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Become A Recreation Technician

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Working As A Recreation Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $32,770

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Recreation Technician does

  • Promoted to technician position to recruit, train and supervise 25+ MWR reps and technicians.
  • Tracked visitor uses, determined impacts and made adjustments.
  • Level 2 Law enforcement officer.
  • Led crews to achieve goals of closing and reclaiming illegal ATV trails.
  • Operate light equipment, safety equipment, and hand tools.
  • Conducted compliance from permittees on multiple special use events.
  • Experienced and familiar with chainsaw work.
  • Work closely with team to manage and maintain OHV recreation trails.
  • Performed trail and road inventories via ATVs to gather GPS/GIS data for use in USFS and BLM Travel Management Plans.
  • Create lesson plans, creative activities, provide a safe and caring environment, provide great customer service.
  • Provide assistance in the set- up of Intramural sporting and special events.
  • Cleaned and maintained bathrooms and shower house at Stuarts Park Recreation area.
  • Uploaded GPS information onto a mapping database via mapping programs.
  • Served as Wilderness Inventory specialist for the Lander Resource Area.
  • Recognized for coordination of one of the first "Wounded Warrior"/USFS Partnership events in NH.
  • Provide and assist clients with recreational activities daily, transport.
  • Maintained recreation sites, performed condition & safety inspections.
  • Plan and direct recreation programs.

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How To Become A Recreation Technician

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.


Psychiatric technicians typically have a postsecondary certificate. Often, they have experience as a nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse and have completed postsecondary education in nursing.

Some psychiatric technicians also may have a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. These programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling. Psychiatric technician programs may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Psychiatric aides typically need a high school diploma.


Psychiatric technicians and aides usually have a short period of on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision.

Training may include working with patients while under the close supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians and aides also may attend workshops, lectures, or inservice training.

Work Experience

Psychiatric technicians typically need clinical experience, which can be gained by working in occupations such as nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Because psychiatric technicians and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, they should be caring and want to help people.

Interpersonal skills. Psychiatric technicians and aides often provide ongoing care for patients, so they should be able to develop a rapport with them. Gaining such rapport makes psychiatric technicians and aides better able to treat their patients and evaluate their condition.

Observational skills. Technicians must watch patients closely and be sensitive to any changes in behavior. For their safety and that of their patients, they must recognize signs of discomfort or trouble among patients.

Patience. Working with the mentally ill can be emotionally challenging. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

Physical stamina. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to lift, move, and sometimes restrain patients. They must also be able to spend much of their time on their feet.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states do not license psychiatric technicians. California is one of the larger states that does. For those states which license them, technicians usually are required to complete an accredited education program, pass an exam, and pay a fee to be licensed.

Psychiatric aides are not required to be licensed.

The American Association of Psychiatric Technicians offers four levels of certification for psychiatric technicians. The certifications allow technicians to show a high level of professional competency. Requirements vary by certification.

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Recreation Technician Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Carrier

  • French

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Top Skills for A Recreation Technician


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Top Recreation Technician Skills

  1. Campground Facilities
  2. Recreation Area
  3. Fee Collection
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Core team member of the National Recreation Area fee increase public involvement plan and field implementation as compliance crew supervisor.
  • Maintained developed recreation sites within the National Forrest.
  • Monitored and maintained trails, campgrounds, resource values, and public information boards.
  • Mapped and build using GPS a variety of trail systems for Mt.
  • Assisted recreation planner in planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and implementing area recreation program.

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