State of Massachusetts Recreation Officer I - Where Assigned in Milford, Massachusetts


Incumbents of this position develop individual therapeutic and rehabilitative goals and objectives for inmates of correction institutions; plan and organize recreational, social, instructional or special activities for inmates; recommend use of recreational areas; motivate inmates to participate in recreational activities; conduct training sessions for correction personnel and inmates in such areas as types of services available; determine activities for recreational programs; requisition supplies and equipment; maintain custodial care and control of inmates, patrol correctional facilities; observe conduct and behavior; investigate suspicious inmate activity; enforce rules and regulations; and perform related work as required.

The basic purpose of this work is to meet therapeutic and rehabilitative objectives and goals for inmates of correction, institutions through participation in individual and/or group activities or sports in accordance with inmates' needs and capabilities and to maintain care and custody of inmates. ยท

May assist Correction Officers by conducting pat searches, watching the compound and preparing incident and disciplinary reports in accordance with Institution polices to help maintain security; Maintains daily attendance records, monthly statistics, good time credits and quarterly report information in accordance with institution requirements to provide accurate operational data; Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Maintains custodial care and control of inmates by escorting or transporting them under restraint; patrolling facilities; making periodic rounds, head counts and security checks of buildings, grounds and inmate quarters; monitoring inmates' movements and whereabouts; and guarding and directing inmates during work assignments to maintain order and security in a correctional institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of the practices in supervision; Knowledge of a variety of individual and group recreational activities such as softball, basketball, volleyball, etc. Knowledge of the factors, trends, and problems in providing recreation services to special client groups such as correctional institution populations. Knowledge of safety practices and procedures followed in general recreation and/or physical education; Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and materials of recreation or physical education; Ability to give clear oral instructions; Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others; Ability to exercise leadership in group situations; Ability to maintain accurate and timely records and information. Ability to establish rapport with persons from different ethnic, cultural, and/or economic backgrounds; Ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful and/or emergency situations; Ability to plan, assign, coordinate, supervise and stimulate interest in recreational activities; Ability to plan, assign and coordinate the activities of others; Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence; Ability to exercise leadership in group situations.


Recommended candidates will be required to submit to physical abilities testing, drug screening, and a psychological evaluation. The selected candidates will be required to attend a eight week recruit training academy.

This is a Civil Service position. The DOC urges bilingual applicants to apply.**Please note that salaries for union positions are determined according to the provisions of the respective collective bargaining agreement.

Applicants must have no felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The Massachusetts Department of Correction shall not hire anyone who may have direct contact with offenders, who has engaged in sexual abuse in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in planning, organizing, instructing or conducting therapeutic and rehabilitative recreation services in a correction institution of which (B) one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in recreation, recreation education or therapeutic recreation may be substituted for two years of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Master's degree or higher in recreation, recreation education or therapeutic recreation may be substituted for the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Correction

Title: Recreation Officer I - Where Assigned

Location: Massachusetts-Milford-50 Maple Street

Requisition ID: 1800083O