Help us build a welcoming community through PLAY

We’re always looking for new people to join the PLAY Roanoke crew! With competitive pay, benefits, and an awesome work environment, we’re sure you’ll love it here! Plus, every single day we’re making Roanoke a better place to live, work, and play. How cool is that?! 

Find out why we were recognized on Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list in 2023!


Parks Jobs

Our dedicated Parks team is made up 46 full-time staff and ~15 part-time staff. Park sections include Landscape Management, Park Management, Trails & Greenways, and Urban Forestry.

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Landscape Management

Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Landscape Management section maintains all of the city’s landscaping and grass mowing.

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Parks Management

Park Management staff are responsible for a wide variety of tasks in our parks and along greenways, including amenity maintenance, construction projects, cleaning trash and debris, and community event support.


Trails & Greenways

The Trails and Greenways team is responsible for the 100+ mile trail and greenway system in the City of Roanoke. This includes seven different greenways, and trails at all city parks, including Mill Mountain and Carvins Cove trail networks.

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Urban Forestry

The City of Roanoke’s Urban Forestry team of professionals is responsible for maintaining a healthy forest ecosystem in the city through tree/stump removal, tree planting, reforestation, insect and disease control, inspections, surveys, storm response, and more.

Recreation Jobs

Our diverse Recreation crew includes 13 full-time staff and ~140 part-time staff. Recreation encompasses Athletics, Community Recreation, Events, Outdoor Recreation, and Youth Development.



Roanoke’s Athletics staff manages adult athletic leagues, works closely with volunteer-led youth recreation clubs, organizes tournaments, competitions and events, and manages athletic field reservations.

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Community Recreation

The Community Recreation team is responsible for managing the Historic Fishburn Mansion, planning community-minded recreation programs and managing the city pools in the summer. Community Recreation programs include affordable everyday fitness for all ages, arts and culture programs, music and dance, trips and tours, events and weekly activities for seniors, yoga and more.



Play Roanoke event staff organize multiple large-scale events throughout the year, including the GO Outside Festival, Kids to Parks Day, and the annual Independence Day celebrations. Events staff also manage reservations for external events throughout the park system.

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Outdoor Recreation

Our Outdoor Recreation staff are responsible for planning programs like hiking, paddling, biking, caving, climbing and more! They also run outdoor adventure summer day camps, organize outdoor events, races, and more!

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Youth Development

Roanoke’s Youth Development team delivers the After School P.L.A.Y. (Positive Learning and Adventure for Youth) program at three recreation centers: Eureka Recreation Center, Grandin Court Recreation Center and Preston Recreation Center, as well as providing camps in the summer months.

Administrative Services

The Parks and Recreation Administrative team includes 8 full-time staff and 1 part-time staff. Administrative staff are responsible for Overall Department Management, Business Support, Data Analysis & GIS, Planning and Development, and Marketing.