Executive Director

Harold W. Ernsberger is the Executive Director of the HJP Park and Open Space Commission.

Harold is a Veteran of our US Army. He retired in 2000 from the US ARMY RESERVES with more than 25 year of active and reserve duty.

Harold as over 27 years of Park and Recreation experience. Some of his accomplishment have been being recognized thru the Park & Recreation industry as Park Ranger of the Year 2003 from the Park Ranger Training Institute. He was awarded a CPR by the Park Ranger Training Institute in 2009. (CPR - Certified Professional Ranger)
Harold attended the CPSI course in 2008 thru National Recreation & Park Association. (CPSI - Certified Playground Safety Inspector)

Harold was hired in July 2009 as our Executive Director. Part of his duties is to seek out funds for development of the park. Manage the Regional Park development and ensure there is quality public programing.

During the past 8 yrs - Harold added a full time Recreation Manager to the staff. In 2010 the nonprofit "Friends of HJP Park and Open Space" was completed and has members, who have formed committees for tennis courts, dog park, and fundraising. In January 2011 the HJP staff excepted the Monroe County's - Summer Day Camp Program & Tennis lessons. Construction of the regional park also begain in 2011 and continues into 2014 to complete our phase 1 features. 2016 saw a Dog Park open and An Emergency Landing Zone established in the HJP Regional Park.

Recreation Manager
Kim Ernsberger is our Recreation Manager for the HJP Park and Open Space Region.
Kim also has 20 years experience in the Park and Recreation field.

Some of her accomplishments have been being recognized thru the Park & Recreation industry as "Ranger of the Year 2007" from the Park Ranger Training Institute. She is also a certified American Heart Association instructor for 1st Aid, CPR & AED.

Part of her duties are to work on and continue to develop our Summer Day Camps, Tennis Lessons, Yoga, Self Defence programs. She will also monitor our Geocaching Program. Kim provides numerous, free public programs throughout the year. Since Kim began in 2011 with HJP, she has taken the programming from a dozen programs in 2010 to 85 in 2015. The program attendees, has grown to over 3200+ people attending annually. 1st Aid & CPR classes may be held at your location or you can come to one of our quarterly classes. She assists the Director with development of the HJP annual budget.

Kim has achieved & maintained her CPRP in November 2013 from National Recreation Park Association. (CPRP - Certified Park and Recreation Professional)
Assistant Recreation Manager
Robin Elliott is our Assistant Recreation Manager. She also works for us as the Swiftwater Camp Supervisor. Robin has been with us for over 8 years working at our camp. She worked for Monroe County Recreation prior to us until they were dismantled.

Her duties as our Ast. Rec. Mgr. are to help promote all public programs. She does this by posting to websites, TV sites, Newspaper's calendars and so forth. She also helps with the registrations of programs, camps, and trips.
Volunteer Instructors
We are in need of volunteers and/or instructors. We are looking for individuals that can teach/instruct programs on a daily or weekly time frame. Ideas would be Arts and Crafts with Holiday themes, Games for our Thursday Game Days & Nature Hikes.

If you have an idea for a program let us know so we can work on it.

If you are interested in helping teach a classes or you can provide lessons, please contact us at 570-629-0966.
"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do."

John Muir

From Boy Scouts of America
Be Prepared

Do a Good Turn Daily

The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to -
•Be clean in my outdoor manners
•Be careful with fire
•Be considerate in the outdoors, and
•Be conservation minded.

Do Your Best

LEAVE NO TRACE, except your foot print.
Did you know when you pick up a stone or branch and throw it or move it you have changed the world for ever? It may be ever so minimal, but you did. Everything we do changes something. So change it for the better.
Employment Opportunities
How do I become an HJP park employee? What is the process?
      Look here for postings of positions available.
    2nd    Print a copy of the application & fill it out.
    3rd    Drop off your application at our office and schedule an interview for the position you are applying for.
    4th    You'll be told if there are any other requirements for the position you'll need to complete.
    5th    Be sure to ask questions if you are not sure.
    6th    ALL employees and volunteers who will be in direct contact with activities with children on a daily basis will be required to obtain the necessary background checks prior to their activities starting.

HJP Employment Application B&W.pdf

Current Full Time Positions:

Current Part Time Positions:
4 - 5 Summer camp counselors needed.

Current Seasonal Positions OPEN:
Summer Day Camp Counselors - There are   4 to 5   positions available this year, Minimum age 16 required, will direct activities for children ages 6 to 12 year olds, this is 6-7 week position 35 hrs. per week max, no time off or no vacation time.
All counselors must have all 3 background checks:
    PA Criminal, PA Child Abuse and FBI check
    AHA 1st Aid & CPR w/AED will be provided.
You must also attend a "Mandated Report Training" class

Current Internships Positions OPEN:
Current Parcticum Positions
OPEN: 1 currently working room for others


Current Instructor Positions Open:
1. Game instructors for game days.
        teach a new game to our growing attendance. Maybe create game tournaments.
2. Arts & Craft instructors needed.
        teach a craft, make a holiday gift craft etc.
3. Naturalist for nature hikes and classes.
        we need more people to provide specialized hikes about our local flora & fauna and natural landscape to this Pocono Region of the Appalachians Mountains.
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