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Activity Specialist - Summer Openings

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Activity Specialist - Summer Openings
Job Requisition Number COA076124
Position Number S93005
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED

Notes to Applicants

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
• Detailed, complete employment application is required to help better evaluate the applicant’s qualifications.
• Verify the employment history dates on resume so that the dates match online application. Employment history dates must include month and year.

Playground Site Locations:

• Oak View Park
• Quail Creek Park
• Walnut Creek Park
• Bartholomew Park
• Barton Hills Elementary Park
• Chestnut Park
• Davis-White Park
• Ramsey Park
• Dick Nichols Park
• Franklin Park
• Garrison Park

Pay Range



Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks & Recreation
Regular/Temporary Temporary (No benefits)
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location Various City of Austin Parks and Summer Playgrounds
Preferred Qualifications

Prefer experience leading and/or instructing one or more of the following:
• Recreational Games and Activities (outdoors)
• Sports/Athletics Programs
• Outdoor Recreation
• Arts and Crafts
• Team Building
• Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion/Special Education

Other preferred experience:
• Experience communicating information clearly and concisely in person, by phone, email, etc. while exercising tact, patience and discretion in a professional demeanor.
• Experience maintain and establishing working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other City personnel, and the public.
• Excellent writing/composition skills, organizational skills, problem solving skills, and the ability to multi-task.

Current certifications in the following:
• Must have current American Red Cross certifications in First Aid, CPR, and AED or the ability to obtain certifications within 30 days of hire.

Physical Requirements:
• Tasks involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying or using a force equal to lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
• Must be physically and mentally able to work with participants while adapting to a variety of conditions such as daily walking, hiking, climbing, standing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, running, bending, crawling, stretching, and reaching in rugged terrain.
• Tolerate loud noise associated with enthusiasm and excitement.
• Work outdoors in any and all types of weather and/or inclement conditions, and in confined spaces.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

The Activity Specialist is a temporary/seasonal position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in a summer day camp setting.

• Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exhibit good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.
• Applicants must also possess reliability, trustworthiness, and be safety conscious.
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following:
1. Ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
2. Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
3. Develop, modify, and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities, and interests.
4. Attend all regularly scheduled assignments.
5. Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
6. Serve as a role model, exercising appropriate decision making and boundary setting.
7. Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly, and firmly.
8. Communicate clearly and professionally with participants, parents, co-workers, and supervisor.
9. Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
10. Provide quality customer service.
11. Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with the City of Austin (COA) and with the Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) policies and procedures.
12. Other duties as assigned.
Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
• None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and be able to explain or demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

• Knowledge of youth programs and activities.
• Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
• Skill in problem solving.
• Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the City and the public.
• Ability to bend, lift, walk, carry, or use a force equal to lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have a High School diploma or GED by hire date. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you learn about the Parks and Recreation summer staff position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Have you previously worked for the City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * List any City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department sites at which you’ve previously been employed.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Which City of Austin Playground location(s) would you prefer to work at (refer to Notes to Applicants Section on locations):
    • North Austin
    • Central Austin
    • South Austin
    • All
  7. * Briefly describe your education and/or experience in leading youth in recreational programs/activities.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Which best describes your level of experience (education, work and/or volunteer) leading youth in the following types of recreational programming: Recreational Games and Activities (indoor and outdoor), Arts and Crafts, Team Building, Sports and Athletic Activities?
    • None
    • 1 - 6 months
    • 6 months to less than 1 year
    • 1 to less than 2 years
    • 2 to less than 3 years
    • 3 or more years
  9. * List all of the groups you have experience leading in recreational programming from the following: 3 – 5 years old, 6 – 8 years old, 9 – 12 years old, 13 – 18 years old, and youth with special needs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Which best describes your level of experience developing and implementing lesson plans:
    • None
    • 1 -11 months
    • 1 - 2 years
    • 2+ - 3 years
    • 3+ years
  11. * Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter