Recreation Employment - Fitness (Ages 18+) - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 6/06/2023

Portland Parks & Recreation is hiring people for part-time, year-round jobs in the Recreation Division.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) operates five regional Community Centers and three neighborhood Community Centers that serve and engage the public within the Portland area. Community Centers are open to the public for drop-in fitness classes. In addition, there are registered classes/activities, and registered personal training sessions.

We are looking for people that may lead activities at the following Community Centers:
  • Charles Jordan
  • East Portland
  • Matt Dishman
  • Montavilla
  • Mt. Scott
  • Peninsula
  • St. Johns
  • Southwest Community Centers
This is an open and continuous recruitment for year-round employment.

Positions include: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 to include in their resume that can speak another language fluently to include that information in their resume. Bilingual/bi-cultural 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.

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.

Position/s: Personal Training and Group Exercise
Instructs and/or monitors classes/activities in area of assignment. May develop lesson plans related to area of assignment based upon overall program objectives and guidelines. Prepares materials for instruction of classes/activities; records participation for classes/activities; request class/activity supplies. Performs duties related to customer service, cross marketing, and delivery of assigned activities.

Qualifications for a Fitness Instructor Position include:
  1. Ability to acquire and demonstrate and/or experience in one on one and small group Personal Training.
  2. Ability to acquire and demonstrate and/or experience teaching a wide variety of Group Exercise classes such as 32 count block, Tabata, or HIIT style, and mind/body variations such as Yoga and Pilates.
  3. Knowledge of proper routine and annual fitness equipment maintenance.
  4. Ability and experience recognizing, preventing, and responding to safety and emergency situations.
  5. Knowledge and experience applying best practices of health and wellness marketing pertaining to the fitness industry and promotion of sales strategies for fitness memberships.
  6. 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.
Fitness Instructor - Personal Training
Required Certifications: A current Personal Trainer Certification from an accredited organization such as ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). ACE (American Council on Exercise) or a degree in exercise science. Two years of experience is preferred but not required.
Locations: Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott, and Southwest Community Centers.
Shift Range: All operating hours.

Fitness Instructor - Group Exercise
Required Certifications: Approved certification from a bureau recognized organization and one year of teaching experience.
  • 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: Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, Mt. Scott, Peninsula, St. Johns, and Southwest Community Centers.

Shift Range: All operating hours.

Ages: Instructor (Must be at least 18 years old)

Wage Range (applicants start at the entry hourly rate):
Parks Activities Specialist - Fitness Instructor $21.75 - $31.75

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

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.

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.

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 is not eligible for benefits.

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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.

Applicants must also possess:
Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

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.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:
  1. Work History
  2. Answers to Supplemental Questions
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.

Supplemental Questions: Please answer all required questions.

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 year-round employment.
  • This recruitment will remain open until June 30, 2023.

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.

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Contact Information
Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Part Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$18.00 - $31.75 Hourly
Salary Type

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