The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services' focus includes
inmate programming and education, physical and behavioral health
care, re-entry services, and community programs, and is accredited
by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Candidates will
model the NDCS Values of integrity, respect, compassion, growth,
and excellence as we accomplish our mission, "Keep people safe."
NDCS is seeking candidates for the Recreation Specialist at the
Omaha Correctional Center. Information about the Department can be
found at: www.corrections.nebraska.gov. For more information call
402-595-3963. For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
accommodations, please call 402-479-5812.
Location of position:Omaha Correctional Center, Omaha, NE
Examples of Work
Assists in the planning, development and implementation of
leisure time program for inmates which includes, but is not limited
to: athletics, music, television programming, cultural events and
activities. Assist in policy development. Supervises the daily use
of equipment and materials to assure minimum breakage, loss, etc.
Assists in the maintenance of records and keeps written records on
residents participation in all leisure time programs. Develop and
coordinate outside community contacts. Encourage participation in
events. Manipulate doors and locks. Assist in the maintenance of
security and sanitation. Perform searches. Move equipment weighing
up to 50 lbs.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree in recreation management, recreation
therapy, or a related field. Experience in recreation management,
recreation therapy, or a related field may be substituted for the
degree on a year for year basis.
PREFERRED: Candidates with experience in relevant recreational
activities in custodial setting are encouraged to apply. Bilingual
skills in English and Spanish desired and assessed.
OTHER: Transcripts required prior to appointment. Must be able
to work evenings and weekends. Applicants accepting a job offer
must pass the following pre-employment exams in this order: medical
exam and, at a randomly announced time, pass a drug test. Once at
the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully
paid NE Corrections Training Program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: rules, regulations and strategies of sports and
other recreational activities; institution rules and regulations;
principles, techniques, and practices of recreational activity;
CPR; self-defense; behavior modification treatment programs;
Skill in: performing various sports, crafts, music, and other
recreational activities; operating standard recreational equipment;
leading recreational activities.
Ability to: successfully complete training courses in CPR,
self-defense, behavior modification treatment programs and
first-aid; learn to handle residents in all stages of development
and rehabilitation; effectively terminate deviant behavior; explain
rules and regulations of sports and recreational activities in a
positive manner; communicate effectively by giving instructions and
documenting resident participation; understand the behavior
modification treatment programs; organize, direct, develop
interest, and instruct residents in recreational activities;
communicate effectively; coordinate activities with outside
community and volunteer groups; handle residents in all stages of
rehabilitation; organize activities; actively participate in
activities such as sports, games, and music.