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Works under the general direction of the Recreation Supervisor and/or Assistant Supervisor of Recreation. The requirements of the position include knowledge of the goals, principles, methods, and techniques.
Supervises the operation of the recreation and leisure time program. Will solicit suggestions from the inmate population, plan and create recreational activities based upon research, purchase the equipment and supplies needed for such programs, draw up necessary tournament rosters, etc., and assure that appropriate recreational activities take place in a timely fashion.
Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing special recreation programs, i.e., yoga, varsity softball, aerobics, etc.
Assist the Recreation Supervisor and the other recreation/sports specialists in planning, organizing, advising on and administering recreation activities and programs which promote the physical, creative and social development.
Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training.
0188 Recreation Specialist
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is Required
- See Special Conditions of Employment Section
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:
GL-05: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.
GL-07: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study-general recreation, or one of the appropriate fields of recreation, such as outdoor recreation; recreation and parks leadership; wild land recreation management; natural resources recreation; youth recreation; public, urban, or community recreation; special populations recreation (e.g., senior citizens, institutional, etc.); or physical education.
NOTE:If you are using education to qualify, you MUST upload and electronically link legible transcripts from USAJOBS at the time you apply to receive consideration. Transcripts must include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.
GL-05: You must have at least three years of general experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the GL-04. This experience is defined as that which provided a knowledge of the goals, principles, methods, and techniques of recreation, and an understanding of the interests of individuals or groups.
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
- Experience as a group leader, counselor or similar work in public and private recreation programs for adults or children, or as a teacher's aide in elementary school recreation.
- Experience in recreation and leisure activities gained in summer camps, local playgrounds, YWCA and YMCA clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, community centers, religious organizations, theme parks or tourist attractions.
- Experience in assisting with recreation activities while on active military duty, assisting with resort recreational activities such as setting up areas for games, tournaments, or other organized group recreational activities.
GL-07: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GL-05 grade level. Experience at this level demonstrates the ability to apply principles of one or more specialty areas of recreation.
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
- Experience in developing team sports and activities or tournaments.
- Experience that demonstrates skill in a wide range of participant interest, experience in developing and overseeing a recreation program's daily operation and primarily organize and direct participants.
- Experience in developing and implementing activities and arrange for community resources, experience in developing indoor and outdoor activities to meet the needs of an inmate population.
Combination of Education and Experience:
GL-05 and, GL-07 :You may have a combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the particular qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.
If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.
Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.
See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.
This position IS included in the bargaining unit.
In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution.