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City of Portland Summer Recreation Employment - Fitness in the Park (Ages 18+) - Open Continuous in Portland, Oregon

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

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


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Multiple Locations, OR

Job Type


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Portland Parks & Recreation

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/30/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Position

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hiring people for part-time, summer jobs in the Recreation Division.

About the Position

Job Appointment: Casual, Part-time

Work Schedule: Flexible hours, which may include days, evenings, weekends, and holidays. Work hours can be assigned verbally and can 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.

Work Location: At various park locations across Portland, OR

Benefits: These positions have limited benefit eligibility. Please review the Benefits tab for more information.

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. (https://www.portland.gov/bhr/class-comp/language-pay-differential-overview/language-pay-differential-eligibility)

Application Materials: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need to submit a work history and answer supplemental questions for this application.

Position Summary

Fitness in the Park helps Portlanders stay active and achieve their fitness goals while connecting to community and nature in our parks. All fitness levels are welcome. Outdoor fitness classes take place Monday through Friday in parks across Portland. Beginning Wednesday, June 24th, there will be classes in the morning (8:00am-12:00pm) and in the evening (4:00pm-7:00pm). Over the course of the summer months, we will also host a few Saturday pop-up events. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is looking to hire qualified and energetic fitness instructors to teach classes that will engage with the diverse populations of our communities.

In addition, PP&R seeks 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 with various parks throughout Portland. This is an open and continuous recruitment and intended for summer employment.

Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

Summer Positions include:

  • Customer Service (Recreation Associate): Approximately 20 opportunities

  • Fitness Instructor (Parks Activities Specialist): Approximately 20 opportunities

    Find more information below about job types, locations of potential job openings, shifts and salary ranges.


    Position/s: Customer Service Representative - These positions are union represented.

This role is responsible for providing quality customer service to our outdoor Fitness in the Parks programs. This includes providing customer service to anyone who participants in our programs, and/or anyone who seeks assistance or information regarding our programs. This includes frequent interaction with the public and PP&R staff, including supporting Fitness Instructors.

Recreation Associate - Customer Service Representative

Tasks include, but are not limited to - setting up and taking down of exercise equipment, and use of a mobile device to access customer information and process transactions. This position requires moving small pieces of fitness equipment such as dumbbells, as well as stereos, tables, and chairs.

Locations: Various Parks in Portland. All locations listed are tentative.

  • Gabriel Park (SW)

  • Columbia Park (N)

  • Irving Park (NE)

  • Laurelhurst Park (SE)

  • Luuwit View Park (OE)

  • Overlook Park (NE)

  • Mt. Scott Park (SE)

  • Ventura Park (SE)

    Shift Ranges:

    Monday – Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

    Monday – Friday 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 $18.90 - $22.05

  • Entry is $18.90/hr

    Training Wage: The training wage is $18.90 for all Customer Service 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 (https://www.portland.gov/bhr/employee-relations/labor-relations/labor-agreements) and click on the appropriate link.


Position/s: Personal Training and Group Exercise

This role instructs and/or monitors classes and activities in their area of assignment. Instruction may occur outdoors in all-weather conditions while working for the Fitness in the Park program. This role may develop lesson plans related to their area of assignment based upon overall program objectives and guidelines. Other duties include, but are not limited to - preparing materials for instruction of classes/activities, recording participation for classes and activities, and requesting class and activity supplies. In addition, the role may perform duties related to customer service, cross marketing, and delivery of assigned activities.

Qualifications for a Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor Position include:

  • Ability to instruct, demonstrate, and guide participation in one on one and small group Personal Training.

  • Ability to instruct and demonstrate a wide variety of Group Exercise classes. Classes include 32 count block, Tabata or HIIT style, and mind/body variations such as Yoga and Pilates.

  • Knowledge of proper routine 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.

    Recreation Aide Fitness Instructor - Group Exercise (Parks Activities Specialist)

    Experience: One year of teaching experience preferred.

Required Certifications: At least one approved certification from a bureau recognized organization below. Please have certification(s) on hand for review during the interview process.

  • 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)

    Locations: Various Parks in Portland. All locations listed are tentative.

  • Columbia Park (N)

  • Gabriel Park (SW)

  • Irving Park (NE)

  • Laurelhurst Park (SE)

  • Luuwit View Park (OE)

  • Mt. Scott Park (SE)

  • Overlook Park (NE)

  • Ventura Park (SE)

    Shift Range:

    Monday - Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

    Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm

    Saturdays 8:00am - 11:00am

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 is $25.00 or $28.00, based on certifications held

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

    About Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R's ideals and values. 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 fluently speak another language to include that information in their application materials. Multilingual 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. (https://www.portland.gov/bhr/class-comp/language-pay-differential-overview/language-pay-differential-eligibility)

Studies have shown that women and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your life experiences and qualifications for the role.

Have a question?

Contact Information:

Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources


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

Recruiting process

STEP 1: Apply online between February 26, 2024 - June 30, 2024

Required Application Materials:

  • Work History

  • Answer to the Supplemental Questions

  • Click on the Questions tab to preview the questions


This is an open and continuous recruitment for year-round employment. This means interview and hiring dates are not set at this time and will depend on position need and availability.

Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

Optional Application Materials:

  • If you would like to request Veterans' Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc) by the closing date of the recruitment. To learn about Veterans' Preference click here. (https://www.portland.gov/bhr/career-center/veterans-preference-information)

Application Tips:

  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience (personal or professional), and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.

  • Do not attach any additional documents.

  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.

    Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their work history and supplemental questions.

  • Your work history and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our pass/fail evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • You have 14 days from the notices of the minimum qualification evaluation phase results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 (https://www.portland.gov/policies/human-resources-administrative-rules/employment/hrar-301-recruitment-processes) for complete information.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

Step 6: Start Date:

  • A start date will be determined after all the conditions of employment have been met.

    *Timeline is approximate and subject to change. *

Additional Information

Click here (https://www.portland.gov/bhr/career-center/recruitment-policy) for additional information regarding the following:

  • City of Portland Core Values

  • Recruitment Process – Work Status

  • Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Veteran Preference

  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations

    An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

    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) (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/67562)

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.

Retirement (http://www.oregon.gov/PERS/)

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 (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/12414)

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

Family Medical Leave (http://www.portlandonline.com/omf/index.cfm?c=27799&a=12415)

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.


Thank you for your interest in joining the team at the City of Portland. We sincerely value your time and hope to make your application experience as positive as possible.

The following supplemental questions are an important step to assist us in determining if you have the minimum qualifications to succeed in the posted vacancy.

Write specific and unique responses to each question. Answering "No", to any of the Yes/No questions or answering an essay questions with the following "See resume", or entering "N/A" for any of the minimum qualifications listed in the "To Qualify" section may eliminate you from further consideration.

Note: If you are requesting veterans' preference, please be sure upload a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's administration letter stating your disability. Veteran's preference documentation must be submitted by the closing time of this announcement.

Have you read and understood all the information listed above?

  • Yes

  • No - If you have any questions, please contact the recruiter on the announcement.


    Where did you first learn about this job opportunity? (If on a website or job board, please specify which one)


    The City of Portland receives public records requests at times. Please indicate which response you find appropriate: (Answer will not disqualify you from the process)

  • My application was submitted with the understanding that the City of Portland would keep the information confidential and would only disclose the information if ordered to do so. I would not have submitted this application without the promise of confidentiality.

  • You may release my application; I am waiving confidentiality.


    Have you worked for Portland Parks and Recreation before?

  • Yes

  • No


    If you answered 'Yes' to question 4, please tell us what position you held with Portland Parks & Recreation and when you were in that position.


    Please indicate your age.

  • Yes - I am 18 years of age or older.

  • No - I am under 18 years of age. (This will disqualify you from this recruitment.)


    Please select the areas you are interested in:

  • Recreation Associate - Customer Service

  • Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor (must answer questions 8-11)


    If you selected Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor in Question 7, do you currently hold a required certification(s)?

  • Yes

  • No


    If you selected Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor in Question 7, what qualifying fitness certification(s) do you hold? Please be ready to provide your certification(s) for review during the interview process.


    If you selected Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor in Question 7, please describe your experience teaching fitness classes. Note: One year of experience is required for group exercise classes.


    If you selected Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor in Question 7, please list what classes you have taught or are currently teaching.


    How many hours a week can you work?

  • 5-10

  • 10-20


    Please selected the days you have availability.

  • Monday

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

  • Friday

  • Saturday


    Please select your preferred location(s) where you are available to work.

  • Parks in North Portland

  • Parks in Northeast Portland

  • Parks in Inner East Portland

  • Parks in Outer East Portland

  • Parks in Southeast Portland

  • Parks in Southwest Portland


    I understand that this is an Open Continuous Recruitment, which means I can be contacted at any time and only when positions become available. I understand that may not be immediately upon submitting my application.

  • Yes

  • No


    If you speak, read, or write in any language other than English, please indicate (include whether you read, speak, or write). If not, please put N/A.


    Please include your pronouns (optional).

    Required Question


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