Contractual Instructors

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How can I become a contractual instructor?

Start by filling out a Contractual Class Proposal and email to: Holly Payad

Or mail to:

City of San Marcos
3 Civic Center Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92069

Who are Contractual Instructors?

The City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of enrichment classes in the areas of fitness, dance, sports, parent & child and other specialty areas.


We would like to thank you for your interest in contributing your knowledge and expertise to enrich the lives of others in our community. Your participation and involvement will compliment the diversity of our programming and contribute to the overall success of the programs. The information below is for those who are interested in becoming Recreation Contract Instructors.

Contractual instructors are not considered employees of the City of San Marcos, therefore they are not entitled to health or life insurance, retirement, paid vacations or overtime. They are independent contractors who provide their services to the general public.

Contractual instructors are responsible for designing and teaching the class content. They are also expected to assist with the marketing of their programs. Registration is handled through the city's online registration program, ActiveNet.

How are Contractual Instructors paid?

Contractual instructors are paid for their services based on the number of participants in their classes. The instructor receives a percentage of the total class revenue. The standard percentage split is: Instructor receives 60% and City receives 40%.

The contractual instructor assumes all tax liability on the revenue received from instructed classes and is expected to report all earnings for tax purposes.

What can the department offer you as an Instructor?

  1. We have great facilities including classrooms, meeting rooms, arts and crafts rooms and more.
  2. The City has an advanced computer registration system. The ActiveNet system allows us to process registrations in an efficient manner.
  3. The City of San Marcos will place your course description in our Recreation Activities Guide that is distributed to more than 33,000 households three (3) times a year.

Before you submit your proposal, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the class I would like to instruct of value to the community?
  • Am I qualified to instruct this class?
  • Am I willing to promote/market my class as needed to assure the enrollment necessary to make my class successful?
  • Is this something that is not currently offered through the City of San Marcos?

Your proposal will be reviewed by Parks & Recreation staff. Proposals are evaluated based on the department's core visions and values, community interests and facility availability. If the proposed class seems viable, an interview will be scheduled. If accepted, the instructor will be hired on a contractual basis. Prior to their first class, each contractor must be Live Scan fingerprinted through the City of San Marcos and pass a criminal background check. This service is paid for by the contract instructor. In addition, contract instructors must carry business licenses and submit liability insurance certificates and endorsements indicating compliance with the minimum requirements as stated in the contract agreement.

Any further questions regarding contractual instructors should be directed to Recreation Supervisor Holly Payad,