Just as most work environments benefit from a manager or supervisor in charge, playground activities that have structure and direction are generally more fun and include more participants. Whether the recreational activities are casual games enjoyed by elementary school children or structured team efforts engaged in by teenagers and young adults, a playground supervisor keeps things orderly and safe for all involved.
Excellent organizational and leadership abilities are required to be a successful playground supervisor. He has to be skilled in communicating with a wide range of ages and personalities, and be able to resolve conflicts fairly to the satisfaction of all participants. Good reading comprehension skills are required to understand game and playground rules. Oral communication abilities are needed to clearly explain rules and regulations. If field trips are part of his job, he is expected to competently plan and execute the events.
Aside from overseeing the playground activities, a playground supervisor is required to make sure those in her charge observe safety rules while playing sports and games. She may be required to organize team competitions with other schools or groups. Maintaining records of sports equipment inventories is part of the job, as well as keeping track of attendance and scores at organized competitions. Flexibility and creativity are necessary for games and activities that may need to be altered based on weather conditions, or absent or injured participants.
This job is performed outdoors, so being comfortable working in all types of weather is required. The atmosphere is typically high energy and filled with the sounds of competition and rigorous physical activity. A playground supervisor has to be in good physical condition to agilely move about the area and monitor several activities at once. Preferred attire is usually casual and includes comfortable footwear.
A playground supervisor needs a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers often prefer a minimum of six months' experience in a supervisory role in a recreational setting. Certificates in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation are commonly required for this position.
Salary And Advancement Opportunities
Large organizations may offer chances to advance to the position of playground lead supervisor. Smaller ones may only offer salary increases based on performance or longevity in the job. The annual salary range in the United States for a playground supervisor in July 2010 was $19,950 and $28,652, according to SalaryExpert.com.
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