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The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department creates exceptional programs to serve an exceptional community. Our programs are an opportunity for children to learn new skills, discover new passions, be active, and connect with their peers. Programs include our state-licensed childcare program, Funtime Preschool, summer-only Funtime Adventures camp, and a variety of special interest, playgroup and adult with child classes for children ages 18 months to 6 years.

We are searching for enthusiastic, creative instructors who are passionate about working with preschool-aged children. Ideal candidates will embrace their S.I.L.L.Y. side (Safe, Intelligent, Laughing, Loving and uniquely You), not be afraid to get dirty, know a few preschool jokes, and know how to rock out to Baby Shark!

Work Schedule

Summer Licensed Day Camp Programs: Required, pre-service trainings begin May 24th. Camp begins June 2nd, 2021 and ends August 13th, 2021. Summer camp program schedules will require 25-30 hours per week, M-F between 7:30am-5:30pm with occasional required staff meetings held on weeknight evenings. Opportunities may be available to continue in the Fall with required early childhood teaching credentials.

All other Early Learning class schedules will begin on or after June 7th. Work schedules will vary dependent on program and run year-round.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

·         Active supervision of children including regular participation and attendance counts.

·         Greet children and parents in a friendly manner; conduct daily health screens and electronic check-in/out process.

·         Plan and instruct daily developmentally-appropriate activities including but not limited to science, math, reading, indoor/outdoor games, crafts, dramatic play, music, and cooking.

·         Prepare for and clean up following class/camp activities.

·         Treat all children with care and respect in all interactions, including behavior guidance and classroom management strategies.

·         Responsible for general maintenance of classroom/camp space and informing supervisors of missing and/or damaged equipment.

·         Plans safe, fun walking field trips when available.

·         May be required to drive 15 passenger vans to transport children.

·         Responsible for class/camp supply and equipment inventory, and requesting materials based on available budgets as needed.

·         Attend regular staff and department meetings as needed.

·         Represent the City with a positive, professional, and healthy demeanor at all times.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position is not responsible for the direct supervision of any City employees


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Minimum age is 18

Education and/or Experience

Early Learning Youth Instructors: Must have at least three months of full time or equivalent part-time satisfactory and verifiable experience with preschool-age children.

Licensed Preschool Teachers: Must meet qualifications for Early Childhood Teacher as defined by Colorado Office of Early Learning in Rules Regulating Child Care Centers, including but not limited to a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or similar, a current early childhood professional Credential Level III, or two years (3,640 hours) of verified experience in the care of children less than six years of age plus two (2) three-semester hour early childhood education college courses.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must past 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.
  • Must complete 15 hours of required pre-service trainings and courses before working with children.

Language Skills

Must be able to communicate effectively with children, parents, co-workers, supervisors, and the general public. Must be able to effectively give developmentally-appropriate, verbal guidance to children between the ages of 18 months to 6 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 stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to crawl, kneel, jump, run stoop, crouch, reach with hands and arms. The employee must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs., lead children in extended periods of exercise and movement, must be able to control 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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