A recreation assistant can work in a school, an after-school program, a camp, a senior center, or a nursing home. The recreation assistant coordinates and leads recreational activities and events, both onsite and offsite. Some common activities are fitness classes, parties, social activities, arts and crafts, and field trips. The recreation assistant may be in charge of leading or coordinating one activity or more.
The recreation assistant may have to work with outside parties, in order to coordinate teachers for the activities. If leading offsite activities, a valid driver’s license may be necessary, in order to transport participants from place to place. The job often involves working with very young, disabled, or elderly individuals, so it is important to be patient. Strong communication skills are important, in order to be able to engage participants and to work with other staff members involved in the activities. This job often involves being directly involved in leading the activities. Sometimes, assistance may have to be provided to individuals, in order to help them become mobile. Also, activities may have to be demonstrated by the recreation assistant, which may involve bending, squatting, stretching, walking, and standing. Therefore, minimum physical requirements are often necessary.
Usually, a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED is necessary. Positions may be part-time or full- time, depending on the workload of the assistant. Planning activities in advance is often necessary. This planning may be done during paid hours, or it may be expected to be done during off hours.
Recreation Assistant Tasks
Assist patients to and from activities including outings.
Supervise and instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
Plan, organize and implement multi-faceted recreation activities for patients.