Definition: Under supervision, to provide leadership to recreation programs serving youth aged 3 – 5 years old. This temporary part-time non-benefited position works 15-25 hours per week, and is a 999 hour fiscal year limited position. The position will continue until completion of the assigned recreation program.
Essential Duties: Depending upon assignment, the duties of a Recreation Specialist I may include but are not limited to the following:
- Works alongside recreation staff to provide a quality program through preparation and commitment to program participants.
- Able to work Monday through Friday, typically 8:45am - 12:30pm, September through May with summer option available.
- Plans, organizes, schedules and provides direct leadership to youth recreational program.
- Researches and creates curriculum/activities for program participants.
- Maintains and inventories program supplies and equipment.
- Tracks participant behavior and progress.
- Communicates effectively and professionally to parents/guardians of program participants.
- Keeps records of attendance, participation, and supports recreation procedures of tracking registration.
- Typical duties include: creating and preparing activities, facilitating activities, providing guidance/instruction to youth ages 3 through 5, communicating with parents/guardians.
- Ensures programs remain consistent per the curriculum and pre-planned schedule.
Special Requirements: Vision adequate to supervise participants in recreational programs; speak clearly; ability to bend stoop or crouch; physical stamina to supervise groups of youth participating in recreational programs; ability to work off-hours, shifts or events as required; strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 20 pounds; and the ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather and temperature conditions.
- Child development or early childhood education.
- Recreational activities.
- Principles and methods used in organizing, conducting, and supervising recreational activities.
- Record keeping techniques.
- Basic first aid and safety practices and procedures.
- Following or creating curriculum.
- Customer service including greeting program participants, internal City staff, contractors, school district staff, and providing recreation activity information.
- Recreation program development, organization, and planning.
- Computer skills to include Microsoft Office.
- Plan and organize youth program elements.
- Prioritize and handle multiple program tasks.
- Think and act quickly in emergencies.
- Judge situations and people accurately.
- Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
- Ensure oral and written directions are carried out by others.
- Problem solve with both youth and adults.
- Offer solutions to challenges.
- Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with subordinates, peers, and supervisors and the public.
- Perform work in a safe manner.
- Perform the physical duties of the job.
Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12) grade and 15 college semester units in recreation/child development or a related field. Additional college level semester units may be substituted for up to one year of required experience.
Minimum of 1,500 hours OR two years part-time progressively responsible experience as Recreation Leader II or equivalent.
Must possess a first aid/CPR certification or be willing to obtain one.
Must successfully complete a background process. All candidates will be
fingerprinted pursuant to California State Law. All successful candidates under
age 18 must possess a work permit prior to hire.
This is a non-benefitted position.