Join NYC Parks' Recreation Team: Become a Recreation Specialist

Build your career in sports, wellness, and recreation

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We're hiring recreation specialists to help develop and lead fun and engaging programs in sports, fitness, art, tech, and outdoor adventure at New York City parks and recreation centers for individuals of all ages and abilities. 

Bring your expertise and skills to where they're needed most! 

Our parks and recreation centers are neighborhood hubs where kids, teens, and adults of all ages come together to play, work out, meet new friends, learn new skills, explore, and grow community. Our Recreation team offers thousands of individual programs to over 100,000 recreation center members of all ages, across 36 recreation centers citywide. Beyond our centers, the Recreation team sees over 300,000 visits to structured youth and family programming in outdoor programs like Kids in Motion, Summer Camp, Movies Under the Stars, and through Recreation Mobile Units.

As a recreation specialist, you'll make a positive impact on the city, inspire children and adults, and create unique experiences that serve your community. At NYC Parks, you will be able to share your talents with diverse communities across New York City while developing your leadership skills.

We welcome applicants with all backgrounds from sports and fitness to youth engagement and arts programming experience.

Salary and Benefits

Being a recreation specialist is a rewarding experience. You can take advantage of ongoing professional development opportunities and collaborate with premier New York-area organizations, well-known athletic companies, and professional sports teams to develop free and low-cost programs. You’ll also work alongside a team of like-minded Parks staff who are also committed to serving the communities where they live and work. 

The annual starting salary for a Recreation Specialist is $39,555. Opportunity to earn overtime available.

Benefits include:

  • Free health care options
  • Three weeks of paid vacation during your first year
  • 12 federal and city holidays
  • Free access to gyms and pools citywide

Approximate value of benefits package: $20,117.67. 

How to Apply

We're excited to have you join our team! All candidates must have at least one year of experience or education in the art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed.

Please review the full job listing and requirements AND apply at by searching for Job ID#: 534219, or click Apply Now. 

We're hiring recreation specialists on a rolling basis. This position will be posted until filled.

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