Recreation Aide, Instructor, and Leader – Part Time: Recreation Centers

Recreation Aide, Instructor, and Leader – Part Time: Recreation Centers
Organization City of Phoenix
Location Phoenix, Arizona
Job Type Seasonal
Application Deadline Feb 13, 2023


The Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking friendly and outgoing individuals who enjoy working in a recreation environment. We currently have diverse opportunities in our community programs that work in community centers, sporting environments, teen programming, adaptive and Mobile Recreation. Staff provides customer service, sports, and educational programs to people of all ages and abilities and work various shifts throughout the entire Parks system.

Sports Complex Assignments: Assist with daily operations of sports complexes, providing exceptional guest services to tournament promotors, league participants and recreation programs. Maintain safe, clean, and presentable sports complexes. Athletic Field Rover: This assignment is a driving position where you travel to multiple parks to monitor athletic fields, help educate park users, and lock parks at closing time each evening. This position has shifts on weeknights as well as day and evening shifts on weekends. Rovers must be comfortable speaking with individuals, working independently and predominantly in the evenings. PHXteens Program: Lead Teen participants ages 13-17 by providing various teen related recreational programming, events, and fieldtrips at 10 PHXteens sites located in community centers and/or other facilities. This includes program management and daily administrative duties. Candidate must have and maintain a valid AZ Driver’s License along with a clean driving history/record. Scheduled hours are Monday-Friday, some weekends, and holidays. Required availability 1:00 PM-9:00 PM or as scheduled.

Adaptive Recreation: This position will be responsible for supporting and providing the implementation of social, recreational, and additional services for individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Adaptive recreation staff are responsible for indoor and outdoor activities related to the field. Knowledge and experience with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities is preferred. Mobile Recreation Unit – Programs themed in sports; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math); Music, Arts & Culture and gaming to teens and pre-teens in a park setting. Scheduled hours will be Monday-Friday, some weekend, and holidays. Required availability 2:00 PM-8:00 PM. Recreation Center Assignments – Will support recreation programs within community facilities to assist all ages and abilities. Positions described below will determine assignments for each role.

PARKS & RECREATION AIDES: Are entry level positions that perform recreation work. General assignments may include cleaning and setting up for special events; performing custodial work such as cleaning restrooms and sweeping floors; providing clerical support; helping with various recreation programs such as arts and crafts, dance classes, social events, group games, and physical and sporting events and instruction; and policing of park grounds.

RECREATION INSTRUCTORS: Develop, implement, and guide recreation activities and supervise children in sports programs, and/or recreation classes, assist with special events; and plan, schedule, and conduct recreation classes in activities such as arts and crafts, dance, drama, music, sports, and games, or may facilitate city-wide sports leagues and tournaments; oversee leagues or programs; prepare facilities; monitor activities.

RECREATION LEADERS: Perform recreation work in a lead capacity over Recreation Aides, Instructors, and volunteers or in charge of a facility or major program area. This position is responsible for providing various recreational programming at community centers and/or other facilities. This includes management of programs and coverage of facilities as required and to ensure safety of all participants.


These positions are classified as part-time and are eligible for earned paid sick time, city training, and free or discounted bus and light rail fares. Starting pay for each position is listed below. Incumbent may receive performance evaluations and may be eligible for consideration for performance pay increases.

Parks & Recreation Aide $15.82 hourly

Recreation Instructor $16.52 hourly

Recreation Leader $17.41 hourly


Recreation Aide:

  • Must be at least 15 years old.

Recreation Instructor:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or have completed the 12th grade.

Recreation Leader:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours of college work and a minimum of one year of recreation experience OR a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Education, or a related field.
  • Some positions require a valid driver’s license and incumbents must be able to pass the Parks Department driver safety-training course.

In addition to the requirements above, all positions require the following:

  • Working irregular hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, and evenings will be required.
  • This is a seasonal/on-demand part time position based on program offerings; there is no guarantee of minimum hours or shifts.
  • Assignments may require working outside in a variety of environmental extremes such as heat, cold, rain, air pollution, and dust for all or a portion of the shift.
  • Positions perform cash handling duties.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds for at least 20 feet.
  • Ability to bend and stoop repeatedly.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Travel between work sites during a scheduled shift may require use of personal vehicle.
  • The City job description can be found here.
  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.
  • For information regarding pre-screening and driving positions, click here.


Recruitment closes February 13, 2023. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitment´s and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


Apply online at by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


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Recreation Leader: Job Code ID #48563

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