'Rec' Program Leader Jobs With State DOCCS Available at $45,455

Jan. 15 Deadline; $35 Fee For February Test; Pay Adjustments Available; Residency Not Required

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The state is accepting applications for Recreation Program Leaders 1 through Jan. 15 for positions in facilities run by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The pay is $45,455. The fee is $35 for tests beginning Feb. 29.

$3G Downstate Bonus

Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

Recreation Program Leaders plan and coordinate organized discretionary-time activities for inmates in a facility of the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

These include developing and directing a comprehensive recreational program of athletic and non-athletic activities; assessing the interests of the inmates; and developing procedures for and monitoring all activities to ensure compliance with established directives.

Recreation Program Leaders also solicit inmate and community involvement; provide instruction in and officiating at activities; prepare written reports; maintain records of participants, programs and equipment; conduct tryouts and select teams and officials; and coordinate tournaments and other events.


On or before Feb. 29, applicants must have either 1) an associate's degree in physical education, recreation, recreational therapy or a closely related recreational field and two years of experience directing or assisting in the direction of a scheduled, organized recreational program;

Or 2) a bachelor's degree in physical education, recreation, recreational therapy or a closely related recreational field;

Or 3) a bachelor's degree and two years of related experience.

Closely related degrees are: athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology (either athletic training, physical education or sports management), movement and science, recreation and leisure studies, recreation education, recreation management, sports management or therapeutic recreation.

Those who expect to meet the educational requirements by Sept. 30, 2020 can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of completion of the educational requirement to the appointing authority at the time of the interview.

Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience will be accepted on a prorated basis.

Because of the nature of the position, there is an investigative screening that may include a thorough character investigation. Fingerprinting is required at the time of appointment, with appointees required to pay the processing fee.

State residence is not required for these positions.

Exam Subjects

Applicants must pass a written test  to be considered for appointment. The test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

1) Principles and practices of leisure recreation. These questions test for a knowledge of the basic concepts and common practices employed in planning and implementing leisure-time activities in athletics, social activities and avocational interests. Questions may cover such areas as assessing the interests, needs and abilities of all individuals, engaging participants in programs, operation of recreation area and recreation centers, and organizing teams and activity groups;

2) Preparing written material. These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. Understanding and interpreting written material. These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material;

3) A passing score is 70. Applicants’ ranks on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final passing scores.

Complete information on the position and requirements can be found online at

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