Recreation officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programmes and services for the benefit of the community.
Recreation officers may perform the following tasks:
- initiate, organise and coordinate local sport and recreation events and services such as community functions, sporting competitions, hobby classes, school holiday programmes and cultural activities
- develop and administer recreation policy
- plan and promote recreation activities and events
- prepare and administer financial estimates, budgets and resource allocations
- coordinate and arrange meetings and venues
- recruit, train and supervise recreation leaders
- liaise with parents, schools, local sporting organisations, church leaders, social workers, community groups and individuals about programmes and facilities
- write proposals, evaluations and correspondence.
Recreation officers may work at one of three levels: professional, technical or operative. Professional officers work as planners, researchers, consultants, educators and administrators. A technical officer's work may involve managing a leisure centre, community centre or sports complex. Recreation officers work at the operative level as youth leaders and outdoor activity leaders. The three levels are not always clearly defined. The relevant responsibilities will vary considerably between different organisations and may overlap.
Most recreation officers have a high level of contact with the public.
- enjoy outdoor activities
- good communication and negotiation skills
- good administration and organisational skills
- able to lead, motivate and supervise other people
- good sport skills and expertise in a specific area such as swimming or outdoor recreation.
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