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

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 6/30/2022
Are you looking for your first job? 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
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 training the full week of June 27 - July 1, 2022. Candidates must work a minimum of 6 weeks within the time frame of July 5 - August 26, 2022.

Positions include:

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



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 discipline and safety while monitoring youth, consistently modeling appropriate behavior, maintaining accurate program records, and performing maintenance duties as assigned.

This is a seasonal position 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 this position serve at will. This position is represented.


Counselor I (Must be 15 years old)

Wage Range:

Through June 30, 2022:
Recreation Associate - Counselor I $15.00 - $16.25

Wage Range after July 1, 2022:
Wages for represented positions are pending until the completion of contract negotiations. Wage increases will be implemented effective July 1, or a retro payment will be processed if contract negotiations are completed after July 1.

Training Wage:

Counselor training wage is $15.00 for all counselor positions.


Counselor I

Summary: Assist with drop-in TeenForce programming for youth, ages 10-20

Locations: Various locations in Portland.

Shift Range: Weekday afternoons and evenings. Occasional weekends.

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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.

Positions are not eligible for benefits. 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.

Applicants must possess:
Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.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.
  • Applications submitted by April 4th will be guaranteed an interview. Applications submitted after April 4th will only be interviewed on an as needed basis.
  • Interviews will be offered weekly beginning the week of April 4th. You will get more information to sign-up for the date and times available once your application has been reviewed.
• This recruitment will remain open until July 31, 2022.

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.
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Anna Morgan, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Part Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$15.00 - $16.25 Hourly
Salary Type

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