Training Specialist or Training Specialist Senior

City of Austin

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Recreation or related field plus one (1) year of experience related to the development and implementation of the assigned programs.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Appropriate certifications as specified for the assignment.
  • Texas Class “C” Driver’s license if required for the assignment.

Notes to Applicants

Working with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides several health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

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.

The purpose of this position is to provide a wide variety of programs for youth and teens, adults and 50+ seniors at our Community Recreation Centers. Out of School Time (OST) programs include After School, Summer Camp and Youth Sports; Teen programs, adaptive recreation and 50+/senior programs are offered at select centers; and Athletics and fitness, enrichment classes and seasonal events are offered year-round.

  • Detailed, complete Employment Application is required to help better evaluate the applicant’s qualifications – minimum and preferred as noted on the job posting.
  • Detailed, complete Employment Application (employment dates must include month and year) will be used to determine salary if the applicant is the top candidate that is selected for this position.
  • Applicants must include on their Employment Application all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting – up to 10 years or more.
  • Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application – Statements such as “See Resume” will not be accepted.
  • Employment history dates must include month and year.
  • Resume will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.

Work/Location Schedule Notes:

  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.
    Location per position:
  • One (1) position at Gus Garcia Recreation Center
    1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753.
  • One (1) position at Givens Recreation Center
    3811 E 12th St #1936, Austin, TX 78721.

Physical Requirements

  • Tasks may involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying, or using a force equal to lifting up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to communicate, respond and work with participant’s needs and safety issues.

90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy:

  • This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.

Military/Veteran Preference for Interview Process:

  • An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.

Driver’s License and Certifications :

  • If you are selected for this position and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Posting Closure:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close posted positions prior to the advertised close date, based on recruitment strategies and business needs.

All PARD work site locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site – including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.

Pay Range

$20.47 – $26.04

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Will required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.
  • This is a multiple position posting and the work schedule posted may change.

Job Close Date

Type of Posting

Parks & Recreation


Grant Funded or Pooled Position
Not Applicable


Gus Garcia Recreation Center/Givens Recreation Center

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Certifications:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.

Preferred Experience:

  • Three (3) years or more experience in recreation programming for Youth (5 – 12 yrs. of age), Teens (13 – 18 yrs. of age), Adults and Senior Adults in a professional recreational setting.
  • Three (3) years or more experience in recruiting, training and general supervision of temporary employees, contract workers, instructors and/or volunteer/volunteer groups.
  • One (1) year or more of experience investigating and responding to complaints with other Supervisors/Managers, employees and the general public.
  • One (1) year or more of experience in managing fiscal planning and an operational budget for an assigned work area.
  • One (1) year or more of experience working with external organizations and community.
  • One (1) year or more experience in planning, developing and implementing recreation educational curriculum and/or special events.

Preferred Skills:

  • Proficiency in RecTrac or other recreation/database management software program.
  • Intermediate level or above in Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish, or English/other language.
  • Intermediate experience creating, editing and producing promotional/marketing materials such as flyer’s and brochures.


  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Organizes employees, contractors and/or volunteers.
  • Promotes interest in recreational activities; represents the City and the Department with public groups.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and schedules programs, activities, events and staffing.
  • Modifies classes and workshops to accommodate individuals with a variety of disabilities.
  • Manages and directs the daily operations of recreational facilities, activities and/or special events.
  • Coordinates citywide events.
  • Coordinates the design and creation of necessary materials to market and promote programs.
  • Recommends the purchase of new equipment and coordinates purchase orders.
  • Assists with and monitors the budget.
  • Coordinates cross-functional work groups.
  • Researches trends and implements best practices with respect to recreational programs and activities.


  • Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.
    May fill in for supervisor or Program Specialist in his or her absence.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Knowledge of principles and methods for development design and coordination of recreational programs, activities and events.
    • Knowledge of Federal, State and Local laws.
    • Knowledge of City practice, policy and procedures.
    • Skill in oral and written communication.
    • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
    • Skill in using computers and related software.
    • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
    • Skill in planning and organizing.
    • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priority.
    • Ability to design, creates market and promotes programs.
    • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

    Criminal Background Investigation
    This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.


    City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

    Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within
    the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

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