Roanoke Parks and Recreation is excited to share its inclusion on Outside Magazine’s 2023 “Best Places to Work” list, earning honorable mention. This annual award is determined through a research-driven program that examines company practices, benefits, and employee engagement and satisfaction. The awards recognize a wide range of companies and organizations, such as outdoor retail brands, adventure travel companies, marketing agencies, environmental law firms, and more.
Candidates for the “Best Places to Work” are scrutinized based on multiple factors, including an employee questionnaire that allows staff to share their honest feedback. Employee benefits, practices, policies, and demographics are also taken into consideration.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team we have working in our department, and it’s so gratifying to be included on this list,” said Michael Clark, Director of Roanoke Parks and Recreation. “Our mission is to ‘build a welcoming community through PLAY,’ and that starts with our employees. By providing support, professional development opportunities, and bonding experiences in addition to the benefits of working for the City of Roanoke, we enable our staff to be successful and satisfied in their careers.”
Some of the benefits of working for Roanoke Parks and Recreation, as noted by employees, include working to improve the park system, teaching new skills, seeing positive change in the community, working with volunteers, and simply getting to spending time in our parks. Many employees have also noted that one of their favorite parts of the job was their coworkers.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation employs 70-full time and around 160 part-time employees. Jobs in the department are wide ranging, including outdoor recreation instructors, administrative staff, urban forestry professionals, youth development staff, park maintenance crews, and planning and development.
For more information regarding Outside Magazine’s 2023 “Best Places to Work” list, visit outsideonline.com. To view current positions available with Roanoke Parks and Recreation, visit bit.ly/workforplay