Personnel Commission


CLASS TITLE: Outdoor Recreation Leader


To organize, supervise, and participate in suitable and safe camp and outdoor activities for children registered in the summer outdoor program at the Walden West Center of the Santa Clara County Office of Education; to lead, train, and direct the work of Outdoor Recreation Assistant I and II incumbents; and to perform a variety of related duties in the maintenance of effective recreational activities.


This class serves as a lead to incumbents in the lower classes and is responsible for organizing suitable and safe camp and outdoor activities while instilling an appreciation for the environment for children registered in summer outdoor programs. The Outdoor Recreation Leader differs from the lower classes of Outdoor Recreation Assistant I and II in that the latter classes function in a support capacity to incumbents of this class. Employees in this classification receive general supervision within a framework of standard policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL AND TYPICAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Organizes suitable and safe camp and outdoor activities for children and youth groups registered in the summer outdoor program at the Walden West Center

Provides instruction in camp rules and preserves order and discipline among children

Prepares materials for and leads youth activities in group building, hiking, crafts, archery, and campfire program

Assists in organizing and conducting special events; maintains camp supplies and equipment; ensures activity materials, camp and swimming equipment are readily available

Supervises children throughout their stay with the program including during unpacking and packaging baggage and overnight program activities; and attends to problems occurring during sleeping hours

Maintains communication with the camp director relating children in need of special attention, such as medication, physical problems, and behavior

Attends and participates in staff development and other meetings

Ensures for the provision of safety checks on facilities, campgrounds, and during camp activities; provides minor first aid as needed

Transports or coordinates the transportation of program children, parents, and persons with disabilities

Leads, directs, and trains Outdoor Recreation Assistants I and II incumbents

Maintains records, prepares reports, uses office equipment, and performs clerical support duties relating to attendance, registration, and filing

Performs other related duties.


Possession of:

A valid California class C driver´┐Żs license

First Aid and CPR Certification

Knowledge of:

Proper English usage, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation

Child guidance practices and principles for learning

Camp and outdoor equipment, activities, and materials

First aid for minor injuries

Record-keeping methods and techniques

Applicable laws, statutes, rules, policies, and procedures.

Ability to:

Understand and follow oral and written instructions in an independent manner

Enforce safety and disciplinary rules

Conduct a variety of outdoor and recreation activities

Maintain routine records and prepare reports

Organize, conduct, adapt and evaluate outdoor, recreation, and camp activities

Effectively supervise children in a variety of situations

Recognize, analyze, and appropriately respond to a variety of situations

Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the required duties

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of assigned duties.


Generally, any combination of training and experience that could provide required knowledge and abilities is considered as qualifying. A typical method of demonstrating these qualifications is three years of experience in the natural sciences, environmental education, summer day camp programs or a related field.

Approved by the Personnel Commission: TBA