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Job Standard for Outdoor Recreation Specialist

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Outdoor Recreation Specialist Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 2641
  • Pay Grade: G
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Student Services
  • Function: Student Activities & Services


To lead and instruct a variety of recreational activity classes, workshops, and events for individuals; promote program activities; perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: techniques and procedures used in various indoor and outdoor physical recreational activities; safety factors and hazards involved in physical recreational activities.

Some knowledge of: instructional methods.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Some positions require: certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
  • Ability to develop, design, or create new applications, ideas and activities
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Outdoor Recreation Specialist must:

  • Plans, organizes, and instructs physical activity classes such as aerobics, aquacise, and weight lifting; plans, organizes and leads indoor and outdoor activities that may include backpacking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and sailing;  recommends hiring of staff; explains safety procedures and environmental concerns of wilderness activities to participants; may develop proposals for adaptive equipment; may perform recreation assessments and develop associated treatment plans.
  • Conducts fund raising activities; provides information about program activities, schedules, and requirements to the public, the media, participants and others; coordinates program activities with community agencies, organizations, and recreational resources; recommends safety procedures; develops individualized activity and exercise programs; prepares activity reports and participant progress assessments; prepares newsletters and brochures; provides work direction to volunteers; recommends purchase of equipment and supplies;

35% of Time the Outdoor Recreation Specialist

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Outdoor Recreation Specialist

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

These positions involve the physical ability to perform strenuous outdoor recreational activities. Some positions may involve lifting outdoor equipment or individuals with disabilities.

Travel Requirement

Employees are required to coordinate and participate in wilderness trips, spend periods of up to two weeks in remote areas, work weekends, and drive to various locations and late at night. May be required to pay own expenses for some recreational activities.

Career Path

Outdoor Recreation Coordinator

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.