Recreation Program Lead Instructor
Park City, Salt Lake City, Partner Venues, UT Programs - Recreation


Recreation Programs Lead Instructor assists the Recreation Programs department with the completion and oversight of assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and administration of adaptive adventures, recreation programs, and competitive activities for people of all ages and abilities.  A primary function of this and every other job at the National Ability Center is to ensure that each member, guest and visitor of the National Ability Center receives the highest caliber of service.

Position Information

Part-time non-exempt or seasonal non-exempt options available, weekend, evening, night and holiday work as required, $10-$20/hr

Major Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Lead participant assessments, program planning, delivery and evaluations of specific adaptive recreation activities including some or all of the following: indoor and outdoor climbing, hiking, high and low ropes course, team building, cycling, paddle sports, archery, aquatics, and water sports
  • Develop goals and objectives for each participant relative to the program; document participants’ progress and lesson observations, manage behavior of participants during activities, provide input and feedback during program debrief
  • Complete administrative duties and documentation such as, auditing paperwork, tracking attendance, incident reports, data entry and other duties as assigned
  • Ability to clearly communicate instructions to participants during the activity, including but not limited to directives, technique, and feedback
  • Implement and supervise safety/risk management protocols in a caring and fun environment for participants, volunteers, and staff
  • Maintain and update program inventory lists
  • Provide updates to program manager regarding equipment condition and needs
  • Maintain ongoing program to-do lists, including pre and post season needs 
  • Develop and maintain lesson plans for multiple types of programming including individual lessons, group sessions, and camps.
  • Support the Recreation Volunteer Coordinator in communicating program needs, fostering relationships, and maintaining attendance and accurate volunteer records
  • Ensure all activities assigned have accurately recorded attendance 
  • Assist with intern supervision, roles, and feedback during programming
  • Mentor and develop recreation instructors and volunteer assistants
  • Maintain cleanliness, professional appearance, and organization of program areas assigned 
  • Directly oversee assigned programs, staff roles, and safety
  • Report to Program Manager with updates regarding needed trainings and support in developing training curriculum 
  • Serve as an active member of the National Ability Center ED Staff team
  • Inform supervisor of any program delivery issues or concerns
  • Conduct and maintain lesson documentation as assigned, including participant assessments, lesson plans, progress notes, evaluations, and incident reports
  • Train and coordinate instructors and volunteers, if applicable
  • Receive and apply feedback
  • Provide general feedback in a solution driven, professional manner
  • Attend and engage in required program staff meetings and trainings
  • Document and report all accidents, incidents and disciplinary concerns to supervisor
  • Create a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, volunteers and community
  • Support and promote National Ability Center programs and staff when out in the community
  • Abide by all policies and procedures in the Employee Handbook and relevant program specific manuals
  • Commit to continuing education in your field utilizing internal and external resources to ensure our programs sustain continual responsiveness and improvement
  • Communicate clearly, honestly, and respectfully with all staff, participants, parents, and volunteers
  • All other duties as specified


Required Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of a variety of disabilities and diagnoses
  • Ability to work effectively with children and adults of all abilities
  • Ability to supervise staff and delegate tasks effectively
  • Exhibits strong behavior management techniques and skills
  • Demonstrates ability to write specific, measurable goals and objectives with documentation of goal progression
  • Experience working with young adults who have cognitive and intellectual disabilities
  • Passion for encouraging independence and growth in all populations and abilities
  • Ability to multi-task in a hectic environment
  • Demonstrates responsibility, dependability, and maturity
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience teaching adaptive recreation to a wide variety of individuals preferred
  • Relevant activity specific certifications preferred (WSI, IMBA/PMBA, ACCT, ACA, etc.)
  • Relevant school course-work such as Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Outdoor Education preferred
  • Willing and able to tolerate extended periods in the elements, including sun, snow, and water
  • Able to lift adaptive equipment up to 50 lbs
  • Current First Aid and CPR or higher level of medical training required
  • Valid Driver’s License; must verify own auto insurance
  • Pass a UDOT physical and gain approval for driving preferred
  • Successful completion of a background check

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