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Full-Time Benefits

Health Care Insurance

Group medical, prescription, dental and vision is available to eligible full-time employees. Employee contribution paid through payroll deduction.

Health Care Buy-out

Employees who obtain their health care (medical, dental and vision) insurances from a source other than Cleveland Metroparks such as a spouse’s employer, may receive a monthly “buy-out” payment.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees may set aside a portion of their base earnings to pay for qualified medical, dental and vision expenses (medical reimbursement) or childcare expenses (dependent care reimbursement) with pre-tax income instead of paying them with after-tax take-home pay. Using reimbursement accounts may result in significant annual tax savings because every dollar redirected into the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) avoids ALL income tax. The medical reimbursement plan year is 14.5 months long. Dependent Care Reimbursement follows a calendar year (12 months). Debit Cards are available for medical reimbursement accounts.


The COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act), a federal law enacted in 1986, requires employer sponsored group medical, dental and vision plans to offer employees and their families the opportunity for continuation of such coverage for a specific period of time at group rates, plus a 2% administration fee, due to qualifying events where coverage under the plan would otherwise end. Qualifying events include, but are not limited to, reduction in hours, termination, employee death, dependent no longer eligible, and divorce.

Basic Life Insurance

$15,000 of Basic group term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance is provided by Cleveland Metroparks.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Employee, spouse and child(ren) group term life insurance is available for employees to purchase. Premium paid through payroll deduction.


Non-union employees are eligible for 12 holidays per year: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Good Friday*, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving*, and Christmas Day. Union members, see applicable collective bargaining agreement. *May be used as floating holidays.


Vacation is accrued as follows: 0-7 years = 3.6924 hours per 80 hours of employment (12 days per year); 8-14 years = 5.5385 hours per 80 hours of employment (18 days per year); 15-19 years = 7.3847 hours per 80 hours of employment (24 days per year); 20 + years = 7.6924 per 80 hours of employment (25 days per year), 3 year accumulation limit.

Sick Leave

Full-time employees accrue 4.6154 hours of sick leave per 80 hours of employment, to a maximum of 15 days per year. Sick hours may be accumulated without limit. An employee with 10 or more years of continuous employment with Cleveland Metroparks who resigns or retires will be paid for one fourth of accrued sick leave balance. Upon meeting the specified criteria, employees may convert accumulated sick leave to earnable base compensation in accordance with plan guidelines.

Compensatory Time

The seasonal nature of work at Cleveland Metroparks occasionally requires work beyond the 40 hour work week, which may include greater than "normal” eight (8) hour days or to work days which are normally "days off.” The Park District has developed methods of recognizing compensatory time.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)

Cleveland Metroparks employees contribute 10% and the Park District contributes 14%, of employees earnings toward their retirement benefit. Employees do not participate in Social Security. An employee may retire at age fifty-five with twenty-five years of service (reduced benefits), or at any age with thirty years of service (full benefits); age sixty or later with five years of service (minimum).

Law Enforcement/Ranger employees contribute 11.60%; the Park District contributes 18.10% of qualified earnings. A law enforcement employee may retire at age 48 with 25 years of service credit.

Deferred Compensation Program

The Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program is a voluntary taxdeferred income retirement savings program. Through payroll deduction, a portion of the employee’s pay can be deferred and invested in one or more saving/investment options, such as mutual funds or a guaranteed account, for payment to the employee normally at retirement. The pay deferral and earnings on such deferral are not subject to federal or state income tax until distribution is made to the employee; then monies are taxed as ordinary income.

Leave of Absence

Eligible full-time employees who require time off due to disability caused by illness or injury, or any other reason set forth in the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, personal reasons, jury duty and military service obligations.

Long-term Disability

Employees following 180 days of disability, benefit equal to 50% of base pay per month for up to 36 months.

Catastrophic Sick Leave

Eligible employees with a sick leave balance of one hundred eight (108) hours or more may contribute a minimum of eight (8) hours to participate in the Catastrophic Sick Leave Program. Employees in the program who are placed on an unpaid medical leave of absence due to a non-occupational catastrophic illness or injury, after exhausting all other paid leave, except one week of vacation, may continue their pay under the Catastrophic Sick Leave Program if approval is granted.

Employee Assistance Program(EAP)

The IMPACT Employee Assistance Program is a confidential voluntary program. The EAP program is available to employees and individuals living within their households to resolve personal and/or family problems that adversely affect life and work. Early intervention often results in the successful prevention or resolution of and recovery from, serious human distress.

Continuing Education

To encourage employees to continue their education and acquire skills that enhance their professional development, Cleveland Metroparks provides tuition reimbursement. Tuition Reimbursement is available for appropriate coursework and/or degree program.


Cleveland Metroparks provides employee discounts and activities for the benefit of employees and their immediate family in the form of free or discounted Park District or Zoo admissions, purchases and other activities.