Non-Merit Instructor Job Opportunities

instructor jobsThe following non-merit instructor and educational job opportunities are now available. Please note that these positions generally do not have fringe benefits such as leave, health insurance or retirement, unless specified in the job announcement.

Fairfax County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans' status. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.  


Children’s Education Assistant

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-14041
Salary: $10.36/hour*
Location:  Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Hours:  15-20 hours per week

Duties:  Assist with all aspects of Children’s Education at Green Spring Gardens. Plan and conduct plant-based nature programs for children and families. Develop programs, lesson plans, and teaching aids. Create and maintain interpretive exhibits. Gardening and other light physical work. Perform administrative duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Experience educating children.  Working knowledge of nature and gardening.  Ability to use a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher; ability to direct and coordinate the work of volunteers.

Preferred Qualifications:  Any combination of education, training and paid or volunteer experience equivalent to an associate or bachelor’s degree in the sciences, education, or related field, or experience in education or related field.

Note: *This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

To Apply: Send a resume by email to or by mail to:

Susan Eggerton, Program Coordinator
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-642-5173

Position will be open until filled. Applicant evaluation will begin on September 10, 2014.

Preschool Assistant Programmer

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-14042
Salary: $10-$15/hour based on experience and availability; no benefits
Location: Spring Hill RECenter, 1239 Spring Hill Rd, McLean VA 22102
Hours: Part-time, see below for details

Spring Hill RECenter is looking for a new, dynamic Preschool Assistant Programmer. This person should be well-organized, familiar with licensing paperwork, enjoy working with children, have excellent communication skills and look for creative solutions to everyday scenarios.

Primary duties include:

  • Organizing licensing paperwork
  • Directly interacts with children
  • Leads creation of new secondary programs to compliment the preschool
  • Assists clients with registration and processing payment
  • Maintains a clean and safe environment for preschool participants
  • Communicates reminders and necessary information to parents
  • Acts as Director as needed
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Work hours include M/W/F, 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. working in the preschool and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to – 2 p.m., assisting to create and promote new programs and assist RECenter patrons with registration for classes. Tuesday and Thursday hours possible as enrollment numbers increase. Preschool runs early September through early June. Summertime work is available for those interested in assisting Summer camp programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Ability to pass a criminal background check, able to acquire First Aid & CPR certification within 30 days of starting the position, Negative TB screening, experience and interest in working with young children, and excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Working toward an education degree associated with childcare or child development. Familiar with procedures and operations required by the VA Department of Social Services.

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and current resume to Nicole Falceto, Land Programmer, at   Position is open until filled.

Drop-In Daycare Staff

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job #: ELT-FCPA-14039
Salary: Starts at $10-$11/hour; increases based upon experience and availability
Hours: 15 to 30 hours per week

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) provides quality facilities and services which offer resident’s opportunities for recreation to improvement their physical and mental well-being, as well as the enhancement of their quality of life. In order to increase the quality of Oak Marr RECenter and its facilities, Oak Marr RECenter will be opening a drop-in daycare program available to parents/guardians using the building services.

The Drop–in Daycare Staff are the frontline customer service employees for the daycare room. As a Daycare staff member, you are responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain a safe and sanitary environment for children in the daycare room on a daily basis
  • Assist in making sure that the daycare environment is always neat and orderly
  • Assist parents with the signing in/out process upon dropping off/picking up their children  
  • Keep all appropriate records such as attendance, time and illness sheets
  • Meet and follow all daycare room rules and licensing regulations
  • Assist with daycare room activities
  • Maintain daily open communication with parents
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Keep supervisor informed on all relevant matters
  • Attend in-service and staff meetings
  • Attend mandatory Fairfax County trainings
  • Work morning, evening, and weekend hours


  • Demonstrate passion for children as well as quality childcare
  • Demonstrate ability to work well with others in a childcare setting
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to move and react quickly
  • Friendly, positive attitude
  • Reliable, dependable
  • Attentive, flexible and able to maintain a positive composure in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional customer service skills

Minimum Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old. Must be First-Aid/CPR certified or willing to become certified. Must complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

To Apply: Send your resume by email to

Gymnastics Instructor

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority  
Job # ELT-FCPA-13038
Location: Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia
Salary: Based on experience and availability

Spring Hill RECenter is looking for a part-time gymnastics instructor to lead programs for children, ages 3 to 12 years. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching gymnastics and tumbling, are outgoing with a positive teaching style and are very dependable. Creativity is a plus! Class times are flexible for the right instructor but we prefer someone who has weekend, morning, or evening availability.

We are most interested in finding someone who can teach rhythmic gymnastics and tumbling as well as give students an entry-level experience in artistic gymnastics.

Spring Hill RECenter is a great site, currently under construction for expansion (so this job will later be able to grow!), with a fantastic team of staff. Come join our friendly community and teach what you love! Position will remain open until filled.

To Apply: Send your resume to Nicole Falceto at Questions? Call: 703-324-9167

Day Care Center Teacher I

Agency: Department of Family Services, Office for Children, School Age Child Care Program
Job # ELT-DFS-12003
Salary: $17.65/hour, benefits eligible*
Schedule: Works afternoons and evenings, 25 hours per week, Monday thru Friday for 40 weeks, with summer, winter and spring break off.  Occasional flexible work hours and full days required (teacher workdays, snow days, early releases, etc.).

Plans, prepares and carries out activities and projects for groups of elementary school-age children enrolled in an after-school program. Provides leadership and ensures the safety of the children enrolled in the center.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of two years of study and training at an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in early childhood or elementary education, nursing, recreation, or a related field plus one year of related work experience.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a TB test, a criminal background check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer.

Preferred Qualifications: Major course work in early childhood education. Experience working with groups of children. Bilingual ability in English and another language is desired.

Note: *This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

Selection Procedure: Panel interview.

To Apply: Submit your resume to Lee An by email at

Aquatic Exercise Instructors and Aquatic Learn to Swim Instructors

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job #
$19.78+ per hour, depending on experience and qualifications (no benefits)
Location: Various RECenters

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking individuals to teach learn to swim classes and/or water exercise classes at their nine indoor RECenters.


Aquatic Learn to Swim Instructors
Certified as a Virginia Swims swimming instructor or  by a nationally recognized organization such as YMCA, American Red Cross, StarFish, or Ellis and Associates.  

Aquatic Exercise Instructors
Certified as a water exercise instructor by a nationally recognized organization such as AEA, USWFA, YMCA, AAI, or WaterArt.

Instructor training for both areas is available through the Park Authority for interested candidates.

To Apply: For more information, call Patty Paczan at 703-324-8548 or email your resume to

Water Safety Instructors

Agency: Reston Community Center (RCC)
Job # ELT-RCC-12002
Salary: $18.50
Hours: Mornings and evenings, weekdays and weekends.

Must be American Red Cross certified. RCC Instructors receive free in-service training and free CPR training.

To Apply: Submit your resume by email to or by mail or fax to:

Joseph Leary
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191
Fax: 703-476-8617

Part-Time/Seasonal Instructors

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-12002
Salary:$10.00 to $17.00/hour starting salary range
Schedule: Work part-time during evenings, days or weekends

Teach What You Love! Be a part-time instructor for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Positions are located in RECenters, public schools and other Fairfax County locations. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Some openings include: 

    • Experienced sports instructors (tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.)
    • Music (guitar, piano, etc.)
    • Dog agility
    • Yoga and Tai' Chi
    • Aerobics
    • Tumbling
    • Pilates
    • Children’s Arts and Crafts (basic drawing, basic painting, crafts, cartooning and more)
    • Children’s Ballet/Dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop)
    • Adult Social Dance (ballroom, swing and more)
    • Children’s Drama
    • Children’s Etiquette/Manners
    • Bridge

To apply: Download and complete these three forms, which are available as Microsoft Word documents (we prefer that you complete and return these via email) or PDF files (to print and mail or fax):

  1. Introductory Letter ( MS Word or PDF)
  2. Instructor Supplemental Application Form ( MS Word or PDF)
  3. Seasonal Application ( MS Word or PDF)

To apply, send an email (with the two completed MS Word application forms attached) to (Please note that an instructor package is automatically sent in response to any emails received at this address.) Otherwise, you can print the PDF files and mail or fax them to us at the address below.

Note: Fairfax County requires all prospective employees to have a social security card. If you do not have a social security card and need to obtain one, visit your nearest Social Security office.

Fairfax County Park Authority
Leisure & Wellness Branch
Attn: Jennifer Braun, Park Services Division
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 425
Fairfax, VA 22035-1118
Fax: 703-324-3976

For more information, email or call 703-324-5540.

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