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Help Wanted: Somerset County Parks Seek Seasonal Employees

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The Somerset County Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Park Commission
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The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking seasonal employees at county parks. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Park Commission
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking seasonal employees for jobs to fill at the county's 15,000-plus acres of parkland, including the county-run Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Each spring, summer, and fall seasons, the park commission requires a large number of seasonal employees to support the needs of the parks, golf courses, trail systems, and facilities throughout Somerset County. The Park Commission annually hires part time and seasonal employees to support the needs of the millions of visitors to the parks, the commission said in a release last week.

Among the jobs available are positions at the popular Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, which provides programs and activities for the public throughout the year.

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Positions available at the EEC in Basking Ridge and elsewhere in the county park system include: 

The EEC in Basking Ridge is seeking a Seasonal Naturalist for the Summer Science Program to implement nature programs and supervise children. The main focus will be Eco-Explorers (ages 7- 9), and AWESIM KIDS, (ages 10-13).

The EEC is also seeking applicants for the Summer Maintenance Crew. 

There is an additional opening at the EEC for a Seasonal Naturalist/Paddlesport Instructor, who will be responsible for a variety of canoeing and kayaking opportunities that are intended to stimulate awareness and understanding of the environment; build an appreciation of New Jersey waterways; and to promote interest in canoeing and kayaking. 

Positions for therapeutic recreation and activities:

Other positions open within the Somerset County Parks system include a part-time Recreation Assistant in the Therapeutic Recreation Department who would be responsible for assisting children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities. 

Additional Therapeutic Recreation Camp job openings include; Sports and Games Specialist, Creative Performing Arts Specialist, Senior Counselors, and Counselors. 

Gardening staff needed in Far Hills and Somerset:

Seasonal garden positions include individuals to assist full-time garden staff with various maintenance tasks including planting, pruning, edging, soil renovation, mulching, weeding, and watering. Seasonal Gardener positions are available at either Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills or Colonial Park Gardens in Somerset. 

Somerset County Parks present a working environment that motivates employees to provide the citizens of Somerset County with the highest level of personal service. While enjoying active or passive recreation opportunities in the thousands of acres of parkland within the county system, park “customers” can be assured of a welcome and friendly atmosphere, according to the park commission.

To apply, or for further information:

Go online to www.somersetcountyparks.org and access “Employment” through the site index. For further information, call 908-722-1200, ext. 239. 

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