Temporary - Activity Specialist (Part-Time/Multiple Positions/Parks and Recreation Department)

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • May 24, 2022
Part Time Parks and Recreation

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Activity Specialist (Salary: $16.00 per hour):
    • Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/ GED , and no experience required.

  • Licenses and Certifications Required:
    • Appropriate certifications as specified for the assignment.
    • May require certification in CPR , First Aid, Water Safety Instruction, or other areas as specified for the assigned class.

Notes to Applicants

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department ( PARD ) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

The purpose of the Temporary Activity Specialist position is to work between 20 and 40 hours per week to assist with athletic events. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, perform good judgment, and have excellent communication skills. Applicants must also possess reliability, trustworthiness, and be safety conscious.

Application Instructions/Job Requirements:
  • Application: A detailed, complete application is required, and applicants must include on their Employment Record all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting - up to 10 years or more; this will be used to determine your base compensation. Employment Record dates must include month and year. Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application. Statements such as "See Resume" will not be accepted and a resume alone will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
  • Skills Assessments: Skills assessment(s) may be required as part of the recruitment process.
  • Virtual Interviews: PARD may conduct virtual interviews.
  • Military/Veteran: An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.
  • Physical Requirements: Tasks involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying or using a force equal to lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Tolerate loud noise associated with enthusiasm and excitement. Ability to work outside in all types of weather and/or inclement conditions, and in confined spaces.

  • Multiple Position Job Posting: This is a multi-position posting and multiple candidates may be hired from this recruitment. If you are not contacted 10 business days after the recruitment closes, you are not moving forward in the recruitment process and we encourage you to review our other City of Austin recruitments.
  • Travel: If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.
  • 90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy: This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.
  • Tobacco and Vape-Free Workplace: All PARD work site locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site - including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.

Pay Range
$16.00 per hour.

Work/Location Schedule Notes:
  • Variable schedules, 20 - 40 hours per week.
  • Monday through Fridays: 6pm - 11pm; and Saturday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Programming hours vary at each work site.
  • Schedule may include weekends, evenings, overnights and/or holidays.
  • May be required to work weekends and during special events and programming needs.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks and Recreation
Regular/Temporary Temporary
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location Various Recreation Centers/Krieg Multi-Purpose Field.
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:
  • Knowledge of Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Flag Football.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to fluently communicate (reading, writing, speaking) in English and Spanish. or English and another language.

  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
  • Assist with teaching program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities, and interests.
  • Regular attendance is essential for this position.
  • Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
  • Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
  • Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
  • Work cooperatively with counselors and other staff.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Establish a professional rapport with participants which fosters trust, honesty, and a feeling of safety.

Responsibilities - Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of youth programs and activities.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Ability to work with children including youth with special needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the City and the public.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires you must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED, and no experience required. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
  • Yes.
  • No.
* If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
  • Yes
  • No
* Are you bilingual in English/Spanish or English/other language, check all that apply?
  • • Fluent in two languages-read, write, speak
  • • Bilingual and able to speak in a second language
  • • Bilingual and understand if someone is speaking to me in a second language
  • • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • • None of the above
* Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?
  • Yes
  • No
* This is a multi-position job posting and you will only be notified if you are selected to move forward in the process. Once the department is no longer hiring for this position, you will receive a notification informing you of such.
  • I acknowledge this statement

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents Resume

Job Address

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