Specialty Fitness Instructor I - Various Locations

July 5 2022
Industries Public administration
Categories Arts, Culture, Recreation, Sports, Arts, Culture, Recreation, Sports, Education, Library, Education, Library, Health, Medical, Health, Medical, Health, Medical, Hospitality, Catering, Tourism, Sports, Fitness, Therapy Services
Markham, ON

The City of Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 353,000 residents, is Canada’s high-tech capital and most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Committed to being a model of public service excellence, with a workforce that is representative of the population we serve, we are looking for people who share our values and are champions of innovative practices. Diversity is one of Markham’s strategic priorities, and we strive to develop and maintain an environment that is inclusive and creates a sense of belonging for all.

We are pleased to be named one of Canada's Best Employers for 2022 and the best City employer by Forbes for the second consecutive year. The City of Markham is ranked in the top two for Government Services and 15th among the 300 employers on the list, advancing from 18th place in 2021.

Applications are now being accepted for the temporary part-time position of Specialty Fitness Instructor I in the Recreation Services - Fitness Department, Community Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume online by September 15, 2022. Kindly specify in your cover letter which Fitness area you would like to be considered for.

Fitness Areas: Zumba, Boot Camp, Muscle Conditioning, Cardio, Cycle, HIIT etc.

Location: Citywide

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Community Program Coordinator, the Specialty Fitness Instructor I will be responsible for planning, organizing, instructing and leading specific fitness classes for various ages and abilities.

The candidate will also be responsible for the training and supervision of a variety of participants of various ages and physical abilities and developing a program that recognizes their capabilities and level of fitness within a community recreation environment. They will also help motivate participants to achieve their fitness goals, while ensuring a positive and safe environment.

Job Duties

  • Facilitates, leads and supervises exercise sessions in one or more assigned Fitness areas, including but not limited to Low Impact Aerobics, Stretching/Flexibility, Circuit Training, and General Fitness.
  • Provides instruction in a variety of fitness activities.
  • Demonstrates correct exercise methods and the proper use of exercise equipment.
  • Teaches groups of participants’ flexibility, proper breathing techniques, etc., and how to monitor their progress.
  • May also distribute material on proper nutrition, weight control and lifestyle issues.
  • Observes participant capabilities and teaches program approach as outlined in program description. May adjust program content specific to the abilities of each group.
  • Conducts classes as stipulated by Fitness Supervisor/Fitness Coordinator. Plans routines and chooses appropriate music.
  • Sets up and monitors class equipment and ensures its’ return in good condition.
  • Prepares and organizes program equipment and supplies, reporting to the Fitness Supervisor/Fitness Coordinator any items needing replacement.
  • Gives all new participant names to Fitness Supervisor/Fitness Coordinator.
  • Keeps attendance records and checks with participants who have extended absences.
  • Ensures all program participants are aware of upcoming events, program changes or cancellations. Advises participants on program/class procedures and policies, as appropriate.
  • Distributes handouts and/or program evaluations, answers questions from participants after each session, assists in performing follow up communications with participants as required.
  • Advises Fitness Supervisor/Fitness Coordinator of any customer service issues, complaints or inquiries.
  • Unlocks and locks facilities as required.
  • Ensures the site, equipment and supplies are appropriate to the activity and environment to reduce and minimize risk to other staff and participants.


  • Minimum of three years prior experience instructing a variety of class types such as cardio, kick box, step, and total body conditioning is required including working with individuals of all ages and ability levels.
  • Possess Group Fitness Certification from a recognized organization (e.g. CanFit Pro, YMCA, etc).
  • Additional training or certification and teaching a variety of class types such as Step, Cycyle-Fit, Aerobics, Strength Training, Circuit Training & Bosu-Ball classess an asset.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR “C” from an approved WSIB vendor.
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends.
  • Experience working with a variety of clients and ages.
  • Ability to read, understands, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Excellent verbal/written communications skills, leadership skills, customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of patrons and staff in a courteous and efficient manner.
  • The ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of aspects of fitness, wellness, basic training principles, fitness theory (skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems and components of a workout from warm-up, cardiovascular and resistance training to cool-down.

Core Behaviours:

  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.

The City of Markham is committed to inclusive, accessible, and barrier free employment practices and to creating a workplace that reflects and supports the diversity of the community we serve. Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure a barrier free hiring process.

The City of Markham has established a mandatory vaccination requirement for staff related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, should you be a successful candidate for a position with the City of Markham you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination upon a conditional offer of employment. Should you require accommodation in accordance with the Human Rights policy with respect to your vaccine status, you will be required to disclose that at the time of conditional offer so that an accommodation can be developed prior to your start date.

We thank all applicants who have applied. However, only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

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