Recreation Workers

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

Median Annual Wage: $22,620

Education: Bachelor's degree (45%); High school diploma or equivalent (27%); Post-secondary certificate (8%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Activity Director; Activity Assistant; Activities Director; Program Assistant; Recreation Supervisor; Activities Assistant; Recreation Assistant; Activity Aide; Recreation Specialist; Activities Coordinator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Recreation Workers.

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  • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
  • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
  • Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
  • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet participant needs.
  • Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
  • Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants.
  • Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.
  • Direct special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
  • Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Recreation Workers.

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Recreation Workers.

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