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Recreation Workers

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

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    • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
    • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
    • Assess the needs and interests of individuals and groups and plan activities accordingly, given the available equipment or facilities.
    • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
    • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
    • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
    • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
    • Serve as liaison between park or recreation administrators and activity instructors.
    • Direct special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
    • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
    • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
    • Schedule maintenance and use of facilities.
    • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
    • Document individuals' progress toward meeting their treatment goals.
    • Conduct individual in-room visits with residents.
    • Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
    • Develop treatment goals for individuals based on their assessments.
    • Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms.
    • Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.
    • Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas.
    • Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
    • Take residents on community outings.
    • Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants.
    • Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.


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    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

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      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.


    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 24770/yr
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    • Ohio Hourly Wage 11.91/hr
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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 15,300
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,670

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    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
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    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Leadership


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