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RECREATION LEADER for LGBTQ Older Adults Rainbow Recreation Program

May 24, 2018
Seattle Parks & Recreation

Lifelong Recreation is hiring a 20 hour-per-week Recreation Leader to assist in developing and administering our new Rainbow Recreation Program for LGBTQ adults aged 50 and better.

We are seeking a dynamic, customer service oriented individual who can help build this program that launched in the Fall of 2017.

Lifelong Recreation programs focus on physical activity, social engagement, education, arts, creativity and healthy lifestyles for adults aged 50 and over.  Recreational programs are designed to serve adults of all abilities, those who are physically active, those who are just becoming active and programs for those who have age-related limitation.  The Recreation Leader for this position will work with our existing professional staff as a team member, focusing on the LGBTQ program.

Hourly wage is $18.00.  Applications due by June 8, 2018.  Position begins July 2, 2018

This is a temporary position, currently funded through December 31, 2018.



Job Announcement for:
RECREATION LEADER for LGBTQ Older Adults Rainbow Recreation Program

Position Summary:

Organizes, plans, implements and leads recreation activities such as drama, music, fitness, arts, field trips and special events. Coordinates seasonal programs or special activities for City-wide recreational programs for LGBTQ older adults.

Distinguishing Characteristics of the Position:

This is a standalone class in the Recreational Program group. Recreation Leaders may have lead responsibilities for seasonal workers, Recreation Attendants, and volunteers assigned to their program area.

The work requires knowledge of the rules, and the skills involved in a variety of recreational activities for diverse groups, including the capabilities of special populations. The work requires dealing with program participants and responding to emergency situations. Specific guidelines exist for most of the work. Work may be performed in field situations, and the supervisor reviews most work and occasionally reviews field work. Employees resolve most problems.

Personal contacts are with the public to provide recreational programs or information on recreational programs, and with other departments or community agencies to coordinate program activities or facilities use.

Examples of Work:

  • Plans, coordinates, and leads daily indoor/outdoor recreational activities.
  • Secures and maintains all materials and equipment for assigned programs.
  • Recruits program participants.
  • Solicits information from participants and communities on recreation needs/desires. Prepares recommendations for new program development or program revisions to meet community needs.
  • Responds to comments, questions, and complaints from program participants.
  • Collects program applications and fees as needed; prepares receipts and records payments.
  • Plans and conducts special events. Solicits volunteer participation in supervising recreational activities and special events.
  • Observes necessary precautions to secure the safety of recreation participants and spectators, and renders routine first aid in cases of minor injury.
  • Maintains such records as attendance, program activities, volunteer participation and special events activities. Prepares weekly report of all activities.
  • Works with Lifelong Recreation Program Coordinator and other staff to develop and coordinate programs.
  • Prepares promotional materials for the program such as brochures, fliers, and posters, social media posts and local periodicals.
  • Explores opportunities and builds relationships with community partner organizations.
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

May be required to work evenings and weekends.  Requires working outdoors in all types of weather.  Normally required to lift up to 50 pounds. May require strenuous physical activity.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires one-year experience in a community-based recreation program and an associate degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Licensing and Other Requirements:

Current State of Washington driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility. First Aid and CPR Certificate required within 6 months of hire.


This description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and levels of work difficulty required of positions in this class. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.

For information or to apply contact:

Cheryl Brown, Lifelong Recreation Program Coordinator