Recreation Workers

Description

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.

Tasks

  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • 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.
  • Conduct individual in-room visits with residents.
  • Serve as liaison between park or recreation administrators and activity instructors.
  • Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms.
  • Schedule maintenance and use of facilities.
  • Take residents on community outings.
  • Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas.

Knowledge

Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Activities Aide
Activities Assistant
Activities Coordinator
Activities Counselor
Activities Director
Activity Aide
Activity Assistant
Activity Coordinator
Activity Director
Activity Leader
Activity Specialist
Camp Advisor
Camp Counselor
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Community Program Assistant
Correctional Leisure Activities Specialist
Corrections Activity Specialist
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Field Advisor
Field Representative
Field Scout
Field Supervisor
Fitness Plan Coordinator
Fitness Worker
Girls' Adviser
Group Leader
Group Work Program Aide
Group Worker
Park Recreation Manager
Parks Recreation Coordinator
Parks Recreation Director
Play Leader
Playground Director
Playground Official
Playground Worker
Recreation Aide
Recreation Assistant
Recreation Center Director
Recreation Coordinator
Recreation Counselor
Recreation Director
Recreation Leader
Recreation Program Coordinator
Recreation Superintendent
Recreation Supervisor
Recreation Technician
Recreation Therapist
Recreation Worker
Recreational Aide
Recreational Assistant
Recreational Counselor
Recreational Facilities Hotel or Motel Manager
Recreational Leader
Recreational Specialist
Recreational Therapy Technician
Social Director
Special Events Coordinator
Summer Counselor
Teen Counselor
Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
Therapeutic Recreation Director
Therapeutic Recreation Leader

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$10.69 hourly, $22,240 annual.
Employment (2008):
309,730 employees