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Recreation: Recreation Instructor 1

City of Sunnyvale
25) per week Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


RECREATION INSTRUCTOR 11 to 20 hours per week

(Job Code 9522)

Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  

Recreation Services Division has instructor openings across many recreation programs and activities. We serve youth, adults and older adults and have opportunities for flexible working hours (e.g., morning, early afternoons, lunch time, after school, evenings, and weekends). Individuals may choose to work one class assignment or multiple class assignments and flexible work hours are possible to accommodate other work schedules, school schedules and/or other commitments. 
Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
All units:

  • Teach classes in specific program area (see each area below) by leading and demonstrating methods and techniques.
  • Ability to work weekday, weeknights, and/or weekends depending on facility availability and class interest.
  • Create, develop, or follow lesson plans to teach specific class or activity.
  • Prepare, write, and submit class activity descriptions for the Activity Guide and online class registration portal.
  • Take attendance and administer/organize other paperwork and forms as needed. 
  • Responsible for activity/class set up, break down, preparation, and equipment as needed.
  • Survey class participants to ensure program quality and benchmark community needs.
  • Maintain a safe, friendly, and inclusive class environment for all participants.
  • Adjust activity or class as appropriate or needed to meet the various needs/levels of participants.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with participants, families, caregivers, volunteers, and City staff.
  • Attends City or division trainings, meetings, or special events as appropriate.
Teach classes for children ages 0-17 and/or adults (18+) in ANY of the following areas:
  • Carpentry: Woodworking
  • Circus Arts: Acrobatics, Clowning, Juggling
  • Culinary Arts: Baking, Cooking
  • Dance: Ballet, Bollywood, Broadway, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Hula, Jazz, Modern, Polynesian, Tap, Swing
  • Graphics: Animation, Cartooning, Photoshop, Web Design
  • Fashion: Design, Illustration, Sewing, Textile
  • Music: Choir, Guitar, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Piano Keyboard, Percussion, Rhythm, Ukulele, Violin, Voice
  • Photography: Photography, Editing, Cell Phone Photography for iPhone or Android
  • Pottery: Ceramics, Pottery, Wheel Throwing, Sculpture
  • Visual Arts: Beading, Calligraphy, Drawing, Kumihimo Braiding, Glass Fusing, Jewelry Making, Lace Making, Painting, Papermaking/Print making
  • Theater: Acting, Audition Technique, Comedy, Improv, Magic, Musical theater, Technical Theater, Voice-over
Aquatics, Fitness, Health & Wellness and Sports
Teach classes for children ages 2-17 and/or adults (18+) and older in ANY of the following areas:
  • Aquatics: Water Walking, Water Exercise, Deep Water Fitness, Aqua Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Swim Coach
  • Fitness: Aerobics, U-Jam, Circuit Training, High-Intensity Internal Training (HIIT), Strength Training, VivAsia, Zumba
  • Health & Wellness: Barre, Balance and Core, Pilates, Tai Chi, Meditation, Stretching, Yoga
  • Sports: Badminton, Billiards, Cricket, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Lawn Bowling, Martial Arts, Pickleball (Indoors), Skateboarding, Table Tennis
Special Interest
Teach classes for children ages 3-17 and/or adults (ages 18+) in ANY of the following areas:
  • Enrichment: Chess, CPR, First Aid
  • Language: Chinese, Farsi, Sign Language, Spanish, Lip Readers
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing: Creative, Memoir
  • STEM: Coding, Science, Engineering, Math, Programming, Technology
Senior Center:
Teach classes for adults ages 50 years and older in ANY of the following areas:
  • Art: Knitting, Arts & Crafts, Quilting
  • Computer: Essential Skills
  • Electronics: Introduction to iPad, iPhone, Android, Smartphone Photography
  • Dance: Ballroom, square dance, swing dance, line dance, Yuan Chi
  • Fitness: Chair Exercise, Balance, Low-impact Aerobics, Zumba Gold, VivAsia, Strength Training
  • Special Interest: Card Games, Creative Writing, History, Current Affairs, Memoir Writing
  • Wellness: Ballet Barre, Balance, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Reiki, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, 
Position requires regular sitting, standing, walking, reaching, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work-related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing personal customer service. The need to lift, drag, and push, pull objects weighing up to 10 pounds is also required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Experience interacting with the public.
  • Able to use a computer, calculator, telephone, and photocopy machine as needed.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
 Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record or the ability to supply alternative transportation as approved by the hiring authority. 

  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin, or Farsi. 
  • Willingness to obtain First Aid/CPRS Certification (paid training).
  • Three (3) to six (6) months or one (1) summer season of part-time paid or volunteer teaching experience in any of the same fields listed above.
  • Courses or work/volunteer experience in recreation, fitness, marketing, visual arts, theater, pottery, sports, kinesiology, aquatics, older adults, or a related field.
  • Certificates in recreation, fitness, marketing, visual arts, theater, pottery, sports, kinesiology, aquatics, older adults, or a related field.
Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a completed application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources. 

City application forms, completed in full and responses to the supplemental questions are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume." Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page; go to, Search: Jobs. Late or incomplete applications will also not be accepted. Please submit application materials as soon as possible to be considered for this position as this job posting may close without notice. 


Applications competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates. You may contact Faye Brand, HR Technician at: or 408-730-3015 for recruitment updates.

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly- hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.