Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Hiring pay for this position is $23.17 - $27.78/hour
Full salary range for this position is $23.17 - $32.38/hour

City of Aurora, Colorado
 It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
 Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day 
  • Diverse community 
  • Competitive total compensation package 
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan 
  • Light rail station minutes away 
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs 
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement 
  • Access to innovative workspaces

 The Recreation Division of the PROS (Parks, Recreation and Open Space) Department is committed to providing fun recreational programs and facilities for all ages aimed at improving the overall physical and mental health of Aurora's Citizens. We are currently seeking highly motivated and talented individuals for a career in the Recreation Division. The Recreation Specialist coordinates and supervises the development, implementation and operation of Central Recreation Center aquatic program and facility to ensure quality customer service.

**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.** 


The Recreation Specialist is engaged through challenging assignments, recruiting and hiring lifeguards, opportunities to grow programs needed and desired by our community, and the ability to grow valuable, lasting relationships in a dynamic work environment.

Essential duties include:

  • Supports coordinates and supervises aquatic programs and/or facility staff and activities. 
  • Responsible for the recruiting, hiring, training, evaluation, and disciplining of assigned regular and contingent employees. 
  • Directs and participates in program planning and development. 
  • Leads by example to ensure excellent customer service for citizens and program participants visiting Aurora's aquatic venues by establishing high customer service standards for staff and ensuring a high level of accountability to meet those expectations. 
  • Sets work priorities and oversee front line program staff, setting policies and procedures that require staff to provide top-notch customer service. 
  • Conducts and implements need assessments, safety checks, program standards and evaluates program effectiveness. 
  • Assists in budget preparation and manages revenue and expenses closely to ensure strong financial performance. 
  • Develops and maintains records. Prepares administrative reports. 
  • Makes personnel decisions on selection hiring, training, evaluating, and developing assigned employees. 
  • Performs additional duties as assigned


Education: Bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration, Leisure Services, Physical Education or a related field or equivalent experience.

Experience: At least 3 years progressively responsible experience in either Aquatics or Recreation Management or a related field, including at least 3 years of supervisory experience.

An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.

Knowledge:  Knowledge of the principles and practices of aquatics programming, planning, and development. Requires knowledge of standard aquatic chemical management, mechanical equipment, and water balance.

Abilities: Requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens.  Requires the ability to handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must possess the ability to respond to customer inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.

Must have the ability to establish and fulfill goals and objectives; plan, organize aquatic programs; supervise and direct the work of employees and volunteers while upholding quality customer service internally and externally.  The ability to motivate staff, create a positive work environment, and hold staff accountable for achieving measurable goals and developing their skills.  
Shifts for this position require the candidate to be available to work evenings, weekends, weekdays and holidays.

Skills: Strong organization, management, leadership, communication, interpersonal, customer service and planning skills are required.

Licenses, Certificates, and/or equipment required: 
  • Driver's License with a good driving history. 
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) certifications required. 
  • LGT (Life Guard Training) certifications required. 
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO),
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO),  
  • WSIT (Water Safety Instructor Trainer)
  •  LGIT (Life Guard Instructor Trainer) certifications preferred.  
You will occasionally use your own personal equipment (i.e. Vehicle, cell phone, laptop, tools, etc.) while on the job.


Physical Demands: Sedentary to moderate physical work depending upon assignment; may require the ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance; may require lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 20 pounds; may require regular standing and walk; may require bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and climbing; hand/eye coordination for operation of the computer; may require foot/eye coordination for operation of a motor vehicle; vision to read reports and other written material; frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.  

Work Environment: Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; may require outdoor
work with exposure to dust and noise.

Essential Personnel: When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel 

Equipment Used: Personal computer with related software applications; may require operation
of a motor vehicle.

For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service, and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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