Recreation Aide

County of San Diego
19 per week $17 Per hour CA 5500 Overland Ave #410, San Diego, CA 92123, United States



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

Recreation Aide positions are assigned to work at various City of San Diego recreation centers, teen centers and after school programs; assist with games, crafts, sports, dance and aquatic activities; supervise locker areas; provide information to the public; register participants in classes; perform cashier duties; distribute equipment and games; make simple repairs to equipment and facilities; perform general maintenance of facilities and grounds; assist with/participate in special events. Recreation Aide positions are used to underfill Golf Operations Assistant positions ; answer questions concerning the golf course and procedures, rules and regulations; determine and collect proper green fees from customers and arrange starting order for players; organize golfers into playing groups and make arrangements for timely spacing; patrol the golf course to interpret and enforce course rules; keep records, including those for numbers of players and cash receipts; operate a cash register/computer; close out and balance cash register; determine and issue resident identification cards; and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24 

2% effective 1/1/25 

5% effective 7/1/25  

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).
  • Recreation Aide positions are available on a part-time and/or limited, hourly basis and may average up to 19 hours per week, primarily during afternoon, evening and weekend hours. During holiday breaks and summer, hours are generally increased.
  • Recreation Aide positions may be utilized at recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses and teen centers.  Some positions require that you be available to work between 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during weekdays, and on weekends.
  • In accordance with California Public Resources Code section 5163, all persons holding Recreation Aide positions must get tested for tuberculosis (TB) when hired and every four years thereafter as a condition of continued employment.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
AGE: 15 ½ years of age or older.

  • Applicants less than age 18 must obtain a work permit prior to starting work.
  • Work permits are obtained through the school system.
  • Applicants who are age 17 and are high school graduates, or have passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or General Education Development (GED) examination, are not required to have a work permit.
CITIZENSHIP: You must be a United States citizen or have the current legal right to work in the United States.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.
  • Voluntary or paid experience leading a variety of recreational activities.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities. 

Rev. 8 - July 3, 2023 (Pay Note Added)