Recreation Instructor

Job Details

  • Date Posted: April 2, 2023
  • Company: City of Bellingham
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City of Bellingham

Bellingham Parks & Recreation is seeking enthusiastic, fun and energetic leaders to join our staff for Summer.

Positions Recreation Instructor classification perform a variety of duties in general recreation or aquatic programs including class instruction, lifeguarding, special events support, supervision and maintenance of the facility and administrative support. Assists in program development, training and leading lower classified staff.

There are several current and upcoming openings in the Community Recreation programs. Schedules will vary based upon needs and the time of year. Schedules may include weekends, early mornings and/or evening hours.

In a (RNB) regular non-benefit position with the City of Bellingham, employees are allowed to work up to 69 hours per month and will flex up to full time four months a year. A paid 90-minute onboarding session must be attended prior to start date.

City of Bellingham employees receive access to our employee assistance program. This position is not eligible for benefits, except as required by law. Employees are eligible to accrue 1 hour of Washington State paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

This position becomes represented by the Local 1937 bargaining unit after the completion of 1040 hours working an average of at least 12 hours per week, on an annual basis. When union-eligible, employees will receive paid holidays per the holiday schedule during their employment period.

Initial review will begin April 17.

Starting wage is at Step 1 – $18.21 hour. The current full range for this position is $18.21 / hour – $21.70 / hour – Salary Grade 3, Step 1. Employees receive step increases on completion of 2080 hours in accordance with the Guild of Pacific Northwest Employees, Local 1937 Collective Bargaining Agreement and City policy.

About the Programs:

Bellingham Parks and Recreation is seeking enthusiastic, creative, motivated, and organized individuals to join our Summer Enrichment staff. Schedules and responsibilities vary based on each program. Responsibilities include instructing and leading various age groups in programs such as day camps, special events and more. Qualifications include prior experience working with members of the public, leadership, and knowledge of outdoor activities. Candidates must be team players, flexible, patient and comfortable working with participants of all abilities. Current vacancies include:

BellingCamp Inclusion Specialist/Recreation Instructor (1 position)

Bellingham Parks and Recreation will be offering two on-site summer day camps for youth called BellingCamp. The Inclusion Specialist works well with children with disabilities, has excellent communication skills, and enjoys working in a variety of camp settings. This position is scheduled to work with a BellingCamp participant who may need assistance (physically, socially, behaviorally, or cognitively) as either 1:1 support or as an additional staff member supporting the group process with the camp staff. The Inclusion Specialist works closely with staff to promote a successful experience for all campers and should demonstrate skills in behavior management, social awareness, positive reinforcement, and redirection. Successful candidates should be flexible, creative, and good natured. Camp hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:30 pm. Staff hours are typically Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-6:00 pm from June 20-August 25 with a mandatory training week of June 12-16.

BellingCamp (up to 1 position)

Bellingham Parks and Recreation will be offering two on-site summer day camps for youth called BellingCamp (BC). This position will be working with children 9-12 years old. Staff are responsible for supporting the Recreation Coordinator with training, preparing, instructing and leading activities and programs. Qualifications include prior experience working with children and/or camp leadership, experience leading art and science activities, games and outdoor activities, knowledge of safety, outdoor skills and team building. Candidates will assist with administration of paperwork and process, implementation of daily schedule and ensuring that camp staff are following guidelines. It will also troubleshoot behavioral management issues that arise as well as interact with parents and guardians and assist with overall program development, training and leading lower classified staff. Staff must be good natured, fun, creative, energetic and thrive in hectic environments. Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:30 pm, June 20-August 19. The position will work 7:30 am-4:00 pm.


  • Participates in planning, promoting, implementing, leading and instructing recreation programs and activities in the areas of community events, specialized recreation, athletics, aquatics and general programs.
  • Ensures a safe environment for all participants and staff by enforcing Parks and Recreation policies, procedures and specific regulations of assigned area.
  • Procures supplies for assigned classes.
  • Maintains statistics of assigned programs, performs data entry and produces associated reports.
  • Staffs assigned facilities during public and rental periods; monitors program activity within facility or designated park space.
  • Performs setup and take down of activities, supplies and equipment; maintains facilities in accordance with departmental standards and procedures.
  • Assists in training, scheduling, leading and evaluating lower classified staff involved in assigned area.
  • Provides support for special events and programs.
  • Provides general program information to recreation staff and participants.
  • Specific to Aquatics program, performs duties in special assignments as directed by supervising staff:
    • Custodial/Maintenance:
      • Cleans pool deck, beaches, wading pools, locker rooms and staff areas. Assures all areas have needed supplies.
      • Maintains pool chemistry by performing chemical tests on a regular basis. Assists in sanitizing pool.
    • Aquatic Center pool/beaches/wading pools:
      • Provides lifeguarding and all associated duties when serving as staff in responsible charge of water programs.


  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Work is performed year round in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor public facilities and environments, including, but not limited to classrooms, gyms, parks, trails, swimming areas and public attractions. Some assignments may require use of City or private vehicle.