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Recreation Division
Recreation Division

Recreation Office, 2701 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
TEL: (510) 981-5140, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-5160
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
See Holiday and Reduced Service Day Schedule

Community Centers/Playground Program

Now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 season 
Application Deadline: February 26, 2016
(or until all positions are filled)

Community CentersEach community center in the City of Berkeley operates 8 week-long summer fun camp sessions for elementary and/or middle-school aged youth. Activities include arts and crafts, sports and games, environmental projects, special events, weekly swim trips, talent shows, and major field trips. Summer fun camps offer AM/PM extended care for youth, as well as the core program (from 9am-3pm). 

Playground ProgramThis program is located at several school and park sites throughout the city. Youth participate in a variety of activities (arts and crafts/sports) on site, and typically go on mini-field trips, like swimming, in the local community during the week. 

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Recreation Activity Leader
Must be 18 years or older
$17.33 per hour (to start)

Position Overview
As a Recreation Activity Leader you will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing activities; assisting in planning and coordinating events; maintaining and enforcing safety procedures for participants and spectators.

To qualify for this position you must have knowledge of equipment necessary for various recreational activities; rules and regulations related to team sports; basic principles and techniques of first aid; community recreation needs for all age groups. You must be able to motivate and provide encouragement for participation in recreation programs and team sports; identify recreation needs and plan and schedule recreational activities.

Equivalent to graduation from high school and either two (2) years of progressively responsible experience leading a variety of athletic and recreation activities; or completion of major college coursework leading to a degree in recreation, physical education, group work or a closely related field may be substituted on a year-for-year basis; or extensive training and/or experience in a specialized field of endeavor such as dance, ceramics, photography or nature study which has occurred over a period of several years and has resulted in an acceptable level of expertise and the ability to impart knowledge of this field to others. 



Playground Leader Trainee
Must be 16 years or older
$12.19 per hour (to start)

Position Overview
This position is responsible for assisting in supervising and providing quality recreational experiences to younger participants at the playground or community center; assists higher level recreation personnel in conducting athletic and group recreational activities; assists in marking courts and diamonds and does simple maintenance of grounds and facilities; assists in the recreation center office, and helps with the issuing and collecting of supplies, and equipment, such as balls, bats, and gloves; make minor repairs to equipment, such as repairing nets and inflating balls; answers the telephone and gives information on the schedule of activities; performs related work as required.  

To qualify for this position you must be sixteen years or older and must have completed sophomore year of high school. You must have some experience as a participant in a variety of recreational activities, and a willingness to work with children and teens. 


  Application Process (for all summer positions): 

  • Download an Employment Application Be sure to mark all program areas in which you would like to be considered for employment.
  • Fill out application and complete supplemental questionnaires (only applicable for Berkeley Day Camp and Echo Lake applicants) and sign them.  
  • In the "Employment Record" portion of the City’s application, list all your paid or volunteer experience, as it applies to the job. Examples include: camp counselor positions, babysitting jobs, youth coaching experience, leadership camps, youth mentoring programs, etc.
  • In the “Relevant licenses, certificates, or training” portion of the City’s application, list all relevant certificates that apply to the job. Examples include: First Aid and CPR, Lifeguard, WSI, etc.  
  • Attach all required certificates with your application. (Please refer under “job requirements” for required certificates for the position you are applying for with the City).  

 You may mail or drop-off your completed applications to:    

City of Berkeley, Recreation Division 
2701 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94705

    • You may also fax your application to (510) 981-5160.  
    • Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by phone or email if you are selected for an interview. 

Employment Requirements:
Candidates under serious consideration must provide proof of a recent negative T.B. test prior the beginning of the program or agree to get one as condition of employment. An original Social Security card is also required. 

Fingerprinting Requirement:  
California state law requires that all recreation employees and volunteers having direct contact, supervisory or disciplinary authority over minors be fingerprinted as a condition of employment. Candidates under serious consideration for hire will be referred for fingerprinting. 

 Candidates under the age of 18 will require a work permit. 

*(pdf) This is a pdf format, if you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download from City's download site. If you are unable to access this information online, please participate by contacting us via email (, (510) 981-5150, or TDD (510) 981-6903.  
























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