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Recreation Leader -SF CITY

Company Description

Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America. San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 24 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.
More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

Job Description

Come join us as we are seeking qualified individuals as Recreation Leaders who will either provide excellent programming or assist with events/programs (including seasonal Day Camp programs) at our various facilities throughout the City. You will become a team member of a group of dedicated recreational professionals who seek to INSPIRE SF Residents and Visitors to Get Out and Play!

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The three levels are summarized below:
Under supervision of Recreation and Park Operations staff, 
Recreation Leader I performs facility monitoring work, light office tasks, customer service duties, and occasional janitorial tasks; assists with program delivery based upon interest and skills, etc.
Recreation Leader II delivers exciting recreation programs and activities in group settings. Programs may range from Arts, Sports to Expanded Learning.  
Recreation Leader III is responsible for the delivery of all Certified recreation, leisure and sport programs and activities where we believe a certificate/advanced expertise is necessary. 
Distinguishing Feature: The Recreation Leader I performs program assistance and facility monitoring, while Leaders II and III are responsible for direct instruction of recreation, leisure and sport programs and activities. Recreation Leaders III provides program instruction at the higher level of skill/expertise as deemed necessary by the Department.
Essential job duties across the board- May also be responsible for the set up and take down of facility tables and chairs and occasional janitorial tasks, perform other related duties as required, etc.
There are seven (7)) areas for available assignments. The following are brief descriptions of each area and examples of the types of programming provided in each one:
  • Community Services programming includes Early Childhood Recreation, Out of School Time programs (Afterschool & Summer Camps), Teen programs, programming for adults 55 and up, Health and Wellness programming, and Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services.
  • Cultural Arts provides programming in the Visual, Performing and Digital Arts.
  • Aquatics programming includes swim lessons for all ages, water exercise programs, and waterfront sports such ask kayaking.
  • Sports & Athletics includes the following activities and camps: baseball, softball, basketball, boxing, flag football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball, extreme sports, etc.
  • Requity is an initiative to provide programs that engage youth and families living in public and subsidized housing, children in foster care and families living without housing.
  • Supports Services is the business division in recreation. Recreation leaders may be used for office tasks and customer service.
  • Permits and Reservations may use Recreation Leaders for more complex facility events.
How to apply for the Job
Step 1. Complete your application and attach your resume on the smart recruiter platform
Step 2: Go to this link to describe your qualifying recreation experience
- we will accept  experience where you either assisted, coordinated, instructed, led or implemented activities for other people. This experience does not include being a private instructor/nanny/caretaker for an individual. We will accept volunteer experience that meets the above definition.
- you are required to verify all your education (you must possess a high school degree/equivalent ged) and your qualifying experience in a written format pursuant to the City Standards.
Step 3: Provide written verification of that experience. Please note that the written documentation (emails from a formal authority are accepted) must meet the City's written verification requirements - it must include your name, agency/employer, dates and/or approximate hours of involvement (a paid job or being a volunteer time counts) and if possible, a brief description of duties. The verification must be signed or authorized by an individual with that agency/employer. Note it cannot be a letter of recommendation. Please refer to the verification requirement in the last section.
Important information
1. These positions work as-needed, and are temporary exempt, as-needed/seasonal appointments without city employee benefits.
2. Exempt employees under Charter category 16 are considered to be “at will” and serve at the discretion of the General Manager.
3. Employees may only be scheduled to work certain quarters/semesters depending on the operational needs of the Department. 
4. Some assignments may vary depending on the needs of the Department. Some positions may require working rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
5. These as-needed/seasonal, temporary exempt seasonal appointments cannot exceed six (6) months or 1,040 hours (note: an internal departmental threshold of 960 hours may be applied).
6. Successful candidates will NOT be guaranteed specific job placements, work site locations or fixed hours.
7. Your application will remain active for one (1) year from the date that you applied with the understanding that you can periodically update your application with key relevant information such as the possession of additional certifications, experience, etc. 
8. You may also submit additional information via email to


Everyone must already possess
a High School Diploma/GED (verified by either an official/unofficial institutional transcript or diploma/certificate). AND have at least the specific hours of experience* for each level outlined below:
Recreation Leader I $19.55 (eff 1/8/22)
* 500 hours of recreation experience delivering instruction/programs
Recreation Leader II $22.59 (eff 1/8/22)
* 1,000 hours of direct experience delivering recreation, cultural or athletic instruction/programs.
Recreation Leader III  $30.09 (eff 1/8/22)
* 1,000 hours of direct experience delivering recreation, cultural or athletic instruction/programs* AND hold a certificate in the specific area of expertise issued by a recognized professional organization (substitutions subject to approval) required by our department.
*if hired, the Department will determine your level of Recreation Leader based on our operational need, your experience/potential and your verification of your qualifying experience. The amount of hours that you do obtain will not be the sole measure.  
License and Certification: at a future point, all employees must possess a certification for First Aid/CPR.
Abilities and Skills with this Job -  Ability to investigate and analyze situations, plan and organize research; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to follow instructions and to maintain working relations with fellow employees and the public. Each individual assignment may require different knowledge, skills, and/or abilities.

Additional Information

Supplemental Questionnaire (please copy and paste this when you apply - it is required information)

Application Opening - Friday, November 19, 2021