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Senior Recreational Therapist (#SRRECTGENM) GENM
$17.23-$27.35 Hourly / $2,986.53-$4,740.67 Monthly / $35,838.40-$56,888.00 Yearly


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


A Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Physical Education, Recreation, Special Education, or a related field; and
Three years of experience providing therapeutic recreation to special needs population; and
Possession of a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification with Practical Application; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • 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.
  • Skill in applying recreational therapeutic techniques.
  • Ability to plan and organize work.
  • Ability to teach, coach and participate in a variety of sports, handicraft, and social recreational activities for the disabled.
  • Ability to work with others.
  • 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 one or more of the activities described below.

  • Develops, 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.
  • Supervises employees and volunteers assigned to assist with the program.
  • Maintains records of client care, program evaluation, and equipment inventory.
  • Makes recommendations for the acquisition of recreational equipment and supplies. Assists in preparing Department's budget; 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.
  • Oversees and coordinates maintenance of assigned facilities to ensure public safety.
  • Supervises subordinate staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling, and evaluating performance.
  • Participates in the selection and hiring of new employees.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

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