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Success Story | Ilan Sinelnikov, Pre-Kinesiology

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Ilan Sinelnikov
First-Year Student | Pre-Kinesiology
Soccer Coach | Seward Middle School

How did you learn about your current position?
As a freshman, during the year I became more aware of the different services that the university offers. In addition to academic resources, I heard from my advisers that the U of M has offices that can help students with finding employment. I learned about the career services in STSS building, and about the websites "" and "GoldPASS". At the beginning of the spring semester, when there still wasn't a lot of school work assigned, I took the time to search GoldPASS and I found a position that fits my interest and my schedule.

Describe your position.
I am a soccer coach at Seward Middle School in Minneapolis. I coach fifth to eight grade boys and girls for three hours at the end of the school day. During practice I work with the children on the principles of the game, as well as on leadership, responsibility, and morality.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The part that I enjoy the most about my position is that I do something that I love. I've been playing soccer since I can remember myself, and two years ago I got my coaching certificate. I love to coach kids because I teach a new generation of athletes, and to be a soccer player is first of all to be a good person. I haven't had any challenges so far in this job and I hope it will stay like that.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
This position fits my long term career goals because I plan on coaching soccer in the future. I currently have my Minnesota Youth Soccer Association "E" and "D" licenses, and I also recently found our that the university offers a minor in coaching, which I want to apply for. This position provides me with more coaching experience, and it also provides me with the opportunity to work with kids from very different backgrounds, which will help me work with diverse communities in the future.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out?
I made myself stand out to employers by providing them a good resume that I created in the CEHD career center with the help of career service staff. Then, if there was an email account listed under the employer's contact information I emailed them a few words saying why I am the right person to work for them, and letting them know that I just applied to the job which they posted. I think that it helped because my current employer responded to my email and asked to contact me for an interview.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your search process?
The most helpful thing during my job search process was to receive help while writing my resume and cover letter. It is not always clear what you are expected to include in those documents, and I received a lot of positive (and well, some negative) feedback that I used later on.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
My experience of finding a job through GoldPASS was great, and it was probably even easier than applying to many places through separate websites. My tip to students is to use the services that the school provides, because it is nice to know that you have the support of your college and you have someone to answer your questions and guide you through the job searching process. Also, start early! It takes some time to find a job, and the earlier you begin your search the higher your chances are to get a job by the time that you planned on starting it.

Anything else you woud like to share?
The U of M has many services that can help you with finding a job. There is also a great chance that you can find something that fits your major or interest, because the employers who post the jobs are interested in college students and specify the majors that they need. Just take a look at GoldPASS, and check it every week or two because there are always new postings about positions. Also, go to the career center, they have helpful materials to use. If you do all that- you got a good chance to get a job!

Playworks Twin Cities is Hiring!

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Make a daily difference in the lives of children! *Ensure that all children get the chance to play on the playground. *Develop professional skills and manage your own program. *Say "I LOVE my job!" and mean it. *Be a Part of an Extraordinary Movement to Bring Play to Every Kid in America!

Program Duties:
Planning and implementing positive sports and play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school.
- Recess - create a safe and inclusive playground yard and be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling.
- Junior Coach Program - organize a youth leadership program by facilitating trainings and working with teachers and staff
- Class Game Time - lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess
- Out of School Program - continue to promote Playworks' core values in an out of school setting through an after school program, including small group homework, snack and physical activity or a before school program, consisting of early morning play and physical activities on campus
- Interscholastic leagues - recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues
- Volunteer Program - recruit and coordinate volunteers (e.g. school family members) to build a school community that supports positive, inclusive play and physical activity
- Service Projects - participate in monthly service projects and national days of service, working together as a team to serve the community

*A day in the life of a Playworks Coach*

Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth.
Demonstrated commitment to serving the greater community.
Commitment to serving for one full school-year and completing 1700 hours of service during that school-year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects).
Motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.
Humorous and playful with ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools.
Conceptual ability for the larger perspective with a strong attention to detail and multitasking.
Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into and existing school community.
Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and grant requirements.

Compensation & Benefits:
Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at
Living allowance for the service period: approximately $24,000.
Education award for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum of 1700 hours of service).
Health plan includes medical benefits.
Possible child care expense reimbursement (

About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a national movement of "service." It's a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. It is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. Each year, AmeriCorps offers more than 75,000 opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to "serve" through a local or national nonprofit organization. Serving in a non profit as an AmeriCorps member is an intensive experience that meets our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps programs focus on work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. More information can be found at


2012 Tournament Operations and Marketing Internship!

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is looking for exceptional interns for the upcoming fall 2012 term (August 14th - December 18th). The internship provides plenty of hands on experience as well as a gateway to building professional relationships within the sporting industry.

The company strives to hold the best junior golf tournaments in the southeast and believes that interns have a vital responsibility in helping achieve that. Each intern will be provided with free housing in Jacksonville, FL, travel expenses, college credit, and a monthly stipend.

The attached document goes into more detail about the internship openings and what the students can expect on a week to week basis:

INROADS are recruiting candidates for several great HR related internship opportunities in the Minneapolis area for an immediate need to fill. The employer they are representing would like to see these internships eventually turn into FT positions. You must be a current student with a class standing of freshman, sophomore, or junior status for their INROADS program
• Employee Relations Intern in MN (Minnetonka) looking for a Rising Sophomore
• Human Capital Intern in MN (Minnetonka) open to class year classification
INROADS are also recruiting candidates for another employer interested in working in the areas of:
Product Services
Financial Planning
Application Process:
Interested in learning more? Questions? Please contact Eileen Williamson at

Please click on the following link for full job description and to apply:

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Career of the Week-- Child Welfare Caseworkers

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Do you have a passion to work with families and children AND are you committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children and want nothing but the best for them?

Check out the rewarding career working in Child Welfare! With your wonderful ability to help others, you will have the opportunity to make foster placements, recruit foster families, investigate complaints of abuse or neglect, and provide services to help unite families. Child Welfare Caseworkers can work for the state or local government, as well as schools to ensure children have a safe home and family. Additionally, Child Welfare Caseworkers may be required to attend court hearings, arrange for and facilitate visitation among family members, and handle other administrative duties.

If this sounds appealing to you, check out CEHD's degrees in Early Childhood Education, Youth Studies or Family Social Science to put you on the path to this rewarding career. Be sure to gain experiences such as internships and volunteering related to this area of child welfare, to make yourself a good candidate for these jobs. Although many Child Welfare Caseworkers have a Bachelor's degree in a related field, many go on to pursue their Master's degree as well.

For more information visit:
Department of Human Services

Undergraduate TA Job Positions

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The Rothenberger Institute is hiring Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for undergraduate wellness courses: Alcohol & College Life (ACL); Sleep, Eat & Exercise (SEE); and (the newest course) Success Over Stress (SOS).
Please see the U of M employment website to apply today!
Requisition number: 177345

Achievement First is hiring Teachers & Administrators

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Achievement First is always looking for great
teachers and school leaders. If you are a
smart, talented and dedicated educator
who is passionate about helping urban
students succeed in college and life, please


Achievement First is Hiring!

Achievement First is a growing network of high-performing, K-12 urban public charter schools in Connecticut and Brooklyn focused on providing all of our scholars with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges. In fact, 100% of the class of 2010 and 2011 was accepted to a four-year college! As we open new schools and add grades to our existing schools, we are looking for great teachers and school leaders to join our team. To learn more about Achievement First, access our instructional resources, or to apply online, please visit

School-Based Opportunities

· Elementary, middle, and high school teachers

· Founding middle school teachers in Brooklyn

· Founding high school teachers in Connecticut

· Special education teachers

· Secondary math teachers

· Secondary science teachers

· Lower-elementary classroom teachers

· Regional Superintendent

· Director of School Operations

· Office Coordinator

Network Support Opportunities

· Vice President, Finance

· Regional Director of Special Services Achievement

· Regional Director of Operations

· Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

· Director of Leadership Development

· Associate Director, External Relations

· Associate Director, Facilities

· Associate Director, Math Achievement (Grades 5-12)

· Operations Associate

· Graphic Designer

· Database Architect

· Assistant, Leadership Development

· Assistant, External Relations

· Principal's Executive Assistant

· Data Analyst Intern

· IT Summer Intern

· Teacher Career Pathway Lesson Observer

· School Leadership Coach

Come learn about career opportunities at Buckle!

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Buckle will be hosting an Information Session on Monday, April 16th, from 8:30PM-9:00PM.

What? Buckle will be holding an informational session to spread the word about their exciting career opportunities for college students and graduates.

Where? At the Buckle Store in the Rosedale Shopping Center in Roseville, Minnesota

When? Monday, April 16th 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Positions Available: Management Development Program & Sales and Management Internship

Benefits of working at Buckle:
Flexible scheduling, competitive pay, generous employee discount and robust benefits package for full-time teammates

Questions? Call Kim at 651-639-9916

TODAY! Shakopee School District Information Session

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Shakopee School District Information Session
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Science Teaching and Student Services Building 518/520

Open to students who are also exploring the field teaching. This is a great opportunity to talk with an employer in the education field!

This information session is an opportunity to network with Shakopee School District representatives and learn more about their district needs. Please note: This is not an interview, but it is a great opportunity to network with educational professionals.

INROADS is Still Accepting Applications!

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INROADS is still accepting applications from students and there is still time for students to apply before the approaching deadline of May 31st!

Please see attached flyer that highlights INROADS immediate needs in MN. Of course positions are open nationwide so students do not have to live in MN to apply. All students have to apply online at

INROADS Internships Flyer MN.doc

Great UG Student Employee Position!

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The Student Parent HELP Center, a U of M program which provides a wide range of supportive services for pregnant and parenting undergraduate students, has an amazing job opportunity for Psychology, Fam Soc Sci, Child Psych or Sociology majors who want front line, career building experience working in a campus based, student and family service setting.

We need someone who is work study eligible and willing to accept work study.

We have a long history of having happy student employees, and due to the significant training investment are looking for students who could remain with SPHC at least two academic years if there is a fit (so no Srs or anyone past first term JR as of Fall 2012)

Most of our former, very happy student employees have been hired withing weeks of graduation due to the skills and experience they gained in the SPHC.

Though this is an administrative position, the job duties provide a wide range of career prep experiences under the supervision of two full time career social workers and interaction with Graduate MSW interns.

Our service population is U of M undergraduate students with children and occasionally there are also adorable children and babies to interact with.

Students should apply through the U of M HR job center site at:

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CEHD Career Services recruits employers to participate in on-campus interviewing for students and alumni. The purpose of on-campus interviewing is to help connect candidates to employers that are seeking to hire for a variety of positions. It is not uncommon to participate in on-campus interviewing and then if selected to be invited to their site for additional interviewing.
This is how the process works.

1. Employers typically sign up for what is called a "pre-select schedule".
What this means is employers post a position in GoldPASS and candidates have period of time that they can submit their resume and cover letter to the on-campus interview schedule in GoldPASS. Please note: there are deadlines to submit to each schedule and it is important to be aware of this.

2. Once the submissions are made and the "interview schedule" closes, the employer reviews all the submissions which are typically resumes and cover letters. The employer selects the candidates they would like to interview and candidates will be informed. This is all done through the GoldPASS system.

Note: You must submit your resume to GoldPASS for review and approval before you can submit your materials to an on-campus interview. This only occurs once, so you can apply to as many interviews you qualify for once you have had the initial resume approved. Resumes are reviewed by staff Monday through Friday during normal office hours.

3. The selected candidates will be invited for an interview sign up and notified by an email through GoldPASS and the career office sponsoring the interview. The email message invites the selected candidates to log in to GoldPASS and sign up for a time in the "interview schedule"

4.Candidates who are not selected receive an email stating they were not selected at this time.

5. Please take note if there are other events going on with the employer that you as a candidate can engage with them. To view all career events select this tab in GoldPASS and search.

On-campus interviews are held in the STSS Building, Interview Center room 524

Roadmap to On-Campus Interviews

On-Campus with Project Footsteps
518 STSS Building
Thursday, April 19th, 2012

What is an information session? An information session is an opportunity for students to explore career options by coming to listen to an employer promote their positions. Students have had great success in developing that first connection or revisit with an employer they are interested in.

In this case, Project Footsteps is coming to campus because they are actively recruiting for the following internships & positions:
Human Resources
Program Operations/Relations
Graphic Design/Media
Program Facilitators

The mission of Project Footsteps is to inspire, empower and prepare young people and community to be agents of change and social leaders in action. For a better tomorrow, we need change agents today. We are convinced that young people have the ability to change their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

Over that past 5 years, we have seen over 10,000 young people literally create change in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. It is our goal to change the world by bringing the most important stakeholders to the table; our children!
Project Footsteps Program Team Info.docx
Project Footsteps Program Facilitator Info.docx

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.

What are your top 5 talent themes?

My top five talent themes are Empathy, Achiever, Harmony, Includer, and Discipline.

In what ways do you use your talents each day?
I have discovered that I have all along been using my talent themes in everything I do every day.

I use the Empathy talent theme when I notice someone is not being heard. I relate my experience that resonates with their sentiment or add the various outcomes based on the long standing history with an event or individual and their ups and downs.

I use the Achiever talent theme constantly in work, home, volunteer, and at play. In my job, I work hard and diligently. At home, I continue working hard doing chores, making food, encouraging my children to do better, tutor my children and their friends, and try to keep peace in my home on top of my many volunteer activities. Looking at the Gallup Strengths Quest Reference Card, it says that people with this talent have a great deal of stamina. I guess I have been hardwired with a lot of stamina. My family knows I have a lot of stamina because I would wake them up in the morning before we would go to work in the cotton fields of Texas or the sugar beet fields of Minnesota by singing, "It's time to get up, It's time to get up, get up, get up." They, like my husband, did not fancy that but we have a lot of fun laughing about it now.

I use the Harmony talent theme through and through. I dislike arguing so I have recently started asking more questions for clarification to understand where they are coming from and then Empathy kicks in. Before I would just withdraw because I do not like when my opinion or the opinions of others was not recognized or heard.

I use the Includer talent theme to bring in those whom I have noticed were left out. This is where Empathy, Harmony, and Includer work hand in hand to make an effort to bring them all in. These three talent themes are espoused in my life.

I use the Discipline talent theme to structure my day. I enjoy the routine I create and checking things off my to-do list even when it is a simple task. This is where Achiever is espoused with Discipline to help me accomplish a lot as I break my day down to pre-morning, morning, lunch, afternoon, supper, and evening. This helps me fall asleep quickly and very deeply so that I can be rejuvenated for the next day. My profound sleep pushes the re-start button of my stamina tank to begin a new day.

How have you sought to develop your talent themes?
The best thing that I have found to develop my talent themes is to keep using them, read more information about them, and attend other StrengthsQuest trainings. One of the things that I disovered is that Gallop's StrengthsQuest is culturally diverse and available in over 20 languages. As a tri-lingual (Spanish, English, and American Sign Language) individual, I am excited that Gallop is in the globalization arena. This is where Includer is part of my nature.

If you feel you have a weakness, here are six ways to deal overcome it: 1. Be open to share concern and receive feedback. 2. Take trainings that will improve this area. 3. Use your other talent themes to leverage the desired talent. 4. Use other support systems to build you up (similar to the 360-degree). 5. Form complementary partnerships with others who have the desired talent. 6. Adjust or change your role to others which will give you more time to develop your strength talent themes.

What surprises you about your talent themes?
I was surprised when I first took the Clifton StrengthsFinder, and saw that Harmony was my top strength. I thought, "Why and how did this 45 minutes survey where one had to respond to each statement within 20 seconds know me?" I decided to make some changes after reflecting on my lifestyle. The second time I took it, Empathy become my top strength and Harmony was still in my top five talent themes. This showed me that now I was no longer avoiding conflict but actually embracing it in a tactful manner.

Which talent themes fit you best and why?
I ascertained that strength is the culmination of talent (recurring pattern of thoughts, feelings, and actions), and skills (steps of an activity), and knowledge (factual and experiential knowing). For me this just means that because I have been a people person since a young age, Harmony, Empathy, Relator, and Consistency will always be a part of my top ten talent themes in how I respond to people around the world no matter what their status maybe. These talent themes fit me like a glove because I enjoy (talent) empowering (skills) people and helping (knowledge) them see their talents and abilities to go beyond their limitations when it is solicited. I found my top five talent themes to be in the Relationship Building and Executing Leadership Category. I also realized that I too envelop leadership qualities. I am appreciative to have had this wonderful opportunity to become self-aware via Gallop StengthsQuest.

Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

Success Story | Leah Martin, Youth Studies

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Leah Martin
Junior | Youth Studies
Student Office Assistant | Career Services Center

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my current position through the job postings on the U of M's Student Employment Website. The Student Office Assistant position appealed to me because I had taken a Career and Major Exploration class with a career counselor my freshman year and had found it very helpful. It was an office that I felt was a positive resource for students, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Describe your position.
I work in the Career Services Center for CLA, CEHD, and CDES as a Student Office Assistant. My job is multifaceted. On the surface, it may look like I simply answer the phone, schedule appointments, and grab resumes from the printer. Though I do all of those things, my main job is to be the first point of contact when a student walks into the Career Center. It is my job to ask good questions so that I can figure out where the student needs help, so I can get them the resources and services that will most benefit them.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
Something I enjoy in my work, are the interactions I get to have with the students. There is a great satisfaction that comes with leading students to resources, organizations, and programs that fit their needs. Being a person who is passionate about working with people, it is hard sometimes to sit behind my desk to do some of the more tedious tasks, but the face time I do have with students, makes the boring parts worth it.

Another thing I love about my job is the sense of community at the Career Services Center. My supervisor Juan is a great example of someone who builds community. He and all of the Career Services employees, genuinely want to know the student workers' hopes and dreams for their future. They value our input and are invested in helping us grow in our position, and more importantly in our lives outside our work there. Coming from other positions where supervisors were disengaged and uninvested, it was wonderful coming to work knowing Juan wouldn't just let me coast through my job. He pushes me to get the most out of the position.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Youth work is one of my passions. Long term, I see myself developing and enhancing programming for organizations such as camps, non-profits, or schools. The skills I have learned while working for the Career Center are definitely transferable to my future jobs. What this job has taught me about time management, asking thoughtful questions, and always looking for what I can improve will stick with me in whatever job I take. Having worked here, I have also developed a much better understanding of how to form resumes, interview effectively, and actively search for jobs. These are tools that make me confident for the post graduation job search.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out?
While forming my resume and preparing for my interview I made sure to think of work and volunteering experiences I had that really fit the job I was applying for. I had a lot of volunteer experience, but I think what made me the best fit for the job was that I really understood the goals of the Career Center and how I fit into what they do. I was able to express that understanding eloquently and passionately, which made me stand out in my interview.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your search process?
Something that helped in my job search and continues to help, is using the resources available to me. I took the connections I had made with professors and past bosses and used them to point me in the direction of jobs. I had friends, professionals, and peer advisors look over my resume before I sent it out. There are so many people who are willing to help you in your job search. All you have to do is ask.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Look for a job you can be passionate about. Or at least, look for an organization you can be passionate about. I would not be able to do my job as wholeheartedly if I did not believe that the students were really benefitting from the Career Services Center.

Career of the Week-- Outside Sales Representatives

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Check out a career as an Outside Sales Representative. If you have an outgoing personality, feel comfortable talking, persuading, and negotiating one on one with people, and the ability to aim high to reach sales goals, this may be a career for you!

According to Money/, Outside Sales Representatives are ranked in the TOP 50 for Best Jobs In America. Well what do they do? Outside Sales Reps, "Monitor market conditions, product innovations, and competitors' products, prices, and sales in an effort to sell their company's products or services" (CNNMoney, 2012). This career allows you to work with people on a day to day basis to determine their wants and needs. By working closely with people and gaining their trust, Outside Sales Reps will establish an excellent sales record. And because most Outside Sales Reps operate on commission sales with possible base pay, developing this trust and relationship with customers is essential to your success.

Outside Sales Representatives work in a variety of settings, organizations, and companies depending on their interests. This career allows you to travel on a daily basis to sell whatever it is your company sells. If you get bored being in one spot, this may be a career for you.

Now how do you obtain a job as an Outside Sales Representative? Seeking a degree in Business and Marketing in CEHD will give you the skills you need to be on your way to a successful Outside Sales Rep. Additionally you should supplement this with hands on experience in sales early on by obtaining an internship or additional experiences in this field. Check out GoldPass to find these opportunities!

Here are some additional resources to learn more:

Outside Sales Careers

The April 6th deadline for Upward Bound summer jobs is approaching quickly.
TRiO Upward Bound | CEHD | UMNTC is hiring a dynamic team of individuals as live-in residential camp advisors (RAs) for our 5 weeks pre-college program serving low-income, first generation Minneapolis HS youth. We're looking for high energy individuals with strong leadership and coordination skills. Previous youth work experience is a plus.
This is a paid summer position.

-Housing and meals are free for RA's during the 5 week program.
-Must pass criminal background check.
-The flyer with more information and how to apply is attached.


Contact Isaac Mixon, TRiO UB Residential Director at or 612-625-6626 for more information.

We are in need of several awesome leaders who love kids, love to play and are great role models. There are a variety of positions available for the summer ranging from 20-40 hours per week, Monday - Friday (June 4 - August 24). Leaders are responsible for planning and teaching a variety of activities for pre-school, elementary and/or middle school age youth. Programs include: camps, instructional classes, playgrounds, special events, field trips and sports. Pay rate is $8-10 per hour.

The application deadline is Friday, April 13. A group interview will take place on Saturday, April 21. Download the application HERE. The application can be dropped off or mailed to 6431 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432, faxed to 763-502-4976 or scanned in and e-mailed to

For further information visit our website and go to the Parks and Recreation page or contact the Fridley Recreation Dept. at (763)572-3570 or

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