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Join the PP&R Aquatics team—now hiring lifeguards, swim instructors


(Portland, OR) -

Immediate openings for positions, citywide; speakers of multiple languages encourage to apply

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hiring for immediate vacancies in the Aquatics division. The Bureau is accepting applications now for lifeguards, swim instructors and water fitness instructors. Positions are 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 who can fluently speak more than one language to apply.

“As we all continue our efforts for ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’, it is important that Portland Parks & Recreation hires the best and most diverse workforce to best serve our community,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “PP&R Aquatics staff have received many awards and accolades for their excellence, and I hope many Portlanders will apply to join this important team.”

Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics offers year-round and/or seasonal work, competitive wages, a positive working environment, flexible hours, opportunity for advancement and an employee recognition program. 

With five indoor and seven outdoor (during summer) pools throughout the city, PP&R Aquatics staff have the opportunity to provide a service to their community while earning wages ranging from $11.25 - $14.00 per hour.

"Hundreds of Portlanders have begun their vocational careers working alongside their friends at Portland's pools,” says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. “Our pools are places where everyone can learn important life skills, help serve the public, and create a respected foundation for their working life. PP&R pools are enjoyed all year round by people of all ages. I look forward to a strong pool–pun intended–of candidates to help PP&R round off our staffing!”

Training is required as part of the application process for potential employees. But fear not, courses for those interested in becoming a PP&R lifeguard or swim instructor are available through Portland Parks & Recreation. Lifeguard and swim instructor training courses are offered year-round, including this month (October) as well as during Winter Break–December 18-21, 2017. Lifeguard candidates must be strong swimmers 15 years or older, and complete a four-day training. Swim Instructor candidates must have good swimming skills, the ability to work with all ages and complete a four-day training. Both lifeguard and swim instructors must demonstrate a mature attitude and be able to work well with all members of Portland’s community.

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

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