Specialized Youth Instructor

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  • Date Posted: April 25, 2023
  • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Company: City of Fort Collins
  • Salary: $15 - $18 an hour
  • Housing Offered: $15 - $18 an hour

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  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • $15 - $18 an hour

City of Fort Collins

POSITION TITLE: Specialized Youth Instructor (Youth Programs/Summer Camp) (Hourly)

REQUISITION #: req7054

DEPARTMENT: Recreation


BENEFIT CATEGORY: Variable Hourly View Classifications & Benefits

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Fluctuating Hourly

HOURLY RATE: $15.00 – 18.00 per hour (based on relevant experience)

SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is
Open until filled.

Current hiring needs are for School Out Days and Summer 2023 camp positions. Positions available are Assistant Directors, Lead Counselors and Counselor Aides. Assistant Director positions will start early February 2023 and work 10-15 hours per week February – May for training and summer activity planning, with up to 40 hours per week beginning May 2023. Leads and Counselor Aides are encouraged to apply early. However, training hours will not begin until mid-May 2023. Availability to work School Out Days (1/16, 2/20, 4/21 & 5/15) and Spring Break (3/13 – 3/17) is a PLUS.

The City of Fort Collins is a bias-conscious employer. We ask that you please avoid the use of photos when submitting a resume and/or an application for employment. You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check, Motor Vehicle Report, drug test and fingerprinting required within four calendar days (96 hours) of offer.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

The Community: The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:

  • No. 2 Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America: American Water Works – June 2021
  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Livability.com Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: Livability.com March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com-June 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Potential for paid personal leave and paid holidays

Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, and financial assistance

Wellness program, workout facilities

Personal & professional learning opportunities plus potential for career mobility

Collaborative work environment

The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department creates exceptional programs to serve an exceptional community. Our summer camp programs (Camp FunQuest and Funtime Adventures Mini-Camps) are an opportunity for children to learn new skills, find new passions, stay active, and connect with their peers and others in the community. Assistant Directors, Lead Counselors and Counselor Aides in our licensed childcare programs are responsible for working alongside the Sr. Recreation Coordinators to oversee the on-site, daily operation of programs and the overall planning and implementation of activities for children ages 4-15 years old.

Do you have a ton of energy and enjoy laughing every day? Do you want to make a difference in the world and in our community? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you could be a camp staff in our programs! We are searching for strong, compassionate, experienced, and fun instructors to be S.I.L.L.Y. (Safe, Intelligent, Loving, Laughing, & uniquely You) with our children. Assistant Directors, Lead Counselors and Counselor Aides must enjoy spending time with children, creating empowering activities, serving as positive role models to the younger generation, and be a strong leader. These positions report to a Sr. Recreation Coordinator.

Work Schedule:
Assistant Directors will begin work early February 2023 with 10-15 hours scheduled per week through mid-May for training and summer activity planning with up to 40 hours scheduled per week beginning mid- May 2023. Spring Break (March 13-17) availability REQUIRED.

Lead Counselors and Counselor Aides begin training hours mid-May, 2023. School Out Days (1/16, 2/20, 4/21 & 5/15) and Spring Break (March 13-17) availability highly preferred.

All positions must attend REQUIRED pre-service staff training (May 22-26). Weekly work schedules will vary dependent on program. Camp program operating hours are M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm. Camp programs run May 31 through August 16. Occasional evening hours would be required for all staff meetings.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of all camp positions and are not intended to be all inclusive.


  • Keep children Safe!
  • Invent interactive and Intelligent activities!
  • Be Loving and respectful to all.
  • Encourage smiling and Laughing (even if you are the only one Laughing).
  • Be You (unless you’re a Yak and you yakety-yak all the time)!


  • A,B,C easy as 1,2,3 – Maintain a clean, welcoming, and organized camp environment
  • On the bus, octopus – May be required to drive 15 passenger vans to transport children
  • What’s shakin’, bacon? – Greet children and parents in a friendly manner
  • What’s new, tennis shoe? – Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled, and communicate often with team members and supervisors
  • Creativity in making everything S.I.L.L.Y.!

Assistant Director

  • Assists with coordination of all aspects of assigned programs including but not limited to participant registrations and forms, weekly activities, field trips, enrichment classes/programs, and special events.
  • Supports staff, interns, and/or volunteers with organization and implementation of daily activity schedules, managing participant rosters, and behavior management strategies and/or activity modifications to ensure an inclusive experience for all participants.
  • Provides on-site supervision of all assigned program groups to ensure participant safety.
  • Communicates effectively with staff and families regarding participant behavior expectations and individual or group guidance strategies.
  • Oversees check-in and check-out procedures including but not limited to daily participant health screens utilizing electronic tablets and software programs.
  • Adhere to and implement City of Fort Collins policies and procedures, including any state or federal regulations for licensed childcare and/or camp programs.
  • Represent the City in a positive, professional, and healthy manner.

Lead Counselor

  • Lead age-appropriate activities based on weekly themes, children’s interests, and group needs while actively engaging and supervising all campers.
  • Communicate daily with leadership staff about classroom management and activity/supply needs.
  • Observe, document, and share information regarding camper behaviors in a positive manner.
  • Keep classroom safe and clean by following program and City policies and procedures, and all County and State rules & regulations.
  • Maintain knowledge of participant whereabouts through regular head counts and updating attendance rosters.
  • Provide direction and guidance to counselor aides, volunteers and/or interns by modeling engagement, active supervision, and positive behavior guidance strategies.

Counselor Aide

  • Ability to take and follow direction.
  • Remain actively engaged with campers at all times.
  • Provide positive and friendly interactions with all participants.
  • Assist with classroom cleanliness and supply organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

These positions are not directly responsible for the supervision of any City employee(s). Assistant Directors will assist the Sr. Recreation Coordinators with supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable law which may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

To perform any one of these jobs successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily as it relates to the position. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for each role.

Assistant Directors

Minimum age is 21. Must have one of the following:

  • A four (4) year college degree with a major such as recreation, outdoor education, education with a specialty in art, elementary or early childhood education, special education, or a subject in the field of human services; OR
  • Two years of college training and six (6) months (910 hours) of satisfactory and verifiable full-time or equivalent part-time, paid or volunteer, experience, since attaining the age of eighteen (18), in the care and supervision of four (4) or more children; OR
  • Three years (5460 hours) of satisfactory and verifiable full-time or equivalent part-time, paid or volunteer, experience AND one of the following:

o Complete six semester hours, or nine quarter hours in course work from a regionally accredited college or university; OR

o 40 clock hours of training in course work applicable to school-age children and the department-approved courses in injury prevention, and playground safety for School-Aged Child Care Centers within the first nine months of employment.

Six (6) months previous experience working with children with disabilities in recreation or school activities is preferred, including but not limited to previous experience working with positive behavior guidance strategies and/or supports. Bilingual (English/Spanish) language skills are preferred.

Lead Counselor

Minimum age is 18. Must have one of the following:

  • A minimum of 3 months (460 hours) satisfactory and verifiable experience working in licensed childcare programs.

Counselor Aide

  • Minimum age is 16. Must have informal experience working and/or genuine interest in working with children.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

All positions:

  • Must pass City background check and pre-employment drug screen.
  • Must receive clearance from state and federal fingerprinting, and child abuse reporting background check.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification must be current or acquired within one month of hire and prior to working with children.
  • Must complete 15 hours of required, provided pre-service trainings prior to working with children.

Assistant Directors and Lead Counselors Only:

  • May require valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to satisfactorily complete provided training for driving 15-passenger vans.

Language Skills:
Must be able to communicate effectively with children, families, co-workers, supervisors, and the general public. Must be able to effectively give developmentally appropriate, verbal guidance to children between the ages of 5-15 years.

Reasoning Ability:
Must possess the ability to solve and implement practical solutions to problems, to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form, and to foresee and initiate proactive measures to ensure program quality, customer service and participant safety.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The employee is frequently required to crawl, kneel, jump, run, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must have the ability to lift from the ground up to 40 lbs. The employee must be capable of leading children in extended periods of exercise and movement and be able to actively participate in scheduled activities alongside children in both an indoor and outdoor environment.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to various weather conditions including rain, snow, wind, hail, and heat. The employee may be exposed to allergy causing conditions (i.e., cottonwood, dust, animals, etc.). The employee may be exposed to a variety of childhood illnesses. The noise level in the work environment can be at high extremes at times.

The employee must be able to work effectively in an environment of noisy, happy, and sometimes distraught children. The employee must possess high tolerance for the characteristic behavior of children in indoor and outdoor recreation settings and work effectively in high stress situations. The employee should be flexible with the demands and interests of children.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:

Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body. The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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