CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Recreation Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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.
 
Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
 
Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures, and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
 
Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet participant needs.
 
Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
 
Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
 
Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
 
Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
 
Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
 
Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
 
Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants.
 
Schedule maintenance and use of facilities.
 
Direct special activities or events such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
 
Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.
 
Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.
 
Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
 
Serve as liaison between park or recreation administrators and activity instructors.
 
Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms.
 
Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas.
 
Conduct individual in-room visits with residents.
 
Take residents on community outings.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
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.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Charting software Charting software
 
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Publisher Desktop publishing software
 
Microsoft Windows Operating system software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Recordkeeping software Data base user interface and query software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Braille materials Braille devices for the physically challenged
 
Calculators Calculators or accessories
 
Calendars Calendars
 
Cash registers Cash registers
 
Cashboxes Cash registers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Electronic scoreboards Sport scoreboards
 
Fax machines Facsimile machines
 
First aid kits Emergency medical services first aid kits
 
Informational signs Informational signs
 
Ladders Ladders
 
Microphones Microphones
 
Mobile phones Mobile phones
 
Passenger vans Minivans or vans
 
Photocopiers Photocopiers
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
Whiteboards Dry erase boards or accessories
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Activities Aide
Activities Assistant
Activities Coordinator
Activities Counselor
Activities Director
Activities Leader
Activity Aide
Activity Assistant
Activity Coordinator
Activity Director
Activity Leader
Activity Specialist
Aquatics Specialist
Camp Advisor
Camp Counselor
Camp Director
Certified Activity Coordinator
Certified Therapeatic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Community Program Assistant
Correctional Leisure Activities Specialist
Corrections Activities Specialist
Corrections Activity Specialist
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Field Advisor
Field Representative
Field Scout
Field Supervisor
Fitness Director
Fitness Plan Coordinator
Fitness Worker
Girls' Adviser
Group Leader
Group Work Program Aide
Group Worker
Life Enrichment Director
Music Therapist
Park Recreation Manager
Parks Recreation Coordinator
Parks Recreation Director
Play Leader
Playground Director
Playground Official
Playground Worker
Program Assistant
Program Director
Recreation Activities Coordinator
Recreation Aide
Recreation Assistant
Recreation Center Director
Recreation Coordinator
Recreation Counselor
Recreation Director
Recreation Leader
Recreation Program Coordinator
Recreation Specialist
Recreation Superintendent
Recreation Supervisor
Recreation Technician
Recreation Therapist
Recreation Worker
Recreational Aide
Recreational Assistant
Recreational Counselor
Recreational Facilities Hotel or Motel Manager
Recreational Leader
Recreational Specialist
Recreational Therapist
Recreational Therapy Technician
Respite Coordinator
Social Director
Special Events Coordinator
Summer Counselor
Teen Counselor
Therapeutic Activities Services Worker
Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
Therapeutic Recreation Director
Therapeutic Recreation Leader
Youth Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Recreation Workers
 
 
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