Recreation Program Specialist (19708221)

Temporary Employment Opportunity
Central Coast
Until filled
$13.22-$16.07 Hourly


The City of Salinas Library and Community Services is seeking self-motivated, mature individuals to implement youth recreation programs.  The ideal candidate is familiar with our neighborhoods and community dynamics or has the knowledge or desire of working in a diverse environment and serving as a role model for youth. Weekends and holidays may be required depending on program and location. This position may be required to close facilities at night and may be utilized to staff other recreation programs in the City. 


NOTE: This is a non-benefited position.  Schedule and flexibility may vary based on the needs of the hiring authority.  Temporary employees may not exceed a maximum of 25 hours per week and 1000 hours in a fiscal year (fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30).


DEFINITION: Plan, coordinate and direct an after school or recreational program at a designated school or park site.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:  Ability to: Plan, publicize, coordinate and evaluate quality recreational program activities; supervise paid and volunteer/part-time staff; communicate clearly and concisely, oral and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals and groups; plan and supervise activities for tiny tot, elementary, youth, teens, seniors and at risk youth; prepare reports and evaluate recreation programs.  Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.  Applicant should have the ability to take direction from an on or off-site supervisor.


PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, business machines and related equipment; vision sufficient to read printed materials; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone conversations; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in a normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, physical strength to lift up to 40 lbs; physical stamina sufficient to sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions.


WORKING CONDITIONS: Business office working environment subject to sitting at a desk or standing at a counter for long periods of time, bending, crouching, or kneeling at files, pushing/pulling of file drawers and supplies, reaching in all directions and prolonged periods of time working at a computer terminal.  Outside and inside recreational environment subject to playing games and activities with all age groups


Training: Education and experience likely to demonstrate possession of necessary qualifications would be one to two years training and/or experience in recreation program implementation or a related field.  Computer literate.


License:  A valid California Class “C” Driver’s License.


Certificates: The ideal candidate will have a background in providing leadership and implementation of recreational activities/excursions with a variety of tiny tot, elementary, teenaged youth and/or seniors. All applicants are required to submit a First Aid and CPR certificate or obtain certification within 90 days of appointment.  For applicants 15 to 18 years of age, a current valid work permit or the ability to obtain a valid work permit before hire.


SELECTION PROCESS: Applicant’s qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of an application review.  Candidates presenting the most desirable combination of education and experience will be contacted by the Recreation Division.  The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Before appointment, candidates must pass an employment background check including a Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation record check and complete a TB exam.  02/21/19ma.



The City of Salinas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.  The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled.  Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Officer in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement.  Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied

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