Los Altos

Recreation Leader III - Summer Programs (19975728)

South Bay
Until filled
$18.75-$21.75 Hourly


1 North San Antonio Road Los Altos, 94022


The Recreation Leader III reports to the Recreation Coordinator. The position is responsible for: planning, organizing, and leading a variety of recreation activities. Typical activities include but are not limited to the following: environmental education, arts, crafts, sports, games, contests and special events for a particular group of participants, maintaining communication with the public, promoting and ensuring safety procedures. Recreation Leader III must be able to work with fellow recreation leaders to assist in the implementation of recreation activities and perform other related duties as required; such as department wide special events, teen programs, preschool programs, office duties, facility attendant, and senior programs.

This position is also responsible for maintaining communication with the public, promoting, and ensuring safety procedures are followed. The Recreation Leader III must be able to work with fellow recreation leaders to assist in the implementation of recreation activities and perform other related duties as needed and assigned such as: department wide special events, teen programs, preschool programs, administrative office duties, serve as facility attendant, and provide support with senior programs.


The following statements are intended as general illustrations of the work in this job class and are not all inclusive for specific positions.

  • Ability to plan, organize and lead recreation programs.
  • Review and analyze program effectiveness.
  • Recommend procedures to improve program.
  • Speak effectively in a public setting with adults and children.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with parents and residents to the City’s high standards.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Function effectively in leadership roles.
  • Report problems or hazards which may occur, in the environment/landscape, with children, parents, or equipment to on-site supervisor or Recreation Coordinator.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Engage children in activities and motivate participants.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Be considerate and provide exceptional customer service in order to work tactfully and courteously with program participants and general public.
  • Independently initiate and complete work activities.
  • Respond calmly and efficiently in emergency situations.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information, either written or spoken.
  • Prioritize, plan, and direct, and several activities.  
  • May lead the work of others.
  • May work independently supervising participants.
  • Interpret and apply detailed rules and policies.
  • Organize and maintain supplies.
  • First aid and CPR certified highly desirable.


  • Ability to use computer equipment for documents, templates and control systems.
  • Ability to climb, balance, walk and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to observe and take direction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers, outside contacts, and all levels of employees.
  • Ability to review, comprehend, and respond to all necessary documentation.


  • 1-2 years paid experience supervising staff or team lead.  
  • Experience with recreation program management.  
  • Must be 18 years or older.  
  • College coursework required. Coursework in Recreation, Child Development, Administration, Environmental Education or related field preferred.  


  • Knowledge of safety precautions.
  • Ability to positively discipline program participants.
  • Possess good organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Practice positive and effective oral communication.
  • Knowledge of team building principles.

This is a part-time, seasonal position. Approximately 29 hours per week.

Recreation Leader III - $18.75 to $21.75 hourly (Depending on experience)

Temporary employees are non-benefited, at-will positions. Since the City does not participate in Social Security and is required to provide an alternative retirement plan, you are required to participate in the City's defined contribution retirement plan through Nationwide where 3.75% of your gross compensation per pay period is deducted and put into the plan. The City matches this 3.75% for a total contribution of 7.5% of your gross compensation per pay period.

A complete City application, cover letter and resume must be received online at the City’s website. The recruitment will remain open until filled.

The applicants most closely matching the City’s desired qualifications and organizational needs will be invited to participate in the interview process. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a TB test and livescan background investigation through the California Department of Justice. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.

The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise the City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

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