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Recreation Program Assistant (Part-time)

Company: City of Tustin
Location: Tustin
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking applicants for part-time Recreation Program Assistant. This is a part-time, at-will,non-benefittedposition. Hours are limited to less than 1,000 hours per fiscal year.

This position, under moderate supervision, assists in the organization, implementation, and supervision of recreation programs, activities, and special events for the community.

This recruitment is conducted on a continuous basis to meet the needs of the City as vacancies occur and may close at any time.


The Recreation Program Assistant is a part-time classification assigned to assist a Recreation Coordinator with a variety of specialized recreation programs, activities, and special events, including youth sports and activities, senior services, and youth and family services. The Recreation Program Assistant is distinguished from the Recreation Leader in that incumbents are expected to have specialized knowledge and experience in the assigned program area and take on a greater role in planning and overseeing assigned programs, activities, and special events. Employees may be assigned to work year-round or seasonally.


Moderate supervision is provided by a Recreation Coordinator.

Provides lead supervision to Recreation Leaders and volunteer staff.


Application materials will be carefully reviewed to identify those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Individuals who are best qualified will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Interviews will be scheduled on an as needed basis. All candidates who pass the panel interview will earn placement on the eligible list, which may be used for current and future vacancies in the job classification.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists a Recreation Coordinator with planning, developing, and organizing recreation programs and special events
  • Implements specific recreation activities such as dances, luncheons, games, and sporting events; plans event activities and assigns staff to required duties
  • Prepares promotional materials for scheduled events, including brochures, posters, advertisements, and flyers
  • Assists in monitoring the daily operations and activities of a recreation facility; monitors performance of Recreation Leader staff; ensures rules and procedures are followed by patrons
  • Prepares equipment, fields, and facilities for assigned activities
  • Assists with registering participants in classes and sports programs and booking facilities for events; collects and processes fees; maintains files and records of transactions and schedules
  • Provides assistance to facility patrons and the general public; answers questions regarding facility usage and program, activity, and event specifics; responds to requests for human services needs and refers patrons to appropriate resources
  • Evaluates assigned programs, activities, and special events; makes recommendations for improvements and new programs and services
  • Provides lead supervision to Recreation Leaders and volunteers; trains new employees on work procedures

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education, experience, and training that has provided the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities is required for entry into the classification. A typical combination includes:

Education and/or Experience:

Graduation from high school; and one (1) year of paid or volunteer recreation experience in the area of assignment.

Licenses and/or Certificates:

Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license and an acceptable driving record. Valid First Aid and CPR certificates are required within six (6) months of employment.

Special Requirements:

Satisfactory results from a background investigation, physical examination and administrative screening. Occasionally required to work extended hours which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Bilingual skills are desirable.


Knowledge of:

  • Basic objectives, methods, and techniques of assigned recreation program area
  • Policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to area of assignment
  • Principles and practices of workplace safety, including CPR and first aid

Skill to:

  • Operate modern office equipment including a personal computer and related business software

Ability to:

  • Plan, implement, and instruct activities of assigned program
  • Establish and maintain courteous, cooperative, and effective working relationships with staff, the general public, and others encountered in the course of work
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and precise written records, forms, and correspondence
  • Evaluate situations, identify problems, and exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines
  • Maintain professionalism and composure at all times, including stressful and difficult situations and handle disputes and complaints in a calm, courteous, and tactful manner
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities and organize workload
  • Work independently and efficiently with a minimum amount of direct supervision

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to handle, feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently stands or walks and lifts and moves equipment and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, the incumbent is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; work on multiple concurrent tasks; work with constant interruptions; and interact with staff, facility users, and the general public.

Work Environment:

The employee usually works both indoors and outdoors and the noise level varies from moderately quiet to noisy, depending upon program activities. Depending upon the program activities, employees may be exposed to paints and other fumes and infectious diseases when working with children or other special age groups. Employees frequently are required to work in outside weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, moisture, and wind at various facilities and events.

The City of Tustin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Keywords: City of Tustin, Tustin , Recreation Program Assistant (Part-time), Other , Tustin, California

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