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Recreation Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


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 & 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.
  • Organizes, leads, and promotes interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
  • Assesses the needs and interests of individuals and groups and plan activities accordingly, given the available equipment or facilities.
  • Manages the daily operations of recreational facilities.
  • Administers first aid according to prescribed procedures and notifies emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Completes and maintains time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
  • Explains principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Directs special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
  • Evaluates recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.

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.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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 Assistant --
  • Activities Director --
  • Activity Aide --
  • Activity Assistant --
  • Activity Coordinator --
  • Activity Director --
  • Program Assistant --
  • Recreation Assistant --
  • Recreation Coordinator --
  • Recreation Supervisor --