January Premier: Release Your Niche: Career Success in Parks and Recreation

Released January 2024! Success is a concept defined differently for every person, yet something everyone aims to achieve to some degree. Regardless of how you define success, you cannot reach the noun without action. Success requires you to set and accomplish goals, take a leap of faith, and jump into new challenges that push you personally and professionally. The journey requires hard work, humility, risk and even failure. In this session, we explore the journey of three recreation professionals who despite starting their careers in very specialized areas decided to break away from their niche to achieve individualized levels of career success. 

After watching this talk, the audience will leave with an understanding of the shared experiences two professionals used to reach their own, self-identified levels of success. Numerous examples and specific ideas are presented for how professionals can take charge of their own careers. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain knowledge in career progression and get tips to achieving success in your park and recreation career.

2. Identify three different ways to take charge of your career by diversifying experience and taking risks. 

3. Learn strategies on how to break out of your specialized area of focus and achieve broader career experience and success. 

This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

Errin Koon

Recreation Manager

Programs Town of Parker

Errin was raised in Idaho where she was actively engaged in recreational activities, sparking her passion for Parks and Recreation. She has participated as a recreational player, official, student, intern and full-time professional. In 2007, Errin moved to Colorado to work for the Town of Parker starting as the Assistant Facility Coordinator at the brand new Parker Fieldhouse. Fifteen years later, she has worked in both facilities (3 years) and Sports programming (11 years) with the Town and is now the Program Manager for the Recreation Division. Errin manages the Sports, Fitness, Youth and Enrichments Divisions and oversees the Registration Coordinator. She is also involved in forming the Town’s first Youth Commission and serves as a CAPRA Lead Visitor for NRPA. Throughout her career she has been actively involved with professional organizations, including earning her CPRP, her CYSA, serving on a variety of committees through NRPA, CPRA and CARA and acting as the CARA Chair and CPRA Board Secretary/Treasurer. Errin was the recipient of the CPRA Young Professional of the Year, NRPA Young Professional Fellowship, CARA Professional of the Year and CPRA Presidential Awards.

Hillary Roemersberger

Director, Recreation Services

Apex Park and Recreation

Hillary Roemersberger has worked in Parks and Recreation for 16 years. She currently works as the Director of Recreation Services with Apex Park and Recreation District located in Arvada, CO. In her role she is responsible for the oversight of Fitness and Wellness, Licensed programs, and Aquatics as well as multiple recreation centers. Hillary holds a BS in Health and Exercise Science, a Masters in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.

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January Premier: Release Your Niche: Career Success in Parks and Recreation
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