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Employment Opportunities

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Welcome to the main employment page for Portland Parks & Recreation. Check back here often for interviewing opportunities, job fairs, and openings.
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Mission and Values

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) 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. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in your resume.

We have many full-time staff who began their long careers as summer employees with PP&R. With the community’s investment in the Parks Local Option Levy, PP&R is looking for lifeguards, swim instructors, summer camp staffers, seasonal maintenance workers, and more!

Permanent and Limited Duration Employment

All positions with Portland Parks & Recreation are listed within the City of Portland employment center and are updated weekly.

See all of our employment opportunities here.

Part-time and Seasonal Employment

Includes recreation support staff positions at community centers, summer recreation support, instructors, customer service, counselors, inclusion assistants, seasonal maintenance workers, and more! 

See all of our employment opportunities here.

Aquatics Training Programs

Portland Parks & Recreation is always looking for motivated and responsible individuals to join our aquatics staff. We offer lifeguard certification, swim instructor training, and water fitness instructor training classes year-round. Visit our Aquatics Training Program and Employment Opportunities page for complete details.


Portland Parks and Recreation is excited to offer paid internships during the of summer 2023. In partnership with SummerWorks, Portland Parks and Recreation will provide area youth ages 16-24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences in the government sector.

To learn more and apply, please follow the link below and look for “City of Portland – Parks and Rec” under Worksite Name.

PDX Youth@Work (  (Jobs)

PDX Youth@Work (  (Application)

City of Portland's Career Center

Check out the City of Portland's Career Center for helpful information to assist in finding employment with the City or other government entities.

Equal Employment/Non-Harassment Statement

The City of Portland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The City will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels without regard to race, religion, gender, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or protected veteran status. It is the City’s policy to prohibit workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of protected status. The City of Portland is committed to creating a respectful and professional work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation and that promotes employment opportunities.

Nondiscrimination Policy

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. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement. The City is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, modifications, accommodations, auxiliary aides and services, and alternative format. For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact Carolyn Lee at or 503-823-5076, or TTY/Oregon Relay Service: 711.