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RECREATION LEADER (Hourly) 

Definition:

Under supervision of a Recreation Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor, or Program Manager provides leadership and functional supervision to a recreation program, activity or service; directs and/or leads the activities of a program, activity or service; organizes and implements program elements and oversees participants, and performs related work as required.

Class Characteristics:

This is the first level of a two-level Recreation Leader class series utilized in the Parks and Community Services Department. Positions are filled on a seasonal or program-specific basis. The class is distinguished from Senior Recreation Leader by the latter’s responsibility for on-site coordination of a specific recreation activity.

Examples of Key Duties:

  • Oversees participants and volunteers in a recreation program, activity or facility.
  • Maintains program discipline.
  • Accompanies participant groups at special events or on program outings.
  • Provides feedback regarding program development and activity schedule.
  • Develops and distributes promotional and marketing information and assists the public with questions and problems.
  • Opens, closes, secures and maintains a safe program environment and facility; conducts safety checks; administers first aid as required.
  • Maintains records and prepares attendance reports.
  • Attends mandatory pre-service and in-service training and meetings.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

Possession of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) and one year of recreation or related experience relevant to the area of assignment; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

Licenses:

Work permit is required under the age of 18 years.

At the option of the City, persons hired into this class may be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, certificates or specialized education and training relevant to the area of assignment. Additional requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • California class C driver’s license
  • First Aid Certification
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within and away from the City, and have availability to work off-hours shifts or events as required; strength to lift and carry materials weighing to 40 pounds; mobility to lead groups in activities involving steep or rough terrain; ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather and temperature conditions; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Must be able to pass a background review.

Knowledge of: (at entry)
  • Common sports, games and recreation activities appropriate for all ages;
  • Rules and techniques of common sports and games;
  • Supervision and leadership techniques; and
  • Basic record keeping practices.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Planning and organizing program elements;
  • Prioritizing and handling multiple program tasks;
  • Following oral and written directions; and
  • Communicating and acting effectively with co-workers, supervisors, users and participants and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

 

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