2024 Spring & Summer Aquatics Support Staff - Age 16+ - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 4/19/2024

Work the water!

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is looking to fill Aquatics Support staff positions!

Job Appointment: Casual

Work Schedule: Will vary. Employees will work with their supervisor to organize schedule.

Work Location: Various locations across Portland, OR

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.

Union Representation: Dual Certified (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.

Application Materials: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to respond to the supplemental questions.

Available Positions:

LIFEGUARD - This position requires StarGuard Lifeguard Certification

  • Lifeguard Only Starting Wage: $18.50/hour

SWIM INSTRUCTOR – This position requires Portland Parks & Recreation Swim Instructor Certification

  • Swim Instructor Only Starting Wage: $18.50/hour

WATER FITNESS INSTRUCTOR - Requires Portland Parks & Recreation Water Fitness Instructor Certification and/or a National Water Fitness Instructor Certification

  • Water Fitness Instructor Starting Wage: $18.50/hour


  • Starting Wage: 20.90/hourly
  • This position is represented by Labors' (LiUNA) Local 483 - Recreation. To view, please go to the Labor agreements webpage and click on the appropriate link.

What you'll get to do:

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for team-oriented, enthusiastic, and qualified staff to operate our 3 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.

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.

About the Bureau:

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. Portland Parks & Recreation 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.

Have a question?
Contact Information:

Vanessa Valdez



The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Applicants must have a current OR be in the process of obtaining at least one of the following certifications:

  • StarGuard Lifeguard Certification
  • Portland Parks & Recreation Swim Instructor Certification
  • Portland Parks & Recreation Water Fitness Instructor Certification and/or AEA/Equivalent certification.

STEP 1: Apply online between January 2, 2024 – June 30, 2024
Required Application Materials:

  • Responses to Supplemental Questions

Optional Application Materials:

  • Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.)

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. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.

Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Weekly

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their supplemental questions.
  • Your responses to supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: An eligible list will be created weekly

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

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Ongoing

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: As needed

Step 6: Start Date:

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

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Click here for additional information regarding the following:

  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
  • Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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