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Summer Job Fair – Wed. January 30th 9:30-1:30 - EVENT CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Stop by to see a large selection of organizations and agencies that are looking to fill both full and part time positions and practicum and internship opportunities. These agencies come from all over Minnesota and out-of-state so no matter where you plan to be this summer there is something for you.

Gold Sponsors of this years event are as follows:

Camp Amnicon Logo

Camp Amnicon   


Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert Logo

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert   


Carver County Parks Logo

Carver County Parks   


Carver County Parks Logo

Easter Seals Wisconsin   


Valleyfair Logo

Valleyfair Logo

Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation   


Radio Mankato Logo

Radio Mankato   


Roseville Parks and Recreation Logo

Roseville Parks and Recreation   


True FriendsLogo

True Friends   


Lutse resortLogo

Lutsen Resort   



Other agencies and organizations attending are as follows:

Alpha Media- Mankato Anoka county Parks Camp Foster YMCA
Camp Northern Star Camp Sweet Life Adventures, Inc. Camp Victory
City of Mankato City of Spring Lake Park Columbia Heights Recreation
Confidence Learning Center Girl Scouts Lakes and Pines Girl scouts of Greater Iowa – Summer Camps
Green Lake Lutheran Ministries Kerfoot Canopy Tour Luther Park Bible Camp
Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota Mankato Area Public Schools’ Community Education and Recreation Department Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
MN DNR – Flandrau State Park Mount Olivet Rolling acres MRCI
New Ulm Park and Recreation North Star Camp Olmsted County Parks
Shakopee Parks and Recreation Skyhawks Sports – Minnesota Tamahay Camp for Girls
Trout Lake Camps US Army Corp of Engineers Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry
Washington County Waterfront Restoration, LLC.
Pathways Lutheran Outdoor Ministries

Joanne Ardolf Decker Scholarship - Wed. Feb 27th, 2019 12:00 NOON

Minimum Requirements: Admitted to the RPLS major in any of the emphasis areas with at least 12 PRLS credits completed.  A minimum 3.3 in RPLS courses.  At least one of the following: significant, relevant community services; RPLS professinal experience; service to the RPLS department; service to the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.  Must be an enrolled RPLS student in either Summer 2019 or Fall 2019.
Applications must submit a two to three page double-spaced narrative that demonstrates how they meet the above requirements.  An unofficial transcript and resume must be included.  Applications can be submittedon Scholarship Finder or in hard copy to the office.

Don and Pat Buchanan Scholarship - Wed Feb 27th, 2019 12:00 NOON

Minimum Requirements: Admitted to the RPLS major in any of the emphasis areas.  At least 61 credits completed (Junior or Senior status).  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Must be enrolled RPLS student in either Summer 2019 or Fall 2019.  
Applicants must submit a two to three page double-spaced narrative that details their leadership in the profession of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services.  An unofficial transcript and resume must be included with the application and essay.  Applications can be submitted on Scholarship Finder or hard copy to the RPLS office (HCN213).

 Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships can be found and applied for directly on Scholarship Finder: 


Student Handbook

[PDF] RPLS Student Handbook (4 MiB) 

Volunteer Opportunities

City of Mankato - The City of Mankato is looking for assistance with inventory of palygrounds and entering them into the Cartegraph asset management system, create and implement a playground inspection checklist in the Cartegraph and also inventory all nebches and their locations, and also update the park reservation page.  Work can occur anytime between 7am and 3:30 pm M-F.  Contact for more information.  

ELK's Nature Center - Nature Center Docents Needed.  Please consider giving a minimum of 5 hours pwer month to this cause.  The Center is open Tuesday and Thursday 5-9 pm and every other weekend Friday - Sunday 12-5 pm.

Darby's Dancers, Dance Express - Dance Express is proud to add the new special needs program "Darby's Dancers" to its schedule.  Darby's Dancer is a non profit.  The Darby's Dancer program is designed to provide dance education to children with special needs at no cost to their families and offer a foudnation for inclusion with other dancers within an established dance organization.  Each child is paired with a one-on-one volunteer that acts as thier personal coach.  No dance experience is necessary.  Contact Dance Express for more information 507-625-3865 or  

YMCA STRIDE - We are recruiting both PAID and UNPAID (volunteer) Coaches for our teams!  Students can obtain between 2-10 hours of volunteer work a week.  Our program runs twice weekly on either M/W or T/TH with 10 different sites around town.  New this season - STRIDE has partnered with the Mankato Chapter Miracle League to create an inclusive environment for boys of all abilities.  This group is mainly focusing on working with middle school boys from the Minnesota Autism Center and will be branching out to future seasons to other populations and ablities.  

MRCI Workforce - Whether you enjoy music, arts, wellness or any recreational activity, we'd love to have you!  No special experience needed.  Contact

Conference Opportunities

2019 National Outdoor Recreation Conference - May 6-May 9, 2019, Rapid City SD.  More information can be found here:

Why get an internship before applying for your first "Big Kid" job?

Read the blog written by our own Dr. Kristi Montandon for the Career Development Center regarding why you should get an internship.  Check it out here: 

Minnesota Recreation and Park Association - Student MembershipMRPA

Student Membership Rate is $10.00 and apply to those that are full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursing a degree in recreation, leisure services, or related fields at any university, community college or vocational school. Members receive job postings and internship/volunteer announcements, they can connect with professional mentors, are invited to the annual conference with paid lunch, receive Member Connection, MRPA's quarterly newsletter, receive reduced rates for educational training, conferences and workshops, scholarship opportunities and many more fantastic membership benefits. Visit for more information or call 763-571-1305 x100.

Rethinking The Role Of A Conservation Officer

The DNR's Ken Soring wants officers making big-picture decisions and recruits with passion for natural resources. The article featured in the StarTribune by Dennis Anderson indicates that the DNR will hire people with a background in resource management and then pay for them to attend Law Enforcement school. See the article here:

MTRA MembershipMTRA logo

Students are encouraged to join the Minnesota Therapeutic Recreation Association (MTRA) for free. When you join the MTRA you are able to view recently posted TR jobs among many other benefits. To join please click on the following link:

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

In the May 2013 edition of Parks & Recreation was an article on Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Many public park and recreation professionals are unaware of this opportunity. The learn more about this please view the article.