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Instructor/Business Opportunities


About Us
Thank you for your interest in becoming an Independent Contract Instructor/Business with the Williston Recreation & Parks Department.  We are excited about the possibility of working together to reach common goals and to serve the community of Williston.  
The Recreation and Parks Department is dedicated to building strong families through the provision of recreational opportunities. We believe that the benefits of participating in recreational programs and events are more important than the activity itself.
 
Introduction
The information here is designed to acquaint qualified individuals/businesses interested in teaching a program with WRPD.  We hope that your questions are addressed, if not please contact us.  For the Independent Contract Instructor/Business Handbook- CLICK HERE
 
How It Works
Williston Recreation and Parks Department (WRPD) utilizes Independent Contract Instructors (Instructor) and Businesses (Business) to provide recreational services to the community.  In this manner you will not be an employee of the Town of Williston.  Programs may be designed for preschoolers, school age children, teens, adults, families and seniors. 
  • The process begins with the Instructor/Business “proposing” a program.
  • For a "Program Proposal Form"- CLICK HERE
  • The proposal is filled out by the Instructor/Business and then submitted to WRPD.
  • A Recreation Staff person will review the proposal, assess the “content” of the program to determine its potential in meeting the Department’s goals, and then contact you for a more detailed discussion.
  • Together, WRPD will work with you to determine the specific design of a program in regards to facility suitability, facility availability, fee structure, course time frames, participants maximums and minimums, age ranges, course descriptions etc.
  • Once the WRPD and the Instructor/Business verbally enter into an agreement, a written contract is produced which states specifically the courses or services that you are agreeing to.
Why Teach a Program with Williston Recreation & Parks? 
  • WRPD has use of great facilities.  There are school classrooms, gymnasiums, and a Community Room. As well as fields and park space to use.
  • Your program description will be placed in the Program Guide, which comes out twice a year, plus on the Rec. website for registration.
  • The Program Guide is available in The Observer and copies are at the schools, library, town hall and Rec. Dept.
  • WRPD also advertise programs on Facebook, Front Porch Forum, The Observer and monthly E-Rec newsletter. Youth programs are also advertised in the Bell- school newsletter.
  • Make some money for yourself sharing a talent that you have with the community of Williston.
Independent Contract Instructor/Business/Business Qualifications 
  • Experience working with the target market for the specific program.
  • Commitment to your program.
  • High level of expertise and above average people skills.
  • Proven ability to work with people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, and generational backgrounds.
  • Certification may be required in some programs.
Independent Contract Instructor/Business/Business Information 
Background Checks
  • As a condition of offering programs with WRPD, all people working in a program will be background checked.  This is provided for the Instructor/Business if they don’t have the means to do so.
  • If a Business does background checks on its employees, there will be statement on the agreement to initial stating that you do this.
  • For Instructors/Businesses that do not, they are required to submit and pass background checks with Vermont Crime Information Center (VCIC) and with Agency of Human Services for Adult/Child Abuse Registries.
  • Background checks are free of charge and provided by WRPD.
  • Background checks will be conducted annually.
W-9 Form
  • Instructors/Businesses are required to sign and submit a W-9 form to WRPD.
  • Under the United States Internal Revenue Code, the Town of Williston is required to report the payment(s) that are made to you each year. 
Non-Employee Work Agreement & Liability Hold-Harmless Agreement
  • Instructors/Businesses have to complete, sign and submit each of these forms prior to starting the program, this is to be submitted with the paperwork for payment.
Certificate of Insurance
  • Businesses are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance showing General Liability coverage and Workers Comp coverage, if the business has employees.
Independent Contract Instructor/Business Agreement
  • WRPD requires that all Instructors/Businesses enter into an Independent Contract Agreement with WRPD.
  • A copy of the Agreement will be provided by the WRPD to be signed.
  • The agreement will be good for the calendar year and a new agreement has to be reached and signed after January 1 of each year.
Payment to Independent Contract Instructor/Business
  • The Instructor/Business sets their own program fees- Per Participant or Waive Fees.
  • WRPD then adds on to that amount, $12-$25 per participant. The fee covers Dept. administration and facility use fees.
  • Payment can be submitted after the second meeting date of a program.
  • It is the Instructor’s/Business’ responsibility to submit an invoice for payment.
  • Any unpaid registrations or outstanding balances will hold up your payment, WRPD will not pay for monies that are not collected.
Program Cancellations
  • In the event that a program needs to be cancelled, the Instructor/Business must contact WRPD immediately.
  • Instructor/Business may be responsible for contacting all participants regarding cancellations.
Registration
  • The WRPD will be responsible for the registration of participants.
  • Registrations for programs are first come, first serve, and done online or in-person.
  • No registrations are to be taken by the Instructor/Business.
  • All participants must register with WRPD before participating in a program.
  • It is the Instructor’s/Business’ responsibility to ensure that all program participants are registered.
Program Scheduling
  • Instructors/Businesses are responsible for submitting program schedules through the program proposal.
  • WRPD will attempt to accommodate Instructor/Business’s schedule request.
Holidays
  • The WRPD observes the Holidays listed below. When programming your programs, keep in mind that these holidays may affect your program schedules.
            New Year's Day           Martin Luther King, Jr. Day      President's Day             Memorial Day
            Independence Day        Bennington Battle Day              Labor Day                    Columbus Day
            Veteran's Day               Thanksgiving Day                    Day after Thanksgiving Christmas Day
  • The school observes the following Holidays and School breaks. When programming your programs, keep in mind these holidays and school breaks as school facilities are not available.
            New Year’s Day           Martin Luther King, Jr. Day      February Break            April Break
            Memorial Day              Summer Break- June-Aug         Labor Day                    Yom Kippur
            Thanksgiving Break      December Break
 
Checking Your Program Enrollment
  • Once registration has started for a program you can inquire about your enrollment at any time by calling WRPD.
  • You can also create an account on the Rec. website and you can be added as an Instructor/Business to view your rosters.
  • A staff member will inform you of the number registered a week prior to the start date.
  • At this time, you can choose to cancel or hold the program, based on the minimum number you needed.
  • All camps will have a deadline date in early June.
  • Registration continues up to the day before, unless full then a waiting list is taking.
Attendance and Rosters
  • The roster and attendance sheets for your program will be provided to you the first night of your program or prior to the start date by email.
  • Participants must be on your attendance sheet or have a receipt before they are admitted in the program.
  • Rosters contain confidential info for the instructor’s use and are not to be shared with anyone else. At the end of the program they must be turned in or destroyed.
Promoting the Program
  • WRPD will place program descriptions in the Program Guide. The Guide goes out twice a year in The Observer, local newspaper. Space is limited so description may be cut down.
  • The program description will also be listed on the Rec. website under the Program tab. No space limits.
Facility Usage
  • Programs can be held in the Williston Central or Allen Brook Schools or at your place of business.
  • Instructors/Businesses need to specify what his/her program needs are in their program proposal to have the proper facility booked.
Facility or Program Room Set-ups
  • All Instructors/Businesses will be allowed to set up their program rooms 15 minutes prior to the program activities beginning.
  • The Instructor/Business must always leave the room in the condition in which it was found. This means he/she must clean up any materials (art supplies, papers, etc.) after the program ends.
  • Instructors/Businesses may not use any materials, machines or computers at any of the facilities. Plan to have copies printed at your expense.
  • Custodians do not work for WRPD and have their own job to do. They can unlock the room for you, but they are not responsible for any further setup or break down.
Accident and Incident Reports
  • All accidents and incidents must be reported, no matter how minor they may appear.
  • If an accident occurs in your program, please act calmly, promptly, and efficiently and take care of the situation.
  • You will be responsible for preparing the accident and incident
Emergency Evacuation
  • A wide variety of emergencies both man-made and natural may require the facility to be evacuated.
  • These emergencies include fires, explosions, earthquakes, toxic material releases, biological releases, bomb threats and violence. Each facility has Evacuation Route Maps posted throughout the
  • There is also the possibility that a school needs to go into LOCKDOWN. Below is the procedure
    • Go to the closest room.
    • Close and lock classroom and exterior doors.
    • Turn off lights and shut curtains/blinds.
    • Stay away from doors and windows.
    • If outdoors, move away from building to a safe location.
    • Remain quiet.  Silence all cell phones.
    • Direct participants not to use cell phones.
    • Only use classroom phone for emergencies.
    • Implement RUN, HIDE, FIGHT based on situational awareness
    • “ALL CLEAR” signal will only be delivered by an identified administrator
Americans With Disability Act (ADA)
  • In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, WRPD does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in Parks and Recreation’s services, programs, or activities.
 
Policies & Procedures
WRPD also holds Independent Contract Instructors/Businesses responsible for the following policies and procedures.
  • Representing the WRPD through Professional Conduct – Though not employees of the WRPD,  Instructors/Businesses do represent WRPD. To some participants, the Instructor/Business is the only representative they see. Instructors/Businesses must conduct themselves in a professional manner including dressing and speaking professionally, and supporting policies and WRPD decisions.
  • Releasing of Minors – At the end of the program, the Instructor/Business must not release children to anyone other than authorized parent, guardian, or to an individual authorized by the parent. Never release a child to someone who is unknown to the child or to whom the child expresses fear or uncertainty.
  • Instructors/Businesses Relationship with Participants – The Instructor/Business must not have contact with a single participant unobservable by other staff, parents or participants at any time. Parents should be invited and encouraged to visit the program at any time on a drop-in basis and do not need to ask permission to do so.
  • Safety of Participants – The Instructor’s/Business’ primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of participants involved with your program. Visually inspect the facilities that you are working in. If any aspect of the area appears unsafe, it is your responsibility to take actions that will ensure participant safety.
  • First Aid Provision – It is the Instructor’s/Business’ responsibility to know where the first aid kit is located for all facilities in which they provide services. If your program is outside of a facility it is your responsibility to have a first aid kit. For minor first aid (band aid etc.) a first aid kit will suffice. For Serious accidents, DO NOT MOVE the injured participant, call 9-1-1. If a child is involved, notify the parent or guardian.
  • Discrimination and Harassment – Discrimination and harassment can be defined as any behavior that is disrespectful and causes discomfort to another person, be it physical, verbal, visual, or sexual. Instructors/Businesses are responsible for their own actions/conduct, and must never engage in discrimination and harassment.
  • Personal Business – The Instructor/Business may not receive or make personal phone calls (except in emergency), nor have their own children with them, while performing services for WRPD.

Information on the Rec. Website
The below links are to information on this website for the public to view.  It explains the Policy and Procedures of Registration, Refunds, Cancellations and other info.  Please make yourself familiar with the info.
     Online Registration & Payment Options

     Program Registration & Cancellation Info

Links:
     Handbook & Program Proposal Form
     Program Proposal Form Only