City of Fort Wayne

Playground Leader (Seasonal)

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Job Code: 2023034
Posted On: Thursday, 9th March 2023
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: June to August, Monday through Friday work schedule includes evenings. Average of 40 hours per week.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $16.00 to $18.00 per hour

Job Description:


Working under the direction of the Playground Supervisor, the incumbent leads the playground staff and participants in programs that promote fun, safety and learning base. Plans, leads, and helps staff to execute ALL activities.  The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Accepts the responsibility of Playground Leader and the playground site assignment;
  • Leads by example for the staff and participants;
  • Reports directly to Playground Supervisor;
  • Attends seasonal Employee Safety training (Bloodborne, Hazardous Communication);
  • Attends in-service Training Orientation and other meetings when necessary;
  • Assists in planning, leading, executing and evaluating daily recreational activities such as games, art & crafts, recreational sports, special events, special scheduled rotating programs, tournaments, story hours, field trips, family fun carnivals, and special events;
  • Organizes, helps teach, and instruct recreational sports, games, art and ALL other activities and programs at the playground site;
  • Encourages all the children to participate in the activities scheduled to take place in the program;
  • Meets with Playground Supervisor to discuss daily activities, programs, participation numbers, new ideas, and daily happenings in the park;
  • Responsible for daily and weekly paper work accuracy and ensuring the recording of attendance in each activity/program is taking place;
  • Maintains and keeps updated registration files for all of our participants;
  • Is responsible for maintaining discipline among playground participants;
  • Is responsible for equipment and supplies ensure they are used properly and maintained;
  • Works in ANY areas as needed (ALL staff);
  • Assists with the Fort Wayne Community School Free lunch Program held on your playground site and comply with all the rules and regulations given by this program;
  • Keeps accurate records of daily and weekly attendance to be turned in. Completes a monthly report about the programs/activities and highs and lows of their site;
  • Availability to work extended hours in the evening or weekends as needed for playground carnivals and special events;
  • Participate in getting the community involved with the carnival for your specific site;
  • Participates in a mid-way and final personnel evaluation;
  • Promotes program with distribution of flyers in surrounding neighborhoods and works with playground site volunteers, outreach programs and neighborhood volunteers;
  • Complies with dress code for the Summer Playground program; Staff must wear Summer Playground T-shirt (provided to all staff), gym shoes/closed toe shoes and appropriate length shorts;
  • Ensures each staff member completes his/her time card accurately and submits time card to Playground Supervisor;
  • Checks the park and surrounding areas, pick up trash, sticks, etc., and reports irregularities and abnormal conditions to the Playground Supervisor;
  • Communicates daily and in a professional manner with upper management, supervisor, co-workers, participants, parents, volunteers and patrons of the park;
  • Performs duties in accordance with the City’s safety rules and operating regulations and practices;
  • Document playground incidents on incident report and contact the supervisor as soon as possible with any problems;


The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management.  If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor.  Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved. 


Playground Leaders and Playground Supervisor will supervise all children participating in the playground activities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • College degree in education or a field related to working with children in recreation preferred;
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or GED equivalent;
  • At least 18 years of age;


  • Must have transportation available at all times;
  • Must have good leadership, organizational and communication skills and like working with children of all ages;
  • Must be of impeccable moral and ethical character;
  • Ability to work all nine (9) weeks (and some evenings and weekends for special events) – NO TIME OFF – except for Independence Day, a regular scheduled Holiday;


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS –Required for Continued Employment

  • Valid Indiana Driver's License if a City vehicle is used.
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Heart Association within two weeks of employment (provided by the City’s Risk Management Department).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Incumbent works inside and outside in normal weather changes, walks in various terrain and is exposed to hazardous conditions or substances, dust or grease. 

Applications may be submitted on-line at or using the City of Fort Wayne Human Resources Department computer kiosks located at Citizen’s Square, 1st Floor, 200 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne IN between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted on line at Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

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