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City of Portland Nature Day Camp Educator II (Community Service Aide II) - Open Continuous in Portland, Oregon

Nature Day Camp Educator II (Community Service Aide II) - Open Continuous

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Nature Day Camp Educator II (Community Service Aide II) - Open Continuous


$14.56 - $15.00 Hourly


Multiple Locations, OR

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Portland Parks & Recreation

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The Position

Join our Nature Day Camp team!

We are looking for team members that are:

  • Patient, flexible, responsible, and enthusiastic.

  • Curious about nature and excited to be outdoors in all types of weather.

  • Comfortable ensuring campers, staff, and parents follow COVID-19 guidance from State and County public health authorities regarding physical distancing and face coverings.

  • Willing to learn, grow, and be challenged to try new things.

  • Comfortable and confident when talking to children and adults.

  • Eager to be part of an active and respectful team.

  • Comfortable mediating conflicts and challenging behaviors.

  • Willing to give feedback to others and get feedback about their skills as an educator.

  • Recognize when to ask for help from other educators, teams leads, and coordinators.

About the Program

Environmental Education's Nature Day Camp offers nine weeks of summer camps at six locations throughout Portland. Camps have a nature theme and offer an opportunity for educators to explore and learn with small groups of children ages 5-12. Campers spend each day outdoors noticing the world, asking questions, playing in nature, and learning through games and activities.

Camp Locations

Each week, camp takes place at two of the locations listed below. Over the nine weeks of camp, staff could be assigned to any or all of these locations and will need to find their own transportation to get there.

  • Mt Tabor Park (SE Portland)

  • Hoyt Arboretum (SW Portland)

  • Sellwood Park/Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (SE Portland)

  • Pier Park (N Portland)

  • Powell Butte Nature Park (Outer SE Portland)

  • Whitaker Ponds Natural Area (NE Portland)

Note for 2021: Applicants should be aware that working with children and other employees during a pandemic has added risks. We ask that before applying, each person consider their own comfort level with these risks, including the actions they are or are not willing to take to help protect fellow employees, campers, and families who might be in a high-risk category.

Summary of Nature Educator II duties:

  • Put into practice all camp safety protocols and uphold COVID-safe guidelines

  • Plan and lead nature-themed activities

  • Build relationships with campers and families

  • Create a safe space for campers to have fun and make friends

Nature Educator II detailed responsibilities:

  • Ensure campers and staff follow COVID-19 guidance from all public health authorities including, but not limited to, physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, cleaning of spaces and equipment, and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

  • Provide physically and emotionally safe space for campers to explore and observe the natural world.

  • Collaborate with Nature Day Camp Team Leads to plan and lead structured and unstructured camp activities.

  • Communicate with families about the camp day and work together to solve problems as needed.

  • Find ways to share responsibilities with new, younger, or less experienced staff.

  • Provide age-appropriate activities that present information in multiple ways to accommodate different learning styles.

  • Promote community between campers and staff by playing, exploring, and learning together.

  • Use creative techniques to help campers transition and get to where they need to be.

  • Work to reduce risks during the camp day and respond to emergencies as needed.

  • Actively participate in camp activities and have fun!

WORKING TIMES: Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm (Every other week is a 4-day week. Staff will not report on June 18, July 2, July 5, July 16, July 30, and August 13)

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: June 10, 2021 through August 24, 2021

  • June 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 – Required Training Days

  • June 21 through August 20 – Camp Weeks (Staff will not report on June 18, July 2, July 5, July 16, July 30, and August 13.)

  • August 23 and 24 (1/2 days, optional) – Summer evaluation, cleaning, and supply organization

Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau:

Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks to promote equity and inclusion. Environmental Education programs serve children and youth from a broad range of backgrounds. Although not required, we encourage applicants that can fluently speak another language to include that information in the supplemental questions.

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.

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 ( .

These positions are not benefit-eligible

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for the position:

  • At least 800 hours of experience working at Nature Day Camp (about two summers working full time) or equivalent hours at an organization related to nature, science, or outdoor education

  • At least 18 years old by June 1, 2021

  • Experience working with diverse populations

  • Experience leading activities and managing a group of children

  • Experience collaborating with a team

The Recruitment Process

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

  • Work Experience: Describe your past paid and volunteer work experiences, where the experience was acquired, and how it relates to each item in the “To Qualify” section above.

  • Education: Include information about any college, training and/or advanced degrees earned and how they relate to the requirements of the position if applicable.

  • References: Please list three professional references who are not related to you. (Examples might include supervisors, teachers, youth directors, coaches, etc.)

  • Supplemental Questions: Please answer all required questions

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your work history any transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

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. Do not attach materials not requested.

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, 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. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against 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 encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

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:

Contact Information

Halima Abdirizak, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources


A Career with the City of Portland offers many Employee Benefits

This summary outlines the benefit programs, actual benefts may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Portland offers a comprehensive benefit package that is competitive with other private and public sector employers.

More detailed information can be obtained by calling the Benefits & Wellness Office at 503-823-6031.

Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental) (

  • A choice of two medical/vision plans and two dental plans.

  • Coverage is available to benefits-eligible employees, their spouse/domestic partner and eligible dependent children up to age 26.

  • For full time employees, the City pays 95% of the cost of coverage, you pay 5%.

  • The part-time employees' cost is pro-rated based on the number of hours in the employee's regular work schedule.

Wellness Benefits (

  • We offer many on-site fitness center locations and classes, stretching,

  • discounts to local fitness clubs,

  • smoking cessation benefits,

  • chronic care coaching programs,

  • worksite wellness screenings and flu shots.

Life Insurance (

  • Basic life insurance at no cost to full time employees.

  • Levels of coverage are based on bargaining units, employment status and/or annual salaries.

  • Supplemental life insurance - employees may purchase up to $500,000 for themselves

  • up to $300,000 for their spouse or domestic partner.

  • up to $25,000 for dependent children.

  • This coverage is portable upon retirement or separation. There are some limitations on coverage level.

Long Term Disability (

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Long Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of your basic monthly earnings up to $3,333 per month.

  • The benefit is available 60 days from the onset of the approved disability, or exhaustion of sick leave, whichever is later.

  • Preexisting condition limitations do apply.

  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Short-Term Disability (

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Short-Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of pre-disability earnings for eligible employees

  • The benefit is available after a 14-day waiting period, and can continue for 90 days.

  • Pre-existing condition limitations do apply.

  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% benefit (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Employee Assistance Plan (

  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provides confidential counseling services for employees and eligible dependents.

  • Effective July 1, 2013, the plan provides up to five free visits per year.

Flexible Spending Accounts (

  • Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) allows you to make pre-tax contributions to your account to pay for eligible medical/dental/vision expenses which are not paid by your health insurance (deductibles, co-pays, etc.)

  • Dependent Care Account Program (DCAP) allows you to pay for your eligible dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. The maximum allowable you may contribute to this plan is $5,000.

Retirement (

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • The City currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.

  • Employees who are OPSRP members are vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65 (age 60 for police and fire.)

  • Option to contribute a portion of your earnings on a pre-tax basis to the City's Deferred Compensation Program ( .

Paid Leave

  • 112 hours of vacation ( each year initially. This accrual will increase over time.

  • Sick leave ( typically accrues up to a maximim rate of 40 hours per calendar year

  • 10 paid holidays ( each year

  • Three personal days accrue each year

Family Medical Leave

In accordance with federal and state law, and the City policy for family medical leave, the City grants family and medical leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical related reasons.

Other Benefits (

  • City's TRIP Reduction Incentive Program (for transportation options)


    Thank you for your interest in joining the team at the City of Portland. We sincerely value your time and hope to make your application experience as positive as possible.

The following supplemental questions are an important step in the examination and selection process to assist us in determining if you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the posted vacancy.

A lack of a complete and thorough response to each of the supplemental questions in the space provided may result in disqualification from the examination. In addition, the selections you make and responses you provide in the questionnaire must accurately reflect what is documented in your work history.

All of the supplemental questions below that are specifically listed in the "To Qualify" section are required for this position. Please provide unique responses for each question that specifically address the qualification(s). Answering "No", "See resume", or entering "N/A" in the open text field to any of the minimum qualifications may result in elimination from further consideration.

If you are requesting veterans' preference, please be sure to indicate that you are a veteran and also upload a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's administration letter stating your disability. Veteran's preference documentation must be submitted by the closing time of this announcement.

Have you read and understood all of the information listed above?

  • Yes

  • No


    Where did you first learn about this job opportunity? (If on a website or job board, please specify which one)


    The City of Portland receives public records requests at times. Please indicate which response you find appropriate:

(Answer will not disqualify you from the process)

  • My application was submitted with the understanding that the City of Portland would keep the information confidential and would only disclose the information if ordered to do so. I would not have submitted this application without the promise of confidentiality.

  • You may release my application, I am waiving confidentiality.


    Are you a new applicant to Portland Parks & Recreation?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please check all that apply to you:

  • I worked at Nature Day Camp during a prior summer.

  • I am or have been a Youth Conservation Crew, GRUNT, or Teen Nature Team participant.

  • I volunteered or worked in an Outdoor School program.

  • I am a member of a club, group, or organization related to this position.


    Will you be at least 18 years old by June 1, 2021?

  • Yes

  • No


    Staff are required to get themselves to work in different parts of the city throughout the summer. (This year's camps will be at Mt Tabor Park, Powell Butte Nature Park, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, Pier Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Sellwood Park)

Are you able to get yourself to and from all six camp locations by car, by bike, on foot, or using public transportation?

  • Yes

  • No


    Campers attending this summer could speak other languages (most common languages spoken in Portland are Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese Mandarin).

If you speak, read, or write in any language other than English, please indicate which one, and tell us if you can read, speak, or write in that language.

If this question does not apply to you, please answer "N/A".


Provide a detailed example(s) of your experience working with diverse populations.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

Such as:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • Your path to understanding issues related to diversity and racial equity (professional, internship, volunteer);

  • Skills, training, or lived experience do you have that will help you lead and be a part of a diverse team (professional, internship, volunteer)

  • Total years of experience applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)


Provide a detailed example(s) of your experience leading activities and managing a group of children.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

Such as:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • What age were the children?

  • What were the activities that you planned?

  • If you could lead the activity again, what would you do differently?

  • Total years of experience applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)


Provide a detailed example(s) of your experience collaborating with a team.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

Such as:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • What are your techniques as a leader?

  • What were the activities or projects that you worked together?

  • What is your communication style when collaborating in a team?

  • Total years of experience applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)

Required Question


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