Temporary - Inclusion & Adaptive Programs Activity Specialist or Instructor (Part-time)

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

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • 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.
  • Specialty Instructor (Salary: $15.75 per hour): Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma, and one (1) year related experience.

Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • 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 Inclusion & Adaptive Programs Activity Specialist is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in a recreation programs setting specializing in adaptive programming for special needs. The Centralized Programs Inclusion Unit provides assistance to participants with special needs that might be at several varying recreation centers. 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.

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 - up to 20-40 hours per week.

  • Programming hours vary at each worksite. Schedule may include weekends, evenings, overnights and/or holidays.
  • Monday through Friday, 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 Professional
Location Various City of Austin Recreation Centers
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience implementing adapted recreational activities to individuals and groups of individuals with disabilities from ages six (6) years old to adult.
  • Knowledge of games, arts and crafts, sports, dancing, cooking, swimming, etc.
  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming:
    • Recreational Games and Activities (Outdoors)
    • Sports/Athletic Programs
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Team Building
    • Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion/Special Education.

    • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

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.

Have the willingness and ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
General supervision to maximum assistance of individuals with disabilities ages 6 to 22 years and adults. Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
Developing, scheduling, and conducting program activities for ages 6 to 22 years and adults. Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.
Ensuring that all events and activities conform to appropriate safety guidelines and other rules as well as modifying for maximum participation.
Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
Completing forms and maintaining records as in accordance with the City of Austin ( COA ) and with the Parks & Recreation Department ( PARD ) policies and procedures.
Ensuring the facilities and equipment being used for programs or events are properly set up and maintained.
Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
Maintaining inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment.
Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
Coaching recreational and sports activities as needed.
Safely transporting children to and from various locations around Austin, including swimming pools, parks, museums, and other attractions.
Answering the phone, providing excellent customer service, and assisting with other clerical duties.
Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
Following Departmental Policies and Procedures and adhere to safety guidelines.
Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
Regular attendance is essential for this position.
Attend regular assigned schedule is essential.
Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
Other duties as assigned.
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
* 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
* 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)

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