Recreation Employment - Fitness (Ages 18+) - Open Continuous - Updated

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $18.00 - $35.50 Hourly USD

Job Description

The Position

Portland Parks & Recreation is hiring people for part-time, year-round jobs in the Recreation Division.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) operates five regional Community Centers and three neighborhood Community Centers that serve and engage the public within the Portland area. Community Centers are open to the public for drop-in fitness classes. In addition, there are registered classes/activities, and registered personal training sessions.

We are looking for people that may lead activities at the following Community Centers:
  • Charles Jordan
  • East Portland
  • Matt Dishman
  • Montavilla
  • Mt. Scott
    • NOTE: Mt. Scott is no longer accepting applications until further notice due to site closure.
  • Peninsula
  • St. Johns
  • Southwest Community Centers
This is an open and continuous recruitment for year-round employment. Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

Positions include:
  • Personal Training
  • Group Exercise
Find out more below about these job types, locations, hours and pay 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 to include in their resume that can speak another language fluently to include that information in their resume. 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: Personal Training and Group Exercise
Instructs and/or monitors classes/activities in area of assignment. May develop lesson plans related to area of assignment based upon overall program objectives and guidelines. Prepares materials for instruction of classes/activities. Records participation for classes/activities. Requests class/activity supplies. Performs duties related to customer service, cross marketing, and delivery of assigned activities.

Qualifications for a Fitness Instructor Position include: Ability to acquire and demonstrate and/or experience in one on one and small group Personal Training. Ability to acquire and demonstrate and/or experience teaching a wide variety of Group Exercise classes. This includes, but is not limited to: 32 count block, Tabata, or HIIT, and mind/body variations such as Yoga and Pilates. Knowledge of proper routine and annual fitness equipment maintenance. Ability and experience recognizing, preventing, and responding to safety and emergency situations. Knowledge and experience applying best practices of health and wellness marketing pertaining to the fitness industry and promotion of sales strategies for fitness memberships. Ability and 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. Fitness Instructor - Group Exercise
Required Certifications: Approved certification(s) from a bureau recognized organization as outlined below and one year of teaching experience (preferred).
Locations: Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, Mt. Scott, Peninsula, St. Johns, and Southwest Community Centers.

Shift Range: All operating hours.

Fitness Instructor - Personal Training
Required Certifications: Approved degree or certification as outlined below AND one year of personal training experience AND personal training certification from a bureau recognized organization.

Locations: Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott, and Southwest Community Centers.

Shift Range: All operating hours.

Qualifying Fitness Certifications:
  • 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)
Ages: Instructor (Must be at least 18 years old)

Wage Range (applicants start at the entry hourly rate):
Parks Activities Specialist - Fitness Instructor $25.00 - $35.50
(Entry rate is $25.00 or $28.00, based on certifications held)

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

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 .

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.

These positions are not eligible for benefits.

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To Qualify
The following minimum qualifications required for these positions are:
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.

The Recruitment Process

Application Instructions

Submit only your work history and answers to the 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.

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

Supplemental Questions: Please answer all required questions.

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. 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 year-round employment only.
  • This recruitment will remain open until December 31, 2023

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.

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 .

Contact Information
Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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This summary outlines the benefit programs, actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Portland offers a comprehensive benefit package that is competitive with other private and public sector employers.

More detailed information can be obtained by calling the Health & Financial Benefits Office at 503-823-6031.

Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental)
Casual employees can become eligible for health benefits (medical, dental & vision) through Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer provisions if they meet the necessary paid hours requirement, as determined by the Health & Financial Benefits Office.

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
The City currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.
Employees who are OPSRP members are vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65 (age 60 for police and fire.)

Sick Leave
Casual employees accrue sick leave as outlined in the City of Portland protected sick time law.

Family Medical Leave
In accordance with federal and state law, and the City policy for family medical leave, the City grants family and medical leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical related reasons.

Closing Date/Time: 12/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Address

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