Custody Recreation Assistant (#RP0710)
$22.68-$27.57 Hourly / $3,931.19-$4,778.39 Monthly / $47,174.39-$57,340.77 Yearly


Under general supervision, leads, demonstrates and monitors inmate recreational activities in the Inmate Recreation Program of the Sheriff's Department, and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3, of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this single position class is responsible for leading and demonstrating recreational activities for inmates in the County's adult custody facilities. Direction and supervision is provided by the Custody Recreation Supervisor.


  • Develops, plans, promotes, coordinates, implements and evaluates inmate recreation activities including sports, games, tournaments, exercise programs, arts and crafts; schedules use of facilities and equipment for those activities.
  • Instructs inmates in game rules and fundamental skills and teamwork.
  • Maintains security of participants as well as the facility and equipment; enforces safety procedures; prepares and maintains records and reports on activities conducted and on inmate participation, and violation of regulations during recreational activities.
  • Screens videos for appropriateness for inmates; maintains video library, sets up and operates televisions, videocassette recorders and other audiovisual equipment.
  • Checks condition of equipment for wear and security to ensure the safety of staff and inmates; makes minor equipment adjustments and obtains needed repair; requisitions supplies and equipment.
  • Trains and instructs inmate trustees in inmate services and recreational activities.
  • Orients volunteers and other recreational instructional staff in correctional and recreational regulations, policies and procedures.


Experience: One-year of paid experience leading a variety of recreation activities.


License: Possession of a valid California Drivers' license.


Basic principles of recreation leadership; principles and techniques of motivation; rules and equipment used in recreation programs and activities; safety practices and procedures; basic record keeping; and language mechanics.


Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and inmates; instruct inmates in the fundamental rules, strategies, techniques and skills of various team and individual recreational activities; officiate sports and tournaments; learn the principles, practices and methods of planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating recreation programs for incarcerated populations.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP0710; EST: 5/12/1993;