The main goal of the program is to create a pathway for students and graduates to be offered opportunities to thrive through mentoring, coaching, and encouragement to succeed in the next phase of their career. The secondary goal is to create greater interest in our profession of parks and recreation that is built on inclusion, community building, and overall greater civic engagement.
Thornton, Colorado is a growing city, just north of Denver in the metropolitan area with a current population of just under 150,000. The TPRCP department is one of nine in the City, with a full-time staff of 123 and over 300 seasonal employees per year.
Thornton is a diverse city and TPRCP plays a major role in supporting the community through concerts, movies, festivals, special events, and programming. We have a recently created Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) section to intentionally and better engage the community through accommodations. In the coming year we will be going through national accreditation to further raise the bar in all we do and offer.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) recognizes Thornton with offering 93% of the population with access to a park or green space within a ten-minute walk of their residence. We have 147 miles of dedicated trails, and another 77 miles of shared use trails that connect our neighborhoods. We have three recreation centers, a golf course, a senior center, and the typical amenities of a dog park, skate parks, courts, sports fields, pools, fishing areas, archery range, drone park, splash pad, amphitheater, and disc golf, among others. We also serve the community through the Arts and Culture Division who stage the annual concerts, host displays and shows, and have an extensive public art program. We host a slew of well-attended special events that attract over 100,000 in direct attendance to our system. The two other Divisions in our department include Community Connections, which offers resources to those in need related to housing, food insecurity, and homelessness, and Community Engagement which serves as our marketing, promotion, social media, and web site group who tell our story daily.
Thornton is on the Front Range at just over 5,000 feet above sea level, with the mountains an easy access to the west, and myriad outdoor recreation opportunities to stay occupied and healthy, anytime of the year. Our staff team is of the highest caliber and professionalism. This opportunity will provide an intern with an experience where they are exposed to the broad spectrum of our work and allow them to develop skills essential to their career.
Education/Experience: Intern II: High school diploma or GED plus six months' experience in specific department or progress toward completion of a bachelor's degree in a related field.
Intern III: Bachelor's degree plus one year of experience in specific department or progress toward completion of a master's degree in a related field.
Licensing/Certification Requirements: May need the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as the job requires.
Additional Salary Information: DOE
Internal Number: 21021
About City of Thornton
Local government for the City of Thornton, Colorado