Outdoor Recreation Lead
Job Details
Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) - Hayward, CA
Part Time


Under general supervision of the Recreation Supervisor and the direct supervision of the Recreation Coordinator II, the Outdoor Recreation Lead will provide instruction with assistance from Outdoor Recreation Instructors to students 10 to 13 years of age at various sites throughout the District. The position will adhere to outdoor recreation curriculum which includes non-traditional sport activities such as pickleball, hiking, biking, kayaking, and dodgeball. This position will require you to work mornings, evenings, and weekends.


Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for leading programming duties, but may also perform general duties to assist in outdoor programming. This class can be distinguished from the class of Outdoor Recreation Instructor because incumbents in this class have program/curriculum lesson planning responsibilities.


Incumbents may not perform all duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create lesson plans for non-traditional sport programming

  • Conducts programming for youth as part of the outdoor programming

  • Ensure safety and proper technique of participants while in the program

  • Follow an age appropriate curriculum for participants

  • Assist in completion of required reports or any necessary paperwork

  • Encourage skill development and self-confidence through progression of skills

  • Provide a high level of customer service to parents and participants

  • Exercise precautions necessary to ensure the safety of participants

  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers

  • Attends job specific trainings

  • Performs other duties as assigned


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. The functions of this position are primarily performed outdoors at various District locations. The setting includes various weather conditions, including heat and sunshine. Incumbents must wear an appropriate uniform with identification and protective equipment. Specialized aspects of the work environment may also include high noise levels, working with participants who are using potentially dangerous sport equipment and in environments that will require supervision. Incumbents may be assigned an irregular working schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays and may have to travel between various locations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have: hearing and speech adequate to communicate in person, by telephone, by PA system and by radio, and to speak loudly in a noisy setting; vision adequate to clearly distinguish objects and persons at a distance, bodily movement adequate to frequently sit, stand, walk, run, jump, climb, reach, turn, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crawl, and push/pull; ability to raise arms above shoulder height; manual dexterity adequate to grasp objects, use fine manipulation, write and operate office machines and equipment; strength and endurance to perform lifting and carrying of items up to 50 pounds.


Ability and Skill to: 

  • At least 18 years of age 

  • Must be able to possibly work mornings, evenings, and weekends 

  • Possess or obtain by date of employment valid certification in CPR and First Aid 

  • Attend orientation training 

  • Must have reliable transportation 

  • Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of the work 

Knowledge of: 

  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision 

  • Ability to create and maintain an exciting atmosphere 

  • Ability to exercise good judgment and deal with the public effectively 

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions 


  • HS Diploma 

  • Some previous experience with outdoor recreation is desirable 

  • Must possess current certificates for CPR & First Aid, or the ability to get upon employment. and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment 

Special Requirements: 

  • Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test 

  • Any offer of employment to an adult employee who will have direct contact with minors is conditional upon a satisfactory fingerprint clearance and background check (DOJ) 

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. 

  • Possession of a valid CA Drivers License