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PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURAL WORKER II

Plus $ 2.00 / Hour Extra Help Differential

Recruitment #21-GM2-CC

Introduction

Definition

Under supervision, perform duties related to recreational, cultural and park operational programs for children and adults at a variety of sites; and do other work as required.

Definition

Plus $ 2.00 / Hour Extra Help Differential

THE JOB: The Parks Department is hiring Recreation Leaders of all levels for our Learning and Enrichment Camps. Camps will be small, stable groups of school-age children to support Distance Learning and provide enriching activities. Under supervision, perform duties related to recreational, cultural and park operational programs for children and adults at a variety of sites; and do other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This series provides the County with the opportunity to utilize a variety of community members for various recreational, cultural, and operational programs on a non-permanent basis.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker I is the entry/trainee level. Incumbents work under close supervision and may not be included in the required staff to participant ratios.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker II is the second level in the series, and incumbents are expected to work independently under supervision with clearly defined duties. Incumbents may function in a lead capacity.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker III is the journey level in the series and incumbents work under general supervision. Incumbents are expected to exercise independent judgment and may supervise lower level staff.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker IV is the advanced journey level in the series and works with considerable independence as a program specialist, supervisor, site lead and/or coordinator.

Typical Tasks

Recreation: Assists with planning, scheduling, implementing and supervising recreation programs or activities including: arts and crafts projects, sports and games, drama, music, cooking, science projects, outdoor activities, field trips, and therapeutic recreation; maintains order; ensures the safety and well being of program participants; enforces and follows policies and procedures; communicates with parents of program participants; sets up and cleans up program activities; writes and maintains program records; collects and accounts for fees; transports supplies; notifies supervisor of unusual problems disturbances and emergencies; attends meetings; may administer first aid; may act as a liaison between field staff and permanent staff; may supervise volunteers and lower level staff including training and evaluating performance; and may make oral presentations to commissions and public organizations.

Park Facilities: Assists in scheduling and providing routine information concerning park usage and operations; opens and closes park facilities; inspects buildings/facilities for cleanliness prior to and following scheduled events, and requests maintenance if necessary; enforces rules and maintains order; supervises the use of park facilities during scheduled events; notifies supervisor of unusual problems disturbances and emergencies; attends meetings; maintains records; may assist in the implementation, organization and development of promotional, cultural and historical interpretive programs; may act as a liaison between field staff and permanent staff; may supervise volunteers and lower level staff including training and evaluating performance.

Cultural Services: Assists with a variety of special projects related to cultural programs including those related to the Arts Commissions and Percent for Arts; prepares graphics and basic design materials for fliers or posters; prepares routine publicity materials; assists in the production of special events; maintains the information base regarding local arts organizations, and event schedules; organizes data in the Artists Slide Bank; hangs art shows in County government facilities; rotates the County Art Collection; insures the safety and condition of the collection; organizes and attends meetings; may act as a liaison between field staff and permanent staff; may supervise volunteers and lower level staff including training and evaluating performance; and may make oral presentations to commissions and public organizations.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker II: The full-time equivalent of three months experience, which demonstrates the knowledge and abilities for the particular assignment/program.

Special Requirements: License, Certificate Requirements: Some positions may require possession of a valid California class C driver license. Some positions may require possession of the equivalent to a valid First Aid Certificate, and Infant and two person CPR certificates to be obtained within the first three months of employment.

Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required for some positions.

Special Working Conditions: Some positions may involve exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes; noise from children; allergens such as poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; pool chemical fluctuations which might cause irritation to eyes and skin; and the possibility of administering first aid which may involve exposure to infections which might cause chronic disease or death.

Other Special Requirements: Availability to work variable schedules including evenings, weekends and holidays.

Knowledge: Some knowledge of the program area to which assigned.

Ability to: For all positions with I as trainee, II as second level, III as journey, and IV as advanced journey; communicate effectively with those contacted in the course of business including participants, staff, parents, and the public; write clearly and concisely; maintain a professional demeanor; accept constructive criticism and direction from supervisors; understand and follow oral and written instructions; maintain a clean and orderly work site.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker I
  • No specific knowledge is required for this level.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker II

Some knowledge of:

  • The program area to which assigned.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker III

Working knowledge of:

  • The program area to which assigned.
Some knowledge of:

  • Supervision may be required for some positions.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker IV

Thorough knowledge of:

  • The program area to which assigned.
Working knowledge of:

  • Supervision may be required of some positions.

Ability to:

For all positions with I as trainee, II as second level, III as journey, and IV as advanced journey:

  • Communicate effectively with those contacted in the course of business including participants, staff, parents, and the public.
  • Write clearly and concisely.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor.
  • Accept constructive criticism and direction from supervisors.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work site.

For levels III and IV additional ability to:

  • Supervise, evaluate, and train lower level staff and volunteers.

For Recreation assignments additional ability to:

Actively motivate program participants.

Effectively deal with stressful and emergency situations.

For some assignments:

  • Administer first aid.
  • Hear and distinguish a variety of sounds such as those of participants in need of assistance in a noisy environment, fire alarms, and approaching vehicles or equipment, which might pose a danger.
  • See program participants in need of assistance from near and far distances.
  • Speak loudly in order to warn program participants of impending danger.

Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker I: No specific training or experience is required for this level.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker II: the full-time equivalent of three months experience, which demonstrates the knowledge and abilities for the particular assignment/program. 

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker III: The full-time equivalent of six months experience, which demonstrates the required knowledge and abilities for the particular assignment/program. Prior supervisory experience may be required for certain positions.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker IV: The full-time equivalent of nine months experience, which demonstrates the required knowledge and abilities for the particular assignment/program. Prior supervisory experience may be required for certain positions.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, CONDITIONS:

License, Certificate Requirements: Some positions may require possession of a valid California class C driver license. Some positions may require possession of the equivalent to a valid First Aid Certificate, and Infant and two person CPR certificates to be obtained within the first three months of employment.

Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required for some positions.

Special Working Conditions: Some positions may involve exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes; noise from children; allergens such as poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; pool chemical fluctuations which might cause irritation to eyes and skin; and the possibility of administering first aid which may involve exposure to infections which might cause chronic disease or death.

Other Special Requirements: Availability to work variable schedules including evenings, weekends and holidays.

Benefits

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: This recruitment is for extra-help (temporary) employment that is of limited duration. Extra-help employees are used for employment on short-term projects; on a seasonal basis to meet recurrent work peaks; employment on an as-needed basis to meet peak workload, emergency, or other unusual situations. Extra-help employees cannot work more than 999 hours in a fiscal year and are covered by Social Security.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

 

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

 

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Selection Plan

---TBD---- App & Supp Quest Review



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