Recreation Leader/Specialist

Do you have a passion for working with kids? Are you full of endless amounts of energy? If so, this is the opportunity for you! Work this fall/winter participating in recreation activities, assisting and providing leadership to Program Participants.

Pay Range is $17.50 - 19.00/hour, DOE.

GET PAID TO STAY! - TCPUD offers a Seasonal Incentive Bonus up to $1,000!

Submit a job application and a resume in order to be considered. This position is open until filled. 

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RECREATION LEADER JOB SUMMARY:  Within a well-defined framework of established policies and procedures; implement and participate in designated and specialized recreation programs and activities; provide leadership and resources to program participants; and perform a variety of administrative support functions in support of the assigned programs.

RECREATION SPECIALIST JOB SUMMARY:  Within a well-defined framework of established policies and procedures; implement and participate in designated and specialized recreation programs and activities; provide leadership and resources to program participants; and perform a variety of administrative support functions for assigned program areas.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:  The Recreation Leader is the entry to journey level classification, depending on education and experience, in the seasonal Recreation series. Incumbents are seasonal and require excellent communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge of the assigned program area(s) and the ability to be flexible and to learn new recreational activities as necessary.

The Recreation Leader position is distinguished from the Recreation Specialist by the latter’s greater level of responsibility and ability to act with a greater level of independence. Incumbents work under immediate supervision from the Recreation Coordinator or the Recreation Supervisor while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.

RECREATION LEADER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide direct leadership to program participants in assigned program areas such as day camp, special events, day trips and sporting events; interface with and act as a resource to participants.
  • Plan, organize and implement various daily recreational activities in assigned program areas such as arts and crafts, games, special events and sports.
  • Responsible for supplies and equipment utilized in recreational programs, activities and events; ensure equipment is used in an appropriate and safe manner.
  • Assist program participants (both children and adults) on recreational trips and/or outings as assigned and during transportation.
  • Document all incidents involving injury, behavioral problems and/or any unusual events; communicate to appropriate resources and supervisor.
  • Supervise program participants to maintain participant safety at all times.
  • Attend meetings, workshops, orientations and training sessions as required.
  • Maintain regular attendance and adhere to prescribed word schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive and effective working relationships with co-workers and all others contacted in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Utilize appropriate safety procedures and practices for assigned duties.
  • Work safely and cooperatively with others.

RECREATION SPECIALIST ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Initiate and coordinate repair and maintenance of supplies and equipment utilized in assigned programs and activities to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Review and evaluate and provide input and feedback to Recreation Supervisor regarding the progress, effectiveness and/or success of assigned recreation programs as offered; observe needs and priorities of program participants and develop and present recommendations/suggestions for enhancements/modifications to improve current and future recreation programs/services; provide background data and documentation for recommendations.
  • Maintain records and files on all participants in assigned programs and activities; update emergency and other pertinent information on a regular and as-needed basis.
  • Organize teams, programs and events.
  • Plan and create schedules; coordinating available facilities and times/dates, register applicants for participation and collect fees.
  • Prioritize daily work activities for self and others as designated.
  • Train and act as a resource to assigned part-time staff in a variety of programming activities, safety procedures, departmental operations and policies.
  • Establish resources/relationships with other agencies or vendors working in the assigned program areas.
  • Review and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of specific recreation activities; develop recommendations for revisions and document the same.
  • Monitor and assess the condition of facilities being used in terms of suitability, physical condition and safety.
  • Document all incidents involving injury and/or any unusual events and communicate to Recreation Supervisor.
  • Work with or manage small program budget with Recreation Supervisor approval.
  • Identify marketing techniques for program areas and assist in public relations and publicity.
  • Maintain records and files on all participants in program areas and activities.
  • Complete written reports as needed.
  • Maintain regular attendance and adhere to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and all others contacted in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Utilize appropriate safety procedures and practices for assigned duties.
  • Work safely and cooperatively with others.

RECREATION LEADER EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge of:

  • Basic first aid.
  • Health and safety standards and practices as it relates to recreational activities.
  • Specific recreational activities such as team sports, individual sports, arts and crafts, child care, music, drama, backpacking and/or camping, and/or other enrichment activities.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment, including relevant software applications.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.
  • Safe work practices.

Ability to:

  • Operate and use modern office equipment including computers and applicable software.
  • Read, write and comprehend the English language at a level necessary for effective job performance exercising correct English usage, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Communicate effectively, tactfully and positively in both oral and written form.
  • Understand both oral and written instructions and carry out in a positive manner.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

RECREATION SPECIALIST EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge of:

  • Basic first aid.
  • Health and safety standards and practices as it relates to recreational activities.
  • Specific recreational activities such as team sports, individual sports, arts and crafts, child care, music, drama, backpacking and/or camping, and/or other enrichment activities.
  • Standard and accepted methods, techniques, principles and procedures related to the planning and coordinating of recreational sports and or child care programs and facilities.
  • Basic methodology and practical objectives of program implementation for groups of varying ages and interests.
  • Basic principles and practices of employee supervision and motivation.
  • Basic principles, practices and objectives of designated recreation programs/services for assigned age groups.
  • Basic principles and practices of recreation program planning and organization.
  • Safe work practices.

Ability to:

  • Learn and apply District policies, procedures and practices to assigned recreational programs and activities.
  • Perform mathematical calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Lead groups in a variety of sports and other recreational activities in an effective, positive and safe manner.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of tasks in an effective and timely manner for self and others.
  • Motivate and encourage assigned staff and volunteers.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to perform assigned duties in a safe and effective manner for self and others.
  • Read, write and comprehend the English language at a level necessary for effective job performance exercising correct English usage, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Communicate effectively, tactfully and positively in both oral and written form.
  • Understand both oral and written instructions and carry out in a positive manner.
  • Maintain regular attendance and adhere to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Utilize appropriate safety procedures and practices for assigned duties.
  • Work safely and cooperatively with others.

RECREATION LEADER EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience Requirements:

Education:         The ability to read and write at a level required for successful job performance for the entry level to the equivalent of completion of two years coursework at an accredited college or university specializing in recreation administration, physical education or closely related field for journey level.

Experience:      Little or no directly related experience is required for entry level. At least one year of experience in a recreation leadership position expected for journey level. 

Certification & Licensing Requirements:

  • Possession of appropriate and valid driver’s license and driving record that complies with District policy if driving for the District is required.
  • Ability to obtain valid First Aid Certificate within the first six months of employment.
  • Ability to obtain valid CPR Certificate within the first six month of employment.

RECREATION SPECIALIST EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience Requirements:

Education:       Equivalent to Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in recreation, leisure studies, physical education or a closely related field.

Experience:      Two years of progressively responsible experience working in recreation activities and supervision with a variety of age groups.  

Certification & Licensing Requirements:

  • Possession of appropriate and valid driver’s license and driving record that complies with District policy is required.
  • Ability to obtain valid California State Class B Commercial Driver’s License, if required by District, within six months of appointment.
  • Ability to obtain valid First Aid Certificate within six months of appointment.
  • Ability to obtain valid CPR Certificate within six month of appointment.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Work is performed in a typical temperature-controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and conditions.

Work is primarily performed in an outdoor field environment with exposure to hot and cold temperatures; inclement weather; and excessive noise.

Position may require working beyond normal business hours and/or weekend work.