Temporary - Summer Community Recreation Activity Specialist or Leader (Multiple positions/Part-time)

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Jun 01, 2021
Part Time Parks and Recreation

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
  • Activity Specialist (Salary: $15.00 per hour):Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/ GED , and no experience required.
  • Activity Leader (Salary: $15.75 per hour): Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/ GED and six (6) months related experience.

Licenses and Certifications Required: (applies to both Specialist and Leader positions)

  • Appropriate certifications as specified for the assignment.
  • May require certification in CPR , First Aid, Water Safety Instruction, or other areas as specified for the assigned class.
  • Texas Class "C" Driver or Commercial Driver license if required for the assignment.

Notes to Applicants

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department ( PARD ) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

Purpose of Position: The Summer Activity Specialist - Community Recreation is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in an After School or Summer Camp program setting. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.

Recreation Center locations include:

  • North Austin Work sites:
    • Gustavo "Gus" L Garcia Recreation Center
    • Hancock Recreation Center
    • Northwest Recreation Center
    • Virginia L Brown Recreation Center
    • Alamo Recreation Center
    • Dottie Jordan Recreation Center
    • Pickfair Community Center

  • Central Austin Work sites:
    • Austin Recreation Center
    • Metz Recreation Center - Rodolfo "Rudy" Mendez Recreation Center
    • Givens Recreation Center
    • Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center
    • Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
    • Turner-Roberts Recreation Center
    • Delores Duffie Recreation Center
    • Lorraine "Grandma" Camacho Activity Center
    • Danny G McBeth Recreation Center

  • South Austin Work sites:
    • Dittmar Recreation Center
    • Dove Springs Recreation Center - George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center
    • Montopolis Recreation Center
    • South Austin Recreation Center

  • Please note your location preference in the supplemental section of your application. Location requests will be honored on an availability basis and the hiring manager will make the final decision on work site location.

Driving Requirement:
This position requires a valid Texas Class C Driver License or the ability to acquire one by your hire date. External New Hires must meet the City of Austin's Driver Record Evaluation ( DRE ) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months.

Application Instructions/Job Requirements:

  • Application: A detailed, complete application is required, and applicants must include on their Employment Record all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting - up to 10 years or more; this will be used to determine your base compensation. Employment Record dates must include month and year. Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application. Statements such as "See Resume" will not be accepted and a resume alone will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
  • Skills Assessments: Skills assessment(s) may be required as part of the recruitment process.
  • Virtual Interviews: PARD may conduct virtual interviews.
  • Military/Veteran: An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.
    Physical Requirements: Tasks involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying or using a force equal to lifting up to twenty five (25) pounds. Must be physically and mentally able to work with participants adapting to a variety of conditions such as daily walking, hiking, climbing, standing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, running, bending, crawling, swimming, stretching and reaching in rugged terrain. Tolerate loud noise associated with enthusiasm and excitement.Ability to work outside in all types of weather and/or inclement conditions, and in confined spaces.


  • This is a multi-position posting and multiple candidates may be hired from this recruitment. If you are not contacted 10 business days after the recruitment closes, you are not moving forward in the recruitment process and we encourage you to review our other City of Austin recruitments.
  • If you are selected for this position and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you will drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.
  • 90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy: This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.
  • All PARD work site locations are tobacco-free.Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site - including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.

Pay Range
$15.00 - $15.75 per hour.

Variable - 20 and 40 hours per week

  • Programming hours vary at each work site. Schedule may include weekends, evenings, overnights and/or holidays.
  • Monday through Fridays, between 7:30AM - 6:30PM.
  • May be required to work weekends and during special events and programming needs.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks and Recreation
Regular/Temporary Temporary
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location Various City of Austin Recreation Centers
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Experience working with youth and adults in recreational programming; and in implementing/teaching recreational classes and activities.
  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating outdoor interpretive and/or recreational programming.
  • Experience working with youth and adults with special needs.
  • Bilingual.
  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming: Recreational Games and Activities (Indoor or Outdoor), Sports/Athletic Programs, Performing & Visual Arts, Science/Nature/Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation, Arts and Crafts, Team Building, Therapeutic Recreation, Inclusion and Special Education.
  • Ability to fluently communicate (reading, writing, speaking) in English and Spanish.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
  • Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.
  • Regular attendance is essential for this position.
  • Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
  • Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
  • Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
  • Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities - Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of youth programs and activities.
    Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the City and the public.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have a High School diploma or GED by hire date. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
  • Yes
  • No
* Have you previously worked for the City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department? If yes, please indicate dates, work unit/section and position held at the Parks and Recreation Department.
(Open Ended Question)
* Briefly describe your recreational programming experience, the types of classes and activities that you have implemented and taught, and the age groups that you have developed programs for.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience working with youth and adults with special needs.
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 or less than 3 years
  • 3 or less than 5 years
  • 5 years or more
* Are you bilingual in English/Spanish or English/other language?
  • Fluent in two or more languages - read, write, speak
  • Bilingual and able to speak in a second language
  • Bilingual and understand if someone is speaking to me in a second language
  • None of the above
* Are you able to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends, evenings, overnights and /or holidays ?
  • yes
  • no
* The position requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Will you be able to obtain these certifications prior to the first day of programming?
  • Yes
  • No
* If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position requires traveling to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties. Will you be able to meet this requirement?"
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have a valid Texas Class C driver's license or the ability to acquire by hire date?
  • Yes
  • No
* The City of Austin Driver Eligibility Standards require that External New Hires meet the City's Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* This is a multi-position job posting and you will only be notified if you are selected to move forward in the process. Once the department is no longer hiring for this position, you will receive a notification informing you of such.
  • I acknowledge this statement
* Please note your location preferences below. If no preference, list 'no preference'. Location requests will be honored on an availability basis and the hiring manager will make the final decision on work site location.
(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
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