Posted: Jun 16, 2022

Recreation Specialist

Salary: Hourly
Application Deadline: N/A

NYC Parks serves as the steward for over 30,000 acres of land, which includes 1,000 playgrounds, 36 recreation centers, 66 pools and 14 miles of beach. Our primary responsibility is to build and maintain clean, safe and accessible parks, and to create cultural and educational programs for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy. The mission of Recreation is to enable all New Yorkers to lead physically active and intellectually stimulating lives through sports, fitness, outdoor adventure, technology, education, and the arts.  Recreation programs include specialized exercise classes, youth sports, senior activities, summer camps and free afterschool programs.  Recreation programming occurs throughout the City in NYC Parks recreation centers, parks and playgrounds.

Ocean Breeze Park, in Staten Island, has a 2,500-seat athletic complex that boasts a state-of-the-art indoor track and field amenity, exercise rooms, an outdoor cross-country course and a food concession. The facility is a premier destination for athletic events, drawing competitors from around the world. Future capital plans also include various sport fields.

NYC Parks offers an excellent benefits package including pension, health, dental and vision coverage and vacation/sick days.

 Major Responsibilities

  • Under supervision, conduct dynamic and innovative workshops, sports and specialized recreational programs for the Recreation division.
  • Develop and facilitate programming to engage New Yorkers in sports, fitness and outdoor adventures.
  • Lead and coach youth programming, work mobile unit programs and other special events.
  • Instruct participants in basic fitness skills, including proper fitness equipment use, basic safety precautions and the health benefits of regular exercise.
  • Lead fitness classes, practice sessions and facilitate sports programs for New Yorkers of all ages.
  • Maintain equipment and fitness areas on a daily basis, including maintaining an inventory of necessary materials and supplies. Inspect public spaces and report evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions.
  • Establish program objectives, evaluate recreational programs and design cutting-edge curricula.
  • Supervise, develop and implement afterschool, teen and summer camp curricula that meet all Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) criteria.
  • Promote NYC Parks Recreation Center memberships and assist in events and special projects.
  • Collect and submit accurate data, forms and reports to meet internal deadlines.


Qualification Requirements

  1. Three years of participation in an art, craft or other recreational pursuit as a teacher, performer, coach, official, contestant or demonstrator, including at least one year of experience in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job, as described below; or
  2. Major study in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job, as described below, acquired in a high school, college or other appropriate institution over at least a three-year period; or
  3. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience as described above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience or education in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job as described below.

Job assignments are limited to the following recreational activities: woodworking, weightlifting, tennis, aquatics, soccer, fencing, golf, gymnastics, ham radio, horseback riding, hockey, figure skating, martial arts, music, nature study, art, photography, dramatics, dance-roller skating, small crafts, sewing, astronomy, auto mechanics, baton twirling, bridge, chess, modern dance, dog obedience, puppetry, boxing and storytelling.

 Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s or Master's degree in physiology, recreation or a sports related field.
  2. Experience recruiting, instructing and coaching sports, including girls’, women’s and nontraditional sports.
  3. Experience with fine arts, performing arts and decorative arts.
  4. Excellent communication, organizational and customer service skills.
  5. Proficiency in computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  6. Valid New York State driver license.
  7. Able to work weekends and non-traditional hours.
  8. Fluency in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin/Cantonese or Polish.

Vaccination Requirement: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

How to Apply

Parks Employees: 

  • From a Parks computer: Access Employee Self Service (ESS) from the Parks Intranet under Applications or use this link: https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet/. Once in ESS, go to Recruiting then Careers and search for

Job ID# 534933. Do not access ESS using from a Parks computer.

Parks & City Employees:

  • From a Non-Parks computer: Access Employee Self Service (ESS) by going to or use this link: Once in ESS, go to Recruiting then Careers and search for Job ID# 534933.


Include your ERN and Job ID# 534933 on your cover letter and resume.

All other applicants:

Click here to apply: Recreation Specialist  OR

Go to and search for Job ID# 534933.                                              


POST DATE: 06/10/2022                                             POST UNTIL: FILLED


NOTE: References will be required upon request.