Portland Parks & Recreation is looking to hire TeenForce program staff for year-round employment!
Portland Parks & Recreation is seeking hard-working, community youth focused individuals for year-round employment with the TeenForce program. TeenForce strives to provide adolescent aged youth with safe spaces to engage in prosocial activities surrounded by caring adults. TeenForce staff act as positive role models/mentors, engaging with youth in a recreation centered environment, balancing the need to enforce facility guidelines to ensure safety for all community center participants, with building positive connections with youth and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Portland Parks & Recreation offers programs and activities through the TeenForce program at five community centers including Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, and Mt. Scott.
The TeenForce program offers classes, drop-in activities, events, and volunteer/service-learning outings.
Find more information below about job types, locations of potential job openings, shifts and salary ranges.
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RECREATION ASSOCIATE - COUNSELOR
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 youth. 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 part-time 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 these positions 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.
Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, and Mt. Scott Community Centers.
Weekday afternoons and evenings. Occasional weekends.
Counselor I (Must be at least 15 years old)
Counselor II (Must be at least 20 years old)
Recreation Associate – Counselor I $15.00 - $16.25
Recreation Associate – Counselor II $16.25 - $17.50
Counselor training wage is $15.00 for all counselor positions.
Recreation Associate – Counselor I: TeenForce Program
Counselor I: Assist with drop-in TeenForce programming for youth, ages 10-20.
Recreation Associate – Counselor II: TeenForce Program
Counselor II: Assist with drop-in TeenForce programming for youth, ages 10-20. Participates in program leadership and provides direction to Counselor I staff. Due to the ages and developmental needs of youth served in this program, we can only consider individuals 20 years old and older.
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RECREATION AIDE - INSTRUCTOR (PARKS ACTIVITIES SPECIALIST)
Instructor II, & III, Fitness Instructor, and Specialized Arts Instructor
Instructors prepare and present introductory lessons/activities for programs and classes for ages 10-20. Areas of assignment are as follows: dance, art, music, fencing, martial arts, language arts, archery, skateboarding, gymnastics, fitness and specialized arts. Creates welcoming atmosphere, engages with park and facility guests, 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.
This is a part-time 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 these positions serve at will.
Note: Instructor positions are not union represented.
Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, and Mt. Scott Community Centers.
Weekday afternoons, and evenings.
Instructor (Must be at least 18 years old)
Recreation Aide - Instructor II $16.45 - $21.45
Recreation Aide - Instructor III $18.50 - $23.50
Recreation Aide - Fitness Instructor $21.00-$31.00
Recreation Aide - Specialized Arts Instructor $21.00-$35.00
Instructor training wage is $15.00 for all instructor positions.
Recreation Aide – Instructor II*
Types of Instruction: Dance- ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz; art; music exploration; fencing; martial arts; language – Mandarin, ASL, ESL, etc.; archery; skateboarding.
*It is preferred for Level II - General Instructors to have formal education/training or hold certifications in the program areas above.
Recreation Aide – Instructor III*
Types of Instruction: Gymnastic classes for all ages. Class instruction is typically for youth age participants.
*It is preferred for Level III to have formal education/training or hold certifications specifically in gymnastics.
Recreation Aide – Fitness Instructor
Types of Instruction: Group exercise, personal training and small group classes.
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)
Recreation Aide – Specialized Arts Instructor
Types of Instruction: Private and group music lessons, ensemble/choir, specialized music (including culturally specific styles and genres), jewelry/metalsmithing, theatre, textiles, photography, drawing and painting, printmaking and book arts, literary arts, ballet academy, studio/professional dance, woodshop, sculpture, and ceramics.
Requirements: Prior to being hired you must have 500 hours of instruction experience AND met one or more of the following requirements below:
- certification in a related field,
- certificate of completion for trade-related training or education program,
- 4-year degree or equivalent in a related field, and/or
- MA/MM in a related field.
- In arts areas or genres where a certification or degree is not common practice, then equivalent experience/training and regional/national reputation will be considered.
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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.
Positions are not eligible for benefits.
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The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- Ability to promote a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
- General knowledge of assigned recreation area.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
- Ability to recognize and respond to safety and emergency situations.
- 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.
- Fitness Instructor: Approved certification from a bureau recognized organization and one year of teaching experience.
- Specialized Arts Instructor: Prior to being hired you must have 500 hours of instruction experience AND met one or more of the following requirements: certification in a related field, certificate of completion for trade-related training or education program, 4-year degree or equivalent in a related field, and/or MA/MM in a related field.
In arts areas or genres where a certification or degree is not common practice, then equivalent experience/training and regional/national reputation will be considered.
Submit only your work history and answers to 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 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 questions will be scored for this position. Incomplete work history and answers to the job 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.
- 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. If looking for summer employment, please apply to the summer recruitment openings.
- 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.
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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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Anna Morgan, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer
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