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Working As A Recreation Coordinator

  • 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

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Recreation Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator Career Paths

Recreation Coordinator
Teacher Consultant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recreation Therapist Program Coordinator Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Recreation Therapist Program Coordinator Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Recreation Therapist Program Coordinator Editor
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Consultant Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Administrator Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Lead Teacher Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Counselor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Administrator Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Senior Technician Specialist Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Coach Senior Technician Specialist Activities Director
Director Of Therapeutic Recreation
5 Yearsyrs
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Recreation Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

48.2%

Male

40.4%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.4%

French

7.6%

Italian

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

Cantonese

2.5%

Korean

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Filipino

1.7%

Occidental

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Dutch

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Yoruba

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Cebuano

0.8%

Braille

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

German

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Amharic

0.8%
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Recreation Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.6%

Arizona State University

8.7%

University of Central Florida

8.7%

Florida State University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

University of North Texas

4.7%

Ashford University

4.7%

West Virginia University

4.3%

University of Florida

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Central Michigan University

4.3%

Western Illinois University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Northern Arizona University

4.0%

Valencia College

4.0%

Illinois State University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

Eastern Washington University

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

3.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%
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Majors

Kinesiology

13.9%

Recreation Management

13.8%

Business

13.2%

Psychology

7.5%

Rehabilitation Science

6.6%

Health Education

5.5%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Social Work

3.6%

Communication

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Management

3.2%

Education

3.0%

Sociology

2.9%

Human Services

2.7%

Hospitality Management

2.4%

Public Administration

2.2%

Parks And Recreation Management

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Natural Resources Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.7%

Masters

19.8%

Other

15.7%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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$28,000
Min 10%
$54,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Bloomington, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Recreation Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Recreation Coordinator in the United States is $54,100 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

Real Recreation Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Recreation Coordinator Squash On Fire Operation, LLC Washington, DC Sep 05, 2015 $49,000
Recreation Coordinator Squash On Fire Operations LLC Washington, DC Apr 02, 2016 $49,000
Recreation Coordinator Black Diamond Resort Company AK Apr 01, 2014 $35,792
Recreation Coordinator Black Diamond Resort Healy, AK Apr 15, 2015 $34,331
Recreation Coordinator Black Diamond Resort Co Healy, AK Apr 15, 2015 $34,331
Recreation Coordinator Soccer Edge LLC Bridgeport, CT Apr 01, 2016 $32,390
Recreation Coordinator Soccer Edge LLC CT Mar 14, 2015 $31,451
Recreation Coordinator United Soccer Academy, Inc. NJ Apr 01, 2015 $30,616
Recreation Coordinator United Soccer Academy, Inc. NJ Feb 07, 2015 $30,616
Recreation Coordinator United Soccer Academy, Inc. NJ Apr 01, 2014 $30,595
Recreation Coordinator United Soccer Academy, Inc. NJ Feb 10, 2014 $30,595
Recreation Coordinator Paul Turner's Ultimate Soccer Academy, Inc. MA Mar 01, 2014 $30,387
Recreation Coordinator Nippon Express Travel USA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $30,000
Recreation Coordinator Mount Washington Hotel and Resort Woodsville, NH Oct 25, 2007 $29,494
Recreation Coordinator United Soccer Academy, Inc. White House Station, NJ Feb 22, 2016 $29,364
Recreation Coordinator United Soccer Academy, Inc. White House Station, NJ Apr 01, 2016 $29,364
Recreation Coordinator III Clemson University Youth Learning Institute Aiken, SC Apr 01, 2013 $28,000

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Top Skills for A Recreation Coordinator

  1. Recreational Activities
  2. Special Events
  3. Ensure Safety
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  • Organized and coordinated recreational activities for students as well as initiated efforts designed to enhance academic performance and personal growth.
  • Performed the setting up and take down at facilities and areas for special events, including weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Demonstrate superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity.
  • Maintained quality management studies, supervised 2 staff members and several volunteers, and assisted facility toward JCAHO accreditation.

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Top 10 Best States for Recreation Coordinators

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  3. Alaska
  4. New Hampshire
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