This is an on-call position which will work no more than 39 hours per week and is not eligible for benefits. On-call positions may have routine or variable work schedules.

Our staffing needs vary season to season, with spring–fall being the busiest time of the year. We are only able to keep a few staff on through the winter season and are unable to guarantee winter work to all staff.

Denver’s Outdoor Recreation Department (ODR) has seen significant growth over the last three years. Lead Outdoor Recreation Instructors support the continued growth of water sport instruction for upright paddle boarding and kayaking/canoeing, mountain biking, the Westwood Summer Outdoor Camp Program, the winter Ruby Hill Rail Yard, ski programming for youth in Denver Public Schools and MY Denver, Carla Madison’s climbing wall, as well as hiking and snowshoeing for youth, adult, and seniors. Our Recreation Leads provide outdoor program experiences that help connect the community with the outdoors through educational curricula and experiential learning.

Key Responsibilities:

• Deliver high level customer service to all Outdoor Recreation participants
• Display a high degree of competency in all instructor level duties as outlined on the instructor job description
• Monitor weather and make alternative plans in the event of severe or inclement weather
• Mentor newer staff and provide feedback to help develop their facilitation and leadership skills
• Ensure staff are meeting expectations and job requirements; report any staff issues to supervisor/coordinators if they arise
• Maintain a positive group atmosphere in which all participants are welcomed, included, and supported
• Identify and minimize environmental risks; follow policies and procedures as set forth by ODR
• Respond to emergencies and provide patient care; be prepared to summon help/initiate rescue in backcountry environments with no cellphone reception
• Maintain proper documentation such as challenge course reports, incident/accident reports, and rope/equipment logs
• Drive department vehicles including trucks with trailer in tow and 15-passenger mini-buses with participants

Our department provides intensive training for staff to prepare them for areas of outdoor recreation in which they do not have professional experience directly. However, this position requires a specialized outdoor recreation certification in a related field to qualify.

The starting rate for this position is $20.51/hour.

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


• Wilderness First Aid Certification and/or CPR Certification
• AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor
• ACA SUP Instructor
• PSIA XC Ski Instructor
• ACCT Level 2 Facilitator

Required Skills:

• Open availability during our peak spring–fall season
• Professional and diverse outdoor experience
• Experience working with youth and adults in a recreation setting
• Ability to attend Defensive Driving and Coaching the Van Driver training

Preferred Skills:

• Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate
• Experience: Two (2) years of experience (paid or volunteer) as an instructor in an organized specialized recreation program with certification in specialized area as required
• Licensures/Certification(s): Certification in the specialized field as required. Requires certification in CPR/First Aid prior to completion of probation period. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition

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Application Instructions

Apply here:https://denver.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCD-denver-denvergov-CSC_Jobs-Civil_service_jobs-Police_Jobs-Fire_Jobs/job/Denver/Outdoor-Recreation-Lead---Denver-Parks-and-Recreation_R0043736