Jackson County Parks

Overseeing 18 County Parks with more than 1,000 acres of wooded and natural areas, beaches, trails, and more, the Jackson County Parks Department offers your chance to get away. Escape into nature at places like The Cascades (often referred to as Cascade Falls), Urban Fishery, Falling Waters Trail, The Cascades splash pad, and campgrounds at Pleasant Lake and Swains Lake.

Family fun is scheduled all summer long at Jackson County’s most spectacular attraction – The Cascades. Enjoy three fireworks shows projected over the illuminated waterfall for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, along with a weekly summer concert series, and more!

The Jackson County Parks and Recreation System provides environments that facilitate memorable experiences and enhance the quality of life in our community.


Join Our Team! 


In January we begin our hiring process for our more than 60 seasonal, summer positions. Job opportunities range from 20 to 40 hours a week. Some positions are open to those 16 and older, while others require applicants to be at least 18. The wages range from $10 an hour to $14 an hour, depending on the position. The various positions are a good fit for college students, people looking to re-enter the workforce or retirees looking to get outside during the summer. There are 18 Jackson County Parks in addition to The Cascade Falls, American 1 Event Center, and Cascades Golf Course. 
Click on each link for job details: 

Park Maintenance Workers

Golf Course Maintenance Workers

Golf Cart & Driving Range Attendant

Pro Shop Attendant - Cascades Golf Course

Beverage Cart Attendant - Cascades Golf Course

Campground Manager

Campground Attendant

Cascades Shift Supervisor

Cascades Guest Attendant



Volunteer Opportunity

The Jackson County Parks Department is seeking volunteer campground hosts for Pleasant Lake and Swains Lake campgrounds.

In exchange for assisting the campground staff with duties such as helping campers find their campsites, answering camper questions, performing light park maintenance duties, and providing a watchful eye, campground hosts enjoy waived camping fees.

Both individuals and couples may apply for volunteer positions that begin as early as Memorial Day weekend and last through Labor Day weekend. Volunteer hosts must be 18 years of age and provide their own camping equipment, food and other personal items.

Interested volunteers should complete an application found below. Hosts are screened and interviewed by park staff and selected based on familiarity with the park system, camping experience, availability and knowledge of the area.
For information or questions, contact Kyle Lewis at 517-768-2919 or klewis@co.jackson.mi.us.

Campground Host Application