A recreation manager develops, manages, promotes and implements individual and group recreation programs. A wide variety of employers hire recreational managers, including park services, hotels, camps, tourist attractions and recreational centers. This position typically has a mix of administrative office duties and field work implementing and overseeing the programs.
Specific responsibilities for recreation managers may include planning and budgeting for classes, activities and events, promoting activities in the community, attending activities to ensure proper implementation, overseeing staff and maintaining attendance logs.
Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree, with coursework in recreation and four to five years experience planning and implementing recreation activities. Furthermore, employers may seek previous supervisory experience, program and budget management skills and an extensive knowledge of public recreation programs.
In addition to education and previous experience, employers often have physical requirements. These may include the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, stamina to walk and stand for long periods of time and the ability to participate in activities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 327,500 general recreation workers in 2008, and the overall employment of recreation workers is expected to increase by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average of all occupations. However, the majority of that increase may be for lower-level part-time workers rather than career manager positions. Opportunities for recreational manager positions will be strongest for those with relevant degrees and previous experience.
According to Jobs-Salary.com, as of May 2010, the average salary of a recreation manager is $37,000. Salaries may vary by employment setting.