Employment Opportunities


The Derby Recreation Commission serves USD 260 and surrounding Derby areas with recreation facilities and programs. We offer a community-based, family-oriented atmosphere to our citizens with our employees promoting a positive culture and energetic work environment. Our environment changes every day as we work with children from toddlers up to seniors. The DRC is a busy and interactive workplace and seeks to recruit employees who love to have fun and enjoy what they do every single day while serving others. 




  • Serving Others 
  • Teamwork 
  • Driving Change 
  • Being Unique 
  • Genuine Communication 
  • Embracing Community 

DRC employees work hard, and we support one another while doing so. Our Core Values: Serving others, teamwork, driving change, being unique, genuine communication and embracing community are what guide our decisions. We are a service-based organization with leaders who support a healthy work and family lifestyle. New employees are encouraged to embrace our core values and commit to helping us sustain our culture. 


Our Mission: Creating Happiness and lifelong personal growth 

Our Vision: To inspire the highest quality of life through exceptional experiences! 



The DRC offers a wide range of positions for all types of people. From helping a member with your very best customer service, to training an individual on their fitness goals, to instructing gymnastics, to planning special community events, or building relationships with kids in the afterschool program. We take great pride in providing exceptional experiences for our guests and program participants. We employ 28 full-time staff and over 400 seasonal and part-time staff.  

The DRC is comprised of facility staff, programming staff, and administration. These departments entail Guest Services (Customer Service, Coordinators, Childcare), Fitness (Specialist, Instructors, and Personal Trainers), Maintenance (Janitorial, Outdoor, Ball Fields), Aquatics (Lifeguards, WSI, Fitness Instructors), Sports (Supervisors, Officials, Umpires, Instructors), Art (Instructors), Wellness (Instructors), Special Events (Camp leaders, Rec Leaders), Administration (Bookkeeping, IT, HR, Marketing), and Directors. 



DRC  - Online application
Rock River Rapids - Aquatics application


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The DRC hires for various positions all year round. Hiring is especially heavy in the March-April time frame, as numerous summer/seasonal positions are filled.  


The DRC offers fitness classes and aquatics, arts, wellness classes throughout the year. If you have background in sports or fitness instruction we are always interested in talking about upcoming sessions. Please contact Derek Smith or upload a resume using our employment page.   


The DRC conducts background checks for all employees and volunteers in accordance with its Child Safety Policy. Prospective employees must pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.   

ALL Job Applications should be directed to: 
Derek Smith at the Derby Recreation Center. 801 East Market, Derby KS 67037. Paper applications are also available at the Recreation Center.  Please call 788-3781 with any questions.