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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

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Work the Water – with Portland Parks & Recreation

Join our Aquatics team!
We're hiring for current positions and for the 2016 summer season.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hiring for both immediate aquatics vacancies and for similar positions during the summer 2016. The bureau is accepting applications now for lifeguard, swim instructor and water fitness instructor positions. Jobs are and will be open at PP&R swimming pools located throughout the city. 

Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. PP&R encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language.

“As we continue our efforts for ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’, it is important that we hire the best and most diverse workforce to best serve our community,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “Our aquatics staff have received many awards and accolades for their excellence, and I continue to be very proud of them.”

Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics offers competitive wages, a positive working environment, flexible hours, opportunity for advancement and an employee recognition program. 

With six indoor and seven outdoor pools throughout the city, our “Parkies” have the opportunity to provide a service to their community while earning wages ranging from $9.75-13.25 per hour.

"Our pools are wonderful recreational sites,” says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. “They are the places where thousands of Portlanders have learned to swim, and can be enjoyed all year round by all ages. I look forward to a strong pool – pun intended – of candidates to help PP&R round off our staffing!”

Training courses for those interested in becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor are available through Portland Parks & Recreation.  Lifeguard and swim instructor training courses are offered during Winter Break – December 27-30, 2015.

For more information regarding training courses and employment opportunities or to request an employment application call Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics at 503-823-5130.