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Salary $17.17 – $24.79 Hourly

Portland Parks and Recreation

Portland Parks and Recreation is seeking Temporary Recreation Leader Generalists for this summer season!

Summer Free For All has (4) 4-month temporary appointments for Recreation Leader – Generalists during the 2021 summer programming season. The temporary Recreation Leaders for Summer Free For All will either be assigned to the Free Lunch + Play program or support Pop-up Arts & Culture Performances and program partner events.

The Recreation Leader will carry out responsibilities with initiative while exercising sound judgment and problem-solving skills in the daily performance of their work utilizing diplomacy and cultural acumen. This position requires strong customer service skills, cultural sensitivity, communication, computer skills, problem-solving, flexibility, and the ability to multi-task in an ever-changing environment. This position will work outside in all weather.  
Position Overview:

Free Lunch + Play: Summer Free For All is seeking (2) 4-month temporary Recreation Leader – Generalists for the Free Lunch + Play program. The Recreation Leaders will work closely with the Free Lunch + Play Coordinator in program implementation at 25+ sites across the city in a variety of multicultural and multilingual communities, including at 10 Mobile Lunch + Play sites in East Portland. Responsibilities include supporting Summer Playgrounds Counselors to serve meals and provide arts & crafts, recreation, and enrichment programs to youth; data collection and entry; assisting in staff training; sharing information on programs, and providing customer service to park patrons. The Recreation Leaders will provide leadership during the implementation of emergency action plans such as a medical emergency.

Pop-up Performances and Program Partner Activations: Summer Free For All is seeking (2) 4- month temporary Recreation Leader – Generalists to support pop-up arts & culture performances and Program Partner activations in parks across the City by setting up and taking down small sound systems and pop-up tents, providing basic sound support, supporting the needs of performers and program partners, data entry, and providing customer service to park patrons. The Recreation Leaders will provide leadership during the implementation of emergency action plans such as a medical emergency

The (4) Recreation Leader – Generalist positions report directly to a Supervisor in the Arts, Culture, & Special Events department of Recreation. Positions are full-time, 40 hours per week for 4 months. The Free Lunch + Play schedule may vary but will be primarily Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm or 9 am to 5 pm with occasional evenings and weekends. The Pop-up performance schedule will include weekdays, evenings, and weekend hours depending on the program schedule. These positions work all summer outdoors. 

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.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for these positions are as follows:

  1. Knowledge and experience applying the principles of customer service, recreational, and leisure service activities. 
  2. Knowledge and skill in basic office practices and procedures including data entry. 
  3. Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with diverse populations orally and written with diverse populations. 
  4. Ability to select, instruct, and oversee volunteers and seasonal/casual staff.
  5. Ability to enforce Portland Parks & Recreation policies and procedures.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with center and other recreation staff, city employees, program participants, and the general public. Ability to follow written and oral instructions. 

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. 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 may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

 **PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies** Recruitment Timeline:

  • Posting:   04/05/21 – 04/19/21
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 04/19/21
  • Eligible List: Week of 04/26/21
  • Selection Phase Begins:  Tentatively the week of 04/26/21

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter 
  • Your resume and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education,  training, and/or experience,  and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • If you one the desired qualifications, please state it in your cover letter and resume.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.  E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.


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