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The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

Athletic Official

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Athletic Official

As an Athletic Official for the Parks and Recreation Department you have the opportunity to:

  • Be a role model for the youth in your community
  • Stay in shape and in good health
  • Earn some extra income
  • Create your own hours and flexibility based on the leagues available

On the job training is available and positions are based on experience.

  • Activity Specialist – No Experience officiating, $20/Hourly
  • Athletic Official I – Must be at least 18 yrs. and 3 months experience officiating, $21/Hourly
  • Athletic Official II – Must be at least 18 yrs. and 1 year experience officiating, $22/Hourly
  • Athletic Official III – Must be at least 18 yrs. and 5 years’ experience officiating, $25/Hourly

Community Recreation Programs 

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Temporary - Activity Specialist/Leader

This position is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between twenty (20) and forty (40) hours per week in an After School or Seasonal  Camp program setting located at a recreation center. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.

Preferred Experience: 

  • Experience working with youth and adults in recreational programming; and in implementing/teaching recreational classes and activities. 
  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating outdoor interpretive and/or recreational programming. 
  • Experience working with youth and adults with special needs. 
  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming: 
    • Recreational Games and Activities (Indoor or Outdoor), 
    • Sports/Athletic Programs, 
    • Performing & Visual Arts, 
    • Science/Nature/Environmental Education, 
    • Outdoor Recreation, 
    • Arts and Crafts, 
    • Team Building, 
    • Therapeutic Recreation, Inclusion and Special Education.

 

Cultural and Art Programs

Cultural Arts Activity Specialist Position

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Temporary - Activity Specialist/Leader

This position is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between twenty (20) and forty (40) hours per week in an After School or Seasonal  Camp program setting. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.

Preferred Programming Knowledge:

  • Visual Arts (Fine Arts, 2D, 3D) Programming.
  • Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Theater) Programming.
  • Cultural Arts (Mexican, Mexican-American, Latino, Asian, Asian-American, African, African-American) Programming.
  • Museum Studies, Anthropology Programming. 
  • Urban Arts, Eco Arts & Installation Arts Programming.
  • Digital Arts (Animation, Illustration, Film) Programming.

 

Nature Based Programs

Nature Based Activity Specialist Position

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Temporary - Activity Specialist/Leader

This position is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between twenty (20) and forty (40) hours per week in an After School or Seasonal  Camp program setting. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • College coursework in Natural Sciences or Education. 
  • Experience leading children in an outdoor setting. 
  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming: Environmental Education, Hiking, Mountain biking, Kayaking, Rock-climbing, Caving, Camping, and Film-Making. 
  • Experience using Final Cut for video-editing and in film-making; including writing, directing, filming and editing. 
  • Experience with environmental education, basic animal handling, hiking, film making, or gardening. 

 

Inclusion and Adaptive Programs

Inclusion Activity Specialist Postion

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Temporary - Activity Specialist/Leader

This position is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between twenty (20) and forty (40) hours per week in an After School or Seasonal  Camp program setting. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience implementing adapted recreational activities to individuals and groups of individuals with disabilities from ages six (6) years old to adult. 
  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming: 
    • Recreational Games and Activities (Outdoors) 
    • Sports/Athletic Programs 
    • Outdoor Recreation 
    • Arts and Crafts 
    • Team Building 
    • Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion/Special Education.

 

Aquatics

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Seasonal and Year-round Lifeguards

The Aquatic Division operates 45 public aquatic facilities, which includes 7 Regional pools, 3 Community pools, 22 Neighborhood pools, 1 Wading pool, Barton Springs Pool and 11 splash pads.  In addition to coordinating open water events and swim team competitions, we also offer instructional programs such as masters swimlifeguard and water safety training and youth and adult swim lessons.

  • The Aquatic Division takes lifeguard training and certification seriously. Classes are offered for first-time lifeguards, returning lifeguards that need re-certification, and lifeguards that are interested in becoming an instructor. 
  • For more information and to view the 2022 training calendar, please visit lifeguardaustin.com.

Contact PARDStaffOnboarding@austintexas.gov