If you’re looking to stash money for college; save for that down payment; or simply for “something to do in retirement,” swing by Prisco Community Center on Saturday, March 11 for the Fox Valley Park District’s annual Job Fair.

FVPD staff across all departments and facilities will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon at Prisco – 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora – to answer questions, help match candidate interests with open positions and conduct interviews.

“If you come to the Job Fair and meet our qualifications, you’re going to walk out with a job,” says Candy Shankle, the FVPD’s human resources administrator. “We’re hiring on the spot.”

Shankle said more than 30 tables inside Prisco will be set up to conduct interviews as staff collectively sets out to fill dozens of seasonal vacancies. Everyone who pre-registers for the event will receive a $20 gift card to Chipotle. Additionally, prospective candidates will receive one drawing entry for an Apple Watch for every interview with a staff member.

All seasonal positions pay a minimum of $15/hour and openings are available across the District, including customer service, lifeguards, camp counselors, MVP Sports coaches, aquatic instructors, park and athletic field maintenance, childcare, and much more. There is also ample employment opportunity at popular facilities such as Blackberry Farm and Red Oak Nature Center.

“Lots of variety in each area at each location,” Shankle says. “In my mind, the Park District is the entryway to opportunity for a high school student. We want people to find something they enjoy, stay and grow in their role, and know they’ve got a reliable job waiting for them in the summer when they’re back from school.”

Allison Holtz has worked in FVPD aquatics for about 18 months. The Rosary High School senior has been elevated to head lifeguard during her shifts at Vaughan Athletic Center or outdoor pools.

“I really like building relationships with coworkers,” Holtz says. “We want guests to feel happy when they walk through the door and know that they’re safe with all the training we’ve had.

“We come out stronger when we work together and we also always have fun times being outside and playing games together in the sun.”

Shankle emphasized that FVPD also welcomes candidates looking for secondary work or to supplement their retirement.

“Everyone who’s offered a position at the Job Fair will be provided with next steps, such as completion of background checks and securing work permits, if applicable,” she said.

“We’ll make sure all the administrative work is done, so our new staff members can hit the ground running when they’re ready to start.”

For more information about the Job Fair or to pre-register, visit https://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/job-fair/.