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Recreation Specialist

Cassadaga, NY | Other

Job Description


Interested in making a difference in young adults’ lives between the ages of 16-24? If so we may have the perfect job for you.


Job Corps is a government-funded, no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps socioeconomically disadvantaged youth. We strive to fulfill this mission by following our Core Values of Safety, Individual Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Growth and Commitment.


Come and surround yourself with talented and professional individuals who have also taken the next step of making a difference in someone’s life.You would not only have a great and dedicated team to work with, but you may also be eligible to take advantage of a comprehensive benefits plan which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k), legal, paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.


You would be directing trainees in leisure-time recreation/non-vocational activities and leadership programs.


  • Assists in organization and implementation of the recreational/non-vocational programs and encourage trainees' participation

  • Orders and issues materials, supplies, films, and game equipment upon Supervisor's review and approval

  • Develops and operates weekly game activities

  • Assists in center sponsored trips and events

  • Coaches teams engaged in on and off center activities

  • Assists trainees in drama and other creative activities

  • Helps train trainees in recreational/non-vocational aide program

  • Insures that all programs comply with Department of Labor requirements




Minimum:Associates of Arts degree in relevant field, or one year's experience working with youth.  Valid NYS Drivers License

Preferred:  One year's experience in a recreational/non-vocational program. Must have a CDL license or obtain one within 90 days.


General Information: In order to perform the essential job functions of this position, candidate must have regular attendance.


Knowledge Required: Thorough knowledge of a variety of recreational/non-vocational activities. Ability to obtain lifeguard certification as required. Must obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid certification. Ability to relate effectively with trainee population. Ability to motivate and inspire trainees.


All post offer candidates must complete and pass a background check and drug screen.


CSD is a leader in workforce development operating Job Corps centers throughout the U.S. since 1964 and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action / Female / Minority / Disabled / Veteran Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, child-birth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, disability, family care status, veteran status, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. CSD makes reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities to apply for employment. 

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