Recruitment #1907-3312-001


The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a qualified

Therapeutics Recreation Assistant

to assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs

for children, youth, and adults with disabilities

General Description

The Therapeutics Recreation Assistant assists with the development, implementation and evaluation of recreation programs for children, youth, and adults. Assists with the operation of facilities and provides service to the public.

Essential Functions

Oversees therapeutic activities for persons with disabilities by planning and implementing specialized programs and classes to meet the individualized needs of the participants.

Assesses and adapts programs based on evaluation of participant's physical, cognitive, and social abilities, and limitations in a specialized, inclusive, or aquatic setting.

Participates in establishing goals and objectives based on participant's strengths and challenges including implementation of behavior management techniques.

Evaluates programs outcomes and make necessary changes to ensure participant's success.

Creates new programs based on participant's interests and abilities.

Conducts classes by researching and preparing course materials.

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Coordinates helpers and volunteers, contacts outside agencies to plan programs or to request donations, monitors budgets, sets up rooms for classes, cleans rooms, checks equipment in and out, and teaches.

Assists with the operation of facilities by opening, closing and inspecting facilities, reporting equipment repair needs, safety hazards and criminal activities, and taking the lead in emergency situations.

Provides public relations and customer service by answering telephone inquiries, providing information, processing memberships, providing assistance with equipment, making presentations, attending seminars and meetings, discussing issues with parents, resolving problems, and promoting programs.

Keeps attendance, orders supplies, creates promotional materials, prepares various reports, processes paperwork, maintains files, prepares evaluations, entering information into the computer, receives fees, reconciles accounts, prepares deposits, and processing refunds, and provides transportation to participants.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 1 year of developing and implementing recreation programs for individuals with disabilities

Special Job Requirements

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid required within first 60 days of employment

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation or related field

Experience with behavior management and human growth and development from infants to seniors.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Written Exam and Oral Board interview.   

  • Written Exam and Oral Board Interviews will be held: the week of September 2, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 10% of your written exam
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the Oral Board interviews.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Sandra Fata at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification. All inquiries should be directed to the individuals listed below.  

Sandra Fata, 520.837.8073

Randy Esslinger, 520.837.8054

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Hep A Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol) and

Hep B Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol), or

Twinrix Vaccine (Hep A and Hep B Combo)

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.