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Recreation Jobs


The Community Services Department provides recreation programming and human services to enrich the quality-of-life for Garden Grove residents and local community organizations. This is accomplished in a myriad of forms, including offering health, wellness, and leisure classes to all ages in parks and City facilities; youth and adult sports, aquatics, staging community-wide special and cultural events; and providing critical resources and support to underserved families.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic individuals to become part of our Community Services team. See below for the variety of current part-time position openings:


There are Recreation Leader and Recreation Specialist openings at the following sites and programs:
Salary Recreation Leader $15.20 hourly
Salary Recreation Specialist $16.70 hourly

Day Camp

Recreation Specialists work with the site coordinator to plan, organize, implement, and supervise daily activities at a summer day camp designed for children ages 5-12 and counselors in training ages 13-17. They lead children in games, arts and crafts, and planned recreation activities, and may assist in supervising children during off-site excursions. Day Camp operates Monday - Friday from 6:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Youth and Family Resource Centers

The City operates two (2) Youth and Family Resource Centers. They provide resources, programs and services to youth and families. Recreation Specialists work with site coordinators to plan and organize daily recreational activities for youth, lead children in games, arts and crafts, and may assist in supervising children and teens during off-site excursions. The Youth & Family Resource Centers operate Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with some evening hours, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as needed.

Atlantis Play Center 

The Atlantis Play Center is a uniquely themed, enclosed play center for children and their parents. Atlantis Play Center staff are responsible for special events and activities, minor park maintenance, and supervision of snack bar, office, and splash pad area. The Atlantis Play Center operates Tuesday - Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Recreation Specialists are responsible for officiating and/or score keeping youth sports for children in grades K - 8. Recreation Specialists monitor the daily operations of the Sports and Recreation Center and its activities and programs, including maintaining and preparing the fields in City parks. Recreation Specialists provide friendly customer service, establish and maintain good community relations, and ensure that center participants adhere to established rules and regulations. The Gym operates Monday - Sunday 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - midnight.

Community Meeting Center (Banquet Staff)

The Community Meeting Center and Courtyard Center are the City's main facilities for public and private events, as well as Garden Grove City Council and City Commission meetings. Staff prepare rooms for a wide range of activities and events including weddings, banquets and business meetings; provide staff support to clients; ensure adherence to policies and the safety of clients/guests, equipment and facilities, and assist with equipment maintenance and minor cleaning. Events at both rental facilities may be any day of the week between 8 am - 10 pm.

Park Ambassadors

Park Ambassadors are responsible for opening and closing City park facilities, athletic fields and restrooms; ensuring safe and proper use of park facilities; patrolling parks; providing public assistance and information, and assisting at City-wide special events. Park Ambassadors may work up to 20 hours per week and are scheduled weeknights and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. A valid California Class "C" driver's license and acceptable driving record is required for this position.



Salary $15.20 hourly

Lifeguards are responsible for supervising the swimming pool and swimming pool deck, enforcing regulations, performing rescues, and performing minor janitorial and pool maintenance as needed.

Instructor Guard

Salary $16.70 hourly

Instructor Guards are responsible for providing swim instruction, supervising the pool, enforcing regulations, performing rescues, and performing minor janitorial and pool maintenance as needed.

Pool Manager

Salary $23.89 - $35.30 Hourly

We currently have one (1) part-time Pool Manager (Community Services Coordinator) vacancy. This is a seasonal position for Summer 2022 (May – September). This position typically works weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and some weekends. All candidates must be at least 18 years of age by May 9, 2022.