City of Newport Beach, CA - Newport Beach, CA

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Please apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.

Currently there are ten (10) total vacancies in the following areas: Summer Day Camp Programs at the Balboa Community Center and Community Youth Center (CYC), and at the OASIS Senior Center in facility rentals and the fitness center. The individuals selected for these positions will need to be available to work a varied schedule during the workweek, including nights and weekends.

Following receipt of a sufficient number of applications, an initial review of qualifications will be conducted. The first 150 candidates meeting the minimum qualifications as reflected in their application will be invited to a written examination tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2013 .

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and, if needed, additional test dates may be scheduled. Please apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time and there is no guarantee of additional exams. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future Recreation Leader vacancies as they occur in recreation programs
, facility operations, and/or events.

DEFINITION: Under direction of the Assistant Recreation Coordinator or Supervisor, the Recreation Leader is responsible for assisting in organizing and leading activities for children and adults in the City’s recreation programs, or when assigned to facilities monitoring, provides facilities oversight and set-up during scheduled activities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the entry-level position in the Recreation Leader series and candidates may have limited direct work experience.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: Receives general supervision from the Senior Recreation Leader, Recreation Supervisor, and/or Recreation Coordinator as assigned.

Essential Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Provide assistance to participants utilizing the City’s recreation programs or facilities;

• Maintain a safe program environment for participants and staff;

• Care and maintain all equipment issued and inform supervisor when there are hazards or equipment replacement needs;

• Assist with special events;

• Attend applicable City of Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services Department training and orientation;

When assigned to Recreation Activities:

• Organize indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts;

• Participate in and lead recreational activities;

• Participate in homework assistance;

• Provide general supervision of children;

• Work with youth to develop and build basic skills with an emphasis on learning, fun, and sportsmanship;

When assigned to Facilities Monitoring:

• Set up, clean up, open and close facilities for rentals;

• Prepare facility for group/rental activities;

• Track equipment issued during rentals;

• Coordinate facility arrangements with instructors, rental groups, and maintenance personnel;

• Perform related duties as assigned.


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:

Basic objectives, methods, and techniques of planned recreation and leisure activities for youth and adults;

Effective instructional techniques;

Arts and crafts and/or indoor and outdoor games and sports for children; and

Safe work practices.

Ability to:

Plan and organize recreation programs for children or monitor community facilities for program participants;

Work independently with limited supervision;

Maintain a safe work environment;

As assigned, occasionally lift up to 50 pounds;

Communicate, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Appear for work on time;

Manage stressful situations with tact and diplomacy;

Follow directions from a supervisor;

Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures;

Accept constructive criticism; and

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, specifically participants, parents, and co-workers.

As assigned, the Recreation Leader may be required to work weekend and evening hours.

Experience & Training and License/Certificate:

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

Experience: One year of experience in childcare, babysitting, or volunteer work in related field or equivalent;


One year experience in related sport as a coach, player or volunteer.

Training: Equivalent to completion of the tenth grade.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

Certificate: Red Cross CPR and First Aid certificates must be obtained within six (6) months of hire.

Additional Requirement : Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by Newport Beach Police Department.

Disaster Service Worker : In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Newport Beach Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.