Summer Recreation Employment - Park Squad (Ages 15+) - Open Continuous

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 28, 2023
Full Time Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $18.00 Hourly USD

Job Description

The Position

Portland Parks and Recreation is seeking hard-working, community-focused youth interested in first-time summer employment with the Park Squad!

Park Squad strives to connect adolescent age youth to paid work as they experience a diverse mix of disciplines related to careers in Parks & Recreation. Our intent is to support the outreach and community building efforts of Portland Parks and Recreation while exposing young people to skills and experiences related to working in day-camps, event management, marketing, outreach and many more disciplines as they relate to public parks & recreation sector work.

Park Squad members will gain valuable work experience while connecting to communities throughout Portland. Successful candidates must be:

  • Willing to engage with diverse communities in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Must be able to get to and from work sites throughout Portland. *
  • Be energetic and willing to learn new things.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
*Please note these positions will rotate work sites and will be assigned locations based on business needs. We cannot place students at one location for the summer nor guarantee work in one neighborhood or area of town. Support with bus passes may be provided.

Positions are meant to act as first- or second- work experiences and will include ongoing trainings geared towards high school aged youth with little to no work experience.

Candidates must attend one of two full weeks of training June 26 - June 30, OR July 10-July 14. Candidates must work a minimum of 6 weeks within the time frame of July 3 - August 25, 2023.

Summer Positions include:
  • Park Squad Counselor (approximately 60 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: Counselor - These positions are union represented.
Counselors organize, plan, and lead a variety of activities including art, crafts, music, performance, science, games, nature, and sports in addition to supporting the physical, social, and cognitive development of youth. Positions will be responsible for maintaining safety while monitoring youth, positively representing PP&R by consistently modeling appropriate behavior, maintaining accurate program records, and performing maintenance duties as assigned.

Recreation Associate - Park Squad Counselor
Park Squad counselors experience a diverse mix of disciplines related to careers in Parks & Recreation. Park Squad counselors also represent Portland Parks & Recreation programs at outreach events by providing marketing materials, providing excellent customer service; and supporting a wide range of parks & recreation services. Duties vary based on site or program assignment. Park Squad counselors will follow the direction given by the site or program Lead Counselor.

Locations: Various locations in Portland.

Shift Range : Shifts vary depending on assigned work cohorts. Some work shifts may start as early as 7am and others may run as late 9pm. Work assignments may be weekdays and/or weekends depending on assigned tasks. Candidate schedule availability will be collected during training week and will be considered when assigning work cohorts.

Counselor (Must be 15 years old)

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

Training Wage:
The training wage is $18.00 for all counselor positions.

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.

City of Portland Core Values:
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. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, Carrot Fertility, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

To Qualify

Applicants must possess:

The following minimum qualifications are required for these positions are as follows:
1. Ability to promote a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
2. 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.

The Recruitment Process

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

1. Work History

Fully describe your relevant work experience and/or any unpaid volunteer experience, making sure to explain how your experience demonstrates the qualifications listed in the "To Qualify" section above.

2. Answers to Supplemental Questions

Please answer all required questions

  • Your work history and answers to the questions will be scored for this position. Incomplete work history and answers to the job questions may remove you from moving forward.
  • Your answers to the supplemental questions should have details about your education, training, work experience or lived experience.
  • Your work history should support your answers to the questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis : Per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law, your pay is determined based on the experience and education listed in your application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • 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.
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.

Next Steps:
  • After you submit your application to Government Jobs, it will be reviewed, and you will be contacted for an interview if a position opens and if 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.
  • Interviews will be offered weekly beginning the week of May 6th.
  • This recruitment will remain open until June 30, 2023.
  • After you submit your application to Government Jobs, it will be reviewed, and you will be contacted for an interview if a position opens and if 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.

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 the closing date and time of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), 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.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or starting in April 2023 you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual class, they are also available once a month.

Jaclyn Snyder, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources Closing Date/Time: 6/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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