Seasonal Therapeutic Recreation Program Leader- Recreation & Parks

Howard County Government Columbia , MD 21044

Posted 1 week ago


Howard County Recreation & Parks has immediate openings for Therapeutic Recreation Program Leaders. Come work with teens and adults with mild to severe disabilities in evening and weekend therapeutic recreation programs designed to provide enrichment and social opportunities that meet their needs and interest and skills. Activities include community outings, fine arts, bowling leagues, and fitness.

  • Applicant must be 18 years old.

  • Experience required with adults with developmental disabilities. Flexibility, patience, energetic and upbeat attitude is a must.

  • Salary ranges from minimum wage to $25.00 per hour depending on experience.

  • Work hours are evening and weekend opportunities; seasonal programs are 6-8 weeks.

  • Location varies depending on program and schedule.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:The Department provides evening and weekend programs for teens and adults with disabilities who require supervision. The program includes recreational activities of sports and games, drama and dance, arts and crafts, community outings, and leisure education, swimming, and drama.


Assist the Manager and Coordinator with the implementation and supervision of programs during evening and weekend hours for teens and adults with mild to severe disabilities. Maintain ongoing communication with parents/guardians. Maintain behavior protocols and meet with support staff when necessary. Assist participants with activities of daily living. Encourage age-appropriate activities. Work as a team with all staff and support personnel. Assist with paperwork. Maintain safe environment.


SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must hold a high school diploma, or certificate of high school equivalence, or have successfully completed courses for credit from an accredited college. Must possess or be able to obtain certification in Standard First Aid and Infant & Child CPR. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals with disabilities of any level and be flexible.

EXPERIENCE: Experience working with individuals with disabilities. One year (30 credits) of college, OR a combination of experience and college equaling one year.

EDUCATION: Must have high school diploma, or certificate of high school equivalence, one year of college preferred in education, recreation, child development or related fields. Prefer course work in special education, therapeutic recreation, psychology, or related field.

RATE OF PAY:Salary commensurate with experience and specific skills.


  • Paraprofessional or Part-Time Benefited Grade B or C.


Minimum Wage - $16.00/hour

  • Meets all qualifications for Leader; less than 1 year experience working with individuals with disabilities.


  • Meets all qualifications for Leader; 1-2 years' experience working with individuals with disabilities.

$17.50 - $19.00/hour

  • Meets all qualifications for Leader; more than 2 years' experience working with individuals with disabilities; hold Bachelor's degree.

$19.00 - $21.00/hour

  • Meets all qualifications for Leader; more than 3 years' experience working with individuals with disabilities; hold Bachelor's degree or higher.

$21.00- $25.00: Professional

  • Meets all qualifications for Leader; more than 3 years' experience working with individuals with disabilities; hold Bachelor's degree or higher.
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