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Playground Supervisor I & II (Temporary)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Playground Supervisor I & II (Temporary)
Job Requisition Number COA077508
Position Number T93005
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Playground Supervisor I (Salary: $15.00 per hour)

  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED
  • Three seasons of Coordinator/Supervisor experience
  • Degree with 6 months experience.

Playground Supervisor II (Salary: $16.00 per hour)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED
  • Four seasons of Coordinator/Supervisor experience
  • Degree with 8 months experience.

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.

Park Locations
North Playground Site Locations:

  • Oak View Park
  • Quail Creek Park
  • Walnut Creek Park

Central Playground Site Locations:

  • Bartholomew Park
  • Chestnut Park
  • Davis-White Park
  • Ramsey Park

South Playground Site Locations:

  • Dick Nichols Park
  • Franklin Park
  • Garrison Park
  • Zilker Park

Pay Range

$15.00 – $16.00 per hour

  • Variable – up to 30 hours per week
  • Programming hours vary at each worksite
  • Monday through Friday
  • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and extended shifts as required by the position
  • 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 maintaining 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.
    • Experience supervising and leading others.
    • Experience training staff in the areas of inclusion, behavior intervention and/or adaptive recreation.
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

    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

    Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
    Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

    • Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
    • Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.
    • Regular attendance is essential for this position.
    • Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
    • Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
    • Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
    • Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
    • Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
    • Provide customer service.
    • Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Establish a professional rapport with participants which fosters trust, honesty, and a feeling of safety.

    Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: None

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and 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 work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
    • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the City and the public.

    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. * This position requires a minimum of 3-4 seasons as a coordinator or supervisor or a degree with 6-8 months of experience. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
      • Yes
      • No
    4. * Briefly describe your education and/or experience in leading youth in recreational programs/activities.

      (Open Ended Question)

    5. * The position requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Will you be able to obtain these certifications within 30 days of hire?
      • Yes
      • No
    6. * Which best describes your level of experience developing and implementing lesson plans:
      • None
      • 1 -11 months
      • 1 - 2 years
      • 2+ - 3 years
      • 3+ years
    7. * How many years of experience do you have directly leading and/or supervising personnel?
      • Less than 2 years
      • 2 to 5 years
      • More than 5 years
    8. * Please describe your experience supervising a diverse group of employees in a fast-paced environment.

      (Open Ended Question)

    9. * Please describe your experience in resolving issues regarding staff behavior and performance.

      (Open Ended Question)

    10. * Please describe your experience working with high risk and/or diverse populations.

      (Open Ended Question)

    11. * Briefly describe your customer and public interaction skills and experience.

      (Open Ended Question)

    12. * As related to this position, describe your experience training staff in the areas of inclusion, behavior intervention and/or adaptive recreation - include how many years of experience; and give examples of the type of training.

      (Open Ended Question)

    13. * Are you willing to work weekends, holidays, and extended shifts as required by the position?
      • Yes
      • No
    14. * Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?
      • Yes
      • No

    Optional & Required Documents

    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    Optional Documents
    1. Cover Letter