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Recreation Supervisor


Under general direction of the Recreation Manager or designee to plan, organize, promote, budget, schedule, direct, evaluate and coordinate assigned City Recreation services and programs with a primary emphasis on enhancing youth, families, and community. This individual will supervise and provide in-service training for paid seasonal and part-time personnel and volunteers. Performs related work as required.

This position is assigned to the Miscellaneous bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, evening and weekend assignments.


General direction is provided by the Recreation Manager.

Responsibilities include supervision over assigned program full and part-time, to include seasonal and volunteer personnel.


This classification may be assigned to any one of the following four specific areas of concentration as distinguished below.

Teens & Family Programs/Aquatics: Aquatics programs and facilities; instruction and safety classes; special Teens & Family programs and services; staff liaison to affiliated organizations; Teen Advisory Committee; special events and enrichment classes including senior citizens and active adults.

Youth: Youth services clearinghouse; Junior High and after school youth programs; intervention and pro-active programs; Police Activities League (PAL); youth safety education programs; youth development programs; camps; excursions; special events; and staff liaison to affiliated organizations.

Sports: Adult and youth sport programs; sport tournaments and special events; supervision of Pedretti Park sports complex; supervision of Turlock Sports Complex, oversee recreation facilitators and sports education for youth and families; supervision of National Youth Sports Coaches Association training; and staff liaison to affiliated organizations.

Prevention/Outreach: Special populations/senior citizens/prevention/neighborhood programs/associations and outreach education programs and events. Research and write various public safety, education, and recreation grants; social programs; recreation scholarships; design of program curriculum and implementations; and staff liaison to affiliated assigned organizations.

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

  • Coordinates the activities of the Division with City sponsored, co-sponsored and community non-City sponsored activities.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates assigned portions of city-wide recreation programs, activities, and events; in the area of youth, families, seniors sports, and prevention aquatics.
  • Development and implementation of assessment tools, youth/family/teen aquatic and sports programs.
  • Evaluates programs, staff and facilities.
  • Develops and assists in initiating new recreation programs, activities, and events.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings for part-time, seasonal and volunteer personnel.
  • Make inspection tours of Recreation programs/activities and facilities and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Responsible for payroll and time record forms for all part-time and seasonal employees.
  • Audit part-time employee payroll accounts on a continuing basis.
  • Create and implement programs for diverse populations.
  • Performs various office functions as needed.
  • Plans, supervises, and coordinates programs such as enrichment classes/events programs, sports leagues, and prevention intervention activities offered.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and selection of part-time, seasonal and volunteer personnel; including training, evaluations and discipline of part-time/seasonal employees/volunteers and makes recommendations to the Manager or Designee.
  • Plans, Recommends and monitors program budgets.
  • Responsible for publicity and advertisement of Recreation programs, events, and activities through available community resources and news media.
  • As assigned, supervises organized community groups and committees in the promotion and organization of Recreation Programs and other community programs and use of City facilities.
  • Develops programs and activity sponsorship and partnerships.

Knowledge of:

  • Objectives, methods, and techniques of development, planning, and delivering Community Recreation programs, activities, and events/ and prevention intervention programs.
  • Recreation, social, and education activities suitable for a wide range of age groups and individual or diverse backgrounds.
  • Community organizations and resources availability.
  • Program/facility safety and first aid techniques.
  • Team building concepts and strong desire to function as a team player.
  • City procedures, including purchasing, finance, and budget functions.
  • Marketing and promotion techniques.
  • Computer software programs such as WordPerfect, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word and Netscape.
  • Familiarity with web page design, plus Internet usage and protocol.
  • Prevention/Intervention Program curriculum design and implementation.
  • Grant funding sources, grant writing and program development.

Ability to:

  • Coordinate, supervise, and direct the activities of paid or volunteer staff engaged in Recreation programs and activities.
  • Train paid and volunteer personnel in the requirements of implementing programs.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Plan, promote, and evaluate program activity and personnel.
  • Prepare and monitor grants.
  • Research and complete grant application process.


Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Liberal Arts, Education or related field.


Two years of experience in organized Community Services and Recreation Service work in a responsible leadership capacity.


Possession of a valid California Drivers License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: see well enough to read instructions, read fine print, view computer screen, operate vehicles and equipment; hear well enough to converse on the telephone, on the radio and in person assisting customers and program participants; bodily mobility to lift and maneuver program supplies and equipment; use of hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, copy machine, filing, writing, drive equipment and answering telephones; tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions and able to lift equipment as necessary.

July 1995

Revised 7/96

Revised 8/00

Revised 1/06

Revised 05/08

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        156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
        Turlock, CA 95380-5454
        (209) 668-5540
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