Recreation Leader I - Camp Fair Oaks

Recreation · Fair Oaks, California
Department Recreation
Employment Type PT Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation 15.50 per hour

The Recreation Leader I will be assigned a variable schedule that will typically require 4-6 hours per day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, but schedules and hours will vary based on camp enrollment. Position will start on June 1, 2023, and end August 11, 2023. All Camp staff must be available to start work on the first day of camp and have obtained a Pediatric CPR/First Aid Certificate before starting camp.

Applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2023. All applicants must be available to take part in an in-person interview in May 2023.


Job Summary: Responsible for the direct supervision of a group of 6–11-year-old children in a summer day camp program. Under the direction of the Camp Director, supervises assigned camp participants and aids with the planning, organizing, implementing, leading, and monitoring of Summer Camp activities to supply quality recreational camp experiences for the children enrolled.


Essential Functions:

  • Maintains a sincere interest in providing each child with a positive summer camp experience.
  • Aids with the planning, organizing, implementing, leading, and monitoring of Summer Camp activities.
  • Prepares, leads, and takes part in recreational activities, both active and passive, for school-age children such as games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, and songs at an assigned day camp location.
  • Supervises and accounts for assigned participants at the day camp location and on field trips; ensures sign in and out procedures are followed.
  • Demonstrates a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic attitude with the children, parents, and camp personnel in day-to-day activities.
  • Acts as a liaison between the parents, children, camp staff and Recreation Coordinator.
  • Attends all preseason and ongoing staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Aids in keeping the camp site neat and clean and all equipment and supplies in good order.
  • Follows District policies and procedures.
  • Follow safety procedures and supplies first aid as needed; responds to emergency situations as they arise and follows emergency procedures; aids Camp Director to ensure that accidents and incidents are promptly documented and reported.
  • Actively encourage and live the district’s mission.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skill, and Experience:

  1. Minimum Education needed: High School Diploma or GED preferred.
  2. Minimum Experience needed: Experience in a children’s day care program or recreational day camp program or equivalent experience in a leadership and program planning role preferred. Experience working with school-age children and a demonstrated commitment to bettering the lives of youth needed.
  3. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities needed: Knowledge of recreational activities appropriate for school age children. Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, children, parents, and volunteers. Leadership and organizational skills. Ability to use independent judgment and take proper action to ensure the safety of children and staff. Ability to deal with emergencies and stressful situations.
  4.  Other requirements: Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification before the start of Summer Camp.

All applicants must be fingerprinted and pass a pre-employment background check. Reliable transportation to and from work.

Physical Job Description:

Typical Working Conditions: Indoor and outdoor recreational facilities; frequent public contact; exposure to sun, heat, and inclement weather; frequent travel for field trips. Schedule may vary.

Equipment Used: Telephone, equipment cart, arts and crafts supplies, and sports equipment.

Essential Physical Tasks: Frequently takes part in strenuous physical activities, such as hiking, sports and other related camp activities, in outdoor and indoor locations. Frequent monitoring of children requires detecting and responding to emergencies and supplying CPR or First Aid as needed. Must lift or carry lunchbox containers. Must push or pull the equipment cart.


Physical Demands: Frequently needed to lift or carry up to 10 pounds. Occasionally required to lift or carry up to 30 pounds. Frequently required to push or pull up to 30 pounds. Frequently required to walk, run, stand for extended periods of time, reach, kneel, squat, sit, and bend while watching children and taking part in camp activities. Hearing and speech adequate to communicate in person and over the phone. Vision adequate to watch children and read fine print. Manual dexterity to grasp and hold objects, use fine manipulation, write, and use telephone.



When a recruitment opens for this position, an applicant must send, during the application filing period, an online application and attach any supplemental information as needed in the job announcement which may include sending responses to a supplemental questionnaire. Online resumes and other unsolicited materials may be attached but will not be considered in lieu of the required online application, unless otherwise specified in the job announcement. FORPD (Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District) reserves the right to limit the number of online applications when necessary. Applicants handle keeping/updating their contact information through the online application system.




Initial Selection Review:

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District reviews all first application materials to find qualified applicants. Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to the first phase of the recruitment process. FORPD reserves the right to refer only to 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 recommended to thoroughly review the job announcement before sending 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 part during a recruitment process, the assigned recruiter will notify by email all affected applicants.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodation:

Following 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:

When an applicant withdraws from a recruitment process, he/she must send 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 about this position should be directed to the assigned recruiter upon opening of a future recruitment. NOTE: The provisions of this publication are not an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be changed or revoked without notice.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

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


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until filled. The first round of in-person interviews will take place in May 2023.


INTERVIEWS: If selected, interviews will be scheduled through human resources. Candidates must be available for interviews between 8:00am – 5:00pm.



Jennifer Larkin

Administrative Services Manager/Human Resources



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  • Location
    Fair Oaks, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    PT Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    15.50 per hour