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DPR to Hold Third 2014 Summer Employment Hiring Fair

Monday, April 28, 2014
More than 600 summer positions available

DPR Customer Service:  (202) 673-7647
DPR Human Resources/Summer Division:  (202) 671-1819,  [email protected]
DPR Media Contact:  John Stokes, (202) 288-7275, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will hold its third summer employment hiring fair this Saturday, May 3, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Ave., NW) to promote, and to accept applications for the more than 600 summer positions DPR has available for the 2014 summer season. Prospective applicants are encouraged to fill out the online summer hire application before attending the fair. 

At the hiring fair, applicants can learn about the positions DPR is offering and engage the various division representatives. All applicants are asked to dress professionally in interview attire, and to bring both electronic and paper copies of their resumes.

The 2014 summer hiring application was released to the public on Feb. 3, and applications will be accepted throughout the summer. For more information about DPR's summer employment opportunities, position and program descriptions, please visit http://summer.dpr.dc.gov.

DPR is committed to hiring candidates who are highly qualified, and who are committed to providing positive workplace experiences. The following divisions are accepting summer applications:

•Summer Aquatics staff will have the opportunity to be pool managers, assistant pool managers, lifeguards and customer service representatives.

•Summer Camps staff will have the opportunity to be facilitators, assistant facilitators, counselors, activity specialists and more.

•Summer Operations staff will have the opportunity to be warehouse facilitators, drivers, assistants and more.

•Summer Roving Leaders and Safe Summer staff will have the opportunity to be facilitators and assistant facilitators.

•Summer Meals Program staff will have the opportunity to be senior food monitors, food monitors and administrative assistants.

•Summer Administrative staff will have the opportunity to work as associates at DPR's Central Office. Please note, these positions are in an office environment and professional attire is required.

All positions are seasonal (summer only), for 40 hours a week.

DPR's 2014 Summer Employment hiring process is as follows:

  • Apply onlineComplete the application and personal statement (to the best of your ability) for the program that you are interested in. Please be certain to make any edits and corrections to your application before you submit. All applications must include an updated resume (attached to online application).

    • Notification 1: Confirmation – Applicants will receive an email confirmation that the application has been received and the screening process has begun.
    • Notification 2: Pre-Employment Screening – Applicants that are screened as highly qualified candidates (based on application, personal statement and resume) will receive an email invite to participate in a hiring fair hosted by DPR’s Human Resource Department. The pre-employment screening process began mid-February and will continue until the end of June. Applicants not selected will receive a status email thanking them for their participation in the summer hiring process. All notifications will be sent within 10 business days from the initial submission. 
  • Phase 1: Hiring Fair – At the hiring fair, applicants can speak to DPR staff about the agency and the various summer programs. They will also participate in a panel interview conducted by DPR Program Managers. Those successfully completing this phase will receive a contingency letter (onsite) with further instructions to complete the process.
  • Phase 2: MPD Background Clearance – Once an applicant successfully completes phase 1, he or she will be required to complete a background clearance with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The background clearance process could potentially be scheduled on the day of the hiring fair; however, applicants will be instructed on following the appropriate steps for completion. This is not a guarantee of employment. However, it will assist DPR's Human Resources in expediting the hiring process if, or when, the applicant is selected.

    • Notification 3: Pre-Employment Clearance – Once an applicant successfully completes phases 1 and 2, he or she will receive an email confirmation (this could take 2 to 3 weeks) with additional instructions about the summer hiring process and the scheduling of a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

    Phase 3: Suitability Clearance – Applicants will be scheduled for pre-employment drug and alcohol screening to be completed with the DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR). It is imperative that this pre-scheduled appointment be kept, as it is required for continuation in the summer hiring process. Any missed appointments will result in an applicant's elimination from the process.

    • Notification 4: Invitation to Orientation – Once an applicant has successfully completed the pre-employment screening process (this includes passing both MPD and DCHR clearances), applicants will receive an invitation to attend a DPR Human Resources Orientation.   

    Phase 4: Orientation and Offer Letter – All on-boarding documentation will be completed, an on-boarding package will be distributed, and applicants will receive a formal offer letter from DPR Human Resources.  The offer letter will state your position, program, salary, start date, and end date. There will be a place for you to sign the letter to accept the offer.

 Please note the following:

  • Applicants are only permitted to start working once all steps are completed and a signed offer letter from DPR Human Resources is presented to the applicant; and the applicant has accepted the offer with his or her signature.  
  • The DPR Summer Hire process is not the same as the one for the Summer Youth Employment Program.

To find out more information about DPR's Summer Employment opportunities, position and program descriptions, visit http://summer.dpr.dc.gov, call (202) 671-1819 or email [email protected].

These positions are covered under D.C. Law 15-353, the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004, effective April 13, 2005, as amended. For that reason, all selected candidates for hire will be subject to criminal background checks, traffic record checks, or both, and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Additional information regarding these requirements will be available at the recruitment fairs and during new hire orientations.

Press release: DPR Opens the 2014 Summer Hiring Application Window (2/3/14)
Press release: DPR Announces Second 2014 Summer Employment Hiring Fair (3/13/14)

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