Parks and Recreation Department

Recruitment #2309-3312-001



The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an energetic, bright, and 

charismatic individual to join our Recreation Team.

The ideal RECREATION ASSISTANT is a highly motivated individual

who is committed to providing outstanding customer service and

assisting in recreational activities, programs, and services to the patrons of the

Parks and Recreation facilities.

General Description

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

Essential Functions

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

Assists with the development and implementation of programs by conducting research, planning and scheduling activities, updating and preparing course materials, and maintaining displays

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 explains proper use of equipment

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

*Any combination of relevant educations and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Special Job Requirements

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

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in a customer service environment

Valid and unrestricted Arizona Driver's License

Selection Plan

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

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: the week of October 23, 2023

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

  • 20% of your rating on education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview

Selection interviews may be conducted post Civil Service Eligibility List by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring at Parks and Recreation within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may upload you documentation as part of the applicant process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates a characterization of service.

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Sandra Fata, HR Analyst, at at least 48 hours prior to the particular 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 inquires should be directed to the email address listed below.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

50lb. Lift Test

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.