Job Opportunities

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
[email protected]
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Benefits of working with City of Knoxville Aquatics:
• Flexible Hours & Schedules
• FREE Future Certifications
• Competitive Pay
• Learn on the Job
• Promotional Opportunities
• Join OUR TEAM & Have Fun!
Contact us at [email protected] or call 865-300-4624

Welcome to the Knoxville Parks & Recreation Job Opportunity webpage! Please check here often for interviewing opportunities, job fairs, and openings.


Click here to apply for a part-time hourly position 
(submit one form)

Knoxville Parks & Recreation Department (KPRD) values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. KPRD seeks candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities.

Event/Seasonal Temporary Recreation Employment includes part-time, hourly, at-will, seasonal positions such as recreation assistant, summer jobs, lifeguards, umpires/referees, scorekeepers, bus drivers, etc.  You can apply for these positions directly with Parks & Recreation, as they are not posted on the City of Knoxville Civil Service employment site.  Applicants must complete I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and must bring proper documentation (click for list with more information on approved identification [PDF]). See our current event/seasonal openings below.


Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor - Contact Randy Love at 865-525-9080  APPLY HERE (same form as at top of page, you do not have to submit twice)

• Community Center Staff / After School Worker / Summer Camp Staff -
Contact Parks & Recreation at 865-215-1700  APPLY HERE (same form as at top of page, you do not have to submit twice)

• Athletic Field Maintenance Staff
- contact Mitchell Riffey at 865-978-7112  APPLY HERE (same form as at top of page, you do not have to submit twice)

• Driver with CDL
- Contact Nikki Crutcher at 865-215-1723  APPLY HERE - (same form as at top of page, you do not have to submit twice)

Youth Basketball Referees & Baseball & Softball Umpires - Contact Nathan Nease at 865-215-1718  APPLY HERE (same form as at top of page, you do not have to submit twice)

Adult Umpires/Referees (Softball, Kickball, Volleyball) - Contact Nathan Nease at 865-215-1718   APPLY HERE  (same form as at top of page, you do not have to submit twice)

• Greenways Ranger/AmeriCorps PositionThis position is an opportunity to build your resume with experience in park and trail management, land management and data management. Sharpen GIS skills and build public engagement skills through participation in civic events and volunteer activities, focused on getting people outside, active and connected to their public parks and trails.  Click here to learn more and to apply.


Permanent Recreation Employment and Internships include full-time and part-time permanent positions as well as Recreation Intern positions. You can apply for open positions on the City of Knoxville's Civil Service employment site. See links below.

Permanent Employment - All full-time and permanent part-time positions with Knoxville Parks & Recreation are listed on the City of Knoxville’s Civil Service page and are updated as new positions are open. Click link to view the Civil Service page.

Internships - Gain meaningful work experience with Knoxville Parks & Recreation through a paid internship! Interns must currently be enrolled in college and registered in 12 or more credit hours.
STEP 1:  Click here to submit Parks & Recreation Intern Interest Form
STEP 2:  After communicating with Parks & Rec staff, click link to view the Civil Service page to apply for Recreation Intern. (NOTE: Recreation Intern I is for undergraduate students and Recreation Intern II is for graduate students).

Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.


The City of Knoxville is an Equal Opportunity/Drug Free Workplace employer. It is our policy to hold all employees accountable for keeping our workplace free from discrimination and ensuring that we provide equal employment opportunity for all in our workforce and for those seeking to enter our workforce. Our employees and job applicants are protected from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act and will be requesting accommodation, please contact the City of Knoxville Civil Service Department at 865-215-2106.