Summer Recreation Employment - Fitness in the Park (Age 18+) Open Continuous

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Feb 21, 2023
Full Time Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: See Position Description USD

Job Description

The Position

Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) is hiring people for summer Recreation Employment opportunities!

Fitness in the Park helps Portlanders stay active and achieve their fitness goals, connecting them to community and nature in our parks. All fitness levels are welcome. Outdoor fitness classes take place in parks across Portland Monday through Friday. Classes are held in the mornings (8:00am-12:00pm) and evenings (4:00pm-7:00pm) beginning June 19, 2023. We will also be hosting a few Saturday pop-up events over the course of the summer months. PP&R is looking to hire energetic and qualified fitness instructors to teach classes that will engage with diverse populations. In addition, PP&R is also looking to hire customer service representatives to help with program delivery, assisting participants with check-in and transactions, and providing park users with PP&R program information.

We are looking for people to work within various parks throughout Portland. This is an open continuous recruitment and intended for summer employment.

Positions include:
  • Customer Service (approximately 20 opportunities)
  • Fitness Instructor (approximately 20 opportunities)
Find more information below about job types, locations of potential job openings, shifts and salary ranges.

The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can speak another language fluently to include that information in their responses below. Bilingual/bi-cultural candidates are encouraged to apply.

Language Pay Differential: Employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English and who use their language skill to assist the community, may receive additional pay. More about the process can be found here.

These are part-time positions with flexible hours and may include days, evenings, weekends, and holidays. Work hours can be assigned verbally and depend on enrollment levels, needs of the program, and other factors. There is no guarantee of the number of hours needed each week nor the number of hours worked from week to week. Employees in these positions serve at will.


Position/s: Customer Service Representative - These positions are union represented.
Responsible for providing quality customer service for our outdoor Fitness in the Parks programs. Provides customer service to anyone who participates in our programs, or anyone who seeks assistance or information regarding our programs. This includes frequent interaction with the public and Portland Parks & Recreation staff, including supporting Fitness Instructors.

Recreation Associate - Customer Service Representative
Tasks include set up and take down of exercise equipment, and use of a mobile device to access customer information and process various customer transactions. This position requires moving small pieces of fitness equipment such as dumbbells, as well as stereos, tables, chairs, etc.

Locations: Various Parks in Portland*
Columbia Park (N), Fernhill Park (NE), Irving Park (NE), Overlook Park (NE), Wallace Park (NW), Luuwit View Park (OE), Gabriel Park (SW), Mt. Tabor Park (SE),
*Subject to change

Shift Ranges:
Monday - Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and/or 4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays 8:00am-11:00am

Customer Service Representative (Must be 18 years old)

Wage Range (applicants start at the entry hourly rate):
Recreation Associate - Customer Service Representative $18.00 - $21.00

Training Wage: Customer Service training wage is $18.00.

Please note: This position is represented by Labors' (LiUNA) Local 483 - Recreation. Applicants start at the entry hourly rate. To view the labor agreement, please go to the Labor agreements webpage and click on the appropriate link.

Position/s: Personal Training and Group Exercise
Instructs and/or monitors classes and activities in area of assignment. Instruction may occur outdoors and in all-weather while working in the Fitness in the Park program. May develop lesson plans related to area of assignment based upon overall program objectives and guidelines. This role prepares materials for instruction of classes/activities, records participation for classes/activities, and requests class/activity supplies. Performs duties related to customer service, cross marketing, and delivery of assigned activities.

Locations: Various Parks in Portland

Shift Range: Monday-Friday 8:00-12:00pm

Instructor (Must be at least 18 years old)

Wage Range (applicants start at the entry hourly rate):
Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor $21.75 - $31.75

Training Wage: Instructor training wage is $18.00 for all instructor positions.

Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

WHY WORK AT THE CITY OF PORTLAND? The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions- driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception , for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

These positions are not eligible for benefits.

To Qualify

Applicants must possess:
Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

The following minimum qualifications are required for these positions are as follows:
1. Ability to promote a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
2. General knowledge of assigned recreation area.
3. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
4. Ability to recognize and respond to safety and emergency situations.
5. Ability to problem-solve and respond to customer concerns.

Minimum Qualifications for Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor (Parks Activities Specialist:
  1. Experience teaching a wide variety of Group Exercise classes such as 32 count block, Tabata or HIIT style, and mind/body variations such as Yoga and Pilates.
  2. Knowledge of proper routine and annual fitness equipment maintenance.
  3. Experience recognizing, preventing, and responding to safety and emergency situations.
  4. Experience applying best practices of health and wellness marketing pertaining to the fitness industry and promotion of sales strategies for fitness memberships.
  5. Experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships and communicating courteously with a team of diverse recreation staff, city employees as well as with program participants and the diverse public.
Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • Approved certification from a bureau recognized organization and one year of teaching experience.
    • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
    • ACE (American Council on Exercise)
    • AFAA (Aerobic and Fitness Association of America)
    • NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
    • NCSF (National Council on Strength and Fitness)
    • ISSA (International Sports Science Association)
    • NESTA (National Exercise and Sport Training Association)
    • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
    • PCC Fitness Technology Degree
    • Cooper Institute Certification
    • Four-year college degree in a fitness related field (e.g., Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology)
    • Any accredited certification distributed by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies)

The Recruitment Process

Submit only your work history and answers to supplemental questions for review. Do not add documents not listed . If you pass the basic skills (qualifications) review, you will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the date of the email result, to let us know if you disagree with your results. Read City of Portland Rule 3.01 for information. Additional review may be needed before the eligible list and/or final selection.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:
1. Work History
2. Answers to Supplemental Questions

  • Your work history and answers to the questions will be scored for this position. Incomplete resume and answer to the job questions may remove you from moving forward.
  • Your answers to the job questions should have details about your education, training, work experience or lived experience.
  • Your work history should support your answers to the questions.
  • If you served in the military, you may ask for preference. More information can be found below. You may provide in your answers to the questions and resume, any skills gained during your service and how they relate to each of the required minimum skills for this job.
Next Steps:
  • Your application will be reviewed after you submit it to Government Jobs. You will be contacted for an interview if a position opens and you meet the qualifications.
  • You may be contacted anytime while this recruitment remains open, as this is an open-continuous recruitment.
  • This recruitment will consider only summer employment.
  • Summer trainings will begin the week of June 12, 2023
  • This recruitment will remain open until June 30, 2023.
Please note, applications for this position must be turned in no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. Applications must be turned in through the City's online application system. Do not attach materials not listed. E-mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
Vanessa.Valdez@portlandoregon.govClosing Date/Time: 6/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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