3283 Recreation Specialist

Outdoor Recreation/Extreme Sports Summer Day Camps

Recruitment #TEX-3283-092985



APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Temporary Exempt (TEX) / As-Needed.  This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. These positions are seasonal for Summer 2019 and are subject to budgetary constraints. Previous paid volunteer experience with the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department does not guarantee employment. 

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks, and preserve the environment for the well-being of everyone in our diverse community. 

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department manages and maintains more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in the city, 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 Lake Merced. 

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, 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.

Under direction, the 3283 Recreation Specialist (Outdoor Recreation/Extreme Sports Summer Day Camps) provides specialized summer camp programs and activities at an assigned recreation facility. The Recreation Specialist promotes program activities, conducts program administration functions, and performs related duties as assigned.

Duties of the position include:
1. Plans, implements, and evaluates specialized recreation programs and activities at an assigned recreation facility pertaining to early childhood, teen, sports and athletics, and leisure services summer day camps, or other specialty areas. 
2. Assists in developing goals and objectives for early childhood, teen, sports and athletics, and leisure services recreation programs or summer day camps. 
3. Selects and purchases materials and supplies for specialized recreation programs. 
4. Promotes and publicizes programs; prepares marketing material including flyers, schedules of events, brochures, and activity guides. 
5. Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned staff.  May supervise incumbents in class 3279 Recreation Leader, 3264 Camp Assistant, 9910 Workreation, and various volunteers. 
6. Conducts program administration and registration functions. 
7. Interacts with community groups and members of the public to keep program elements responsive to community need; builds community support and loyalty for specialized recreation programs.

The following camps will have positions this summer: Mountain Bike Camp & Camp Sukahica. For additional information, please visit http://sfrecpark.org/about/jobs/recreation-jobs/.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of an associate degree from an accredited college or university AND

2000 hours of experience planning and implementing recreation programs for outdoor recreation/extreme sports.

Additional experience leading recreational activities may be substituted for the required degree on a year for year basis. Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal to 2000 hours.

Note: The above listed minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the positions to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code. 


Mountain Bike Camp

  • General knowledge of skateboarding, BMX, rock climbing, surfing, motocross, slack line, roller skating, etc.
  • Experience teaching, mentoring, or volunteering
  • After school program/summer day camp experience
  • Experience working with youth of all ages  
  • Two seasons experience in the field of summer camp recreation programs 
  • One year experience supervising and leading staff 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Excellent customer service skills 
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified 
  • Must be energetic and enthusiastic 
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of tasks 
  • CA Driver’s License

Camp Sukahica

  • Experience with several forms of watercraft and its nomenclature (SUP, Surfboard, kayaks, canoe, body boards, skim boards, sailboats, etc.)
  • Ability to transcribe forecasts to water conditions and interpret water conditions
  • Experience working with youth of all ages
  • Two seasons experience in the field of summer camp recreation programs 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Excellent customer service skills 
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified
  • Must be energetic and enthusiastic 
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of tasks 
  • CA Driver’s License

All applicants MUST submit verification of qualifying education and experience by 5:00 pm on February 12, 2019. Verification should be scanned and emailed to RPD_Recruitment@sfgov.org with the subject line: "3283 - Summer Day Camp 2019 VERIFICATION."

Qualifying education must be verified by copy of diploma or transcripts showing coursework completed. Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456. Verification of qualifying hours worked must be on the employer’s letterhead, show the applicant’s name, dates of employment including hours worked, job title(s), duties performed for each position, and must be signed by the employer. Qualifying experience may be verified by performance evaluations showing duties performed. City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification may request a waiver of the verification requirement by submitting a separate signed statement by the final filing date, explaining the reason for the request. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide either the required verification or a request for waiver will result in rejection of application.

NOTE:  Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement (TEX-3283-092985) 
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Eugenia Paw, by telephone at (415) 831-6824, or by email at Eugenia.Paw@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. Only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements of a job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. 

Issued: 1/30/19
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources Recruitment
ID #: 092985
REC/EP/(415) 831-6824


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


Powered by JobAps