Recreation Specialist I / Youth Services...
City of Cape Coral, FL - City of Cape Coral, FL

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Under the direction of a Recreation Program Supervisor (I or II) or Athletic Coordinator, assists in all facets of coordination and implementation of programming and scheduled activities for a specific division of the Parks & Recreation Department, i.e., athletics, social services, fine arts. Employees in this class perform a broad spectrum of duties, and may require some cash handling, depending on the objectives and guidelines of the assigned program(s). Such duties may range from teaching and coaching athletics to supervising program participants and volunteers for special events. The class is defined by the extent of responsibility assumed in report and record maintenance, the high emphasis on public relations, the greater knowledge and/or technical expertise required to work with target population groups, and the moderate range planning skills essential to performing the job functions. Incumbents generally supervise part-time, contract, or volunteer personnel, again depending on the nature of the particular program or event being offered. The incumbent prioritizes tasks and usually performs with minimal supervision, but is subject to direct supervision in the event of special programming or new procedure. Performs related work as required.

Individuals assigned to this classification must report to work per their assigned schedule. Parks and Recreation staff must be willing to work days, evenings and weekends as assigned.


Performs/assists in planning, organizing, promoting and directing assigned programs and activities, i.e., leagues, tournaments, exhibitions, tours, target population group trips.

Instructs, coaches, officiates, and supervises indoor and outdoor activities according to assigned program(s) guidelines and objectives.

Collects, records, and deposit fees, maintaining appropriate accounting according to established departmental policy and procedure.

Prepares various records and reports according to supervisor directives, i.e., attendance, accident, cash summary, and requisitions, check requests, sales tax.

Maintains adherence to established budgetary guidelines for the purpose of generating city revenues while simultaneously providing valuable services to community citizens.

Arranges facilities and equipment, ensuring proper supply, set-up, and condition to maintain security and safety for both personnel and patrons.

Performs scheduling tasks in areas such as transportation, facility use, equipment maintenance and repair, and rescheduling when necessary.


May train and direct work of assigned personnel.

Performs promotional activities as directed, i.e., soliciting sponsorship, and public service announcements.

May be required to operate a motor vehicle in performance of assigned tasks.


High school diploma or GED; supplemented by minimum two (2) years specific vocational preparation or experience in social service and/or recreational programming, instruction or management; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Must possess a valid state driver’s license and obtain a valid Florida drivers license within 30 days, the class of which is determined according to assigned division.

Additional education and/or training will be required to adhere to Parks & Recreation established department and state laws concerning pre-school / child care programming, i.e., CPR and First Aid, 30 Hour HRS Child Care, 5 Hour HRS Owner/Operator. Certification must be obtained within 90 days of hire.

Four (4) years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, or an Associates Degree in a related field and 2 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, or a bachelor's degree in a related field required.

Director’s Credential required. CDA and/or VPK endorsements preferred.


Has considerable knowledge of city laws, regulations, policies and practices.

Has considerable knowledge of modern business and public administration procedures.

Has considerable knowledge of public service programs and activities, and the promotional needs for executing such efficiently.

Has considerable knowledge of the characteristics and needs of the target population of assignment.

Has general knowledge of the principles and techniques of short- to moderate-range recreational program planning.

Has general knowledge of the principles of budget development and administration.

Has general knowledge of accounting principles and practices.

Has general knowledge of report and record maintenance principles and procedures.

Is skilled in both written and oral communications for effective expression and clarity.

Is able to respond to citizen complaints/concerns with considerable tact and courtesy for the purpose of diffusing a given situation.

Is able to utilize computerized applications such as word processors.

Is able to exercise sound judgment and make independent decisions in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures.

Is able to establish and maintain effective-working relationships with supervisor, support staff and other departments position interacts with.

Is able to analyze, organize and review work for efficient results and accuracy.

Is able to operate equipment for persons with special needs, i.e. wheelchairs, handicap accessible vehicle operation, adaptive equipment (beach buggies).

Minimum Standards

Physical Requirements: Tasks involve some walking, standing; some unassisted lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects up to 50 pounds. Tasks may require prolonged periods of standing. Tasks may require prolonged periods of visual concentration.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of equipment, programs, or environmental conditions.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving and receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions. Includes considerable public relations activities.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of materials relevant to government, legal, and/or city administration operations.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to draw valid conclusions in task processing and prioritization. Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems, influence, and synthesis functions. Requires the ability to utilize short- to moderate range planning principles and techniques.

Verbal Aptitude: Must communicate efficiently and effectively in Standard English. Must speak with poise, confidence, and voice control. Requires the ability to provide oral presentations.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide; calculate decimals and percentages; compute discount, profit and loss, ratio and proportion; interpret graphs.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes accurately in handling, sorting, and filing documents, and in operating modern office equipment.

Manual Dexterity: Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: May require the ability to differentiate between colors or shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people from a variety of departments in both giving and receiving instructions and information. Must be able to perform under stress of frequent deadlines.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging information by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Environmental Requirements: Tasks are regularly performed with some exposure to adverse environmental conditions, e.g., dirt, cold, rain, and fumes.