County Administrator HR Clerk of the Circuit Court

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Recruitment #1911-TRSPECCPP5-001



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


Performs duties planning, organizing, and directing 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
Three years of experience providing therapeutic recreation to special needs population; and
Possession of a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


An equivalent combination of education (not less than a high school diploma/GED), training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job specific competencies listed above; 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


Heavy work - Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds or force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


  • The job may be performed either in indoor or outdoor environments
  • Depending on the requirements of the position, the job duties require an employee to bend, reach, stoop, stand and/or walk for extended periods and lift up to 90 pounds.
  • The job duties may require an employee to handle the physical demands of the work including lifting and restraining children of varying age.
  • The job may require employee to work odd or long hours at a time to complete special requests or projects or to participate in or coordinate evening and off-hour activities.


    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.

    • Develops, plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates 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 in-service 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.


    • Daily handling and care of horses to include maintaining a neat stable area; cleaning stalls and paddocks; cleaning tack/equipment; safely handling, haltering and leading horses; and preparing horses for lessons
    • Occasional horseback riding as appropriate for training and exercise of the animals.


      • Knowledge of the theories, techniques and practices of recreational activities.
      • Knowledge of applicable departmental and safety policies and procedures.
      • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of music, arts and crafts, drama, dance, and other recreational therapy areas.
      • Ability to teach and coach participants with disabilities in a variety of disciplines for the purpose of showing and competing.
      • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing.
      • Ability to formulate action plans, identify needs, and arranges for, and obtains resources needed to accomplish goals and objectives. Develops and uses tracking systems for monitoring own work progress. Effectively uses resources such as time and information.
      • Ability to presents and expresses ideas and information clearly and concisely in a manner appropriate to the audience, whether oral or written.
      • Ability to actively listen and understand what others are saying
      • Ability to work effectively with others.
      • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task.
      • Ability to administer CPR and First Aide as necessary.
      • Ability to use a computer and related software.
      • Skill in the use of various office equipment.


      • Advanced riding skills, considerable knowledge of horse management, and knowledge in equine behavioral issues/management.
      • Advanced knowledge of principles and techniques of equine therapy
      • Skill in applying equine therapy techniques.



        • Employees must complete the State mandated 40 hour Introductory Child Care Training. The training must begin within 90 days of employment and complete the training within 12 months from the date training begins. Child care personnel must pass competency exams for the 40 hours of training to demonstrate their competency.
        • Employees must also complete a minimum of 10 hours of Continuing Education Unit (CEU) of in-service training during the state’s fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.


          WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

          We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

          • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
          • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
          • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
          • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
          • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
          • Holidays: Employees receive up to twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

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          Veteran’s Preference:

          Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

          Equal Opportunity Employer:

          Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

          Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

          Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

          Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

          Response/Recovery Activities:

          Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*