A recreation coordinator's job is to ensure that people enjoy sports, fitness, and leisure facilities to the fullest extent. The coordinator will typically be employed by recreation facilities, and he or she may work for an organization like a public parks department. One can also find recreation coordinators employed at summer camps and at large resorts. The coordinator works to schedule activities and times that allow fair use of recreation and fitness equipment. The coordinator may also be required to oversee and supervise public leagues and team sports, helping to schedule ball fields and basketball courts as required.
Two of the major requirements that most employers seek out for candidates are physical fitness and outgoing nature. The coordinator may be expected to help lead exercise groups, conduct classes, and generally take a hands-on approach to fitness and activities. The coordinator also works to help schedule staff and supervisors for things like fitness classes, as well as guided hiking and biking excursions.
Most recreation coordinators will typically hold some sort of associate's degree or higher in a field related to physical education. Typically, a coordinator may work within this field at lower levels to gain practical experience. Most coordinators work in an office scheduling and performing supervisory details, and they also spend time in the field leading and participating in recreational activities.
Recreation Coordinator Tasks
Identify activities, coordinate site and instruction needs and ensure community programs happen as scheduled.
Purchase, monitor and clean supplies and inventory to ensure readiness.
Compile feedback and metrics to understand needs and identify future goals.
Work with community, instructors, site maintenance and other groups to ensure quality experiences.