5 ways being a rec assistant will make your summer


By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

I believe that my life as a recreation and parks professional has been my calling. Sometimes my job can be inspiring, and it’s the kids I work with who inspire me most.

After serving our youth and community for more than two decades, you might say a spirit of gratefulness compels me to pay “it” forward. The “I” stands for “investment” and the “T” represents “time.”

If you can relate to that, you may have what it takes to be a recreation assistant with the City of College Station’s Parks & Recreation Department. We’re hiring recreation assistants for our summer youth programs, lifeguards for our pools, water safety instructors to teach swim lessons, and Tsunami Swim Team coaches.

Here are five reasons you should apply:

  1. You can make a difference in the lives of our youth.
  2. You can help us develop programs to promote athletics, recreational programs, instructional classes, swim lessons and special events.
  3. You can acquire knowledge and skills in leadership, programming, basic management, youth supervision, personal development, partnership building, problem-solving, and communication.
  4. You can gain worthwhile experience in youth field work in a fun environment.
  5. IT (investment and time).

I have many duties and responsibilities as the supervisor at the Lincoln Recreation Center, but let me share a secret. In our hearts, recreation managers, programmers and coordinators miss our days as recreation assistants. Why?

Because it’s fun – and you get paid to do it!

Our recreation assistants work with kids ages 6-15 as counselors, activity instructors, trip leaders, and support staff for the city’s summer camps. The work schedule is from May 30- Aug. 5 with multiple shifts available each day from 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Required training sessions are available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23-26, and from 7:30-9:15 p.m. on June 26. American Red Cross water safety instructor and lifeguard certification programs are also available.

For complete position details and to apply, go to csjobs.cstx.gov.

csf_ljacksonAbout the Author

Lance Jackson has been with the Lincoln Recreation Center for more than two decades, including 18 years as the supervisor. He previously worked with the MHMR Authority of the Brazos Valley. A Temple native, Lance was a defensive back at Texas A&M in 1985-86 for Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum during the famed Wrecking Crew era.




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