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Working As An Activities/Volunteer

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $59,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Activities/Volunteer Do

Recreation workers design and lead recreational and leisure activities for groups in volunteer agencies or recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps, aquatic centers, and senior centers. They may lead activities such as arts and crafts, dance, sports, adventure programs, music, and camping.

Duties

Recreation workers typically do the following:

  • Plan, organize, and lead activities for groups or recreation centers
  • Explain the rules of activities and instruct participants at a variety of skill levels
  • Enforce safety rules to prevent injury
  • Modify activities to suit the needs of specific groups, such as seniors
  • Administer basic first aid if needed
  • Organize and set up the equipment that is used in recreational activities

The specific responsibilities of recreation workers vary greatly with their job title, their level of training, and the state they work in. The following are examples of types of recreation workers:

Activity specialists provide instruction and coaching primarily in one activity, such as dance, swimming, or tennis. These workers may work in camps, aquatic centers, or anywhere else where there is interest in a single activity.

Recreation leaders are responsible for a recreation program’s daily operation. They primarily organize and direct participants, schedule the use of facilities, set up and keep records of equipment use, and ensure that recreation facilities and equipment are used and maintained properly. They may lead classes and provide instruction in a recreational activity, such as kayaking or golf.

Camp counselors work directly with youths in residential (overnight) or day camps. They often lead and instruct children and teenagers in a variety of outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, horseback riding, or nature study. Counselors also provide guidance and supervise daily living and socialization. Some counselors may specialize in a specific activity, such as archery, boating, music, drama, or gymnastics.

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How To Become An Activities/Volunteer

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and receive on-the-job training.

Education and Training

Recreation workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many receive on-the-job training that typically lasts less than a month.

Entry-level educational requirements vary with the type of position. For example, an activity leader position working with the elderly will have different requirements than a position as a summer camp counselor working with children.

Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree or college coursework. In 2014, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), accredited 80 bachelor’s degree programs in recreation or leisure studies. A bachelor’s degree in other subjects, such as liberal arts or public administration, may also qualify applicants for some positions.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Recreation workers must be able to communicate well. They often work with large groups of people and need to give clear instructions, motivate participants, and maintain order and safety.

Flexibility. Recreation workers must be flexible when planning activities. They must be able to adapt plans to suit changing environmental conditions and participants’ needs.

Leadership skills. Recreation workers should be able to lead both large and small groups. They often lead activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Physical strength. Recreation workers need to be physically fit. Their job may require a considerable amount of movement because they often demonstrate activities while explaining them.

Problem-solving skills. Recreation workers need strong problem-solving skills. They must be able to create and reinvent activities and programs for all types of participants.

For recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education. These qualities include a worker’s experience leading activities, the ability to work well with children or the elderly, and the ability to ensure the safety of participants.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The NRPA offers four certifications for recreation workers:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

Applicants may qualify for certification with different combinations of education and work experience. They also must take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Camp Association offers four certificates for various levels of camp staff, from Entry-Level Staff Certificate to Camp Director Certificate. Individuals who complete online courses may show their advanced level of knowledge of core competencies.

Some recreation jobs require other kinds of certification. For example, a lifesaving certificate is often required for teaching or coaching water-related activities. These certifications are available from organizations such as the YMCA or the American Red Cross. Specific requirements vary by job and employer.

Advancement

As workers gain experience, they may be promoted to positions with greater responsibilities. Recreation workers with experience and managerial skills may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Eventually, they may become directors of a recreation department or may start their own recreation company.

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Activities/Volunteer
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Teacher Consultant
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant General Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Owner
Owner And Founder
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Vice President, Business Development
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Administrator Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nanny Senior Technician Specialist Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nanny Legal Secretary Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Mentor Senior Technician Specialist Activities Director
Director Of Therapeutic Recreation
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Member/Volunteer 2.5 years
Youth Volunteer 2.0 years
Staff Volunteer 2.0 years
Volunteer 1.8 years
Activities Aide 1.8 years
Student Volunteer 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Activities/Volunteer
Volunteer 25.8%
Internship 13.8%
Cashier 6.9%
President 3.6%
Tutor 3.3%
Assistant 3.2%
Server 3.2%
Captain 2.8%
Secretary 2.6%
Teacher 2.2%
Top Careers After Activities/Volunteer
Volunteer 18.4%
Internship 16.5%
Cashier 8.8%
Server 4.4%
Assistant 3.1%
Tutor 3.0%
Teacher 2.7%
Secretary 2.1%
President 2.1%
Waitress 2.1%

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Top Skills for An Activities/Volunteer

  1. Daily Activities
  2. Special Events
  3. Financial Statements
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Observed and participated in resident's daily activities and entertainment.
  • Program development and implementation of special events within the facility and community.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial statements.
  • Participate in an international support group working with stay-at-home mothers to plan and coordinate community service initiatives.
  • Assisted residents of this skilled nursing home and rehabilitation center with recreational activities

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Activities/Volunteer Demographics

Gender

Female

53.5%

Male

33.3%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Asian

10.4%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.3%

French

10.6%

Chinese

8.3%

Mandarin

5.4%

Hindi

4.1%

Korean

3.3%

Cantonese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Arabic

2.7%

Russian

2.5%

Italian

2.3%

Portuguese

1.9%

German

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Gujarati

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%

Somali

0.6%
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Activities/Volunteer Education

Schools

University of Connecticut

7.9%

University of Phoenix

7.3%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.6%

Grand Valley State University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.0%

Western Michigan University

4.9%

Texas State University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

4.3%

Florida State University

4.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Liberty University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.8%
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Majors

Business

17.4%

Psychology

11.0%

Nursing

7.9%

Biology

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Communication

5.3%

Kinesiology

5.3%

Accounting

5.1%

Social Work

4.5%

Marketing

4.4%

English

3.4%

Management

3.2%

Finance

3.2%

Sociology

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Economics

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Political Science

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Education

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.8%

Other

17.5%

Masters

14.0%

Associate

7.1%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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