NISRA - Nothern Illinois Special Recreation Association
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NISRA's mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful recreation experiences. Our full-time staff work with a strong group of part-time staff and volunteers, who bring a wide range of talents to programs.

NISRA uses the Applitrack online application system used by many school districts. To learn about job openings or volunteering, or to apply online, click here. We periodically seek people to help us fulfill our mission!

We're hiring!

Part-time Employment
Do you have a talent you would like to share? Do you enjoy helping people?

Individuals, 16 years and older, may apply for a wide range of part-time, paid jobs in our recreation programs. Staff members work together as a team to lead activities, assist participants in developing skills, achieve goals and, most of all, have fun!
Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring part-time positions include:

  • Recreation Program Leader, Assistant, and/or Driver
  • Special Olympics Coach, sports Official or Referee
  • Lifeguard, Swim Instructor or Assistant
  • Inclusion Assistant
  • Sign Language Interpreter

Visit the Applitrack site to view what part-time work opportunities may be available.

Summer Camp Employment
Each winter and spring the NISRA full-time staff are securing staff for our summer camps. While many camp staff are eager to come back, there are usually some openings for new ones! Available summer camp positions may include site director or camp counselor, and can be found on the Applitrack site.

Learn more about working in our summer camps by calling the NISRA office or sending an email message to Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteers play a valuable part in NISRA's programs. With volunteers, we create opportunities where participants can receive more individualized attention. The Association’s recreation program season runs between 6 and 8 weeks in length and we request that volunteers commit for the entire season. Most of our recreation programs meet once a week and are 1 – 3 hours in duration. In addition to weekly programs, one day special event opportunities may also be available. Please note, volunteers must be at least 15 years of age or older.

For more information, visit the Applitrack site or call the NISRA office at (815) 459-0737 with questions.

NISRA offers a 15-week internship program that follows the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) guidelines. Student interns have the opportunity to be part of a wide array of experiences, from planning and implementing programs, to coordinating events, and participating in administrative activities and public relations.

To learn more about NISRA's internship program, contact Rebecca Ortmann at the NISRA Office at (815) 459-0737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full-time Employment
NISRA employes full-time recreation professionals with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation Administration, and related social services fields. Staff maintain professional parks and recreation credentials, a variety of skill certifications, and particate in continuing education. Please refer to any openings listed in Applitrack to learn more about any current positions that are open.

Cultural Arts Instructors
NISRA periodically seeks professional artists and experienced art instructors to lead our visual arts, music, dance and theater programs on a contractual basis. Contact Emily at the NISRA office at (815) 459-0737 for more information.