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Recreation Co-ordinator

Recreation co-ordinators administer and oversee recreation programs and leisure services.

  • Avg. Salary $60,013.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.98
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Up
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Community Recreation Co-ordinator, Program Leader, Recreation Guide

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

56%
56%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Recreation Co-ordinator is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Recreation and Sports Program Supervisors
NOC code: 4167.5
SOCIAL

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

DIRECTIVE

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

INNOVATIVE

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.

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Duties
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Recreation co-ordinators plan, organize, supervise and evaluate recreation programs and advise groups and organizations regarding recreational programming. They are involved in many aspects of recreation, including:

  • leadership training
  • sporting, cultural and physical fitness activities
  • outdoor recreation
  • parks management
  • recreation for special populations.

In general, recreation co-ordinators:

  • plan and implement programs and services based on community needs
  • work with community organizations in program development and implementation
  • advertise programs
  • implement fundraising projects
  • conduct research and program evaluations
  • prepare budgets for departments, facilities or individual programs
  • prepare grant applications, write reports and develop long-range plans
  • interview, hire, supervise and train staff and volunteers who operate various courses, programs and facilities.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Recreation co-ordinators generally work in an office, but may be required to work some evenings and weekends to attend meetings and events. Travel also may be required, especially if co-ordinators are responsible for programs in 2 or 3 locations.

Setting up recreational activities sometimes requires lifting items that weigh up to 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Recreation co-ordinators need the following characteristics:

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to establish rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • strong organizational and leadership skills.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Recreation co-ordinators must have a university degree or college diploma in a related discipline, such as recreation, physical education or management. Employers generally prefer to hire university graduates whose studies were directly related to recreation or who have experience in the recreation field. Some positions require an understanding of community development principles and the ability to organize community-wide festivals and special events.


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.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Recreation co-ordinators are employed by:

  • municipal governments
  • private recreation and fitness facilities
  • tourism and entertainment businesses and organizations
  • health care institutions
  • post-secondary schools
  • not-for-profit sport and recreation associations (for example, the YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs).

Employment in smaller centres may offer a broader range of experience. Larger centres usually have greater program diversity and offer opportunities for specialization.

Experienced co-ordinators may move into consulting positions 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 in this occupation will be 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 2,100 Albertans are employed in the Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors and consultants occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 40 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As recreation co-ordinators form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for recreation co-ordinators. 

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Salaries for recreation co-ordinators vary depending on location, the responsibilities of the position and the co-ordinator's qualifications.

Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
NOC code: 4167

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Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.96 $40.67 $27.37 $26.00
Overall $17.33 $49.15 $31.98 $31.10
Top $19.00 $51.11 $35.84 $36.33

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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
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation
Educational Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

56%
56%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

9%
9%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

2015 Vacancy Rate

3%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
  • Social Studies
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Health Care Services
    • Recreation Leadership
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Physical Education and Recreation

Updated Mar 19, 2016. 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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