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AccessABLE Rec. Program Assistant

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester invites applications for the position of: 

AccessABLE Rec. Program Assistant
Park and Recreation Department
(Limited Appointment Opportunity)
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The City of Rochester's Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for AccessABLE Rec. Program Assistants. The City offers a number of programs for various aged individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. The individuals hired in this role would provide assistance with these programs. 
The City of Rochester, Minnesota (pop. 115,000+) Park and Recreation Department provides a variety of leisure time opportunities for people to enjoy and manages more than 4100 acres of park land including 4 golf courses, over 100 individual parks and 85 miles of paved trails.

"Providing traditional, innovative, and affordable quality services (activities, programs, and facilities) for Rochester's citizens and visitors."

Nature of Work
This is a temporary/seasonal position that provides assistance to individuals ages 1-80 with intellectual and physical disabilities attending activities. Candidates will assist individuals with activities including games, crafts, music therapy, and pool & gym activities. Additionally candidates will assist participants with personal care needs as well as ensure all participants are supervised for safety at all times.

The City currently has three positions available, that assist with various programming.  
  • Afterschool Program Assistant -will work primarily with the afterschool program (ages 5-25) located at 125 Live and the Recreation Center
    • Schedule: Monday-Friday through June 3, 2022. There will be no work on non-school days
  • Swim Program Assistant - teach basic swim skills to students ages 5-18 with intellectual disabilities. 
    • Schedule: 2 hours per week during the school year
  • Program Assistant- will work with other programs/ events (ages 1-80) offered by the AccessABLE Recreation division. Programs takes place at the Recreation Center and other indoor and outdoor settings depending on the activity. 
    • Schedule: Late afternoon, early evenings, and occasionally weekends. Most activities run for 2 hours each. Specific schedules will be discussed in an interview. 
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

*Pursuant to MN Statute, seasonal assignments are limited to 67 working days per calendar year or 100 working days per calendar year if the employees are under the age of 22, are full-time students enrolled in a nonprofit or public educational institution prior to being hired by the employer, and have indicated, either in an application for employment or by being enrolled at an educational institution for the next academic year or term, an intention to continue as students during or after their temporary employment.




  • Provides physical support, hand-over-hand assistance, and verbal cueing. 
  • Completes all personal care and ensures the ongoing safety of program participants with intellectual and physical disabilities attending the AccessABLE Rec. Programs
  • Attends all essential meetings and trainings required for the position.
  • Assists with the physical set up and cleanup of program equipment & supplies; ensures proper care and use of all property (i.e. equipment, supplies, facility, etc.) associated with or in use by the program.
  • Responsible to follow all behavioral and communication protocols according to each client's specific needs.
  • Follows all AccessABLE Rec. Employee policies and procedures as listed in the Employee Handbook.
  • Completes all paperwork in a thorough and timely manner including but not limited to Incident/Accident Report forms, time sheets, and other required paperwork.



*Must be at least 16 years of age.
*Able to work Monday-Friday through June 3, 2022
*Demonstrate the ability to be adaptable, flexible, creative, and patient.
*Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
*Ability to take instruction and work cooperatively in a team setting.
*Must be physically capable of withstanding outdoor activities in heat, cold and other types of weather conditions.
*Physically capable of participating in a wide-range of physical activities such as carrying/lifting, transferring, swimming, running, walking, and other physical activity over an extended period of time.
*Ability to act in a professional manner when dealing with program participants, families of program participants, coworkers and supervisors.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience performing similar work



In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as Medium WorkExerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:

Continuous demands: sitting, standing, walking, fine dexterity, handling

Frequent demands: lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, reaching

Occasional demands: kneeling, crouching, bending, twisting

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing, and touch

Environmental conditions that may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include:
Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)
Work outdoors (no effective protection from weather)

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