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Recreation Supervisor

Overview: Recreation leaders organize and manage recreational programs for special groups such as community residents, resort hotel or cruise ship, summer camps and senior citizen residents in a retirement community. Recreational activities include dance, nature excursions, sports, arts and crafts, etc.
Duties: They evaluate the recreational preferences and needs of community residents and special groups ranging from children in camps to adults in resort hotels, cruiseships and retirement settlements.

They organize and schedule the recreational activities to be compatible with other daily routines. Arrange for purchase of equipment and facilities. Organize teams in competitive games.

They teach participants the skills, rules and procedures needed by demonstration. They motivate the participants by positive reinforcement through recognition and awards.

They interact with individual participants in order to establish rapport & gather feedback about program effectiveness. Assess programs in terms of participant involvement and opinion surveys.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
Job Outlook: Employment of recreation leaders is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Many of the new jobs will be in social assistance organizations and in nursing and residential care facilities. The large numbers of births in recent years likely will increase the demand for recreation services for children and retiring baby boomers.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $33,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: Most full time professional positions require a college degree with a major in park management, recreation and physical fitness. Many employers, especially in the private sector, will accept applicants with an associate or bachelor's degree in liberal arts studies.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.