Lantern Community Services

Job Title: Recreational Specialist

Reports to: Shelter Director of Social Services

Status: Full-time, Mon - Fri

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Job Location: Queens


Lantern Community Services is seeking a responsible and self-motivated Recreation Specialist for our 113 bed Men's Shelter in Ozone Park, Queens. The Recreation Specialist is responsible for developing, organizing and implementing programs that involve clients in safe and positive leisure time activities. Designed to engage the maximum number of clients, these groups will utilize the creative arts, games, and exercise in an effort to promote self-confidence and relieve stress. Successful candidates will have prior experience providing compassionate care to vulnerable populations.


  • Foster a nurturing and welcoming environment for clients.
  • Organize and facilitate social and/or peer support events for clients.
  • Works with an interdisciplinary team to design and implement a variety of Life Skills groups including budgeting, meal planning, ADL's, shopping, exercise, arts and crafts, and other activities.
  • Encourage full participation of all residents to enhance socialization in the shelter environment and to ensure maximum utilization of recreational services.
  • Develop linkages and act as liaison to external recreational programs and facilities.
  • Escorts clients on group outings.
  • Develops a resource guide of free and inexpensive recreational resources in the area.
  • Maintain inventory of recreation equipment and items.
  • Plan and organize facility special events.
  • Complete and maintain documentation of all group activities.
  • Reports concerns about clients to appropriate Social Service staff and consults with staff on effective interventions.
  • Attends staff meetings, case conferences, supervisory and in-service training sessions.
  • Assist with the design and production of bulletin boards and visuals for public spaces of the shelter reflecting cultural, seasonal, and programmatic themes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisory staff.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • A High school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • At least 1-year of experience in providing services in a Human Services agency.
  • Experience developing programs and/or events that can engage vulnerable populations in meaningful use of leisure time including arts, exercise, personal growth, and stress management.
  • Good interpersonal skills; high level of maturity and reliability.
  • Must be comfortable with crisis intervention.


  • Experience working in a homeless shelter and/or with a mentally ill population preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a homeless shelter and works with a population who may experience mental illness, substance use, disability, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illnesses.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop and/ or kneel. They must also use their hands to type, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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