You are here

Home » State Human Resources » Compensation & job classes » Classified Job Listing » » State of Washington Class Specification

State of Washington Classified Job Specification


<< Classified Job Listing

Class Code: 701E
Category: Recreation & Athletics

Class Series Concept

Assists with recreational intramural, extramural revenue/nonrevenue-producing sports programs, social activities, drama, music, outings, literature, and/or arts and crafts activities.


Under the direction of professional recreation staff, provides entrance level recreation activities, such as assistance in the implementation and organization of specific parts of a recreational revenue/nonrevenue-producing sports program, social activities, drama, music, outings, literature and/or arts and crafts activities.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Paraprofessional level of the series. Coordinates with recreational staff, campus departments, student committees, and sports clubs in conducting parts of a recreational revenue/nonrevenue-producing sports program. Assists in publicizing, scheduling, and monitoring events.

Typical Work

Assists in planning, organizing and scheduling recreational revenue/nonrevenue-producing sports activities; assists in preparation of facilities to support these activities;

Coordinates intramural or extramural recreational revenue/nonrevenue-producing sports programs with student committees and sport clubs; helps assess student interest for programs; recommends changes to appropriate staff person;

Assists in planning, budgeting and monitoring expenses of campus recreational programs;

Works in one or several skill areas, instructing in program of sports, social activities, drama, music, outings, literature, and arts and crafts;
Confers with supervisor to discuss individual's disabilities and determines his limitations insofar as participation is concerned;

May perform therapeutic-type activities with individuals; for example, stack wood building blocks.

Participates actively in the Recreation Department meetings and other departmental and group meetings as may be required;

Makes oral and written progress, proposals, evaluations, promotional, and adjustment reports; maintains records to assess facilities usage and evaluate programs;

Coordinates work with other personnel engaged in carrying out recreation activities;

Assists in contacting community resources in planning for special events;

Directs and supervises residents while riding on trains, buses, or on the merry go-round and/or residents in such activities as swimming, fishing, hiking, attending shows, movies, and other spectator activities;

Works with volunteers assigned to recreation programs;

Performs lifeguard duties and swimming instruction;

Oversees issuance of recreation equipment and supplies;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: several fields of recreational activities, including specialized knowledge in at least one broad area, such as sports, dramatics, music, social activities, arts and crafts, individual and group recreation techniques; humanities and behavioral sciences; techniques of observing individuals and making oral and written reports.

Ability to: plan, organize, and lead group activities; instruct and encourage individuals in recreation; adapt recreation policies, methods and techniques to specific operational situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees; prepare reports; keep records.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses, certification, or registration. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications/registrations are obtained for each position.

For positions which include swimming instruction, a valid Water Safety Instructor's Certificate or equivalent issued by American Red Cross or YMCA is required. For positions which include lifeguard duties but not swimming instruction, a valid Senior Lifesaving Certificate or equivalent issued by American Red Cross or YMCA is required.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in either (a) recreation, (b) music, drama or physical education or (c) psychology, sociology or education with a minor in recreation, physical education, music or drama.


Three years of experience as a recreational assistant.


Two years of college in recreation or equivalent.  Two years of work experience in recreational or intramural sports programs may substitute for the educational requirements.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 36770 Recreation Assistant, 4167 Recreation Coordinator I, and 36800 Recreation Specialist 1; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.