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City of Portland Temporary Recreation Leader-Generalist in Portland, Oregon

Temporary Recreation Leader-Generalist

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Temporary Recreation Leader-Generalist


$17.17 - $24.79 Hourly


Multiple Locations, OR

Job Type

Temp (Budgeted)


Portland Parks & Recreation

Job Number



4/19/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Position

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.

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.

To Qualify

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

  • Knowledge and experience applying the principles of customer service, recreational, and leisure service activities.

  • Knowledge and skill in basic office practices and procedures including data entry.

  • Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with diverse populations orally and written with diverse populations.

  • Ability to select, instruct, and oversee volunteers and seasonal/casual staff.

  • Ability to enforce Portland Parks & Recreation policies and procedures.

  • 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:

  • Resume

  • 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 .

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 the closing date and time of this recruitment.

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: 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:


Loan Tran Polanco, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

(503) 823-6821

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.

    Your cover letter, and resume 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 information in your application materials to each of the qualifications listed in the To Qualify section may result in disqualification from the examination. The information you provide must accurately reflect what is documented in your work history/resume.

Your cover letter needs to specifically address all of the qualifications listed in the "To Qualify" section, they are required for this position. Please provide detailed examples for each qualification that specifically address the qualification(s). Saying "See resume", 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.

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