Recreation Program/Fitness Instructor

Neighbourhood Programs and Services Division


Recreation Program/Fitness Instructor 

(Temporary Part-Time for approximately 10 months)

Competition Number


Job Code

In Posting

Posting Date

July 31, 2023

Closing Date

Until Filled

Job Status

Temporary Part-Time


The City of Kitchener is a vibrant and dynamic city of approximately 270,000, in the heart of southwestern Ontario. As the largest municipality in Waterloo Region, Kitchener continues to be poised for development and growth, enhancing its reputation as a leader in city-building and innovation, with nationally recognized strategies to build its neighbourhoods, its digital infrastructure and its diverse economy.


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Position Overview:

The City of Kitchener provides high-quality, affordable, community-based recreation programs within many of our community centres. We offer a wide variety of programs for all ages and abilities that promote social, physical, and mental wellbeing.  Instructors are the foundation of these programs and play a key role in creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive opportunities for participants.  The city is currently seeking qualified, enthusiastic, creative, and dedicated candidates who can offer instruction and/or skills in a variety of programs including: 



Salary Range (per hour)

Job Code

Activity/Class Monitor (Sports Programs)




Art (Fine art mediums including painting and pastel, pottery, and other mediums)



Dance (Line dancing, Ballroom Dancing, other genres)




Music (Piano, Guitar)




Special Interest (Technology, Cooking)




Sport (Basketball, Dodgeball, Floor Hockey)




Fitness (Zumba, Cardio dance, Pilates, Specialized Older Adult Fitness)








Tai Chi



Yoga (Gentle, Hatha, Yoga Pilates)





Instructors with multiple skill sets are able to teach multiple programs. Instructor contracts and time commitments are decided in consultation with staff and contracts are created accordingly. In your application, please indicate which role(s) you are applying for and list any relevant certifications attained (as appropriate).  



Program instructors will be responsible for: 

  • Planning and implementing creative and inclusive programs to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all program participants. 
  • Ensuring safety of program, wellbeing of all participants, creating social learning environments, and adhering to all health and safety protocols. 
  • Maintaining certifications (as required for the role), completing all required training, following directions from supervisors, and providing recommendations regarding customer feedback, lesson modification, and activity enhancements. 
  • During the course of instruction provide participants with modifications which consider functional needs and adapt teaching styles to assist participants with varied abilities. 
  • Completes records and reports including class attendance and accident/incident reports. Distributes applicable forms and program information. 
  • Ensures safe use, condition, and storage of any equipment. 
  • Responds to participants immediate concerns and or needs and provides customer service. 
  • Acts as a liaison between the facility and participants. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Activity/Class Monitor

  • Equivalent to partial secondary school education plus one (1) month of related experience.


Art, Dance, Music, Special Interest, Sport Instructor

  • Equivalent to partial secondary school education plus three (3) months of related experience and current technical and practical training in the discipline. 


Fitness, Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga Instructor

  • Possess a high school diploma plus six (6) months of related experience.
  • Certified in the discipline.


All Other Requirements

  • Must have the ability to support and project values compatible with the organization. 
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including daytime, evening, weekends, and holidays, depending on the needs of the program. 
  • May be required to obtain a Police Record Check and/or produce First Aid Certifications (role dependent) 
  • Must have demonstrated experience providing instruction within a program setting. 
  • Must have demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication (written and oral), customer service, and behaviour management skills. 
  • All staff must complete mandatory training prior to the start of program, training is offered through a combination of online and in-person learning.  
  • Must be reliable with a good attitude and employment record.



The City of Kitchener is committed to an equity-driven, inclusive, accessible, and barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and to ensuring our workforce reflects the full diversity of the community we serve. We welcome applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ persons, as well as other equity deserving groups.


We will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please contact Human Resources at [email protected], or 519-741-2200 ext. 7261 to make your needs known, so that we can support your full and equal participation throughout the hiring process.


We appreciate the interest of all applicants. Only candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications meet the requirements of the position will be contacted.


Please note that as per Human Resources Policy HUM-HIR-110, "Employment of Relatives of Staff Members and Elected Officials":

"The immediate relatives of staff of the Human Resources Division, all Directors, General Managers, or the Chief Administrative Officer and Elected Officials shall not be employed by the City in any capacity.

The immediate relatives of all other Management personnel shall not be employed where such employment would be:

1. within the same Department in the case of permanent full-time, temporary full-time and part-time classifications.

2. within the same Division in the case of students."



Community Services


Neighbourhood Programs and Services

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Number of Positions


Hours of Work

Up to 24 hours per week


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Salary Range

In Posting