Summer - Inclusive Recreation Support Worker
City of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON, Canada
4d ago

Job Summary

Responsible for the supervision of children, previously diagnosed as having special needs and / or experiencing problems participating in mainstream camps, to ensure a safe and positive experience for participants and staff.

This includes program adaptation, intervention, recording information and instructing / mentoring camp staff to ensure inclusion and a supportive recreation environment for pre-school / children and youth with special needs (including behavioural and medical needs) registered in a City of Ottawa day camp.

This job may provide ongoing integration to ensure participants have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Education & Experience

Post Secondary Student, minimum completion of second year College or university, in a related child development field (Developmental Service Worker, Youth and Childcare Worker, Child Development Studies, Autism Studies, Psychology and / or Mental Health Related field, Therapeutic Recreation and / or Adapted Recreation)

  • Minimum of eight (8) months of related experience, working with preschoolers, school age children and / youth is required
  • 600 hours of working with children and youth with special needs, camp counselor, leader or senior camp counselor, recreation and / or special needs programming, client care, program adaptation.
  • Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.
  • Language, Certificates & Licenses

  • Current Standard First Aid / CPR "C" certification
  • Current Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) certification
  • AODA Accessibility Training
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction. Candidates under the age of 18 will require a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check instead of a Vulnerable Sector Check.

    English oral, reading, writing required.

    French oral, reading, writing may be required for some positions.

    Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.


  • Knowledge of special needs population
  • Understanding the development and recreational needs of children.
  • Legislation protecting rights of special needs client, populations
  • Services which may include practice guidelines and standards of client care
  • Physical Accessibility audit
  • Risk Management practises
  • City of Ottawa Core Training
  • Applicable Ottawa Recreation & Recreation policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.
  • Competencies & Skills

  • Training in feeding and other personal care requirements
  • Programming skills in crafts, sports, games, creative play, stories and music.
  • Ability to operate and required tools / equipment / assistive devices
  • Ability to accompany and supervise participants in a variety of environments including aquatic.
  • Lift and transfers procedures (as instructed and trained) to avoid participant or self injury
  • Ability to follow verbal and / or written directions / procedures.
  • Ability to promote teamwork and to work independently when appropriate
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, leadership and programming planning skills
  • Documentation and sound written skills
  • Physically fit and able to participate in active recreation activities
  • Maintain a fun and safe environment
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