Recreation Supervisor - Outdoor Division

Town of Blacksburg   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Sports and Recreation / Fitness
Posted on February 2, 2024
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General Definition of Work

The Outdoor Supervisor is responsible for planning, organizing, executing, and directing the development and implementation of community recreation outdoor programs designed to meet the needs of the community, through a variety of classes, camps, and clinics. The Outdoor Supervisor trains, evaluates, and supervises employees and volunteers in the Outdoor division. Other duties include growing the Outdoor program through advertising and making community connections, overseeing equipment records, purchases, and inspections, and managing payments.
Shift: Monday - Friday, some weekends may be required.

The Town of Blacksburg is an EEO Employer M/F/D/V

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Supervises the Outdoor Division of the Recreation Department through hiring, training, and providing work direction and problem solving assistance of division employees
  • Secures and schedules volunteers
  • Oversees daily operation of
  • Outdoor programs
  • Analyzes, interprets, and effectively communicates policies and procedures
  • Oversees outdoor gear & equipment
  • Manages group payments and fiscal management for the division
  • Purchases and manages payments for recreation equipment/supplies
  • Establishes and maintains effective partnerships with area organizations
  • Communicates and coordinates with other Town Departments
  • Facilitates outdoor -related special events
  • Performs other duties assigned by management
  • Maintains Trip Log
  • Enhances and grows the Outdoor division program by advertising programs and developing a client base through community connections
Examples of programs to be developed, planned, and organized include summer camps, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, caving, environmental education, and mountain biking

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Must demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the following areas:
  • Methods, techniques, principles, and procedures used in the planning, developing, and leading outdoor adventure programs
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation
  • Skill based programming, principles and practices of budget development
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Various outdoor equipment used in recreation programs and
  • Youth and adult outdoor related programming
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be highly detail oriented, organized and proactive and possess the ability to prioritize projects effectively while handing multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to drive 15 passenger vans while towing a trailer
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
  • Education/Training: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation administration or a related field
  • Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible recreational program administration and trip leading experience
  • License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain within six months, an appropriate, valid basic first aid, CPR and AED Certifications
Suggested instructor certifications in any of the following organizations:
  • Leave No Trace (Master Educator or Trainer)
  • Professional Climbing Instructors' Association (PCIA)
  • Top Rope Climbing Instructor (TRCI)
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor
  • Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)
  • American Canoe Association (Canoe, Kayak, SWR, or SUP Instructor Levels)
  • Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT
  • Cave training- NSS Training
  • Caving experience with groups
  • Project Underground, Wild, Learning Tree, and Wet
  • Mountain Biking Instructor Certification (PMRIA or BICP)
Special Requirements
  • Possession of a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record
Physical Requirements

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Work may be performed in office environment and at indoor and outdoor recreational facilities
  • Travel to different locations
  • Incumbents may be exposed to inclement weather conditions
  • Work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Work will be performed in outdoor environments and may include exposure to all types of conditions including flowing/moving water, caves, steep inclines, heat, exposure to blood or other body fluids
  • This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force
  • Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office, recreation facility, and outdoor setting
  • Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Work regularly requires walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, pulling, lifting, twisting and standing for extended periods of times
  • Operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard
  • Travel to other recreation sites
  • Verbally communicate to exchange information
  • Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, to receive detailed information through oral communications and to make fine distinctions in sound
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Blacksburg, Town of (VA)

300 South Main St

Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060