Portland Parks & Recreation is looking to hire Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation staff for part-time, year-round employment!
Portland Parks & Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program is dedicated to ensuring access to recreational, educational, and wellness opportunities for people with disabilities. AIR programs are offered throughout Portland and include excursions and van trips, health and wellness, arts and crafts, music and dance, fitness, social gatherings and more.
We are looking for people that may lead activities at Community Centers, SUN program sites, programs with Environmental Education or satellite sites. This is an open and continuous recruitment for year-round employment
- Counselor II - Van Trip Leader
- Inclusion Assistant
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 that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
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.
RECREATION ASSOCIATE - COUNSELOR
Counselors lead a variety of van trips and outings that include tours, hikes, meals and social engagement, in addition to supporting the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of aging adult participants. Positions will be responsible for maintaining schedules, safety of participants and volunteers, and maintaining accurate program records.
Please note: These positions are 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.
Wages after July 1, 2022: Wages for represented positions are pending until the completion of contract negotiations. The new wage rates will apply retroactively from July 1.
Training Wage: Training wage is $15.00 for all attendant positions.
Counselor II - Van Trip Leader
Provide customer service to participants during a variety of outings/excursions for people with disabilities. Van Trip Leaders will be responsible for transporting registered participants via minibus or 15-passanger van to tours/shows/activities. As part of the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation program, the Counselor II will also offer on-site assistance to participants of all ages with physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities as they integrate into general recreation programs. Candidates should enjoy working/socializing with people with disabilities, be willing to assist participants while getting in and out of bus/van or at different activity venues, as needed. Will need to submit a DMV driving record to drive City vehicles.
Locations: Varies depending on planned activities/trips.
Shift Range: Weekdays and weekend mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
Age Requirement: Must be at least 18 years old
Wage Range: $16.25 - $17.50 hourly
RECREATION AIDE - INCLUSION ASSISTANT (PARKS ACTIVITIES SPECIALIST)
As part of Portland Parks & Recreation, Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program, the Inclusion Assistant provides on-site assistance to participants of all ages with physical, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities as they integrate into general recreation programs. Duties include adapting activities, following inclusion or behavior plans, maintaining a safe environment, and promoting a participant's success in a program.
Ages: Must be at least 18 years old
Wage Range: $16.50 - $19.50 hourly
Training Wage: Inclusion Assistant training wage is $14.75 for all positions.
Inclusion Assistant – Year-Round Programs
As part of the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation program, the Inclusion Assistant provides on-site assistance to participants of all ages with physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities as they integrate into general recreation programs. Duties include adapting activities, following inclusion or behavior plans, maintaining a safe environment, and promoting a participant’s success in programs.
Locations: Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, Mt. Scott, Peninsula Park, St. Johns, and Southwest Community Centers, at Parks throughout the system, and on trips/excursions.
Shift Range: Weekdays and weekend mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
Senior Center Project Inclusion Assistant
This position will work with people with intellectual disabilities who are over 50 years old, in a community-based program at 3 different locations throughout Portland. As part of the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation program, the Inclusion Assistant provides on-site assistance to participants with physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities as they integrate into general recreation programs. Duties include adapting activities, following inclusion or behavior plans, maintaining a safe environment, and promoting a participant’s success in programs.
Locations: Charles Jordan Community Center, East Portland Community Center, and Gresham Meals on Wheels building.
Shift Range: 3 – 5 days a week (M-F), 8:30AM – 1:30PM
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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.
Position not eligible for benefits.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- Demonstrate a positive and supportive attitude towards people with disabilities.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
- Ability to recognize and respond to safety and emergency situations.
- Ability to work in a team atmosphere promoting positive and effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and customers.
- Knowledge and experience utilizing behavior modification techniques and positive reinforcement.
Applicants must also:
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
Please state in your work history or supplemental questions if you have the following desired qualifications (Please note, these are not required but will be helpful)
- Knowledge and experience working with children, teens, and/or adults with disabilities.
- Knowledge of ADA (Americans with Disability Act) goals, principles, and types of modifications.
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 the Supplemental Questions
Work Experience: 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.
- Your work history and answers to the supplemental questions will be scored for this position. Incomplete work history and answers to the supplemental 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.
- 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.
- 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 year-round employment.
- This recruitment will remain open until December 31, 2022.
Work Status: Must be a US Citizen or have documents that allow you to work within the US at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you want to ask for Veterans' Preference, please add the following to your application:
- Add a copy of your veteran document (DD214 or Veteran’s Benefit Letter)
- Check the box that you are a Veteran
- Check the box asking for veteran preference
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Request: If you would like to request a reasonable change when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below.
Equal Employment: No person will be looked at as unfavorable 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 wants everyone who is interested in working at the City 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.
Did you know? We have How to Apply Classes that are free on how to apply to the City. Click the link for the list of dates: https://www.portland.gov/bhr/career-center/applying-city-jobs
Tamela Ressler, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer