Recreation Aide (Grade 7) (Temporary Part-Time)

City of Huntsville, AL

$25,085 – $36,650 a year
Nature of Work

This is specialized work in organizing, leading and instructing recreation and sporting activities at a recreation facility or community center. Work involves responsibility for organizing and leading a variety of recreation and sports activities for diversified age groups. Work also involves setting up equipment and facilities for sports, recreation and special events and instructing participants. Work requires the use of tact and skill in dealing with patrons and in maintaining order and discipline. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed by a supervisor through conferences, activity reports and observation of performance. Assist in planning, implementing, scheduling, coordinating and promoting a variety of sports and recreation activities and programs for various age groups; assists in planning and scheduling special events and social activities; assists in conducting camps, clinics and workshops. Organizes, leads and coordinates sports and recreation activities for youth, young adult, and adult groups; teaches and instructs participants; meets and confers with youth and adult athletic league representatives and oversees and monitors youth athletic activities; promotes good conduct, sportsmanship and safety; maintains order and discipline; issues and collects sports and recreation equipment. Organizes and schedules arts and crafts and health and fitness activities. Schedules usage of the facilities; makes reservations, collects fees and issues receipts; sets up equipment for regular activities and special events; takes down and stores equipment; keeps the facilities clean and orderly; performs minor maintenance duties. Assists in recruiting, training, monitoring and evaluating volunteer workers, under the supervision of a Neighborhood Services Programmer. Prepares activity and attendance reports. Promotes and maintains a cooperative relationship with public and private agencies in the neighborhood. Requires regular and prompt attendance plus the ability to work well with others and work well as a team. Officiates for sports and games; teaches classes in absence of instructors; serves on youth councils; operates a van and transports participants to and from events; performs clerical tasks. Performs related work as required.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Work exposes employee to potential communicable diseases and blood borne pathogens, inclement weather, physical hazards, and chemical hazards. Work requires frequent physical effort such as sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing and lifting light to moderately heavy objects. Work also requires physical dexterity in the frequent use of hand-eye coordination and manipulative skills using fingers, limbs or body in leading athletic activities and operating vehicles and equipment.

Minimum Education, Training and Experience

High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or GED certificate issued by the appropriate state agency and some experience in an organized recreation program. Knowledge of group recreational planning and supervision, and the rules and regulations governing various competitive athletic games. Some knowledge of public recreation philosophy and objectives. Ability to assist in planning, organizing and scheduling diversified recreation activities for all age groups. Ability to organize, schedule, lead and instruct a recreational and social activities. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, and to keep records and prepare reports. Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the public, and to establish and maintain effective relationships with superiors, other employees and volunteers.

Valid driver’s license.

Position Requires Working Nights and Weekends

Applicants May Obtain a Copy of the City of Huntsville’s EEOP Short Form Upon Request

The City of Huntsville offers a competitive benefits package for its regular, full-time employees, such as medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, cancer, off-the-job accident, as well as annual leave, sick leave, holiday and retirement.

Below is a summary of the City’s benefit offerings:

Medical Insurance:

The City offers all regular, full-time employees a medical insurance plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. There is one option available: BlueCard PPO. The BlueCard PPO plan utilizes a national Preferred Provider Organization. There is a 30 day waiting period from date of hire.

Voluntary Dental Plan:

The City offers a voluntary dental plan for all regular, full-time employees administered by Delta Dental Insurance Company. This is a PPO plan which offers a network of providers who have agreed to accept reduced fees for their services. Any provider may be utilized; however, significantly less out-of-pocket expense is realized when using a PPO provider. There is one level of coverage available: Level 2 plan. The Level 2 plan offers 100% coverage for Preventive and Diagnostic Services, 80% coverage for Basic Services and 50% coverage for Major Services and Orthodontic, if a PPO provider is utilized. There are no individual/family deductibles for Preventive and Diagnostic Services and deductibles for Basic, Major and other Covered Services are $50 per person or $150 per family per calendar year. The plan maximum is $1,000 and Preventive and Diagnostic Services do not count toward the annual maximum. There is a 30 day waiting period from date of hire.

Voluntary Vision Plan:

This is a voluntary vision plan that provides benefit coverage for eye examinations, frames, and eyeglass lenses with applicable copay. There is also an allowance for contact lenses. The plan is administered by VSP. There is a 30 day waiting period from date of hire.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Program:

A mental health and substance abuse program is offered through Behavioral Health Systems, Incorporated (BHS). It is available to all employees and covered dependents currently enrolled and participating in the Group Medical Insurance. All treatment must be pre-certified and approved through BHS. To arrange for an evaluation, call the City’s Employee Assisted Services Coordinator or BHS prior to treatment being rendered. There is a 30 day waiting period from date of hire.

Life Insurance:

The City provides a $20,000 life insurance policy. There are additional benefits for accidental death & dismemberment, seat belt, airbag rider and common carrier. Coverage begins after completing one full day of work. Coverage is provided at no-cost to the employee.

Disability Insurance:

The City provides a limited long term disability policy for eligible employees with one year of service, but less than ten years of service. After ten years of service, disability benefits are coordinated by the Retirement System of Alabama (RSA).


The retirement plan is administered by the Retirement System of Alabama (RSA). Participation is mandatory for all regular, full-time and part-time employees. Tier II Employees contribute 6% of salary to the plan (7% of salary for certain positions in the Police and Fire & Rescue divisions). Tier I Employees contribute 5% of salary to the plan (6% of salary for certain positions in the Police and Fire & Rescue divisions). The City contributes a percent as determined by RSA.

Voluntary Life / AD&D; Insurance:

The City offers regular, full-time employees an optional voluntary term life insurance plan. Employees may purchase additional term life insurance for self and spouse and/or eligible dependents. Premiums are based upon age for the employee and spouse. Premiums for children are based upon a flat rate. Also, the City offers an optional voluntary accidental death & dismemberment insurance plan. Employees may purchase insurance for self or family. The minimum level of coverage on both plans is $20,000. The plans are administered by Lincoln Financial Group. There is a 30 day waiting period from the date of hire. Please refer to the plan brochure for additional information.

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance:

The City offers an optional supplemental Cancer plan and an Off-The-Job Accident plan. The Cancer plan provides a first occurrence, hospital confinement, radiation & chemotherapy and other benefits. The Off-The-Job Accident plan pays benefits for injuries occurring off the job. These supplemental plans are administered by Allstate. Please refer to the brochure for an explanation of covered benefits. There is a 30 day waiting period from date of hire.

Flexible Spending Accounts:

The City provides two flexible spending accounts: medical reimbursement and dependent care accounts. Reimbursements from these pre-taxed accounts require a proper receipt. The plans are administered by Wage Works. There is a 30 day waiting period from date of hire.

Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plans:

The City provides two optional voluntary deferred compensation plans. One plan is administered by RSA-1 and the other is administered by Nationwide Retirement Solutions. Employees may defer portions of salary for a later date, such as retirement. Please see the Payroll Division of the Finance Department for further details.

College 529 Savings Program:

The City provides an opportunity for employees to set aside funds for education through payroll deductions. For additional information, contact the City’s Insurance and Benefits Office.


The City recognizes the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Three additional floating holidays are given each year as authorized by the Mayor.

Sick Leave:

Sick leave accrual is 4 hours per pay period for all eligible City employees. There is no maximum amount of sick leave an employee may accrue.

Annual Leave:

Annual leave is accrued as follows: less than 10 years = 4 hours per pay period; 10 to 15 years = 5 hours per pay period; 15 to 20 years = 6 hours per pay period; 20 or more years = 7 hours per pay period. Employees may accrue and carry forward 260 hours to the next calendar year.

Military Leave:

The City provides a military leave plan that pays regular salary for not more than twenty-one days per year. Also, employees, called into active service, may receive compensation in an amount equal to the difference in the lower military pay and the higher public employment salary as provided by City Council Ordinance.

Longevity Pay:

The City pays eligible employees compensation based upon the number of months of continuous regular full-time service as of October 1st of each year.

Other Benefits:

Please refer to the City of Huntsville Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.

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