Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management

What is Parks & Recreation? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Resources UNCW Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management
   

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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TYPICAL EMPLOYERS

Government:
•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
•YMCA/YWCA
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

U.S. National Whitewater Center http://usnwc.org/about/employment/

National Recreation and Parks Association http://www.nrpa.org/careers/

Blue Fish Jobs http://www.bluefishjobs.com/

North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association - Career Center http://www.ncrpa.net/displaycommon.cfm?an=5

D. C. United Intern Program http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/t103/load.jsp?section=about&content=jobs

Breezy Jobs, free resource for recreation professionals http://www.breezyjobs.com

CoolWorks:  Jobs in National Parks, Resorts, Ranches, Ski Areas, Cruise Lines, Camps and  Other Cool Locations. http://www.coolworks.com/showme/default.htm

Hospitality Careers Online http://www.hcareers.com/

ResortJobs.com http://www.resortjobs.com/

Hoteljobs.com http://www.hoteljobs.com/

Colorado Parks and Recreation http://www.cpra-web.org/

Recreation Resource Services http://www.cfr.ncsu.edu/rrs/

USDA Forest Service Employment http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs/

MountainJobs.com http://www.mountainjobs.com/

Jobs in the Sun http://www.jobinthesun.com/

Hyatt Career Opportunities http://www.explorehyatt.jobs/index_flash.php

Disney Careers http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

Hotel Job Resource http://www.hoteljobresource.com/

Careers with Marriott http://www.careers.marriott.com/

TeamWork Online’s Sports Jobs http://www.teamworkonline.com/

Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities http://www.pbeo.com/

Jobs in Sports   http://www.jobsinsports.com/

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Career Planning Links

Outdoor Action Guide to Outdoor/Environmental Careers http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/careeroe.html

Careers in Parks and Recreation (Occupational Outlook Handbook) http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos058.htm

Article: A Place to Park Your Career http://publicservice.monster.com/articles/nationalparks/

Hotel Management
http://www.culinary-school-finder.com/Hotel-Management-Careers.htm

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Professional Associations

North Carolina Recreation & Park Society http://www.ncrps.net

North Carolina State Parks http://ils.unc.edu/parkproject/ncparks.html

North Carolina Amateur Sports http://www.ncsports.org/

South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association
http://www.sayra-sailing.com

Club Management Association of America, Carolinas Chapter
http://www.carolinascmaa.org

Club Management Association of America
http://www.cmaa.org

National Park Service http://www.nps.gov/

YWCA http://www.ywca.org/

YMCA http://www.ymca.net/

National Park Foundation http://www.nationalparks.org/

VolunteerAmerica.net http://www.volunteeramerica.net/

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Additional Resources

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages - US national parks listed by state http://www.gorp.com/gorp/resource/US_National_Park/main.htm

Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Adventures http://www.wildernessinquiry.org/

Florida Recreation & Parks http://www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/

Yahoo Parks http://parks.yahoo.com/

 

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