Recreation Associate-Counselor I & II- Open Continuous (Revised)

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Human and Social Services Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $15.00 - $17.50 Hourly USD

Job Description

The Position

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine ( Exceptions only apply to candidate(s) offered a position; please do not submit at this time)

Portland Parks & Recreation are looking for Counselor I and II for the season!

Counselor positions organize, plan and lead a variety of activities including art, craft, 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:
  • Engaging preschool and school-aged participants in age-appropriate enrichment activities
  • Maintaining discipline and safety while monitoring youth
  • Consistently modeling appropriate behavior
  • Maintaining accurate program records
  • Performing maintenance duties as assigned.
Camp Counselor I (Must be at least 15 years old)
Camp Counselor II (Must be at least 18 years old)
TeenForce Counselor II (Must be at least 20 years old)

Camp Counselor I: $15.00-$16.25
Camp Counselor II: $16.25 - $17.50
Training Wage: Counselor I & II training wage is $15.00

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 this position serve at will. The recruitment will remain open for up to a 6-month duration. If your application is approved, you will be put on the eligible list and may be contacted if positions become available over the duration of the job announcement.

Portland Parks & Recreation is hiring for the following positions:
  • Preschool Aide
  • After School Program
  • No School Day Camps
  • SUN School Programs
  • TeenForce Programs
  • Lifelong Recreation - Van Trip Leader
Please see the "Additional Information" section for details about each position.

This classification is represented by the LIUNA Laborers' Local #483- Recreation Employees. To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link

About 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. 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.

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 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.
This position is not benefits eligible.

To Qualify

Applicants must provide details in their supplemental question responses and work history that demonstrates how their education, training, and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Ability to prepare and present lessons/activities for recreation programs.
  2. Ability to lead activities and educate/motivate participants.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with members of the public, participants, and coworkers.
  4. Ability to work with diverse populations.
  5. Ability to recognize and respond to safety and emergency situations.
  6. Ability to problem-solving and responding 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.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their answers in their supplemental questions. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Application Instructions

Applicants MUST FOLLOW the process below and submit the following application materials to be considered for this position. Failure to submit the required application materials will result in elimination from further consideration:
  1. Submit responses to the Supplemental Questions.
  2. Work History
Your application will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 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.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, you will attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Tamela Ressler, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

Position Descriptions

Preschool Aide
Counselor I : Assist Lead Portland Parks Preschool Teachers. Shifts can include mornings and afternoons. Work locations include East Portland Community Center, Montavilla Community Center, Mt. Scott Community Center, Peninsula Park Community Center, and Southwest Community Center hours vary from 10-32 a week.

After School Program
Counselor I: Help with afterschool programs and instructions. Shifts include afternoons and evenings Mon-Fri. Work locations include Charles Jordan Community Center, Peninsula Park Community Center, and St. Johns Community Center.
Counselor II: Help with afterschool programs and instructions. Participates in program leadership and provides direction to counselor I staff. Shifts include afternoons and evenings Mon - Fri. Work location at Peninsula Park Community Center.

No School Day Camps
Counselor I: Help with youth camps during no-school days and school breaks. Shifts can include mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Work locations include Portland Parks & Recreation Community Centers in North, Northeast, Southeast, East, and Southwest Portland.
Counselor II : Help with youth camps during no-school days and school breaks. Participates in program leadership and provides direction to counselor I staff. Work locations include Portland Parks & Recreation Community Centers in North, Northeast, Southeast, East, and Southwest Portland.

SUN School Programs
Counselor I: Help with afterschool programs and instructions.
Counselor II : Help with afterschool programs and instructions. Participates in program leadership and provides direction to counselor I staff.
Work locations include Portland Parks & Recreation managed SUN schools in the Portland Public School, David Douglas, and Centennial Districts. Locations are available in North, Northeast, Southeast Portland, and East.

TeenForce Programs
Counselor I: Assist with drop-in TeenForce programming for youth, ages 10-20. Candidates age 15 and over may be considered for Counselor 1 positions depending upon specific needs at time of hire.
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 in Counselor 2 positions.
Shifts will be afternoons and evenings including Friday nights. Occasional weekend work may also be assigned. Work locations include Charles Jordan Community Center, East Portland Community Center, Matt Dishman Community Center, Montavilla Community Center and Mt Scott Community Center.

Lifelong Recreation
Counselor II: 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-passage 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 and possibly during tours and be able to help with transitioning from mobility devices to seats in 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 occasional Sundays.Closing Date/Time: 1/15/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

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