Recreation Manager

City of Ames, Iowa

Job Description

The City of Ames is seeking an enthusiastic, outgoing, and passionate individual for the position of Recreation Manager. This position oversees the day-to-day operations of a nine-hole municipal golf course clubhouse (approximately 20,000 rounds per year), a seasonal outdoor wading pool, admission and concession operations for the Furman Aquatic Center (averages 90,000 visits annually) and other Department facilities, and assists with the daily operation of an indoor ice arena; hires, trains, and directs approximately 75 temporary staff throughout the year; develops and implements golf programs and leagues; and recommends and administers budgets for the positions areas of responsibility.

This position includes day, evening, and weekend hours. From approximately October – March, the hired candidate will assist with day-to-day operations of the Ames/ISU Ice Arena and work from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There will also be some Saturday and Sunday hours worked during college and high school hockey games.

The Parks and Recreation Department manages 36 parks and offers approximately 150 athletic, aquatic, instructional, and wellness programs. Indoor programs are provided year round at the Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool. To read more information about Ames’ programs and facilities, visit

Completed application, resume, college transcripts, certifications, and supplemental questions must be received by Wednesday, January 24 at 5:00 PM. Applications may be submitted at Phone interview candidates will be selected based on education, experience, completion of application, and responses to supplemental questions.

Residency requirement: The hired candidate is required to live within a 12-mile radius of Ames City Hall (515 Clark Avenue) within six months of starting work. EOE/AA


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in recreation, sport management, hospitality, or related field and one year of experience in a recreation or hospitality environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

A valid State of Iowa driver’s license required. Ability to attain CPR and AED certifications, ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certificate, and Certified Ice Technician

Salary/Salary Range

$53,106 - $76,689. Hiring salary not to exceed $64,897 (midpoint).

Closing Date

January 24, 2018


December 28, 2017