Manager
Dive Master Mountain Guide Sports Promotion Director
Resource Manager Soil Conservationist Park Manager
Restaurant Manager Sports - Fitness Nutritionist Stadium Manager
Retail Sales Associate Sports Announcer Stadium Manager
Ski Instructor Sports Instructor Convention Dir. - Planner
Team Manager Tournaments Planner Watershed Manager
Tour Guide Travel Agent/Planner Resort Recreation Program Dir
Festival Director Park Planner Recreation & Parks Dir.
Camp Director Campus Recreation Dir. Recreation Center Dir.
Diving Instructor Nursing Home Program Dir.

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• Army Corps of Engineers
• City Park and Recreation
• Military Recreation
• Federal and State Agencies
• University Campuses
Nonprofit Organizations:
• Boy/Girl Scouts
• Community Centers
• Chamber of Commerce
• Convention Centers
Private Organizations:
• Air Travel/Cruise Lines
• Country Clubs
• Pools
• Restaurants
• Resorts/Hotels
• Ski Resorts
• Travel Companies

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Related Major Skills

Outdoor ability Physical fitness
Oral and written communication Public speaking
People skills Endurance
Work independently & in groups Organize activities
Follow-through skills Remaining objective

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Job & Internship Search Links

SeaWork (be sure to check out these links also in SeaWork: CareerShift,,, and GoinGlobal)

Job Search Resources

U.S. National Whitewater Center

National Recreation and Parks Association

Blue Fish Jobs

Breezy Jobs - Free resource for recreation professionals

Hospitality Careers Online

Colorado Parks and Recreation

Recreation Resource Services

USDA Forest Service Employment

Jobs in the Sun

Disney Careers

Hotel Job Resource

Careers with Marriott

TeamWork Online's Sports Jobs

Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities

Association for Experiential Education's Jobs Clearinghouse

Student Conservation Association

Outward Bound Careers

Conservation Job Board

Outdoor Industry Jobs

Outdoor Industry Association

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Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

Hotel Management

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Professional Association Links

North Carolina Amateur Sports

South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association

Club Management Association of America, Carolinas Chapter

Club Management Association of America

National Park Service



National Park Foundation

Volunteer America

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Additional Resources

Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Adventures

Florida Recreation & Parks

Yahoo Parks

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