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Recreation Specialist (Aquatics)

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Recreation Specialist (Aquatics)
City of Durham Parks & Recreation

Position Description

Work, Serve, Thrive.  With the City of Durham  Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

A nationally accredited team of passionate professionals devoted to building better lives and a better community through the power of parks and recreation. Our talented team at Durham Parks and Recreation is devoted to community service and provides a diverse range of programs, services, opportunities, and experiences while being united through our core pillars of creating equitable economic impacts; advancing conservation; rejuvenating health and wellness; enhancing quality of life and sustaining social equity. 

Hiring Range:   $41,814.00 - $48,902.00

Work Day/Hours:  Tuesday - Friday / 5:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 
                               Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Shifts
                               (shifts vary depending on operational demands) 

This position is devoted to providing  aquatics programming and activities and management of recreational and aquatics facilities. Performs operational coordination work ranging from routine to specialized support, typically for a single program or subject matter area requiring journey-level knowledge and experience about program logistics and operations. May assist in training staff and serve as a second level of check for accuracy or lead lower-level staff. Decision-making includes how and when tasks are carried out within an operational process, limited by the selection of the process and establishment of deadlines and outcomes.

Responsible for developing programs; scheduling facility use; opening and closing facilities; collecting fees; providing customer service; registering participants; preparing records and reports; performing program instruction; training, leading and assisting with hiring and evaluating part-time staff; providing facility oversight including maintenance and safety; and assisting with marketing and promotions.

As assigned, may serve as lead workers, assigning work and monitoring work completion or assisting with the supervision of support staff including assisting with performance evaluations, coordinating training, and hiring procedures.


Assists with planning and developing, aquatics programs; plans program content and related activities; conducts community surveys; instructs program participants; trains, leads, and assists with hiring lower-level staff; assists with marketing and promoting programs; and monitors program expenses.
Assists with facility supervision and inventory coordination, including scheduling facility use, opening and closing facilities, inspecting equipment and facilities to ensure safety and proper working condition of equipment and materials; monitors supplies; and coordinates with maintenance staff to resolve maintenance issues.
Performs office, program, and customer support operations; responds to inquiries, concerns, and complaints from patrons, in person, via phone or email; processes payments and deposits; registers participants; transports patrons, as assigned; performs outreach activities, as assigned, including providing information to internal and external groups.
Prepares, maintains, reviews, processes, and/or disseminates reports, records, requisitions, invoices, notifications, and other documentation; compiles, tracks and reports information; proofs transactions and ensure accuracy of information.
Assisting with the implementation of aquatic programs including the management of pools.
Coordinating programs such as “learn to swim,” and leading, training, and assisting with the evaluation of part-time lifeguards and aquatic instructors.

Important update on our COVID-19 process for new hires and employees with benefits: 
All employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will pay a $100 surcharge each month for their health insurance benefit during the subsequent benefits year if they remain unvaccinated through 12/31/2022.  

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

Associate’s degree in recreation, leisure services, or a related field.
Two years of recreation services experience in area of assignment including experience using recreation software systems.
Valid, unrestricted, North Carolina driver's license "or" if you currently have another states driver's license, must be willing and able to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire.
American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification (or equivalent) - at time of hire.
**American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification (or equivalent).
**American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (or equivalent).
Water Exercise Instructor Certification (or equivalent) - within one year of employment.
Certified Pool Operator (or equivalent) - within one year of employment.
**One of these two instructor certifications are required at time of hire; all remaining certifications must be obtained within one year of employment and maintained throughout employment in this position.

Additional Preferred Skills

Bachelor's Degree in Recreation or a related field.
Experience in managing both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Experience in chemical pool operation - manually adding chemicals, automated control feeders.
Experience in coordinating aquatic special event programs.
Experience coordinating American Red Cross aquatic swim lesson programs.
Experience working with diverse populations providing inclusive programming.
Strong leadership skills.
Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Experience with utilizing recreation software(i.e. Class or ACTIVE).
Ability to physically lift 65 pounds.
$41,814.00 - $48,902.00 /year
Job Type
Full Time Experienced
Durham, North Carolina United States
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