Recreation Specialist

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Apr 21, 2024
Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $18.29 - $23.34 Hourly USD

Job Description


Currently there are 3 part-time positions available working up to 20 hours per week including weekdays and weekends.
  • (1) Camps - up to 20 hours per week
  • (1) Clubhouse - up to 20 hours per week
  • (1) Teen Center - up to 20 hours per week

To coordinate a specialized activity within a recreational program such as adult and youth sports, after school and camp programs and aquatics, special events, contract classes, senior services, and recreational facilities maintenance and operations. The Recreation Specialist is distinguished from the Senior Recreation Leader based on its responsibility for a broader range of recreation activities and services. This is a part-time, at-will position exempt from the classified service.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: Receives general supervision from the Recreation Coordinator and Recreation Supervisor. Provides technical direction and functional supervision of other part-time staff including Recreation Leaders, Senior Recreation Leaders, and volunteers.

Essential Job Functions

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: Positions in this classification typically perform a full range of duties represented at a complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities below. Incumbents may not perform all the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those below, to address business needs or changing business practices:

  • Plans, organizes, and conducts various recreational, and cultural activities, events, and programs for all ages including the development and organization of new programs, classes, and camps and related materials ;

  • Leads, trains and evaluates work of assigned part-time staff and volunteers; Assists with staff scheduling and shift coverage; Assists with special event preparations and work the day of the event as assigned;

  • Ensures the safety of all patrons and visitors in recreational programs and facilities; Monitors and maintains a clean and safe work environment, assists with general facility operations and upkeep;

  • Enforces rules, Department Policy, and the City Municipal Code, as necessary; responds and prepares reports related to potential hazardous situations and accidents;

  • Displays courteous and professional behavior toward all internal and external customers;

  • Monitors program compliance with laws, rules, and regulations;

  • Develops and/or monitors program budget and expenses to ensure proper resource allocation;

  • Regularly required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays;

  • Regularly and predictably attends work; and

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

In addition to the essential duties listed above, assignments below include the following:

Checkout Building:
  • Manages front desk operations at the Checkout Building including answering phones, processing registrations, taking payments, interacting with the public, record keeping and other administrative duties;
  • Utilizes various software to manage reservations and scheduling for park, facility, field, and sports court reservations; and
  • Provides youth sports programming support including conducting meetings and interacting with community groups.

  • Utilizes graphic design software such as Canva, InDesign, etc. to prepare department marketing material including print, web, and other media;
  • Prepares the City’s quarterly brochure;
  • Updates the Department’s website and social media channels;
  • Stays abreast of current marketing technologies and trends; and
  • Demonstrates excellent project management skills, including strong attention to detail.

Tiny Tot Camp:
  • Under direction, coordinates Tiny Tot Camps including programming, scheduling, record keeping, reporting, and interacting with parents;
  • Serves as the lead staff at the City’s Tiny Tot camp for ages 3-5 during El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) winter break (2 weeks), spring break (1 week), and summer break (9 weeks); and
  • Must be available to work camp hours Monday through Friday during all ESUSD winter, spring, and summer breaks.

  • Provides customer service, reporting, and administrative tasks; and
  • Under direction, assists with the development and implementation of staff led recreation classes of the El Segundo Youth Drama program, including related scheduling, recruiting, and reporting.

Farmer’s Market:
  • Under direction, manages weekly Farmer’s market including scheduling staff, securing new vendors for fresh and pre-packaged produce and crafts; maintains all required vendor paperwork;
  • Conducts meetings and interacts with community groups; and
  • Ensures compliance with the County of Los Angeles, City, and other regulations.

Special Projects:
  • Assist the Administrative Office in coordinating, developing, and implementation of special projects;
  • Conducts research and analysis to support the creation of new policies, procedures, programs within Recreation, Parks, and Library department; and
  • Writes reports and prepares presentation.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of recreational activity, planning and administration;

Basic principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management;

Methods, equipment, and terminology in the recreation specialty;

Knowledge of recreational needs of senior citizens, adults, teens, youth, and children;

Policies, rules, and regulations governing the conduct and safety of persons using the recreational facilities and equipment.

Skill in:

Providing technical direction and functional supervision of other part-time staff including Recreation Leaders, Senior Recreation Leaders, and volunteers;

Effectively communicate both orally and in writing including delivering informative, engaging, and compelling communications;

Taking initiative and following through on assigned tasks in area of responsibility;

Appearing for work on time;

Regularly and predictably attending work;

Following directions from a supervisor;

Understanding posted work rules and procedures;

Accepting constructive criticism; and

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, other City employees and the public.


A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience : Three or more years of experience as an instructor or leader specific to the program or area assigned.

Education: A combination of training and experience equivalent to completion of AA or higher college degree with specialized training in a particular field of recreation activity.

Licensing/Certificates : Within six months of hire, obtain First Aid, CPR and AED Certifications through American Red Cross.

Working Conditions:

Regularly exposed to weather conditions. Regularly required to lift and/or carry heavy objects up to 50 pounds.

Disaster Service Worker:

In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo employees in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging.

Non-represented part-time, hourly positions do not qualify for City benefits, except as required by law. Employees are enrolled in Social Security upon hire.

Hourly employees may not exceed 999 hours in a fiscal year basis (July 1 through June 30) unless previously authorized. There are no rights to employment and employment may end with or without cause or advance notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

350 Main Street, El Segundo, California 90245 United States View Map