Recreation Worker  What They Do

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Conducts recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organizes and promotes activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Recreation, Amusements and Attractions pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Enforces rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Manages the daily operations of recreational facilities.
  • Administers first aid according to prescribed procedures and notifies emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Organizes, leads, and promotes interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
  • Greets new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
  • Confers with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
  • Explains principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Completes and maintains time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
  • Evaluates recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.

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Recreation Workers

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Activities Leader --
  • Camp Counselor --
  • Fitness Worker --
  • Playground Official --
  • Playground Worker --
  • Recreation Coordinator --
  • Recreation Technician --
  • Recreation Therapist --