Recreation Employment - Lifelong Recreation (Ages 15+) - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 6/06/2023

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

Portland Parks & Recreation Lifelong Recreation (formerly Senior Recreation) is dedicated to ensuring access to recreational, educational, and wellness opportunities for adults age 60+. Lifelong Recreation programs are offered throughout Portland and include excursions and van trips, health and wellness, arts and crafts, music and dance, sports, and fitness, hiking and walking and much more.

We are looking for people that will lead van trips/excursions, teach classes on site at Community Centers or satellite facilities and/or virtually using an online platform and help facilitate virtual programs using an online platform. This is an open and continuous recruitment for year-round employment.

Positions include:

  • Lead Counselor
  • Instructor II

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.

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: Lead Counselor – These positions are union represented.

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.

Positions Available:

Lead Counselor - Van Trip Leader

Provide customer service to participants during a variety of outings/excursions for aging adults. Activity trips can be 8-to-12-hour days where employees are responsible for transporting registered participants via minibus or 15-passanger van to tours/shows/activities. Candidates should enjoy working/socializing with aging adults, be willing to assist with balancing participants while getting in and out of bus/van or at different activity venues, as needed. Will need to submit a DMV drivers record to drive City vehicles, bilingual preferred. Trips are varied with options Mon-Sat and occasionally Sundays.

Locations: Pick-up/Drop off at East Portland Community Center, Montavilla Community Center, Mt. Scott Community Center, Peninsula Park Community Center, Southwest Community Center, and non-Parks satellite locations.

Shift Range: Weekdays and weekend mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Age Requirement:

Lead Counselor (Must be at least 18 years old)

Wage Range (applicants start at the entry hourly rate):

Recreation Associate - Lead Counselor $20.00 - $23.0 hourly

Training Wage:

Training wage is $18.00 for all counselor positions.

Please note: This position is 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.


Position/(s) - Instructor Level II

Instructors prepare and present introductory lessons/activities for programs and classes. Areas of assignment are listed below. Creates welcoming atmosphere, engages with participants, provides excellent customer service and is a resource for PP&R information. Maintains clean facilities and/or park spaces, monitors use of space and needs of guests, is proactive in addressing potential safety concerns, upholds the PP&R code of conduct, communicates with supervisor, rangers, and security under established guidelines. Monitors participation and completes needed paperwork and record keeping.

Positions Available:

Instructor I*

Types of Instruction: Looking for Instructors to lead classes for aging adults in a wide range of interests. Class ideas could include textile dyeing, music instruction, memory writing, cultural enrichment, environmental education, and other continuing education activities.

Locations: Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott, Peninsula Park, St. Johns, and Southwest Community Centers and/or virtual using an online platform.

Shift Range: All operating hours.

*It is preferred for Level I Instructors to have formal education/training or hold certifications in the program areas of instruction.

Age Requirement:

Must be at least 15 years old

Wage Range (applicants start at the entry hourly rate):

Recreation Aide - Instructor I $18.00 - $22.20

Training Wage:

Instructor training wage is $18.00 for all instructor positions.

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 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.

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.

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.
  • 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 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: City of Portland 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:

Contact Information
Jaclyn Snyder, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

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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