Recreation Workers


Also called : Activities Assistant, Activities Director, Activity Aide, Activity Assistant, Activity Coordinator, Activity Director, Recreation Assistant, Recreation Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor

What they do


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.

On the job, one would


  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • Coordination
    Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

  • Service Orientation
    Actively looking for ways to help people.

  • Social Perceptiveness
    Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • 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 that there is a problem.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Concern for Others
    Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Leadership
    Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Calendar and scheduling software

  • Charting software

  • Computer based training software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Desktop publishing software

  • Electronic mail software

  • Instant messaging software

  • Internet browser software

  • Office suite software

  • Operating system software

  • Presentation software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Considerable Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Four-year bachelor degree

  • Experience

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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