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Recreational Therapist (#RECTHRGENK) GENK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 Yearly


Performs duties planning, organizing, and directing therapeutic recreational activities for physically, psychologically, or acutely disabled individuals, senior citizens and other persons with special needs.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Physical Education, Recreation, Special Education, or a related field; and
One year of experience providing therapeutic recreation to special needs population.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and
Possession of a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of the theories, techniques and practices of recreational therapy.
  • Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of music, arts and crafts, drama, dance, and other recreational therapy areas.
  • Working knowledge of applicable departmental and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to plan and organize work.
  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 90 pounds.
  • Ability to teach, coach and participate in a variety of sports, handicraft, and social recreational activities for the disabled.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program participants, co-workers and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Plans, organizes, and directs recreation programs and activities for the physical, temporary physical, psychological, acutely disabled individuals, and senior citizens.
  • Contributes to and shares in staff conferences, staff development and inservice training programs, and other procedures designed to improve service to program participants.
  • Assists in the preparation and implementation of educational programs for program participants and their families.
  • May supervise employees and volunteers assigned to assist with the program.
  • Maintains records of client care.
  • Makes recommendations for the acquisition of recreational equipment and supplies.
  • Assists in identifying special funding or grant programs and in completing the applications for such programs.
  • Serves as liaison between the unit or program and other public and private agencies serving the program clients.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: RECTHRGENK; EST: 3/17/1998; REV: 7/15/2010;