Depot Park Recreation Leader

  • Full Time
  • Southeast
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Gainesville

Make a difference in the community you live in! As a Community Builder—an employee with the City of Gainesville— you will have a direct hand in building and improving your community and making a visible impact on the lives of your neighbors. Working for local government is more than a job, it’s a chance to contribute to community success and to help enhance the Gainesville way of life.

Job Description:


This is responsible administrative and supervisory work developing, implementing, and coordinating a variety of recreational programs and events and in oversight of City recreational facilities.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under general supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its varied and specialized responsibilities for supervision, development and coordination of recreational events and activities.


This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.


Depending on the area of assignment:

Creates contracts and permits associated with facility rentals and events

Develops, plans and oversees social media and website content, posts and responses

Tracks facility inventory and oversees supplies orders

Schedules meetings, prepares meeting agendas and minutes

Oversees and coordinates facility calendars

Creates staff schedules

Creates timesheets and oversees payroll processes

Assists in the coordination of facility events with events of building tenant(s) and property lessee(s).

Prepares contracts and agenda items and assists in monitoring of facility programs, repairs, inspections, operations, and maintenance.

Assists coordination with outside groups and businesses in facility activities designed to benefit the City.

Oversees, plans and assists in the coordination and implementation of recreational activities such as special events, sports leagues, instructional programs, special population programs, dances, general recreation programs and other related activities.

Performs site program criteria evaluations, takes notes, provides feedback to assigned staff and follow-ups with supervisor.

Performs timely, fair and non-discriminatory evaluation of performance of employees under their supervision.

Develops new programs and classes.

Answers public inquiries about programs. Receives and records complaints and documents that corrective action is taken. Assists manager in responding to requests for services from the public and other agencies.

Oversees and instructs various athletic, sports, aquatic and recreation programs and classes, including training volunteers and coaches in sportsmanship and team building.

Assists in the evaluation of programs and makes recommendations for modifications and improvements.

Opens and closes park and recreation facilities and buildings, according to schedule.

Schedules use of park and recreation facilities and oversees patrons on proper use of such facilities.

Assists in coordination and implementation of special events.

Maintains registration, participation, inventory and expenditure records for recreation programs.

Collects registration and other applicable fees and charges for special events, leagues, camps, programs, trips, activities, special populations, and other recreation programs.  Supervises employees who handle cash.

Completes, processes, and maintains appropriate work orders, reports and forms. Oversees facility and program safety and risk management. Coordinates maintenance and upkeep of all assigned facilities.

Assists in marketing recreational programs including developing program guides, interaction with media, meeting with community groups and developing and implementing new concepts such as computerized program registration.

Schedules and coordinates assigned staff. Supervises assigned staff in absence of a Supervisor.

Maintains facility, equipment and supply inventory; keeps all equipment and supplies in good working condition; and / or cares for livestock.

Assists with selection, promotion, discharge, and recommends other appropriate personnel actions. Assists with pre-employment testing and training of staff.

Attends work on continuous and regular basis.


Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in recreational programming, instruction, management or related activities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.



Depending on the area of assignment:

Valid State of Florida Driver License within (30) days of appointment.


General (all areas):

National Recreation and Parks Association certification as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is required within 18 months of appointment.

American Red Cross certification (or equivalent) in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid is required within six (6) months of appointment.


American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) is required within twelve (12) months of appointment.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer (WSIT) is preferred.

American Red Cross Lifeguard (LG) is required upon appointment.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) is preferred.

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) or Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) is required within 18 months of appointment.


National Alliance for Youth Sports certification as a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) is required within twelve (12) months of appointment.


Environmental Education Certification (or equivalent) OR the Florida Master Naturalist Course is required within twelve (12) months of appointment.

Basic Certification by the National Alliance for Interpretation (NAI) (or equivalent) is required within twelve (12) months of appointment.