Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Substitute Child Care Counselor

Associated Recreation Council is now interviewing for Substitute Child Care Counselors for over 25 community center locations around Seattle.


Our school-age care programs, preschool programs, after school enrichment programs, and teen programs provide a fun, creative, safe, and welcoming environment for children to learn, play and grow. Our substitute pool helps employees gain experience working in our programs and provide the foundation for becoming regular, part-time or full-time employees.


Substitute Child Care positions are great for those going to school, work other part-time jobs, or have other obligations.


Pay Rate: $15.50 Hourly


Available locations for school year programs include (additions/availability subject to change):

  • Northwest Seattle: Ballard, Bitter Lake, Green Lake, Loyal Heights, and Magnolia Community Centers
  • Northeast Seattle: Meadowbrook and Northgate Community Centers, John Rogers Elementary School, Thornton Creek Elementary School, and Wedgwood Elementary School
  • Central Seattle: McGilvra Elementary School, Miller (Lowell and/or Stevens Elementary Schools), Queen Anne Community Center, Garfield Community Center (Summer Only), and Yesler Community Center (Summer Only)
  • Southwest Seattle: Alki Community Center, Delridge Community Center, Hiawatha Community Center, High Point Community Center, and South Park Community Centers; Genesee Hill Elementary School, Lafayette Elementary School, and Schmitz Park Elementary School
  • Southeast Seattle: Jefferson, Rainier, Rainier Beach, and Van Asselt Community Centers
  • Please indicate your preference of location(s) in your application/cover letter


Our Counselors:

  • Work with child care program staff to ensure the care and safety of participants at all times
  • Organize and lead programs and activities such as: arts and crafts, organized games, cultural activities, drama, music, story hour, sports, field trips and other special projects and events
  • Must be willing to complete training for certification in First Aid/CPR, Food Handlers Permit, HIV/AIDS blood-borne pathogens education, and STARS training



  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • High School diploma/GED or transcripts of secondary education
  • At least one year experience working with 5-12 year olds
  • Clear Tuberculosis results within the past year
  • Current First Aid, CPR, and Food Handlers permit a plus
  • Valid WA state driver’s license or WA state ID
  • Must pass criminal background check
  • Must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US and valid government issued ID
  • Must sign up for direct deposit with either a checking or savings account or Payroll Paycard



  • All positions are considered on-call; with the opportunity to gain extra hours on school breaks, summer camps, and professional development days.
  • September through June:  6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and/or 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (times may vary based on specific location)
  • June through August: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Who May Apply:  This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.  ARC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  ARC encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Accommodations for people with disabilities are provided upon request.  Please call (206) 615-0110 to request accommodations.