City of Ventura

Recreation Leader I (#R21)

Unit: (R)
$12.00-$14.50 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly

Recreation Leader II (#R22)

Unit: (R)
$13.00-$15.85 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, provides on-site and tour supervision and/or instruction for programs and special events, and support for a variety of programs and activities in the areas of sports, cultural arts, interpretive and adaptive services, and other related parks, recreation, culture, arts, and community programs and services. 

This is a temporary, extra-help position, working up to 20 hours per week and paid on an hourly basis. Assignments may include working at night, weekends, holidays, and include travel to game or tour locations.


Recreation Leader I: is a task-oriented, entry-level position in the Recreation series, requiring no prior experience in the field.  Placement is based on the individual's dependability and potential to learn, follow directions, and accomplish assigned tasks.  Recreation Leader I works under close direct supervision and incumbents provide support for recreational and cultural activities.

Recreation Leader II: is the experienced, working-level support position in the Recreation series.  Under general supervision, incumbents receive overall direction and training, and execute responsibilities with only periodic supervision.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Sports Officials and Instructors:
Umpires, referees and instructs a variety of games, events, matches and sports in a fair and impartial manner including softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodge ball, tennis, sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.  Sports officials and instructors will be trained and proficient in specific sports and will conduct games and instruction as designed.

Swimming Exercise Instructors:
Sets up and breaks down class equipment including but not limited to sign-in table, music and microphone, and exercise equipment.  Instructors lead group exercise class providing proper form and technique for all classes.

Cultural Arts Instructors:
Instructs classes in theater, visual arts, dance, music and wellness for all ages at City sites and at community partner locations.

Tour Escort:
Assists tour participants with situations that may arise on tours and ensure their safety and well being.
Represents the City and oversees predetermined tour itinerary in a safe and secure manner making contact with the designated representative(s) at the tour destinations(s).

All Positions:

Plans, organizes, conducts and/or instructs a wide variety of recreation activities, programs and classes. 

Promotes good sportsmanship, civil discourse, and civic engagement among participants and resolves conflicts, concerns, and participant issues.

Schedules activities and programs and arranges for facilities, supplies, materials, and equipment.  Issues and accounts for equipment and maintains all supplies in good order. Recommends maintenance, repairs and/or replacement of equipment and facilities. Reports safety issues or equipment concerns to appropriate City staff members.

Maintains complete and accurate records of attendance, time reports, safety and incident/accident reports, program activities, progress reports, program evaluations, and meets deadlines.  

Receives, deposits and accurately accounts for program monies.  

Maintains security of recreation facilities. 

Assesses and implements safety procedures.  Provides first aid and seeks emergency assistance as needed. 

May direct other staff conducting specific events or activities.

Attends and participates in required staff meetings.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: leadership techniques and methodology for organized group and individual activities; rules and regulations governing the play of games and various athletic and social recreation activities; equipment and supplies used for recreation activities; planning and organizational skills; basic first aid and group safety and emergency procedures; and the ability to record information, compile records and prepare reports.

Ability to: plan recreations programs; train others in program procedures; follow directions; deal tactfully and effectively with program participants, parents, staff, and the public ; maintain cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds and ages; resolve conflicts and participant disputes; make decisions independent of direct supervision; perform basic mathematical calculations; and follow established first aid and safety procedures.



  • Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.
  • If the position requires driving a mini-bus or van, a valid California Class B license, with passenger endorsement and the allowable auto transmission and air brake restrictions, must be obtained within six months of employment.
  • If the position requires driving a mini-bus or van, drug-testing is required, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • When assigned to Sailing/Kayaking/Stand-up Paddle Boarding programs, CPR and First Aid certifications are required.


Environment:  depending on program assignment: works in indoor office conditions and outside, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; may drive a vehicle to different locations; may work with noise of traffic, large groups and crowds at special events.  Physical Abilities:  depending on program assignment:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, on the telephone, or at formal presentations; vision within normal range with or without correction; sitting, standing, or walking for extended periods of time; kneeling and crouching; occasional lifting up to 50 pounds; mental capability to observe and interpret people and situations and work on multiple concurrent tasks; mental and physical capability to respond to emergency situations. Hazards:  Depending on program assignment: exposure to noise, traffic, large crowds, dirt, dust, weeds, and computer screens.


A combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities is required.   

CLASS: R21; EST: 1/1/1998; REV: 2/16/2016;
CLASS: R22; EST: ; REV: 6/15/1999;