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Detention Facility Recreational Technician
This is entry-level work in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Employees of this class are responsible for the scheduling of inmate recreation times as well as the maintenance and care of recreational areas and equipment. Employees in the class monitor inmates during recreational time. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Captain or the Detention Facility Administrator.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Schedules and monitors recreation times for inmates in the seventeen areas of the jail using a calendar, clock, computer, recreational equipment, and logs and request forms following policies and procedures to ensure that inmates are allowed their exercise/recreational time allowed by law.

Issues sign-up sheets to the area of the jail that is schedule for recreation on a particular day.
Updates recreation cards for inmates to show who participates in recreation time and who refuses their recreation time.
Issues/collects recreational supplies for inmates use.
Files recreation cards in card box for the appropriate cell block.
Logs inmates participation in recreation time in the log book.
Escorts inmates from cell blocks to recreational areas.
Monitors inmates during their recreation time by observing their activities and ensuring that inmates act appropriately and that equipment/county property is not abused or vandalized.
Completes an incident report/or provides information to an officer on any altercations that occur during recreation time to ensure that an investigation of the events can be conducted and the appropriate discipline can be assigned.
Calls for an officer when altercations occur in the recreational area.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Maintains recreational areas and equipment using department forms and log sheets following policy and procedures to ensure that equipment is accounted for, areas and equipment are kept in proper condition, equipment is repaired, and if property is vandalized the proper person is held accountable.

Inspects recreational equipment for damage, vandalism, or ill repair in order to ensure equipment is safe and usable.
Takes inventory of all recreational equipment daily to ensure that it is accounted for.
Recommends cleaning and repairs to the recreational area floors.
Submits requisition forms for repairs to equipment or new equipment for the facility when needed
Completes an incident report on equipment that has been destroyed or damaged by an inmate in order to begin an investigation on the responsible party.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Develops recreational programs for inmates using equipment and knowledge of equipment and programs following safety guidelines and policies and procedures in order to ensure that inmates have a variety of activities to participate in that are safe for the detention facility setting.

Identifies needs of the facility to provide a variety of equipment and recreational programs to inmates.
Determines the safety of particular recreational equipment for use in the detention facility.
Schedules recreational events for inmates.
Knowledge of Montgomery County Detention Facility Policy and Procedure Manual in regards to recreational activities.

Knowledge of recreational equipment and programs as needed to determine the safety and appropriateness of particular activities.

Knowledge of MCDF forms as needed to complete, file in the proper place, and send through the proper chain of command.

Ability to listen to details as needed to document and investigate incidents, capture important information begin communicated by inmates concerning damaged equipment, gain information from correctional officers about an inmate, and understand and carry out assigned duties.

Ability to document information and evidence gathered during an investigation in order to determine who vandalized recreational equipment.

Ability to make a schedule of inmate recreational times as needed to ensure all inmates receive their exercise allowed by law.

Ability to reason to include identifying critical issues, problems, or facts in a situation, determining which facts are true and which are false, and determining which facts are most important or critical in order to determining whether or not an inmate has vandalized county property.

Ability to read and comprehend materials such as facility forms, SOPs, memos, correspondence, written orders, and log books as needed to ensure work activities are accomplished according to policy and procedure.

Ability to think logically as needed to prioritize, organize and perform work tasks, follow instructions or orders, and identify strategies to perform tasks.

Ability to function under stress to include maintaining ones composure, controlling ones emotions or temper, and making a decision on insufficient or conflicting information as needed to respond constructively when inmates are verbally abusive, make effective decisions when inmates are being disruptive, and communicate and interact effectively with co-workers, superiors, and inmates.

Ability to type as needed to complete facility forms or reports, enter information into the computer, and prepare memos or correspondence.

Ability to communicate in writing to include using correct grammar and spelling and the ability to write legibly, clearly, and concisely as needed to document incidents of damaged property and to order equipment.

Ability to pay attention to details as needed to detect unusual behavior or activity and remember circumstances surrounding incidents.

Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously as needed to increase the efficiency of completing work tasks and monitor inmate behavior while completing other tasks.

Ability to communicate orally to include the ability to communicate information accurately as needed to exchange information with inmates, coworkers, and superiors.

Ability to interact with individuals from varying socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to include the ability to recognize commonly used slang terms as needed to encourage inmate compliance with procedures.

Ability to instruct and give orders to include the ability to use tact and give instructions clearly and concisely as needed to motivate inmates to comply with facility policies and procedures.

Ability to operate a computer to include the abilities to access programs and passwords, use keyboard commands, enter, delete or correct data, and print reports as needed to ensure accurate inmate and facility information is entered in the computer.

Ability to recognize ones capabilities and limitations as needed to call for assistance when unable to handle a situation alone such as separating fighting inmates to ensure the situation is diffused in the safest manner and to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Physical ability to coordinate movements of two or more limbs as needed to open doors, push carts, move equipment, and stock shelves.

Physical ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists as needed to operate adding machine, typewriter, and/or computer.

Physical ability to walk intermittently as needed to escort inmates to designated areas.

Physical ability to use muscle force to pull objects as needed to pull doors open.

Physical ability to bend, stretch, twist or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs as needed to reach items on shelves.

Physical ability to concentrate on a task and not be distracted as needed to fill out paperwork, write reports, fill out logs, and retrieve information over the phone.

Physical ability to see close environmental stimuli or surroundings as needed to read, complete forms, use telephone, and view videos of incidents.

Physical ability to see distant environmental stimuli or surroundings as needed to identify behavior that is potentially dangerous.

Physical ability to match or discriminate between colors as needed to identify trustee/inmate classifications.

Physical ability to vocalize as needed to give verbal instructions, communicate with co-workers and with trustees.
High School/GED and 6 months experience in scheduling or developing recreational programs for adults to include selecting appropriate equipment and activities. Three college level courses in recreational programming or physical education can be substituted for the six months experience.
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