NYC Parks Recreation Specialist Position

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is seeking Recreation Specialists.  This is an entry-level position that pays $21.64-$24.90 per hour.  NYC Parks offers an excellent benefits package including pension, health, dental and vision coverage and vacation/sick days.

As a Recreation Specialist, you would  lead and coach youth programming, work mobile unit programs and other special events, as well as instruct participants in basic fitness skills, including proper fitness equipment use, basic safety precautions and the health benefits of regular exercise. 

Please specify on your cover letter and resume your borough preference.

Minimum qualifications:

Three years of participation in an art, craft or other recreational pursuit as a teacher, performer, coach, official, contestant or demonstrator, including at least one year of experience in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job, as described below; or
Major study in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job, as described below, acquired in a high school, college or other appropriate institution over at least a three year period; or
A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.  However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience or education in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job as described below.                                                             
Job assignments are limited to the following recreational activities: woodworking, weight lifting, tennis, aquatics, soccer, fencing, golf, gymnastics, ham radio, horseback riding, hockey, figure skating, martial arts, music, nature study, art, photography, dramatics, dance-roller skating, small crafts, sewing, astronomy, auto mechanics, baton twirling, bridge, chess, modern dance, dog obedience, puppetry, boxing and storytelling.

Preferred skills:

Bachelor’s or Master's degree in physiology, recreation or a sports related field.
Experience recruiting, instructing and coaching sports, including girls’, women’s and nontraditional sports.
Experience with fine arts, performing arts and decorative arts.
Excellent communication, organizational and customer service skills.
Proficiency in computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Valid New York State driver license.
Able to work weekends and non-traditional hours.
Fluency in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin/Cantonese or Polish.

 

Major responsibilities:

Under supervision, conduct dynamic and innovative workshops, sports and specialized recreational programs for the Recreation division.
Develop and facilitate programming to engage New Yorkers in sports, fitness and outdoor adventures.
Lead and coach youth programming, work mobile unit programs and other special events.  
Instruct participants in basic fitness skills, including proper fitness equipment use, basic safety precautions and the health benefits of regular exercise. 
Lead fitness classes, practice sessions and facilitate sports programs for New Yorkers of all ages.
Maintain equipment and fitness areas on a daily basis, including maintaining an inventory of necessary materials and supplies. Inspect public spaces and report evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions.
Establish program objectives, evaluate recreational programs and design cutting-edge curricula.
Supervise, develop and implement afterschool, teen and summer camp curricula that meet all Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) criteria.
Promote NYC Parks Recreation Center memberships and assist in events and special projects.
Collect and submit accurate data, forms and reports to meet internal deadlines.

 

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