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City of Torrance
Class Code: 0023

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will (Part-Time)

April 1990

Representation Unit: Torrance Recurrent Recreational
Employees Organization


Recreation Specialist I

Position Summary

Under supervision, researches, plans, organizes, and directs community wide recreation programs within a specialty area; organizes and conducts support projects for recreation programs; instructs classes; and does related work as required.

Organizational Relationships

The Recreation Specialist I reports directly to either a full time Recreation Professional or a Recreation Specialist II. Differs from Senior Recreation Leader in that the Senior Recreation Leader is not responsible for planning and organizing established community wide events and programs within a recreation specialty area. Differs from Recreation Specialist II in that the Recreation Specialist II is responsible for either the development of new or current major events and programming and/or the total management of a significant operational area or function in the Department.

Representative Job Duties

  • Researches and develops recreation services and programs;
  • Plans, organizes, and directs established special events and programs;
  • Follows up on assignments of other recurrent personnel to ensure completion;
  • Conducts demonstration/presentations to community groups;
  • Provides input during the monitoring and evaluation of special events and major programs;
  • Under direction, researches specific subjects and prepares written and oral reports;
  • Prepares art work including layouts for posters, flyers, and invitations;
  • Edits Parks and Recreation Department quarterly brochures such as the Recreation Reporter;
  • May perform lower classification tasks of same assignment.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Techniques of planning and implementing recreation programs, services, and/or special events;
  • Basic First Aid procedures;
  • Ability to
  • Develop recreation programs independently;
  • Learn, monitor, and enforce Department policies and procedures including health and safety rules;
  • Follows up on assignment of other recurrent personnel to ensure completion;
  • Implement Department's philosophy of recreation;
  • Evaluate recreation activities to assess program effectiveness;
  • Prepare art work including layouts for posters, flyers, and invitations;
  • Research and prepare written reports;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other personnel.
  • Experience

    One year of increasingly responsible part-time experience in recreation or related field or demonstrated proficiency in at least one specialty area such as fine and performing arts, sports, preschool, therapeutic recreation, senior citizens, and park programs, or public information.


    No specific minimum.