Summer Recreation Employment - Summer Day Camps (Ages 15+) - Open Continuous - Revised

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/05/2022

Portland Parks & Recreation is seeking candidates for Summer Day Camp opportunities!

For best consideration, please apply by April 24th!

Summer trainings begin the week of June 13, 2022.

Seasonal Recreation Support Staff positions may organize, plan, and lead a variety of youth activities including art, craft, music, performance, science, games, and sports as well as support various community recreation and arts programs that serve and engage the public within the Portland Metro area. Camp 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 preschool and school-aged participants. 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. Counselor hours are weekdays Mornings, afternoon, and early evenings. May work up to 40 hours a week. This position requires you to work outdoors.

This recruitment is for positions held at Charles Jordan, Matt Dishman, East Portland, Mt. Scott, Montavilla, Peninsula, St. Johns and Southwest Community Centers, Multnomah Arts Center, Community Music Center and Arleta, Beaumont, Faubion, Grout, Mt. Tabor, and Sitton SUN Schools. This is an open continuous recruitment and intended for summer employment only.

Positions include:

  • Counselor I & II

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



Counselor I & II:

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 preschool and school-aged participants. 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.

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


Counselor I (Must be at least 15 years old by June 13th)
Counselor II (Must be at least 18 years old by June 13th)

Wage Range:

Wage Range through June 30, 2022:

Recreation Associate – Counselor I $15.00 - $16.25
Recreation Associate – Counselor II $16.25 - $17.50

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.


Recreation Associate Counselor - Summer Day Camp

Counselor I: Help with youth camps during summer months.

Counselor II: Help with youth camps during summer months. Participates in program leadership and provides direction to counselor I staff.

Locations: Charles Jordan Community Center, East Portland Community Center, Matt Dishman Community Center, Montavilla Community Center, Mt. Scott Community Center, Multnomah Arts Center, Peninsula Park Community Center, St Johns Community Center, Southwest Community Center, Arleta SUN School, Beaumont SUN School, Faubion SUN School, Grout SUN School, Mt. Tabor SUN School, and Sitton SUN School.

Shift Range: Weekday mornings and afternoons.

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Why work at the City of Portland?

The City of Portland serves a population of over 650,000. Culture and solutions are our focus. We view every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our experience. We are committed to removing 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, interested, 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 not eligible for benefits.

The following minimum qualifications are required for these positions:

  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:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • For Counselor I: Be at least 15 years old by date of hire.
  • For Counselor II: Be at least 18 years old 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 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.
  • 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 is for summer employment only.
  • Early applications are encouraged. Applications submitted by April 4th will be guaranteed an interview. Applications submitted after April 4th will be interviewed on an as-needed basis.
  • Interviews will be offered weekly beginning March 7th. You will get more information to sign-up for the date and times available once your application has been reviewed.
  • Summer trainings will begin the week of June 13th.
  • This recruitment will remain open until July 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.

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Contact Information
Tamela Ressler, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

(503) 823-4346

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Part Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
See Position Description

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