More Best Places to Work: Vail Recreation District

Recreation management organizers

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Location: Vail, Colorado
Number of Employees: Approximately 24 employees, year-round. Eighty additional seasonal employees during the summer.
Digs: Employees work in seven facilities: the Vail Golf Club and Nordic Center, Vail Tennis Center (houses tennis, administration, sports, building maintenance and parks maintenance), Dobson Ice Arena, Vail's Community Room and Imagination Station, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, and Golf Maintenance.
Culture: Vail Recreation District is multi-cultural when it comes to work: though everybody is laid-back and works outside, each venue has a different feel to it. Work at the golf club and you’re wearing a collared shirt; work at the Dobson Ice Arena and you could be spending a lot of time in skates. Across the board, one thing applies: On powder days at Vail mountain, everybody is showing up a little late.
Sweet Perks: All full-time employees receive a free Epic Pass for Vail Resorts’ mountains and all employees (seasonal and part- and full-time) receive free golf and tennis. In the summer, employees are treated to a recreational party (last year, the whole staff went kayaking and rafting for the day).

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