Recreation Leader

  • Part Time
  • Southeast
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville has an opportunity for you.

Recreation Leader – Environmental Education
The City of Gainesville is seeking a Part-Time Recreation Leader to join the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s Environmental Education team. This position will play an integral role in engaging the community and park visitors with meaningful natural and cultural history education and interpretation.

As a Recreation Leader you will:

  • Develop and implement educational and interpretive programs and tours (primarily at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Park) for a diverse audience
  • Provide outreach programming and/or table community events
  • Supervise and assist with nature center upkeep/cleaning and light grounds maintenance including gardening
  • Care for nature center collections
  • Respond to public inquiries in writing and verbally
  • Supervise nature center staff
  • Supervise volunteers
  • Assist with special events
  • Book programs, maintain records and develop reports
  • Enforce nature park and nature center rules
  • Coordinate and develop staff schedules

To be considered for this position you must have:

  • Graduation from High School or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma, and;
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in recreational programming, instruction, or management or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License required within thirty (30) days of appointment.

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Can demonstrate familiarity with local flora, fauna, creeks and cultural history
  • Has experience related to environment education or interpretation or in an outdoor setting
  • Education supplemented by certifications or college level courses in ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, park management, forestry, education, horticulture, biology, or related field


  • American Red Cross certification (or equivalent) in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid is required within 6 months of employment.
  • Environmental Education Certification (or equivalent) OR the Florida Master Naturalist Course is required within twelve (12) months of appointment.
  • Basic Certification by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) (or equivalent) is required within twelve (12) months of appointment.

Come join our Team!

The City of Gainesville offers a competitive benefits package and opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. Not only do we offer traditional benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, paid leave, 11 paid a holidays a year, a pension plan and a deferred compensation plan, but we also offer great things like on-site fitness centers, tuition reimbursement, interest free loans for purchase of fitness equipment, on-site medical staff and a wellness program to keep you healthy and happy.

For a complete job description and to apply visit:

Salary $17.42 – $26.78

Job# 456

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