Job: Winter Sports Recreation Instructor

Town of Amherst

4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

Company Description:
The Town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community and strives toward racial equity and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO
Salary Range:Location:
$23.37 Per Hour AMHERST MA
Job Type:Category:
Part TimeGovernment/Public Service
Education Level:Work Experience:
High School or Equivalent
Preference: Required
Preference: Preferred
Current CPR, AED and First Aid certification. - Preference: Required

 The Recreation Instructor is responsible for planning, class instruction, and leading activities for specific classes.


  • Plan, implement, and facilitate recreation programs classes, workshops, or trips.
  • Establish and communicate expected conduct to ensure a safe learning environment, enforcing safety rules to prevent injury.
  • Explain the rules of the activities and instruct participants at a variety of skill levels.
  • Modify activities to suit the needs of specific groups, such as seniors.
  • Administer basic first aid if needed.
  • Organize and set up tools and equipment used in recreational activities.
  • Teach activity participants per lesson plans.
  • Maintain close supervision and maximize safety of staff and participants at all times.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with participants.
  • Attend appropriate in-service training sessions as required.
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision of the Outreach Manager.

Supervision Exercised: The employee is responsible for his/her own work but may be expected to provide occasional assistance or guidance to other employees.

Five or more years’ experience playing, coaching, or advising for sport of choice required. Must be age 18 or older; two or more years of experience in related area of activity.  Demonstrated knowledge of sports management, and recreational philosophy and extensive knowledge of planning and administration are required.  Current CPR, AED and First Aid certification. Current certifications in the recreation area as needed; must be flexible to meet program scheduling needs.  Must pass criminal background.

Flexibility, a positive attitude, enthusiasm and excellent problem-solving skills preferred; must have experience as a leader or supervisor of others; strong background in related area of activity; ability and desire to interact with participants of all ages in a positive and courteous manner. Ability to teach/ coach participants in a professional manner; willingness to work according to agency policies and procedures.  Demonstrated punctuality and reliability in work habits; strong interpersonal, supervisory, and safe decision-making skills; ability to meet the physical demands of the recreation activity.  (The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

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Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is required to stand or sit or walk, talk and hear for extended periods; uses hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reaches with hands and arms; specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception and the ability to adjust focus; ability to operate telephone, keyboard, computer and other office equipment; lifts up to 50 lbs.; skill to apply endurance and strength to perform any manual tasks.