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Program Time:


25-27 hrs/per wk
Monday - Friday
1:00pm - 6:15pm

Sacramento START is building the capacity of individuals to succeed by providing opportunities to learn and lead within our communities. Sacramento START fosters enthusiasm for learning through fun and structured activities in a safe and caring after school environment for five Expanded Learning Program sites.

Sacramento START is dedicated to providing its students with the knowledge, skills, and character traits needed to succeed in school and in the competitive world beyond.

Position Description:

The Recreation Aide will provide activities and assistance for groups of elementary school students in homework, reading, math, enrichment, physical activity, nutrition education, recreation and special events/family activities by selecting a variety of age-appropriate activities at a school site.

Duties include:

  • Plan, organize and implement age/grade appropriate recreation site activities for elementary school children in after school programs
  • As needed, to select a variety of activities appropriate to children of various age groups
  • Review program plans with site director and classroom teacher for effective program implementation
  • Participate in and evaluate the effectiveness of activities and events
  • Instruct children in the safe and proper use of materials and supplies
  • Supervision of children (typical group size of 20 students)
  • Observe children on a daily basis to detect health problems or special needs
  • Assist with developing discipline techniques and classroom management.
  • Compile simple written records related to assigned programs or facility
  • Participate in cleaning and maintaining facilities and equipment
  • Inspect the site and equipment for potential safety hazards; take corrective action to prevent injuries
  • Provide quality interaction with parents, teachers and school staff
  • Ensure measurable improvement in children’s fitness and social performance
  • Prepare a weekly lesson plan outlining planned activities
  • Participate in weekly site staff meetings and on-going training opportunities
  • Perform related duties as assigned 

Knowledge of:

  • School age fitness-oriented programs, sports, and nutrition curriculum and activities, preferred.
  • Early childhood development, preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and the ability to assist instruction.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally this will require:

  • High School Diploma or the equivalent, AND
  • Two years of college (48 units), OR
  • A. A. degree (or higher), OR
  • Pass a local assessment of knowledge and skills (NCLB) in assisting in instruction (details below).
  • College level coursework in child development, education, recreation or physical fitness is desirable.

Ability to:

  • Pass a language and math competency test (NCLB exam)
  • Read, write and speak the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance
  • Work with diverse ethnic, gender, age, and cultural groups
  • Organize and direct a variety of activities for groups of elementary school children
  • Maintain patience while working with children
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Submit a TB clearance from a physician or medical facility
  • Receive fingerprint clearance from the Sacramento Police Department

NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Exam

For testing information please contact one of the following:

  • Twin Rivers Unified School District: (916) 566-1600 ext. 50361 (HR Office)
  • Sacramento City Unified School District: (916) 643-9050 (HR Office)

The most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

If hired, the applicant will then go through the process of certification, fingerprint/background clearance, T.B. test, and job training. All hired applicants must go through the entire process before they can work onsite with the students.

Submitting your application

To apply, visit the below employment page, then search for Recreation Aide “youth": 

Sacramento START office, Coloma Community Center, 4623 T Street (Suite B for USPS purposes), Sacramento, CA 95819
Monday – Friday (closed major Holidays)
For information regarding the Recreation Aide position, please email Joni Brunetti:

The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

Revised March 2023