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Working As A Recreation Assistant

  • 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

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Recreation Assistant 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 A Recreation Assistant

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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Recreation Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

52.7%

Male

35.6%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.5%

French

7.8%

German

4.8%

Italian

2.9%

Tagalog

2.1%

Portuguese

1.9%

Hindi

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Mandarin

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Russian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Urdu

0.8%

Swedish

0.5%

Dari

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Bengali

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%
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Recreation Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.5%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

7.0%

Old Dominion University

6.1%

Ashford University

5.4%

College of Southern Nevada

5.2%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Ohio University -

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

Temple University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Tidewater Community College

3.9%

Central Texas College

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.6%

James Madison University

3.5%

Colorado State University

3.5%

Grand Canyon University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

14.8%

Kinesiology

11.6%

Psychology

9.5%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Nursing

5.1%

Recreation Management

4.8%

Rehabilitation Science

4.6%

Communication

4.6%

Social Work

3.8%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Sociology

3.3%

General Studies

3.2%

Education

3.0%

Human Services

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Biology

2.7%

Health Education

2.4%

Human Development

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.9%

Other

23.9%

Masters

11.6%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Bremerton, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Recreation Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Recreation Assistant in the United States is $47,453 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

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Top Skills for A Recreation Assistant

  1. Recreational Activities
  2. Customer Service
  3. Special Events
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Transported and supervised individuals with developmental disabilities to preset recreational activities of their choosing.
  • Provide customer service, information and support of Community Recreation program and activities.
  • Collect payments and process transactions for special events and perform daily close out of a cash drawer.
  • Supervised daily activities of Department of Developmental Services and Department of Children and Family Services clients.
  • Performed general front desk responsibilities and assisted in any other area needed.

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