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Recreation Co-ordinator

Recreation co-ordinators administer and oversee recreation programs, leisure services, and routine facility maintenance.

  • Avg. Salary $46,673.00
  • Avg. Wage $36.71
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 1,700
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Community Recreation Co-ordinator, Program Leader, Recreation Guide

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Recreation and Sports Program Supervisors (4167.5) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants (E036) 
  • 2011 NOC: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4167) 
  • 2016 NOC: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4167) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Recreation Co-ordinator is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Recreation and Sports Program Supervisors

Interest in consulting to provide recreational and sports information to community groups and the media; may instruct in recreational and sports activities


Interest in co-ordinating the activities of leaders and instructors to implement training programs and workshops; and in recruiting volunteer and paid program leaders and instructors


Interest in developing sports, fitness and recreational programs for leaders and instructors

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators plan, organize, and supervise recreational programs to meet community needs. They assess program success and advise groups and organizations on how to make the most of programs. They take part in many aspects of recreation, including:

  • Leadership training
  • Staff training
  • Sporting, cultural, and physical fitness activities
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks management
  • Recreation for specific populations, such as children or seniors
  • Monitoring budgets and planning capital spending
  • Routine and preventive facility maintenance

In general, recreation co-ordinators:

  • Work with community groups to develop and implement programs
  • Advertise programs
  • Implement fundraising projects
  • Research and evaluate programs
  • Prepare budgets for departments, facilities, or programs
  • Prepare grant applications, write reports, and develop long-range plans
  • Interview and hire staff and volunteers who operate courses, programs, and facilities
  • Supervise and train staff and volunteers
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators often work from an office. At times they work weekends and evenings at meetings or events. They may need to travel, such as if they oversee programs in multiple locations.

Setting up recreational activities sometimes requires lifting heavy items.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators need:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to establish rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Accounting skills

They should enjoy consulting with people, directing and co-ordinating activities, and developing innovative programs.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators must have a university degree or college diploma in a related discipline. This could include recreation, physical education, or management. Employers prefer applicants with a recreation-related university degree or experience in the recreation field. Some positions require candidates to understand community development principles and organize community-wide festivals and special events.

Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Robertson College - Calgary

Robertson College - Edmonton

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators work for:

  • Health-care institutions
  • Municipal governments
  • Not-for-profit sport and recreation groups, such as the YM / YWCA and Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Post-secondary schools
  • Private recreation and fitness facilities
  • Tourism and entertainment businesses and organizations

Work in smaller centres may offer a broader range of experiences. Larger centres tend to be more diverse and offer the option to specialize.

Experienced co-ordinators may move into consulting or administrative positions. For more information, see the Recreation and Sport Administrator occupational profile.

Recreation co-ordinators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4167: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 4167: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 58 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 58 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Salaries for recreation co-ordinators vary. Factors include location, responsibilities of the position, and the co-ordinator’s qualifications.

Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.48 $45.00 $31.27 $30.83
Overall $16.83 $52.76 $36.71 $39.89
Top $20.50 $52.76 $40.27 $46.62

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Accommodation & Food Services
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Physical Education and Recreation

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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