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Recreation Specialist

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Job Description



    The purpose of this position is to enhance off-duty time for military personnel by providing a comprehensive leisure time program of social, cultural, recreational, athletic and fitness activities. This position is located in the MWR Department, Kingdom of Bahrain (detailed to ISA Air Base). Additionally, the incumbent may be assigned temporary duty to other commands within the EURAFCENT Region on an “as-needed” basis to provide recreation programming and management support.


    Selectee will be required to travel to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa (CLDJ) on a rotational basis and up to 6 months at a time.

    Develops a comprehensive recreation program at ISA Air Base (or assigned location) that includes organizing, scheduling, publicizing, implementing and evaluating both recurring and non-recurring activities. Requires innovative approaches and major adaptations because of a combination of factors such as limited funds, varied facilities, and varied community interests. Program elements include, but are not limited to trips including local and overnight leisure travel, sightseeing and/or social events; outdoor recreation to educate and acquaint individuals to explore leisure interests; leisure skill activities in the form of structured classes and programs to learn basic recreation skills; social activities such as picnics, parties, holiday activities, concerts and other events to foster development among individuals and peers; special entertainment programming including logistical planning for entertainers, VIPs and guests; and manages a movie theater program to include concession sales, cash handling, movie scheduling and cinema viewing hardware.

    Provides temporary recreation programmer and management field support to other installations in the EURAFCENT Region as assigned by the Region Fleet Readiness Director (N92). Installations where potential TDY recreation field support may be assigned include Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, NSA Bahrain, NSA Souda Bay, NAVSTA Rota, NAS Sigonella, NSA Naples, NSF Deveselu, NSF Redzikowo and NSE Lisbon.

    Maintains a high level of visibility with unaccompanied single personnel through innovative methods of outreach. Visits installation workspaces and other populated areas to promote current events and activities. Manages and conducts day-to-day operations of MWR facilities assigned including but not limited to fitness centers, swimming pools, liberty centers and recreation centers. Responsible for the oversight of assigned staff including local national and third country nationals, and volunteers. Keeps all programs current with outside trends. As required, opens and closes facilities and ensures compliance with safety, fire and security regulations. Must demonstrate strong management skills and abilities to perform with limited supervision.

    Communicates promotional material requirements and pertinent information to the MWR marketing staff to assist with marketing efforts. Evaluates program effectiveness through participation feedback and adapts programs to meet patron needs within financial, personnel and other resource constraints. Coordinates activities with other MWR activities and local community program representatives in the area.

    Prepares program operating budget requirements for submission to supervisor. Determines supplies, equipment and other resource requirements to conduct programs using the most cost effective methods. Submits recommendations and purchases requests to the supervisor. Maintains internal controls over supplies and equipment. Conducts cash counts and provides cash handling training and oversight. Oversees inventory control and conducts resale and program inventory as assigned. Effectively disposes of surplus or unusable property.

    This is an 18-month (unaccompanied) or 24-month (accompanied) tour located in Manama, Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain is comprised of a number of Islands totaling 253 square miles and occupies a central location in the Arabian Gulf. To learn more about the Kingdom of Bahrain please go to https://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafswa/installations/nsa_bahrain.html

    Selectees must apply for a US No-Fee Passport upon employment. Must have or be able to obtain a SECRET clearance. Personnel working in Bahrain and CLDJ are required to receive a number of vaccinations unique to these locations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0188 Recreation Specialist

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Personnel working in Bahrain and CLDJ are required to receive a number of vaccinations unique to these locations.


    Knowledge gained through relevant experience which enables the employee to competently and independently carry out continuing recreation projects or programs through proper application of the principles, concepts, and techniques of recreation to the specific needs of community to be served.

    Skill in the effective management and utilization of the financial, physical and human resources of the recreation program

    Skill in modifying and/or developing appropriate methods, approaches, and procedures for the most effective management of recreation programs.

    Strong verbal and written skills.


    Knowledge of the basic principles and techniques of recreation such as would be gained through a full 4 year undergraduate course or through 3 years of experience in an appropriate field of recreation, which serves as a foundation for training in the practical application of such knowledge to ongoing recreation programs.

    Additional information

    Some positions have special requirements. Selection may be tentative pending the completion of these requirements. Applicants may be required to submit proof of education, participate in medical screening, drug testing, etc. All selections are contingent upon satisfactory employment reference checks. Employment is subject to successful National Agency Background Check. As a condition of employment, the selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment. Occupants of this position must maintain the privacy of official work information and data and demonstrate the highest level of ethical conduct. Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

    Special Requirements: This is an 18-month (unaccompanied) or 24-month (accompanied) tour located in Manama, Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain is comprised of a number of Islands totaling 253 square miles and occupies a central location in the Arabian Gulf. To learn more about the Kingdom of Bahrain please go to https://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafswa/installations/nsa_bahrain.html.

    Special Benefits: Applicants recruited from the United States may be entitled to a tax-free Post Allowance (PA), Post (Hardship) Differential (PD), and Living Quarters Allowance (LQA). Employees hired from the continental U.S. receive Sunday Premium Pay, computed at 25% of basic hourly rate for hours worked on Sunday. In addition, selectees are authorized use of the Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary and MWR programs. Additional information will be provided upon selection. Information on allowances can also be obtained via internet at http://www.state.gov/travelandbusiness then click on foreign per diem rates.

    The Department of Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other non-merit factor. The DON provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should call 011-39-081-568-5612 or e-mail their request to [email protected] to ensure proper consideration. The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating and ranking criterion of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used for each application.

    Click the following link to preview the applicant questionnaire: Preview Applicant Questionnaire.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents


    • Attach an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (signed within last 60 days)
    • Resume with complete work history including job title, start and end dates, and highlighting qualifications relevant to the vacancy announcement.
    • Proof of qualifying education, certification, credentials, etc.


    • Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces? Attach the member-4 page of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty".
    • Current or former Federal employee? Attach most recent SF-50 or Personnel Action Report (PAR) from your personnel record.
    • Claiming Military Spouse Preference? Attach Military Spouse Preference Form, Preference Entitlement Survey, and legible copy of sponsor's PCS orders.
    • Claiming Family Member Preference? Attach Preference Entitlement Survey and legible copy of sponsor's PCS orders.


    • Copy of U.S. Government no-fee passport showing picture, passport number, expiration date.
    • Supplemental Questionnaire

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    A comprehensive benefits package is available.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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