Recreation Leader & Recreation Program Specialist

School-Year Programs & Activities
East Bay
Until filled
$14.00-$20.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


22 Orinda Way Orinda, 94563


Come join our Orinda team! 

This is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community, build relationships and work in a team environment.  If you like working with school age children, this is the position for you!

The City of Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking responsible and enthusiastic individuals to fill several part-time school year Recreation Leader and/or Recreation Program Specialist positions. These positions take direction from and report to the City's full-time Recreation Coordinator and will work with the Wilder Afterschool program and the Orinda Youth Sports (OYS) program.

After school program duties include, but are not limited to planning, coordinating and conducting a variety of programming for kindergarten through 5th grade children.  Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. and the successful applicants must be available at least two (2) days per week.  The after school program will be located at the Wilder Art & Garden Center located at 20 Orinda Fields Lane.

Orinda Youth Sports (OYS) program duties include, but are not limited to preparing fields / gyms for games, monitoring game schedules and directing teams to proper field / court, answering questions, and tearing down and cleaning game sites at the end of the day.  Work hours will be early Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons (fall soccer) and Friday evenings and Saturdays (winter basketball).  The OYS program work sites could include several local City and school athletic fields and/or gyms.

Incumbents of the position will provide their own transportation to program site(s). 

Examples of essential duties include:

  • Plan and lead arts, crafts and games and sports according to the theme planned
  • Serve as a mentor and role model to campers.
  • Safely and appropriately supervise youth at all times.
  • Use positive discipline and communicate effectively with parents/guardians.
  • Perform as a team player.
  • Model positive behavior.
  • Supervise, direct, develop and mentor part-time staff.
  • Monitor supplies and create weekly supply list.
  • Design and execute your own youth curriculum in accordance with the Recreation Coordinator.

Minimum Qualifications:

All City of Orinda employees are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s core values including serving the public, being respectful and accountable, maintaining professionalism, and demonstrating responsibility.

Recreation Leader:

  • Applicants under age 18 and have not graduated from high school or received a State Certificate of Proficiency are required to obtain a work permit from their school.

Recreation Program Specialist:

  • Education: Must have obtained high school diploma.  College-level coursework in Recreation, Sports Administration, Human Development, Education or related field is preferred.   
  • Experience: Recreation, athletics and/or education experience is desirable.  Experience teaching and/or working with children and youth age twelve (12) and under is preferred.
  • Any combination of experience and education that will likely provide the required knowledge and abilities will be considered, including actively participating in sports, leadership or related activities and/or any paid or volunteer recreation experience.   

Licenses/Certifications: CPR, First Aid, and AED training and/or certification are required.

Special Requirements:   Appointment to this position is contingent upon:

  • Must be willing to work a scheduled variety of hours, which may include evenings, and/or weekends, as needed.
  • A pre-employment background check, drug screen and TB Test is required.  Please note that if under 18 some processes may require legal guardian consent.

How to Apply:

Please visit CalOpps.org to submit a fully-completed application and resume.  A limited number of applicants with the most desirable qualifications, as determined by initial screening of applications and resumes, will be invited to participate in an interview process.  Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to participate further in the selection process.  For more information, please contact Matt Delmartini at (925) 253-4215.

Positions will remain open until filled.  

All applicants will be notified by phone or email if they are invited to interview.  The actual number of positions will be based on actual enrollments in the programs specified.

The City of Orinda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates with a disability which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should submit a request for accommodation with the application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.


Temporary/part-time/seasonal employees are non-benefited at-will positions. 

Temporary/part-time/seasonal employees are enrolled in the MissionSquare Retirement 457 Deferred Compensation Program with the employee contributing 7.5% from the payroll check.  The MissionSquare Retirement system is in lieu of participating in social security.  Employees will, however, participate in the Medicare portion of social security as that is a required program.

Special Instructions


Application should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application materials will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this job announcement.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and pre-employment processes. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Thank you for your interest in serving the community of Orinda!

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