2023 New Aquatics Support Staff - Age 16+ - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 12/06/2023

Work the water!

Portland Parks and Recreation is looking to fill Aquatics Support staff positions!

Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for team-oriented, enthusiastic and qualified staff to operate our 4 year-round indoor and 7 summer outdoor swimming pools. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills and help others stay safe and enjoy being in the pool.

Available positions:
  1. LIFEGUARD - requires Starguard Lifeguard Certification
  2. SWIM INSTRUCTOR - requires Portland Parks and Recreation Swim Instructor Certification
  3. WATER FITNESS INSTRUCTOR - requires Portland Parks and Recreation Water Fitness Certification and/or a National Water Fitness Instructor Certification
All staff are expected to convey good public relations and follow established policies and procedures for a safe, fun, and efficient operation of the City Pools. You must be at least 16 years old to apply. Hours may vary and are based on program needs and job classification.

Note: Lifeguard and Swim Instructor positions are represented by Labors' (LiUNA) Local 483 - Recreation. To view, please go to the Labor agreements webpage and click on the appropriate link.

Lifeguard Only Starting Wage: $18.50 hourly
Swim Instructor Only Starting Wage: $18.50 hourly
Lifeguard & Swim Instructor (dual certified) Starting Wage: $20.90 hourly
Water Fitness Instructor Starting Wage: $18.50 hourly

Certification must be current through the duration of employment.

About Portland Parks & Recreation

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 resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

This position is not eligible for benefits.

Applicants must have a current or be in the process of obtaining at least one of the following certifications:
  • Starguard Lifeguard Certification
  • Portland Parks Swim Instructor Certification
  • Portland Parks Water Fitness Instructor Certification and/or AEA/Equivalent certification.
If you have one of the following current certifications, please note it in supplemental question #5.
  • American Red Cross, Jeff Ellis & Associates, YMCA, NASCO, or other national lifeguard certification
  • Water Safety Instructor, Starfish Aquatics, YMCA, or other swim instructor certification.

There will be an evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their answers in their supplemental questions. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Application Instructions

Applicants MUST FOLLOW the process below and submit the following application materials to be considered for this position.

Submit responses to the Supplemental Questions.

Your application will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Failure to submit the required application materials will result in elimination from further consideration.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. If you apply and then need to make corrections to your application, please contact the Recruiter via the email address listed below.

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.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

Salary18.50 Hour
Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Part Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
See Position Description

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