Summer Playgrounds Activity Specialist (Temporary Part-Time)

Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Summer Playgrounds Activity Specialist (Temporary, Part-Time)
Job Requisition Number COA077506
Position Number T93005
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED, and no experience required.
  • Must have current American Red Cross certifications in First Aid, CPR, and AED, or the ability to obtain certifications within 30 days of hire. Training and Certifications are offered by Parks and Recreation.

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

$13.50 per hour

  • Variable – up to 30 hours per week
  • Programming hours vary at each worksite
  • Mondays through Fridays between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (includes 1 hour break)
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.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

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. * The position requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Will you be able to obtain these certifications within 30 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * List any City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department sites at which you’ve previously been employed.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * 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
  6. * 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
  7. * Briefly describe your education and/or experience in leading youth in recreational programs/activities.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Describe your experience developing and implementing lesson plans.

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter