The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.
Purpose of Position: The Summer Activity Specialist – Community Recreation is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in an After School or Summer Camp program setting. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.
Recreation Center locations include:
- North Austin Work sites:
- 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 Work sites:
- Austin Recreation Center
- Metz Recreation Center – Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez 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 Work sites:
- Dittmar Recreation Center
- Dove Springs Recreation Center – George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center
- Montopolis Recreation Center
- South Austin Recreation Center
- Please note your location preference in the supplemental section of your application. Location requests will be honored on an availability basis and the hiring manager will make the final decision on work site location.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ability to fluently communicate (reading, writing, speaking) in English and Spanish.
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.
Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: None
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.
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.