3279 Recreation Leader

Recruitment #TEX-3279-059010




CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

NOTE: This recruitment is for temporary exempt  as-needed/ seasonal hiring and will not result in any eligible list or permanent civil service hiring at any point. This announcement only clarifies certain terms of the previous announcement (TEX-3279-057832).  Applicants who have previously applied under TEX-3279-057832 need not reapply under this announcement.

PURPOSE: The Recreation and Park Department is hiring qualified individuals as 3279 Recreation Leaders who will provide excellent programming or assistance at our various facilities throughout the City (including seasonal Day Camp programs). These positions work as-needed, and are temporary exempt, as-needed/seasonal appointments without city employee benefits. Incumbents may only be scheduled to work certain quarters/semesters depending on the operational needs of the Department.  Work assignments may vary depending on the needs of the Department. Some positions may require working rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. These as-needed/seasonal, temporary exempt seasonal appointments cannot exceed six (6) months or 1,040 hours (note: an initial threshold of 960 hours may be applied). Exempt employees are considered to be “at will” and serve at the discretion of the General Manager. All  as-needed/seasonal vacancies in this class will include this pool of applicants. Your application will remain active for one (1) year from the date that you applied with the understanding that you can periodically update your application with key relevant information such as the possession of additional certifications, experience, etc.  You may also submit additional information via email to RPD_recruitment@sfgov.org.

NOTE: Successful candidates may NOT be guaranteed specific job placements, work site locations or fixed hours. The Department may determine that some candidates must call for daily assignments based on business operational needs.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The three levels are summarized below:

Level I Under supervision of the Facility Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor or Park Service Area Manager, the Recreation Leader performs facility monitoring work, light office tasks, customer service duties, set up and take down of tables and chairs and occasional janitorial tasks; assists with program delivery based upon interest and skills, and performs related duties as required.

Level II Under supervision of the Program Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor or Park Service Area Manager, the Recreation Leader is responsible for delivery of recreation programs and activities. May also be responsible for the set up and take down of tables and chairs and occasional janitorial tasks; and performs related duties as required.

Level III Under supervision of the Program Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor or Park Service Area Manager, the Recreation Leader is responsible for the delivery of all Certified recreation, leisure and sport programs and activities in which the Recreation and Parks Department require the employee to be certified. May also be responsible for the set up and take down of tables and chairs and occasional janitorial tasks; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Feature: The Recreation Leader level I performs facility monitoring and may assist a more experienced Recreation Leader in program delivery, while level II and III are responsible for recreation, leisure and sport programs and activities. Level II is distinguished from level III in that the latter is responsible for delivery of all recreation programs and activities that require certification.

There are four (4) main competency areas and one (1) support services area in which       as-needed/seasonal 3279 Recreation Leaders are needed. The following are brief descriptions of each area and examples of the types of programming provided in each one:

Cultural Arts consists of Visual, Performing, Digital & Professional arts including animation, ceramics, computer arts, crafts, creative writing, dance, digital audio, deejaying, drawing, fashion, film & video, graphic design, installation art, multimedia, music, painting, photography, printmaking, radio & internet broadcasting, robotics, science & technology, sculpture, sound design, songwriting, street art, textiles, theater, woodworking & urban gardening.

Community Service consists of Early Childhood Education, After-School, Teens, Older Adults and Adaptive Recreation (People with Disabilities). This area is where recreation and human services intersect by providing programs and services to meet the needs of people at every stage of development. We also adapt all the Department's programs and services to include people with disabilities - most recently blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired and children with autism.


Leisure Services includes Fitness: aerobics, yoga, pilates, zumba, fitness and dance; Waterfront Sports: sailing, kayaking, paddling, surfing and fishing; Outdoors: camping, back packing, eco-adventures, rock climbing, nature exploration, and geocaching; Extreme Sports: skating, BMX, mountain bikes, and ski/snow boarding; Non-traditional: Cooking, Martial Arts, RC Cars and Boats, and LGBTQ programming.

Sports & Athletics includes the following activities and camps: Baseball, softball, boxing, flag football, golf, RollerSoccer, soccer, futsol, tennis, track & field, volleyball, etc.


Recreation Resources and Permits serves in the following functions: Class (sfreconline.org) registration, recreation and event logistic support, facility monitoring, open and close facility, issue permits, etc.

Level I
1. Possession of a High School Diploma or GED and
2. 500 hours of recreation experience delivering instructions/programs

Level II
1. Possession of a High School Diploma or GED and
2. 1,000 hours of direct experience delivering recreation, cultural or athletic instructions/programs.

Level III
1. Possession of a High School Diploma or GED and
2. 1,000 hours of direct experience delivering recreation, cultural or athletic instructions/programs and
3. Possession of a certification in the specific programming field which is issued by a recognized professional organization (substitutions subject to approval: a Master degree in the applicable field, teaching credential in that area, and/or equivalent professional work in the specific programming field designated by the Recreation and Park Department.)

License and Certification: It is intended that at a future point, all employees must possess a certification for First Aid/CPR.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Ability to investigate and analyze situations, plan and organize research; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to follow instructions and to maintain working relations with fellow employees and the public. Each individual assignment may require different knowledge, skills, and/or abilities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application packets MUST include:
(1) A completed City and
County of San Francisco Employment Application Form submitted via www.jobaps.com/sf; AND
(2) A completed supplemental form (the skills assessment survey). If you have a certification in a recreation competency area (please review the skills survey) and want to be considered for Recreation Leader Level III, you must attach a copy of the related certificate/credential to your application.

Candidates may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience along with proof of certifications in these recreation competencies at any point in the application, and/or departmental selection process. If you cannot obtain verification and/or a certification, you can submit a request for waiver. Such requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the RPD Recruitment Hotline at (415) 831-2726.

Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, One South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA for use by the public. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

NOTE: This recruitment will not result in an eligible list or any permanent civil service hiring.


The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability and Equal Opportunity Statement

The Recreation and Park Department does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its programs or activities. Persons with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact (415) 831-2705; or in writing at 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 as possible after filing the application.

Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer

TEX-3279-059010 Issued: 6/27/12 terms clarification


Selection Plan

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

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