Recreation Leader I - Childcare

Recreation · Fair Oaks, California
Department Recreation
Employment Type PT Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $13.00-$14.69

JOB TITLE:  Recreation Leader I – Childcare (Extra Help, Seasonal) 

DEPARTMENT:  Recreation 

REPORTS TO:  Recreation Supervisor 

FLSA STATUS:  Non-Exempt

PAY RATE:Hourly $13.00 – 14.69 (approx. 25-30 per week) 

APPROVAL DATE: July 21, 2020 



The Recreation Department is recruiting responsible, enthusiastic, and dedicated people to ready to inspire the next generation. Incumbents will be working with typical ages from 6 to 12 years. Preference will be given to those who possess experience in child care and educational settings.  We encourage those who are attending college or receiving specialized training in Early Childhood Education to apply. 


The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District Childcare programs need Recreation Leaders to provide academic support and assist with enrichment and recreation activities for elementary and middle school students. 


The Recreation Leader I is responsible for providing general guidance to one or more District recreation related programs and activities involving children. Work is performed at a variety of recreation sites, including the District's McMillan Center, Community Clubhouse, Arts & Crafts Building, Village Hall, playgrounds, open space, etc. 


Incumbents receive immediate supervision from a Childcare Director, Recreation Supervisor and/or other higher-level Recreation staff. Incumbents in this classification do not routinely exercise supervision. 



The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. 


Under general direction of the Childcare Director and Recreation Supervisor: 

  • Assists in implementing activities for Fair Oaks Childcare.   
  • Leads activities with small group of participants.  
  • Receives and responds to public and parent inquiries about activities and program offerings; ensures excellent customer service is provided to the public. 
  • Assists with planning program content; identifies needed supplies and equipment; sets up for and cleans up after all program activities. 
  • Shares new activity ideas; identifies materials and supplies needed for implementation. 
  • Completes accident, incident and band-aide reports as appropriate. 
  • Takes attendance periodically throughout the day. 
  • Addresses youth participant behavior with coaching; when unable to resolve, refers youth to the Childcare Director or Recreation Supervisor. 
  • Follows rules and procedures; informs and encourages youth participants to follow activity rules and procedures.  
  • Ensure that the activity area is free of obstructions or unsafe conditions; ensure that participants are following rules for safety.   
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships.  
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Attends professional meetings, educational conferences, and training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence. Attends mandatory meetings and trainings. 
  • Mandatory District Events: Easter Eggstravaganza (Saturday of Easter Weekend), Kid’s Art Festival (last Saturday in April), Chicken Festival (3rd Saturday in September), Trail Run (TBD). 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 



The Recreation Leader I shall be considered to be performing in an acceptable manner when the following have been accomplished: 

  1.  Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments. 
  2. Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things. 
  3. Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. 
  4. Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; reads and interpret written information. 
  5. Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. 
  6. Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. 
  7. Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity. 
  8. Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources. 
  9. Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments. 
  10. Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time. 
  11. Dependability - Follows instructions, Responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • All applicants must be live scan fingerprinted and pass pre-employment background check. 
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age prior to appointment due to hazards of the job. 
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and irregular hours based on District needs. 
  • Required to wear District provided uniform, badge, appropriate shoes & safety equipment while working. 



Preference will be given to those who possess experience in child care and educational settings. 

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.   



Knowledge of activities appropriate for school age children. Demonstrated ability to deal with customers and handle conflict in a professional manner; ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, children, and parents. Leadership and organizational skills; Ability to use independent judgment and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children and parents. Ability to manage multiple people and projects at one time. Ability to deal with emergencies and stressful situations. Basic computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet development.  

Other requirements: 

All applicants must be fingerprinted and pass pre-employment background check. 

Reliable transportation to and from work. 



Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. 



Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. 



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. 




Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license, proof of personal vehicle insurance and a satisfactory driving record are required. American Red Cross certification within 30 - 45 days of hiring (varies by program, First Aid and CPR certifications required). At the option of the appointing authority persons hired into this class may be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, certifications or specialized education and training relevant to the area of assignment. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, the Microsoft Office Suite of products and possess typing skills of at least 40-50 wpm. Knowledge of basic office equipment should include: Internet and email, copy and fax machines, postage meter, telephone and answering machine. 



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  


  • Mobility and dexterity to work in an office environment, use office equipment and attend off-site meetings. 
  • Strength and agility to lift and carry items weighing up to 20 pounds. 
  • Ability to bend and stoop down to a child's eye level and sit in the smaller chairs or on the floor. 
  • Will be required to accompany children outside for play in all types of weather. 
  • May need to move furniture, toys and supplies for efficiency each day. 


Frequently required to lift or carry up to 10 pounds. Occasionally required to lift or carry up to 20 pounds. Frequently required to push or pull up to 20 pounds. Frequently required to walk, run, stand for long periods of time, reach, kneel, squat, sit, and bend while monitoring children and participating in program activities. Hearing and speech adequate to communicate in person and over the phone. Vision adequate to monitor children and read fine print. Manual dexterity to grasp and hold objects, use fine manipulation, writes, and operates computer and telephone.  


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Indoor and outdoor recreational facilities; frequent public contact; exposure to heat and inclement weather. Schedule may vary. 




Initial Selection Review:  

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District reviews all initial application materials to identify qualified applicants. Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to the first phase of the recruitment process. FORPD reserves the right to refer only the better qualified applicants if the number of applicants is high. If the number of applicants is high, the review process may include a secondary screening (by a panel of job knowledge experts) of the applications and/or supplemental questionnaires in which the better qualified applicants are referred to the next phase of the recruitment process. Because recruitment processes vary, applicants are advised to thoroughly review the job announcement before submitting their online application materials. 



Testing for this position or any other position may include, but is not limited to the following: written exam, practical exam, panel interview, physical ability test, assessment center, oral presentation, project assignment, etc. If a revision is made to a testing component during a recruitment process, the assigned recruiter will notify by email all affected applicants. 


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodation:  

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADA accommodation for the purposes of employment testing should contact the assigned recruiter upon opening of a recruitment. 


Withdrawing from Recruitment Process: 

Whenever an applicant chooses to withdraw from a recruitment process, he/she is required to submit an email notification to the assigned recruiter requesting a withdrawal from the process. The email to the recruiter must include the applicant's current phone number. 



All questions regarding this position should be directed to the assigned recruiter upon opening of a future recruitment. NOTE: The provisions of this publication do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be modified or revoked without notice. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: 

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. 


INTERVIEWS: First round of interviews will be August 6, 2020 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.Qualified candidates will be contacted for interview. 



Submit a District application, resume, cover letter, a minimum of 3 professional references and 2 personal references via the link below: 



Jennifer Larkin 

Administrative Services Manager 


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  • Location
    Fair Oaks, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    PT Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
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