How to become a Recreation Officer

Recreation officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programmes and services for the benefit of the community.

Personal requirements of a Recreation Officer

  • Enjoy outdoor activities
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Good administration and organisational skills
  • Able to lead, motivate and supervise other people
  • Good sport skills and expertise in a specific area such as swimming or outdoor recreation

Education & Training for a Recreation Officer

To become a recreation officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in sport and recreation, leisure and health or outdoor recreation. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a recreation officer through a traineeship in Community Recreation, Outdoor Recreation or Sport and Recreation. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you complete a degree in exercise and sports science, sport development, sport and recreation management, human movement and health studies, exercise science or physical activity studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics are usually required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Recreation Officer

Recreation officers may perform the following tasks:

  • initiate, organise and coordinate local sport and recreation events and services such as community functions, sporting competitions, hobby classes, school holiday programs and cultural activities
  • develop and administer recreation policy
  • plan and promote recreation activities and events
  • prepare and administer financial estimates, budgets and resource allocations
  • coordinate and arrange meetings and venues
  • recruit, train and supervise recreation leaders
  • liaise with parents, schools, local sporting organisations, church leaders, social workers, community groups and individuals about programs and facilities
  • write proposals, evaluations and correspondence.

Working conditions for a Recreation Officer

Most recreation officers have a high level of contact with the public.

Employment Opportunities for a Recreation Officer

Recreation officers manage and coordinate a variety of organisations, programs, events, services and facilities. They may be employed by government authorities, community organisations, schools, commercial organisations (such as health and fitness agencies), outdoor recreation organisations and sports associations. Leisure management is a growing area, and people with management or marketing qualifications are sought after.

Additional Information
A Provide First Aid Certificate is usually required.
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