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Where Work Meets Play


NWSRA is always looking for great people to join our team.  Whether you have have years of experience working with people with Disabilities, or this would be a new experience, we would love to talk with you. If you are looking for a fun, fulfilling job while making a difference in your community, NWSRA has the job for you. JOIN OUR TEAM!!!

NWSRA services and hires staff in the following communities:

Arlington Heights | Bartlett | Buffalo Grove | Elk Grove | Hanover Park | Hoffman Estates | Inverness | Mt. Prospect | Palatine | Prospect Heights | River Trails | Rolling Meadows | Salt Creek | Schaumburg South Barrington | Streamwood | Wheeling

Part-Time/ Seasonal Opportunities:

  • Inclusion Aides

  • General Recreation Program Assistants

  • PURSUIT Adult Day Program Assistants

  • Intern/Fieldwork Students

  • Program Volunteers

Full-Time Opportunities:

  • Recreation Specialists

Highlighted Opportunities:

Inclusion Aides:

As an Inclusion Aide you work to foster independence, promote social interaction, and work on behavior management goals for the child you support. Attending to the individual’s care, each aide supports the program’s goals and work with NWSRA CTRS staff to successfully include the participant. Aides provide modifications or adaptations to ensure inclusion. The Inclusion Team is available to provide support to aides and participants throughout the program. Companions may work 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3+, based on the participant’s needs.


Hiring immediately for Inclusion Aides in:

Schaumburg Park District

Palatine Park District

Arlington Heights Park District

Hoffman Estates

Buffalo Grove

Elk Grove

Rolling Meadows




General Program Assistants:

As a Program Assistant in our General Recreation Programs, you will support participants in weekly group recreation programs such as: sports, social activities, craft projects, swimming, cooking and community outings. Program Assistants work on behavior management goals, direct supervision, engagement skills and helping with activities of daily living such as bathrooming, eating, and personal hygiene.

Hiring immediately for General Program Assistants in the following programs:

  • Basketball / Volleyball

  • Parkour

  • Happy Hour

  • Cuisine Critics

  • Exercise & Swim

  • Walk Across America

  • All Saturday Programs

PURSUIT Community Adult Day Program Assistants:

As an Adult Day Program Assistant, you are responsible to assist in the development and implementation of programming that promotes client independence and acquisition of functional skills.  Provide active participation and hands on assistance to clients during recreational activities (cooking, community outings, arts and crafts, etc.).

Hiring immediately for PURSUIT Community Adult Day Program Assistants at the following:

  • Wheeling Park District

  • Hanover Park

  • Hoffman Estates

  • Mount Prospect

  • Rolling Meadows

  • Buffalo Grove

Intern/Fieldwork Students:

Intern and fieldwork students are hired for a program season, Please Submit your application at least one month prior to the beginning of the following program seasons.


Winter Season - January thru March

Spring Season – April thru May

Summer Season – June Thru August

Fall Season – September thru November


NWSRA's internships offer diverse, hands-on projects that meet NCTRC requirements. All Interns and Field work Students are supervised by a Full-Time Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist – CTRS.  Your 12-15 week internship/fieldwork experience may include:


  • Therapeutic Recreation

  • Community Recreation

  • Programming and Leadership

  • Assessment

  • Documentation and Evaluation

  • Written Reports

  • Professional Meetings

  • Seminars, Workshops and In-services

  • Staff Orientations

  • Office Procedures

  • Inclusion

  • Leisure Education

  • Fundraising

Program Volunteers:

As a Program Volunteer you provide guidance, socialization, and support to participants with disabilities in recreational programs.


  • Programs we are looking to include volunteers are:

  • Horseback riding

  • Basketball / Volleyball

  • Parkour

  • Snow Showing

  • Cuisine Critics

  • Ceramics

  • Exercise & Swim

  • Golf

  • Powerlifting

  • Walk Across America

  • Pinstripes (Bowling)

  • All Saturday Programs

For more information on part-time employment, contact NWSRA at 847-392-2848 or

Refer a friend and receive a $50 gift card for each referral we hire and that completes new hire training! Plus, you will automatically be entered into a raffle drawing where you can win $150 per season!​

Full-Time Opportunities:

NWSRA is comprised of a team of many Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRP) who apply their talents and knowledge to lead the field of Therapeutic Recreation in innovative ways


Open Positions:

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

As a Full-Time Recreation Specialist, you are required to plan, develop, monitor and coordinate programs of all types including weekly recreation programs, social clubs, special events, Leisure Education, school break camps, overnight trips, Lightning Athletics and cooperative programs. Prepare and implement behavior management strategies, when necessary, to ensure safe program involvement while assessing and recommending appropriate goals and programs for individual with disabilities.

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