The Isla Vista Recreation & Park District operates twenty parks in Isla Vista for a total of 50 acres. Facilities include an outdoor, eleven-foot, climbing boulder, outdoor table tennis, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, outdoor shower, picnic tables, barbecues, children’s play equipment, a teen center, and undeveloped natural open space. In addition, the District offers after school programs.
Angela has been in the recreation field for over 20 years. For 10 of those years, she always worked in the program and planning side of recreation. It wasn’t until she saw a position advertised in the newspaper that covered the administrative side of recreation that she became interested in learning how the administrative side of recreation worked. The rest is history, because now shes worked at the Park District for 11 ½ years.
1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?
I had to do an internship in order to graduate from Montclair State University with a BS in Recreation. I worked 40 hours a week for a whole semester which I got credit for, but was not a paid internship. My internship was at a YMCA. Some of their programs were through the township, so the township got to know me. Someone told me the township was looking for a Recreation Coordinator, and I applied. Because they were already familiar with me, and knew my work, they hired me right out of college after I graduated. In addition to my internship, I volunteered as an AYSO coach. I worked at summer camps too.
2. What’s the future of your industry or job?
Many Recreation professionals will be retiring in the next few years because of the baby boomers factor, so there should be lots of jobs in the near future.
3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?
The way they dress for the interview, the questions they ask and their professional goals.
4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?
To show up on time, not to show up too early or too late.
5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…
My internship made me realize I wanted to go into outdoor recreation, but when I did the research and saw what people in that profession made I changed my mind.
Interested in interning for Isla Vista Recreation & Park District? They’re currently looking for an Accounting Assistant! Apply now.