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Community Recreation Activity Specialist or Leader (Temporary Part-Time)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Community Recreation Activity Specialist or Leader (Temporary Part-Time)
Job Requisition Number COA077603
Position Number T93005
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Activity Specialist (Salary: $13.50 per hour)
Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED, and no experience required.
Activity Leader (Salary: $14.50 per hour)
Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED and six (6) months related experience.

Notes to Applicants

The Community Recreation Activity Specialist is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in a after school Youth Development program setting.

  • Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, perform good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.
  • Applicants must also possess reliability, trustworthiness, and be safety conscious.

Center locations include:

North Austin Worksites:
- Gustavo “Gus” L Garcia Recreation Center
- Hancock Recreation Center
- Northwest Recreation Center
- Virginia L Brown Recreation Center
- Alamo Recreation Center
- Dottie Jordan Recreation Center
- Pickfair Community Center

Central Austin Worksites:
- Austin Recreation Center
- Metz Recreation Center
- Givens Recreation Center
- Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center
- Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
- Turner-Roberts Recreation Center
- Delores Duffie Recreation Center
- Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center
- Danny G McBeth Recreation Center

South Austin Worksites:
- Dittmar Recreation Center
- Dove Springs Recreation Center
- Montopolis Recreation Center
- South Austin Recreation Center

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 adapting to a variety of conditions such as daily walking, hiking, climbing, standing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, running, bending, crawling, swimming, stretching and reaching in rugged terrain.

  • Tolerate loud noise associated with enthusiasm and excitement.

  • Work in confined spaces as well as outdoors in any and all types of weather and/or inclement conditions.

Driver’s License and Certifications:

  • If selected as a finalist, a Texas Class C Driver’s License or have the ability to acquire one by the date of hire will be required.

  • Must have CPR/AED and First Aid certifications within thirty (30) days of hire date.

Resume 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 – minimum and preferred as noted on the job posting.

  • Detailed, complete Employment Application (employment dates must include month and year) will be used to determine salary if the applicant is the top candidate that is selected for this position.

  • Applicants must include on their Employment Application all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting – up to 10 yrs or more.

  • Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application – Statements such as “See Resume” will not be accepted.

  • Employment history dates must include month and year.

Pay Range

$13.84 per hour


Variable – up to 40 hours per week

  • Programming hours vary at each worksite. Schedule may include weekends, evenings, overnights and/or holidays.

  • Monday through Fridays between 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

  • May be required to work weekends and during special events and programming needs.

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 Recreation Centers
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience in the following:

  • Experience working with youth and adults in recreational programming; and in implementing/teaching recreational classes and activities.

  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating outdoor interpretive and/or recreational programming.

  • Experience working with youth and adults with special needs.

  • Bilingual.

  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming:

  • - Recreational Games and Activities (Indoor or Outdoor)
    - Sports/Athletic Programs
    - Performing & Visual Arts
    - Science/Nature/Environmental Education
    - Outdoor Recreation
    - Arts and Crafts
    - Team Building
    - Therapeutic Recreation, Inclusion and Special Education

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.

  1. Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.

  2. Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.

  3. Regular attendance is essential for this position.

  4. Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.

  5. Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.

  6. Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.

  7. Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.

  8. Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.

  9. Provide customer service.

  10. Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.

  11. Other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:


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. * Have you previously worked for the City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department? If yes, please indicate dates, work unit/section and position held at the Parks and Recreation Department.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Briefly describe your recreational programming experience, the types of classes and activities that you have implemented and taught, and the age groups that you have developed programs for.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience working with youth and adults with special needs.
    • None
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 or less than 3 years
    • 3 or less than 5 years
    • 5 years or more
  5. * Are you bilingual in English/Spanish or English/other language?
    • Fluent in two or more languages - read, write, speak
    • Bilingual and able to speak in a second language
    • Bilingual and understand if someone is speaking to me in a second language
    • None of the above
  6. * Are you able to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends, evenings, overnights and/or holidays?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * The position requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Will you be able to obtain these certifications within 30 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have a valid Texas Class C driver’s license or the ability to acquire by hire date?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume