Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (Part-time)



Requisition ID: 8799 

 Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept.  
Service: Complexes, Aqua & Specialized Services  
Employment Type:1 or more Part-time Continuous Positions – up to 24 hours per week 
Affiliation: CUPE 503 PT Rec & Cult 
Salary Information: $23.239 - $33.937 per hour (2024 rates of pay)
Location: Various location
City: Ottawa, ON 
Job Category: Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services 
Application Close: 09/06/2024


Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services is responsible for the day-to-day operation of facilities and service delivery for recreation venues and programs, parks & recreation policies, and programs for cultural services. Ensures the operations, processes and services are customer-centric and efficient. The units deliver community recreation programs through geographically aligned areas across the City, aquatic, sport and physical activity programming for all ages, as well as programming to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and population segments who may experience barriers to access recreation services.

You are responsible for assisting with all functions relating to the delivery of the Program, a Therapeutic Recreation/Life Skills day program. This includes some aspects of Therapeutic Recreation Programming.


Completion of 4 year Therapeutic Recreation degree or 3 year general degree with a Therapeutic Recreation Diploma

Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in Therapeutic Recreation Adult Day Program/ABI /Special Needs/Rehab/Community/Inclusive Recreation


Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates
Crisis Prevention/Intervention training certificate
AODA Customer Service/IASR Training


  • Legislation protecting rights of special needs client, populations
  • Client care
  • Health and Safety legislation, policies and procedures
  • City of Ottawa and Parks & Recreation Branch Policies and Procedures
  • Professional standards of practice, legislative requirements and Policy/Procedures


  • Ability to lead small groups
  • Leadership skills
  • Well developed understanding of TR tools
  • Able to design rehab and adapted recreation programming
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Reliable
  • Dependable
  • Flexible


  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction.; Note: Under the age of 18, requires a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters check in place of the Vulnerable Sector Check.; Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.  
  • Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements. 
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available. 


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.

The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.