Recreation Leader I/II and Recreation Specialist

  • 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Temporary Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: See Position Description USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura is accepting applications for the position Recreation Leader I/II and Recreation Specialist. This position, under general supervision, will provide on-site and tour supervision and/or instruction for programs and special events, and support for a variety of programs and activities in the areas of sports, cultural arts, interpretive and adaptive services, and other related parks, recreation, culture, arts, and community programs and services.

The ideal candidate 1) enjoys working with people of different backgrounds and ages, 2) enjoys working outdoors, in all types of weather, 3) enjoys physical fitness and able to perform physical labor for several hours at a time, and 4) is organized and able to communicate clearly to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Depending on your level of experience and the operational needs of each program, openings may be filled at any of the following levels:

Recreation Leader I/II : Provides task-oriented supports to programs providing on-site oversight of participants, activities and classes. Schedules program facility and equipment, receives and accounts for cash management, maintains attendance and activity records, assesses and maintains security of facility and seeks assistance as needed.

Recreation Specialist : Plans, organizes and coordinates a community program in a specialized area requiring advanced knowledge, skills or ability related to that area; trains support staff and may work on projects within a given field. May provide transportation for participants, driving a city vehicle.

( $14.00 - $17.85 per hour )
Depending on assignment, may provide site supervision or act as an attendant monitoring and overseeing a variety of youth and adult sporting events, including basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer and flag football. Duties may include scorekeeping, scheduling, communicating with staff and participants, cash management (making deposits) and completing related reports. Must have some experience in team sports or outdoor recreation.

( $14.00 - $17.85 per hour )
May provide on-site supervision and/or instruction for programs and special events, and support for a variety of programs and activities in the areas of sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. May assist with maintenance and upkeep of necessary equipment. Must possess CPR and First Aid certifications.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS (school year) & SCHOOL BREAK CAMP PROGRAMS (summer & school breaks)
( $14.00 - $17.85 per hour )
Depending on assignment, plans and develops programs or provides staff support to the following youth programs:
PEAK After School Program (weekday afternoons) : Coordinates after-school enrichment activities at school sites providing homework assistance and organizing day-to-day activities including sports, games and special programs. May develop curriculum and provide instruction related to sports, enrichment, music or dance.
Westpark Community Center : Coordinates after school enrichment activities at Westpark Community Center. Activities include homework assistance, computers, art, music, gym activities and special programs. Westpark also provides youth sports leagues for soccer, basketball, and flag football.
School Break Camp Program : Coordinates and organizes school break activities at camp program sites and outdoor facilities throughout the city, and leads planned activities, sports, games and special programs. May develop curriculum and instruct programs related to sports, enrichment, music or dance or nature studies.

( $14.00 - $17.85 per hour )
Depending on assignment conducts programs in the following areas:
Nature & History Indoor/Outdoor Education Programs : school group field trips and in-school workshops (weekday mornings during the school year): Conducts "hands-on" education programs for elementary school-age children (preschool through 6th grade), working as an indoor/outdoor educator (Interpretive Specialist) with the city's Interpretive Outreach Program focusing on California history or nature studies in an indoor/outdoor setting at local park and historic sites. Training is provided to present topics in one or more of 29 program areas. May occasionally assist with program development. Visit for more information on this program.

( $14.00 - $17.85 per hour )
Depending on area of assignment, provides general office program support including computer/data entry and customer assistance at City Hall or Barranca Vista Center, or supports the following programs:
City Hall Public Art: Acts as Docent scheduling, coordinating and conducting tours of City Hall Public Art and trains volunteer tour guides.
Special Events : Provides assistance including location set-up and breakdown of city-sponsored events including Music Under the Stars (at Olivas Adobe), 4th of July Street Fair and other weekend events as required. Requires availability on weekends.
Cultural Arts Classes : instructors for creative and performing arts for all ages.

($14.00 - $20.00 per hour)
Community Garden Assistant : Provides care and maintenance of common areas, pathways, vacant plots and garden supplies. Provides tours and orientations to prospective gardeners and hosts once a month volunteer workday on a Saturday.
Volunteer Program Assistant : Support the Volunteer Ventura! program by hosting onsite volunteer projects, including set up and take down of event, update volunteer database and assist with volunteer outreach and social media. Requires weekend availability.
Customer Service Representative : Assist phone and walk-in clients with Parks & Recreation class registration; provide information and referrals on citywide programs; responsible for data entry, cash handling, filing, and clerical duties in support of the division supervisor and PRCP department staff.
Senior Nutrition : Under the supervision of the Senior Nutrition Specialist, assist in the preparation and serving of meals to senior patrons at congregate meal site(s); oversee senior nutrition volunteers; cash handling and administrative duties in support of nutrition program.

($14.00 - $17.85 per hour)
Travel Program : Assists in tour planning, coordination, billing, reporting, marketing and computer record maintenance, coordinating tour escorts, vendors and bus charters.
Tour Bus Driver : Provides tour transportation, assists travelers and completes travel documentation. Requires valid California DMV Class B Driver's license with passenger endorsement, current medical certificate and complete DOT training. General knowledge of wheelchairs and mechanical lifts is desirable.

This is a temporary, extra-help position, working up to 20 hours per week and paid on an hourly basis. Assignments may include working at night, weekends, holidays, and include travel to game or tour locations.

When applying on-line submit just ONE application to be considered for positions in the program areas described below. Simply indicate the program area(s) of interest on the Supplemental Questionnaire to have your application considered for related openings over the next twelve months.

For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at or by selecting here Recreation Leader / Recreation Specialist .

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities is required.

  • Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver license may be required.
  • If the position requires driving a mini-bus or van, a valid California Class B license, with passenger endorsement and the allowable auto transmission and air brake restrictions, must be obtained within six months of employment.
  • If the position requires driving a mini-bus or van, drug-testing is required, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • When assigned to Sailing/Kayaking/Stand-up Paddle Boarding programs, CPR and First Aid certifications are required.

Selection Process

Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis and candidates should apply promptly to be considered for current and upcoming vacancies.

Submit a City application and supplemental questions by the filing deadline. The preferred method to submit your application is on-line at . If you are unable to submit an online application, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours or emailing Paper applications and answers to the supplemental questionnaire can be Faxed to (805) 648-4467 or mailed to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93001. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents via mail.

It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training and experience you possess. Resumes and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application. Submitting an incomplete application, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.

After you apply, all future correspondence from the City will be via E-Mail. Please check your messages regularly, and keep your contact information up to date using your on-line application.

Apply today to join our team! For additional information regarding these programs, please contact the following individuals:
  • Sailing and Kayaking Programs: Chip Tarleton (805) 654-7809, Tyler Young (805) 658-4746
  • Adult Sports Programs & Corporate Games: Eric Burton (805) 658-4738
  • Youth Sports Programs: Chip Tarleton (805) 654-7809, Janine Cobian (805) 658-4764
  • Youth Programs/After School Programs/PEAK/Westpark: Mario Robinson (805) 654-7807, Anita Diaz (805) 648-1895, Steven DeFratus (805) 658-4743
  • School Break/Summer Camp Programs: Chip Tarleton (805) 654-7809, Mario Robinson (805) 654-7807
  • Nature and History Outdoor Education Programs: Gina Reyes (805) 658-4728
  • Cultural Programs: Kathryn Dippong-Lawson (805) 654-7552
  • Cultural Arts & Educational Programs: Kathryn Dippong-Lawson (805) 654-7552
  • City Hall Public Art Tours: Kathryn Dippong-Lawson (805) 654-7552
  • Special Event Programs: Kathryn Dippong-Lawson (805) 654-7552, Michelle Morales (805) 654-7749
  • Volunteers, Community Garden & Customer Service: Cary Glenn (805) 658-4732
  • Senior Nutrition: Cheryl Bucklin (805) 654-7557
  • Adult Recreation Programs: Eric Burton (805) 658-4738
  • Adult Sports Coordinator: Eric Burton (805) 658-4738
  • Tour Programs: Gina Reyes (805) 658-4728
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail:

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, genders, religions, cultures, political affiliations and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they're counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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