Oakland County Parks and Recreation is seeking qualified candidates to provide outstanding customer service to nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. Apply at

Job opportunities include:

Seasonal Program Specialist -
Starting at $12.34/hr.

Have previous leadership experience?  Assist full-time staff with managing the operation and coordination of park facilities or special events. Oversee staff schedules, cash management and inventory. Manage customer interactions by training staff, answering questions, resolving concerns and coordinating large-scale activities and events. Provide expertise in a specialized program area to park patrons and event attendees. Must be 18 years or older.

Program Leader -
Starting at $10.37/hr.

Want to get paid for having fun?  Provide year round recreational activities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings for participants of all ages. Work in a team setting at programs and events throughout Oakland County. Must be 18 years or older.

Parks Helper -
Starting at $9.84/hr.

Ready to work outdoors?  Provide support to park operations, golf courses, and maintenance functions by assisting higher level employees involved in the general maintenance and operations of the County Park facilities. Must be 18 years or older.

- Starting at $10.45/hr.

Comfortable, confident in the water?  Ensure guest safety at our waterparks and campground beach by supervising swimming areas, enforcing rules, performing first aid and responding to emergency situations. Support customer service efforts by performing general cleaning and maintenance tasks. Lifeguards are trained by Oakland County Parks and Recreation and must participate in regular in-service training to maintain lifeguard skills. Must be 16 years or older.

Food Service Worker
 - Starti​ng at $11.03/hr.

Is hospitality your thing?  Apply previous experience in food service to support concessions at a waterpark or campground by taking customer orders, cooking and preparing food and maintaining facility cleanliness and cooking equipment. Must be 18 years or older.

Second Cook – Starting at $12.90/hr.

Do you enjoy working with food?  Bunkers Grill Room located at Lyon Oaks and White Lake Oaks are a great opportunity to prepare and cook food at one of our golf course grill room. Assist with planning and coordinating food preparation along with training and leading fellow food service workers in routine food preparation tasks. 16 years and older may apply.

Parks & Rec Attendant
- Starting at $9.19/hr.

Consider yourself a people-person?  Direct interaction with customers at the point-of-sale to answer questions, complete cash transactions, take reservations, or prepare food in concessions. Host park visitors by providing directions, explaining facilities, enforcing rules and performing general cleaning tasks. Must be 16 years or older.

Seasonal Laborer -
Starting at $9.93/hr.

Good with your hands?  Support customer service efforts by performing entry-level manual tasks such as cleaning, grounds-keeping and mowing to maintain park facilities in a clean and attractive condition. Use tools such as chainsaws, line trimmers and mowers to complete jobs. Must be 18 years or older.


​I have been an employee with Oakland County Parks and Recreation for nearly three years and I have enjoyed every moment of it! The memories made and the connections formed will surely last a lifetime. I started as a lifeguard in 2015 and from the very first week, I knew I couldn't of picked a better job for high school. The training and the work environment at the waterpark was amazing! Everyone welcomed me with open arms, eager to teach me tips to being successful. As a lifeguard you have to do your best day in, day out, every single day. You're given a tremendous amount of responsibility to be vigilant and to address any problems that may arise.

I also worked with Mobile Recreation. I was able to travel throughout Oakland County, participate in special events and activities. It was a blast to say the least!

Your management team notices and commends you for the amazing work you do! You and your coworkers truly become a family. Everyone encourages everyone to do their best. That is truly what makes working at the waterpark a great place to grow and learn new skills.

I have met amazing parks and recreation professionals who could tell you about the amazing experiences they have had while working for Oakland County Parks. I truly love my job! I have pushed myself to excel while working for Oakland County. If you're interested in working for Oakland County Parks as a Lifeguard or another positions, I would strongly recommend it.​

- Ryan
Waterford Oaks

The waterpark has been a wonderful place to work, not only because of the ability to expand my work place experience but also to build friendships and a sense of family. It's not often that you get to work with people you genuinely enjoy. Lifeguarding allowed me to be part of a group of individuals that I truly enjoyed working with. Lifeguarding allows you to be outside during the summer while also making money. I also feel that all the management shows their gratitude and appreciation for all the lifeguarding staff does and truly takes the time to recognize them as hard workers. Lifeguarding is a wonderful opportunity to be outside working and making friends all summer long.

Waterford Oaks Lifeguard

​Working as a lifeguard for OCPR has been one of the best experiences of my life. The waterpark is such a fun and safe place to work. I have not only gained the skills to save lives but I have also gained friendships that will last forever. Being a lifeguard is such a rewarding job and I would recommend it to anyone.

- Hunter
Waterford Oaks Lifeguard​