Recreation workers conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
  • Assess the needs and interests of individuals and groups and plan activities accordingly, given the available equipment or facilities.
  • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
  • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Direct special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
  • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
  • Document individuals' progress toward meeting their treatment goals.
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
  • Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.
  • Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas.
  • Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
  • Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants.
  • Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.
  • Serve as liaison between park or recreation administrators and activity instructors.
  • Schedule maintenance and use of facilities.
  • Conduct individual in-room visits with residents.
  • Develop treatment goals for individuals based on their assessments.
  • Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms.
  • Take residents on community outings.
Work Context
  • Contact With Others — 83% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded "Every day".
  • Telephone — 66% responded "Every day".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 66% responded "Extremely important".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded "A lot of freedom".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 75% responded "Every day".
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 45% responded "A lot of freedom".
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Work Activities
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Accompany individuals or groups to activities.
  • Gather information in order to provide services to clients.
  • Document client health or progress.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
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Knowledge

English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Customer and Personal Service
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Skills

Active Listening
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Service Orientation
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness
  • Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Abilities

Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Problem Sensitivity
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software
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Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
  • Word processing software
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows Hot Technology
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Education

Bachelor's Degree or
High School Diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$28,440
$19,510
$46,510