Recreation Coordinator

City of Palmdale, CA - Palmdale, CA4.0

Apply Immediately! Applications will be accepted for approximately three weeks from the open date or until a sufficient number of applications are received.

The City of Palmdale Recreation and Culture Department is seeking a highly motivated and professional Recreation Coordinator to plan, promote and coordinate a variety of recreation programs, events and activities. The City of Palmdale has some of the most unique facilities in Southern California including the Palmdale Amphitheater, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, DryTown Waterpark, Best of the West Softball Complex, Palmdale Playhouse and Legacy Commons for Active Seniors.

Possible work assignments include an exciting opportunity to work at the award winning 6-acre DryTown Water Park. Experience in customer service, sales, marketing, and staff development is highly desirable along with a wiliness to take on new challenges and assignments. Additional potential work assignments include securing partnerships to offer adaptive programs, facilitating youth sports leagues, and overseeing preschool age programs. Due to size of the department, a variety of future programming opportunities are available. Seeking adaptable candidates with varied recreation work experience and an eagerness to accept new challenges.

The Recreation and Culture Department provides a full range of recreational and educational activities for youth and adults including, community building events, diverse programs and services to enhance quality of life in Palmdale. This employment opportunity will provide a unique career building opportunity where growth and development is encouraged.

Qualified candidates must have developed interpersonal skills and a customer-focused leadership style that enhances community relations and strengthens partnerships. Ideal candidates understand the principles of supervision and have experience motivating large groups of employees and volunteers to work as a cohesive team. They will also have a demonstrated ability to "multitask" in competing priorities and demands. The position requires the flexibility to work irregular hours and a non-standard scheduled including mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays

The Recreation Coordinator performs professional and technical work in recreation programming; to plan, evaluate, promote, organize, coordinate; to provide direction and oversight for one or more recreation programs and/or facilities; and to provide administrative support and technical staff assistance.


Receives general supervision from a Recreation Supervisor or the Director of Recreation and Culture.

This position may exercise direct supervision over part-time staff.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assist in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for recreation programs and facilities.

Plan, evaluate, promote, organize, implement, and evaluate a variety of recreation programs, including youth, preschool, after school, tiny tot, and senior programs, aquatics, sports, and community events; ensure safety of program participants.

Operate and supervise day-to-day operations at City facilities; which may include the senior center, recreation centers, the airpark, museums, and aquatics facilities. Manage facility rentals; monitor and coordinate maintenance schedules.

Prepare and distribute marketing and promotional materials. Solicit and coordinate sponsorships or in-kind services.

Provide administrative support; prepare reports, letters, and other written communications; make presentations; and maintain files and records.

Identify community needs and recommend appropriate programs.

Coordinate and supervise special events; work with vendors, service providers and entertainers.

Develop contracts and lease agreements; hire contract instructors.

Prepare purchase requisitions; order supplies and materials.

Prepare and administer program budgets.

Receive and review reports from staff members and take appropriate action.

Respond to difficult complaints and requests for information.

Coordinate recreation activity programs with other City departments, divisions, outside agencies, and service providers.

Meet with public groups, clubs, organizations, and agencies to explain and promote services, activities, and programs that encourage community participation.

Assist peers with their facilities; and in the implementation of their programs or events.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of increasingly responsible experience overseeing recreation programs, activities and facilities.

Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in recreation administration or a closely related field.


Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license is required.

Positions responsible for aquatics programs and facilities may require one or more of the following certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross Title 22 Instructor, Certified Pool Operator, National Aquatics Safety Company Instructor Trainer.

Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; frequent bending, walking, standing and squatting; occasional climbing, reaching, stooping, kneeling and crouching. Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 50 pounds. Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; frequent color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, twisting, holding, balancing and reaching. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise, and may have exposure to fumes, chemicals and pesticides. May work with machinery, in water, and on slippery and uneven surfaces.

Work is generally performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. This position is exposed to extreme weather during the course of performing the essential duties. Positions will be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Travel outside of the City of Palmdale is rare.


Knowledge of:
Federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations affecting areas of responsibility.

Standard methods, techniques, principles, and procedures used in the planning, development and administration of recreation programs.

Common recreational and social needs of various age groups.

Principles and procedures for implementing and directing a wide variety of recreation activities and the development of programs through community participation.

Principles and practices of public administration, budgets, contracts, customer service, and staff motivation and training.

Standard office procedures, methods and computer software applications.

Ability to:
Develop and administer recreation programs suited to the needs of the community.

Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the development and implementation of recreation programs and activities.

Respond effectively to urgent or emergency situations.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Negotiate and resolve differences.

Analyze, interpret, and explain section laws, standards, policies and procedures.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Supervise, train, and evaluate subordinates.