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Parks & Recreation is Hiring

City bureau looks to fill over 100 jobs

Portland Parks & Recreation is recruiting people to fill full-time and part-time jobs, including summer positions like lifeguards and swim instructors.


Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hiring for hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs in the areas of recreation, urban forestry and land stewardship. Summer camp staff and lifeguards, swim instructors, and water fitness instructors are especially needed.


Many of the city’s park and recreation workers begin as part-time workers and go on to establish satisfying, full-time careers with the city, officials said.


Bureau spokesperson Mark Ross said the jobs are a rewarding way to serve the public while earning extra cash or starting a full time career.


“Portland Parks & Recreation offers an inclusive, welcoming environment with great pay, excellent benefits for full-time staff, flexible hours, outstanding teammates, and jobs that you’ll love,” he said.


The need for more staff is clear. At this time, PP&R is well below its desired capacity in the Aquatics department – the bureau has around 115 swim instructors, lifeguards, and water fitness instructors combined; full staffing for the busy summer season is 750+ employees.


Funds from the Parks Local Option Levy PP&R to restart programming like summer camps and reopen community centers and pools. Levy funds have also allowed PP&R to waive the fees for the lifeguard training course and certification which in the past has been a big barrier for those who cannot afford it.


Visit our website to learn more and to apply for jobs with PP&R: Portland.gov/parks/employment


We’d love to spread the word that we still have hundreds of positions available for a variety of shifts and locations in pools and recreation centers citywide, and we have space in upcoming FREE training classes. 


The more successful applicants we get, the more programming - including highly coveted swim lessons - we can offer.

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