Public Health Advisory

Bend Park and Recreation District has modified operations due to COVID-19.

Parks and trails remain open with temporary use & social distancing rules.
Playgrounds, sport courts & skateparks closed.
All facilities closed:
including Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, Bend Senior Center, The Pavilion, Art Station, District Office and Park Services.
Spring & summer recreation programs adjusted.

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Therapeutic Recreation Internship Opportunities

The Bend Park and Recreation District offers undergraduate and graduate internships in therapeutic recreation under the supervision of two Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

Internships are offered during the Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer semesters. Our internships are 14-16 weeks and interns will be required to work 40 hours/week with some overnight trips.

The intern experience will include:

  • Hands-on experience with specialized , inclusive, and adapted recreation programs
  • Exposure to a wide range of physical and intellectual disabilities
  • Exposure to the therapeutic recreation process
  • Exposure to various recreation administration duties (e.g., outreach, fundraising, budgeting, marketing, etc)
  • Training in most park and recreation program areas (youth, adult, outdoor, senior)
  • Experience a wide variety of activities such as adapted skiing, rafting, kayaking, creative arts and exploring Central Oregon’s landscape.

Intern Benefits:

  • $50/week Stipend
  • Housing in 2 bedroom house
  • Discounted  district programs
  • Juniper Swim and Fitness Pass
  • Liability Insurance

Intern Manual

Intern Requirements:

  • Current First Aid/CPR
  • A clean criminal background
  • Valid driver’s license with 5 year driving record
  • Experience working with people with disabilities

Application Process

For more information, contact:

Cheryl Kelley
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
Email Cheryl Kelley

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Image of a Therapeutic Recreation Swim Program at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.

For more information, contact:

Cheryl Kelley
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
Email Cheryl Kelley