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Recreation Officer

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • $32.16 per hour CAD / Year
  • June 18, 2024
  • Salary/Pay: $32.16 per hour

Website Ontario Public Service
Hwy 61 South

Consider a rewarding career in correctional services and join us in making a difference in the lives of individuals in custody and keeping our communities safe.

The Thunder Bay Correctional Centre is looking for a keen individual to contribute in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a balanced (physical, social, cultural, educational) recreation program for inmates with diverse needs and security requirements.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:
We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the “How to apply” section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?
• Participate in the planning, design, implementation and facilitation of institutional recreation programs and special events
• Recommend changes to improve existing programs and events
• Provide instruction including lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in recreational activities
• Arrange for facilities, equipment, and materials required for recreational activities
• Ensure security, control, and safety standards are maintained while organizing, coordinating, leading and implementing individual or group recreational activities
• Prepare incident/occurrence, accident and injury, and any other applicable reports
• Other duties, as assigned

How do I qualify?
• You have current First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Heartsaver certificates OR you are willing and able to obtain certification upon offer

Specialized Knowledge and Experience
• You have experience facilitating a variety of recreational programs as well as knowledge of kinesiology, physical education, or recreation leadership
• You have experience instructing and guiding participants in physical, social, cultural and/or education recreation activities
• You have basic understanding of the correctional system and environment in order to design and plan recreational programs and activities to meet the needs of inmates
• You can acquire knowledge of and apply relevant legislation, regulations, institutional policies, and procedures in order to ensure the safety and security of participants during recreation activities

Communication, Interpersonal, and Supervisory Skills
• You have demonstrated supervisory skills and can clearly and effectively provide information and instruction to participants
• You have influencing skills to encourage inmates to participate in scheduled recreational activities as well as knowledge of motivational and counselling techniques
• You have knowledge of verbal diffusing techniques and can handle behavioural problems and altercations
• You have writing skills and proficiency with computer software to prepare routine reports and activity schedules

Analytical and Evaluation Skills
• You can participate in the design and implementation of recreation program content, including the selection of required equipment/material
• You have planning skills to ensure resources and facilities are available for recreational activities
• You have arithmetic skills to maintain accurate offender counts and equipment inventory

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