Recreation And Parks Therapeutic Recreation Assistant

Baltimore County
18 per week $18 - $20 Per hour MD 9831 Van Buren Ln, Cockeysville, MD 21030, United States


Regular Schedule: 18 hours per week to 26 hours per week. 

A Non-Merit vacancy exist in the Department of Recreation and Parks. 

Non-Merit positions are not classified within the Baltimore County Government Classification and Compensation Plan.

A list of eligible applicants will be established based on the examination as outlined below.

This job announcement may close at any time with little or no notice.  Applicants are advised to apply promptly.

All interested candidates must apply at this time.

List all promotions and changes in job duties due to reclassification as separate work experience on your application. Applicants must include the dates of the promotions and reclassifications.

Note:  Failure to complete all fields of the "Work Experience" section of the application will result in your application not being considered.  A resume will not be considered in determining your qualifications for a position.  Applicants selected for an interview may provide a resume at that time.

You must attach your diploma(s), transcript(s), and/or degree(s), and/or certification(s) to your application.  Unofficial copies are acceptable.

Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications, and/or Education will result in your application not being considered.  Proof of licenses, certifications, and education must be submitted with each application.

Examples of Duties

Job Purpose
Under the general supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Professional, is responsible for assessing the recreation and leisure needs for people with disabilities; ensure compliance with ADA regulations; provide inclusion support; and make necessary program modifications or accommodations for participation.

Essential Job Duties

  • Develops, promotes, and implements specialized and inclusive recreation programming.
  • Ensures proper building access and adaptive equipment are available for safe and interactive programs, services, and events.
  • Assist groups in planning and carrying out inclusive recreational programs.
  • Meet with the community citizens groups.
  • Supervise and train volunteer leaders.
  • Provide information, education, and assistance to community members and organizations.
  • Update and maintain electronic and physical files and/or records.
  • Create and design flyers, booklets, advertisement, brochures and/or reports.
Examples of Other Duties
Performs other related duties as required.

NOTE: The duties and responsibilities listed above are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications for all positions in this class. They may not include all of the essential job functions of each position in the class. Each position may not be required to perform all of the essential job functions listed.


Training and Experience 
Possession of a high school diploma or an appropriate equivalent;
Prior experience working with people with disabilities and inclusive programming. Must possess skills necessary to instruct such activities.
Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience planning, developing, and coordinating Therapeutic Recreation Programs.
  • Skill in and appreciation of specialized and inclusive recreation activities. 
  • Practical knowledge of the skill to be learned. 
  • Ability to work well with age group involved. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and accurately, both orally and writing. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Knowledge of office procedures and filing systems. Knowledge of automated office systems
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Entry Level)
Must have sufficient skills in and appreciation of a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.  Must have ability to deal with the interpersonal relationships of participants, staff, parents and the community at large. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Licenses and Certificates
Some positions within this classification may require possession of a valid driver's license equivalent to a non-commercial, class C Maryland driver's license at the time of appointment.

Proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education
Applicants are required to submit proof of education beyond high school to meet the required and preferred qualifications of the position. Diplomas or transcripts must show the applicant's major field of study. Copies and unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Proof of license(s) certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

Proof of Degree Equivalency
Applicants who have obtained a degree from outside the United States of America are required to submit degree equivalence documentation from World Education Services, Inc.  (

Mail or deliver documents to:
ATTN:  Rec and Parks Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
Office of Human Resources
Baltimore County Government
308 Allegheny Ave.
Towson, MD 21204

You must attach your diploma(s), transcript(s), and/or degree(s), and/or certification(s) to your application.  Unofficial copies are acceptable.

Qualified applicants will be assigned a rating based on an evaluation of their training and experience as submitted on their application and supplemental questionnaire.  Applicants are advised to state the dates, duties and responsibilities of past and present experience clearly and completely for evaluation purposes. 

Conditions of Employment

Employees hired after July 1, 2022 are required to participate in the Baltimore County Employees’ Retirement System, with very limited exceptions.  
Physical and Environmental Conditions
The work of this position entails frequent walking, standing, and other limited physical activity.

Employees in this classification may be assigned to work nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Employment Background Investigation
Applicants selected for employment with Baltimore County must successfully complete an employment investigation, including, but not limited to criminal background, education, and fingerprinting checks.