Recreation Specialist - Aquatics
City of Fountain Valley, CA - Fountain Valley, CA

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This is a continuous recruitment and may be closed at any time. Prompt application is encouraged.

Please see the Special Certifications section for the Aquatics certifications that are required for this position.

Assist in the planning, development, and coordination of a variety of recreation programs including adult and youth sports, recreation, senior services, and other activities.

The Recreation Specialist is responsible for overseeing the administration of a variety of recreation programs and activities.

The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Community Services Supervisor and exercises technical and functional supervision over part-time and seasonal employees.

Essential Duties:
  • Assist in the planning, development, and coordination of adult and youth recreation programs including sports, aquatics, senior services, contract classes, special events, and other recreational activities.
  • Assist in scheduling, training, and overseeing part-time staff and volunteers for recreational events and activities.
  • Perform a variety of general administrative duties including: answer telephones, assist customers, collect fees, class registration, maintain attendance and other records and reports, prepare simple correspondence, data entry, filing, and copying.
  • Promote the safety of all program participants.
  • Assist with the set-up and take-down of tables, chairs, and sports equipment for all facility activities including special events.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including personal computer.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Guidelines:

  • High school graduation or equivalent is highly desirable.
  • College-level coursework in recreation, physical education, or a related field is highly desirable.
Previous experience coordinating municipal recreation programs is highly desirable.

  • Basic principles and practices of recreation administration.
  • Principles and techniques of planning group activities.
  • Modern office practices, procedures, methods, and equipment.
  • Plan, organize, and direct a variety of recreation programs and activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, schools, and the public.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Coordinate efforts with other City departments, divisions, and community groups.
  • Deal effectively and courteously with the public.
  • Deal constructively with conflict resulting in effective resolution of issues.
  • Maintain a variety of records and reports.
  • Use a personal computer and a variety of computer software.
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in a clean, safe, and secure manner.
  • A valid California Class “C” driver’s license.
  • Valid American Red Cross Advanced Life Saving certification.
  • Valid American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor’s card.
  • Valid American Red Cross CPR certification.
  • Valid American Red Cross First Aid certification.
Must be available to work weekends and evenings as needed.

Work is primarily performed in an office environment requiring prolonged sitting or standing; walking, kneeling, crouching, squatting, stooping and bending; input data into a computer terminal; exposure to computer glare, vibrations and pitch; ability to lift, carry and move objects totaling approximately 50 pounds or more in weight; and have mobility, vision, hearing, and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

When assigned to aquatics: work is primarily performed outside requiring prolonged standing; walking, kneeling, crouching, squatting, stooping and bending; prolonged periods in the water; work on slippery and uneven surfaces; ability to lift, carry and move objects totaling up to 100 pounds in weight; may be exposed to chlorine, acids and other chemicals as well as blood and body fluids; and have mobility, vision, hearing, and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.


Selection Process:

The selection process may include but is not limited to: application review and evaluation, written examination, physical ability test, practical skills test and oral interview. All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate’s legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully completing all components of the pre-employment process which may include but is not limited to: reference check, background investigation, credit check, California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprinting), polygraph, post-offer psychological, post-offer drug test and post-offer medical examination. The specific selection process will vary based upon the position. Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are encouraged to provide accurate answers as the City will verify the qualifications for each candidate.

The City of Fountain Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Candidates with a disability who may need accommodation during the selection process must notify the Personnel Department at least 72 hours in advance of the test date.

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