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


Recreation Programs Instructor works within the Recreation Programs department with assessments, 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

Volunteer opportunity - hours and program instruction can vary based on availablity and experience

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
  • Enforce program policies and procedures
  • Uphold proper use of facility, equipment, and supplies including opening and closing responsibilities for each program
  • Inform supervisor of any program delivery issues or concerns, equipment concerns or equipment maintenance needs
  • Ability to lead an individual or group program including oversight of staff, volunteers and interns
  • Train and coordinate interns and volunteers, if applicable
  • Assist in the development of innovative and creative programming
  • Provide and receive general feedback in a solution driven, professional manner
  • Attend and engage in required program staff meetings and trainings
  • 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
  • Exhibits strong behavior management techniques and skills
  • Demonstrates ability to write specific, measurable goals and objectives with documentation of goal progression
  • 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 certification
  • Valid Driver’s License; must verify own auto insurance

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