It never ceases to me amaze me how quickly Thanksgiving comes around. It literally feels like yesterday we were saying goodbye to summer and getting ready for the NRPA Annual Conference. But alas, Thanksgiving is here.
If you have read the NRPA blog the last few years we started a tradition with our Thanksgiving-themed blog posts that we hope you look forward to just as much as you do that special pie or side dish at your Thanksgiving feast! And this year, the tradition continues.
The NC2NV road trip is making a final stop! We’ve "visited" Ole Miss, University of Missouri and Texas State and conclude with a final stop at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions!
As the summer continues to fly by, we find ourselves quickly approaching the NRPA Annual Conference.
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) has reached out to two professionals, a first time attendee and a conference veteran, to get their perspective of the annual event and insight you can use too.
You often hear people say “you get out what you put in” when referencing various clubs or organizations that they join. In fact, we’ve even heard that from members of NRPA. Part of the benefits of being in an association are the ample opportunities to get involved and have valuable, rewarding experiences that help you excel in parks and recreation.
As part of our 50th Anniversary, we challenged ourselves to come up with a list of 50 ways members can get engaged and take full advantage of NRPA membership.
Very quickly the list filled up! As you read through, how many of these items have you or your agency accomplished? Are there any on the list that you want to accomplish this year? Are there any you weren’t familiar with? Drop us a note, leave a comment or tweet us your thoughts!
Parks today aren’t what they were ten years ago. Where people used to utilize parks as a place to throw a frisbee with friends, have a picnic or just enjoy some quiet time with a book, today city residents are looking for a more social experience from parks, with formal programming like yoga, movie nights and lawn games.
Given these increasing demands, how can we create and manage parks in a way that meets the public’s expectations?
If you are a young professional or student in the field of parks and recreation, starting out in your career and getting involved in your national association may feel really daunting. You made a great first step with membership in the National Recreation and Park Association but where do you start? What opportunities are available? How do you set yourself up for success?
Lucky for you, the NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) members have been in your shoes and put together a really helpful video that covers off on many of those questions and more to help you get your membership and career started on the right foot.
Finding the right person to fit in with the culture at your organization is critical. You can train most people for the skill set you are looking for, but to help with turnover, fit is an important contemplation, specifically when looking at the bottom line. The cost to rehire and train someone can be thousands of dollars when you consider the time it takes to screen resumes, advertise the position, conduct interviews and provide training.
It is likely that your park and recreation department may be in the midst of hiring for seasonal employees and even interns.
Use these 5 tips to attract the right people and make a more efficient use of your time.
The opinions of NRPA blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of National Recreation and Park Association as a whole.
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