Recreation Arts Instructor (Program Assistant) - Recreation And Parks

City Of Baltimore, MD Baltimore , MD 21203

Posted 2 months ago

Class Description


(Part Time approximately 0-25 hrs. /weekly)

Salary ($14.00 Hourly)

Description of Position:

A Recreation Arts Instructor assists the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Program with programming and daily duties. The TR Program facilitates recreational programming, primarily for participants with disabilities. The position reports directly to the TR Program Manager. Position hours will be determined by program schedule and needs of the TR Division, not to exceed 25 hours per week. Hours typically occur during Monday-Saturday between 8:00am-2:00pm with occasional evening and/or weekend hours. Work may require standing for long periods of time in hot or cold environments, light physical activity, and lifting not to exceed 50lbs.

Typical Examples of the Work

The following examples illustrate the work performed in the positions in this class. Positions may require some or all of these examples depending on the scope of work and where the individual is assigned within the agency. This list is not inclusive. A position may require related duties not listed, if necessary, to accomplish the work of the agency.

  • Assists with a variety of duties related to preparing, planning and facilitating programs for participants with (and without) disabilities at the Farring Baybrook Recreation Center and offsite locations. Provides assistance and engages individuals with disabilities while they participate in programming. Maintains a safe and friendly atmosphere to ensure participants have a positive experience. May instruct (or assist with instructing) during programming including sports, fitness activities, dancing, nature education programs, social programs, games, and other activities.

  • Ensures supplies, equipment, and facilities are in order; recommends any necessary repairs or supply needs to the supervisor.

  • Monitors participant behavior and resolves issues and de-escalates participant behavior. Assists in the enforcement of rules, regulations, and safety precautions of municipal facilities.

  • Assists with the management and care of the facilities and equipment in all program areas. Set up and break down rooms/areas or activities. Assists in cleaning and general maintenance.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to understand and retain the program rules as it pertains to Therapeutic Recreation, adaptive equipment, facilities, operations and techniques used in therapeutic recreation programs; principals and practices of therapeutic recreation techniques; City policies and procedures; safety procedures; proper safety and sanitation practices; occupational hazards and safety precautions.

  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions; prepare routine records; establish and maintain an effective working relationship with participants, public, co-workers and supervisors.

  • Skill in interacting with a diverse group of individuals with disabilities in a cooperative, compassionate, and caring manner; using courtesy and respect in providing customer services; instructing and supervising appropriate program activity; communicating effectively in verbal and written form.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements


  • 18 years of age, graduated from an accredited high school or possession of a GED certificate and 1 year of experience in recreational activities or working with participants with disabilities. Desire ability to work with participants with all levels and types of disabilities. Experience working with participants with moderate to severe disabilities preferred.


  • College course work in education, therapeutic recreation, psychology, special education, parks and recreation or related field may be substituted for the experience requirement.

NOTE: This is a position of Trust.Those eligible that are under final consideration for appointment will be required to authorize the release of criminal conviction information and to submit to physical which includes a drug and alcohol testing.


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Recreation Arts Instructor (Program Assistant) - Recreation And Parks

City Of Baltimore, MD