Adaptive Recreation Specialist VISTA

City of Reno, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (COR)

About the organization

The mission of the City of Reno, Parks and Recreation Department Inclusion and Adaptive Division is: to ensure that all City of Reno facilities, programs, classes, and services are inclusive to all people regardless of ability. The City of Reno offers adaptive recreation programming to include: wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, adaptive cycling, sled hockey, Veteran programs, and an adaptive equipment rental program. We are partners in the community with the High Fives Foundation, Sierra Challenge Athletic Association, Livin Life on Wheels, Project HERO, Move United and Four Star Alliance. The City of Reno is a local government with a population of 266,511.


The Adaptive Recreation Specialist VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this local government organization. This person will primarily serve to develop recreation, healthy living, adaptive and inclusion components to the COR Programs. The COR Inclusion and Adaptive Division delivers recreation programs for youth, adults and seniors in all areas of recreation. This VISTA will develop standard operating procedures (SOPs), implement behavior and adaptive plans and strategies, and adapt activities on a case by case basis to meet the needs of COR customers. This will include maintaining relationships with COR recreation administrators and recreation leaders, developing and fine-tuning programs, and developing training procedures for staff through site visits, workshops, and training days. The Inclusion/Adaptive Specialist VISTA will also develop employee manuals for Inclusion and Adaptive employees. Additionally, the Adaptive Recreation Specialist VISTA will develop SOPs for existing and new inclusion and adaptive programming.


Passionate commitment to COR’s mission and vision;
Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, behavioral science, education, science, or a related field;
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional writing skills;
Strong communication skills;
Strong organizational skills;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
Experience working with children ages 6-18, employees, and volunteers;
Preferred: strong understanding of healthy living education and recreation and experience in curriculum development;
Preferred: experience training in formal or informal settings;
Preferred: experience working at, or managing summer camp programs, adaptive programs, aquatic programs, and/or before and after school programs;
Preferred: reading, writing, and speaking competency in the Spanish language.


In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approximately $13,400.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Before responding to this announcement, please review the Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of all positions posted to this jobs board. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Does this sound like the position for you?

Email to apply