Non-Merit Recreation Job Opportunities

parks and recreation jobsThe following non-merit parks and recreation 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.  


Activity Facilitator (Recreation Leader II)

Agency:  Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
Job #:  ELT-NCS-14010
Salary: $12.22/hour (Grade S7), benefits eligible*
Location:  James Lee Teen Center, Falls Church, Virginia
Schedule:  This position is scheduled to work 20 to 30 hours per week not to exceed 1,560 hours per calendar year.  There is no guarantee of a minimum number of scheduled hours (daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.)

Description:  Assists in the planning of activities that focus on prevention and community-based activities.  Implements programming techniques for a multicultural and economically diverse population.  Leads scheduled activities, encourages participation and aims to meet projected outcomes.  Assists in program marketing and outreach to the community. Work hours vary depending on programming needs including weekdays and weekends.

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation or G.E.D; plus, must have previous experience working with adolescents in a group setting.  The appointee must have the ability to drive a 14-passenger (non-CDL) shuttle bus, and be able to obtain CPR and First Aid certification that is valid through August 2015.  Must be at least 21 years of age.

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

*Note:  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. 

To Apply:  Please submit your resume via email to:

Therapeutic Recreation Assistant

Agency: Neighborhood and Community Services
Job # ELT-NCS-14009
Salary: $13.38 - $16.08/hour

The Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is looking to fill several part-time positions in Therapeutic Recreation Services’ Saturday Leisure Program. Employees will be working with school-aged individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in a structured camp environment.


Applicants with the Saturday Leisure Program are required to be at least 18 years of age, be a high school graduate and have at least 250 hours of experience in a recreation or school setting serving individuals with disabilities (college course work can supplement experience).

Work Schedule:

Work hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following program dates:

    • Session 1: October 18 and 25; November 1 and 8
    • Session 2: November 22; December 6 and 13; January 10
    • Session 3: January 31; February 7, 21 and 28
    • Session 4: March 21 and 28; April 11 and 18

Work Location:

Applicants are sought to fill positions at the following facilities:

    • Kilmer Center, 8102 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
    • Key Center, 6404 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150
    • Greenbriar West Elementary School, 13300 Poplar Tree Road, Fairfax, VA 22033

 All applicants will receive additional program training prior to beginning work.

To Apply: For more information or to apply for employment, please call 703-324-5532, TTY 711.

Historic House Assistant

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Children's Education Assistant

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Group Fitness Instructor

Agency: Reston Community Center
Job #: ELT-RCC-14003
$20.00 - $30.00/hour

The Reston Community Center is seeking group exercise fitness instructors to join its Fitness & Wellness department. Instructors will lead participants through exercises designed to enhance strength and endurance while ensuring the safety of the students.

Qualifications: Must have knowledge of safe exercise techniques and group exercise principles, and possess positive and effective communication skills. Group fitness certification required; ACSM, ACE, or AFAA preferred. Individuals with experience developing and implementing strength training and small group training classes are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Submit an RCC application ( or send your resume to Questions and inquiries can be directed to Jonathan Navarro, Fitness & Adult Director at the email provided.

Seasonal Interpreter

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job #: ELT-FCPA-14038
Starting at $10 - $12/hour based on experience and availability; no benefits
Location: Work will require travel to Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171, and may require work at Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA 20190 and Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150
Hours:  Weekday mornings September through November is required. Training begins in early fall and school programs begin September. Additional work may be available weekends and evenings including store clerk, rentals at visitor center, carousel operator, and wagon ride driver.

The Seasonal  Interpreter is responsible for helping children learn about the world around them. Help to create, market, and implement natural, cultural and historical programs. Programs will mostly be led in a beautiful outdoor environment.

Job Description: Seasonal Interpreters teach 5th grade geology and science-based educational programs. Work weekday mornings in a beautiful park. Duties include leading programs, classes, and other activities with school and scout groups.

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Minimum age is 18 years. All applicants should have the ability to work with people of all ages, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and be able to walk long distances over various types of terrain and stand for long periods of time.

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, current resume, and three references to Michelle Edwards, Historian and Visitors Services Manager, at

Activity Facilitator (Part-Time)

Agency: Neighborhood and Community Services
Job # ELT-NCS-14005
Salary: $12.12/hour; no benefits  (Grade S07)
Location: Various
Schedule: Work hours vary from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., weekdays and weekend hours depending on program or special activity.  Extended hours may be required to meet program goal and expectations.

This announcement will be used to fill current and future Activity Facilitator positions at various locations throughout the county. Plans, prepares, and leads senior center activities that are age and ability appropriate. Works collaboratively to plan and organize activities/programs that focus on prevention and are based on community needs. Implements programming techniques that serve a multicultural and economically diverse population. Leads scheduled activities, encouraging full participation, enjoyment, and group involvement that meet the desired outcomes.  Facilitator will be accountable for quality of programs provided to the senior center participants. Assists in the marketing of programs and outreach to the community. Provides leadership and ensures the safety of all center participants. Interacts positively, supportively, and reassuringly with the participants; acts as role model and mentor. Senior Centers are particularly interested in candidates that have skills in the areas of fitness, art, theatre, music education, science, cooking, graphic design, costume design and sports.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation or G.E.D.; plus experience working with older adults and families. Must be at least 21 years of age.

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

Preferred Qualifications: Capable of driving a 14-passenger (non-CDL) shuttle bus. Bilingual. Experience working with older adults in educational and recreational settings.

Note: This is a part-time position without benefits. Multiple positions are available.             

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

Melissa McMillion
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 505
Alexandria, VA 22309

Seasonal Gardener

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-14016
Salary: $13.39/hour, benefits eligible*
Location:  Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Hours:  20-30 hours per week; some weekend work is required 

Duties: Performs garden installation and maintenance of a variety of different types of gardens to include propagation for gardens and invasive plant removal.  Curatorial and interpretive duties required as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:  Basic gardening and plant knowledge required.  Must have ability to use a personal computer, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher; and ability to direct and coordinate the work of volunteers.

Preferred Qualifications:  Any combination of education, training and paid or volunteer experience working in gardens or in the landscaping field equivalent to the following: associate degree or experience in related field.  

Certificates and Licenses Required: Motor vehicle operator’s license. First Aid and CPR/AED certification (offered through Fairfax County).

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.

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

Brenda Skarphol, Curatorial Horticulturist
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-642-5173
Fax: 703-642-8095

Position will be open until filled.

Skate Park Attendant

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-13029
Schedule: 8-16 hours per week; seasonal from March through November. Hours are 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 

Duties include:

  • Ensures the health and safety of guests through park supervision and enforcement of park policies.
  • Activates the facility Emergency Action Plan as needed.
  • Provides exceptional customer service.
  • Performs general cleaning and maintenance duties to include cleaning the skate shack, grounds, and emptying trash cans.
  • Maintains a professional attitude and image at all times.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school or a G.E.D. issued by a state department of education, and experience working with teen population.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. No prior experience or certifications are required.   

Note: Additional prerequisite requirements may be recommended or required.

To Apply: Send your resume by email to or apply in person at the front desk of Audrey Moore RECenter, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, Virginia.

Trackless Train Operator/Interpreter

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-13028
Salary: $11 to $13/hour, depending on experience
Hours:Mostly weekends, some weekdays and evenings
Location: Work will require travel to various FCPA sites

 Responsible for transporting and operating a trackless train and interpreting various natural and cultural resources throughout the FCPA park system. Work is under the general supervision of the Resource Management Division Train Coordinator.  

Duties and responsibilities include: Leads interpretive programs from the train; transports train using pick-up truck and attached trailer; maintains train safety and security; records attendance and financial data.

Qualifications: Applicants should—

    • Be able to drive a pick-up truck with trailer;
    • Be able to load four amusement-size train cars into the trailer and secure the cars;
    • Have a valid Virginia driver’s license;
    • Have some experience working with children – course work in education or interpretation would be beneficial, but are not required;
    • Be able to work with diverse groups of people, and possess effective oral and written communication skills.

To Apply: Position open until filled. Applicants should send a current resume and cover letter to Barbara Ziman by email at or by mail to:

Resource Management Division
Fairfax County Park Authority
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Phone: 703-708-0861
Fax: 703-324-3996

Therapeutic Recreation Leader (Part-Time)

Agency: Neighborhood & Community Services, Therapeutic Recreation Branch
Job # ELT-NCS-12002
Salary: $13.09, $15.01, or $16.47/hour; no benefits 

This announcement will be used to fill the Therapeutic Recreation Leader positions at various locations throughout the county. The primary goal of the work is to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in positive leisure activities and improve social skills through the provision of a variety of recreation activities, leisure education sessions, character education, and community service and at risk behavior prevention/education. These positions work as members of the Therapeutic Recreation Services team to accomplish specific outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic Recreation Leader ($13.09/hour): The Therapeutic Recreation Leader is responsible for assisting in the planning and facilitation of activities and special events according to the needs and interests of the participants and the standards of TRS. Typical duties include: assist with the set-up and clean-up of programs; lead activities assigned by TR Unit Leaders; assist with the implementing modifications and adaptations for participants; complete paperwork as needed; and ensure supplies and equipment are in good order.

Therapeutic Recreation Unit Leader ($15.01/hour): The Unit Leader is responsible for planning and implementing a schedule of daily activities according to the needs and interests of the participants and the standards of TRS. Typical duties include: give appropriate support and care to participants as needed; plan and make arrangements for scheduled activities; give assignments and evaluate the work performance of volunteers, program aids, and TR Leaders. Ultimately the Unit Leaders are responsible for the administration and management of the work of the unit/team, the quality of the activities, and the safety and care of the participants.

Therapeutic Recreation Director ($16.47/hour): The Therapeutic Recreation Director is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations concerning the activity plans. Typical duties include: ensure staff are prepared for field trips; order additional equipment and supplies as needed in a timely manner; maintain current information on all program participants; take attendance daily, submit figures to the supervisor, and complete daily duties checklist; complete required paperwork; provide direction and leadership to staff and volunteers; ensure appropriate supervision of participants; monitor activity implementation and evaluate activity based on standards and program objectives; and provide feedback to staff concerning activities observed.

Minimum Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age and have 250 hours of prior experience in a recreation or school setting for individuals with disabilities. Related course work may partially supplement experience.

Special Requirements: CPR and First Aid certification. Must complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer. Negative TB result.

Preferred Qualifications: Bilingual. Experience facilitating recreational and educational programs with individuals with disabilities in facilities or community settings.

Note: Staff are employed to work after school, evening, and weekend programs. Some daytime work is available in a substitute capacity. This is a part-time position without benefits.

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

Attn: Kai Fountain
Therapeutic Recreation Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor
Fairfax, VA 22035

Old Firehouse Teen Center Activity Facilitator (Recreation Leader II) (part-time)

Agency: McLean Community Center
Job # ELT-MCC-12001
$13.50/hour, partial benefits eligible
Schedule: 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; additional evening and weekend hours may be necessary

Job Objectives: Under direct guidance of the Lead Activity Facilitator and merit staff at the Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC), is responsible for direct supervision of teens and “tweens” in a recreation setting and off-site field trips during the afterschool and summer programs. Facilitators research, create and implement appropriate recreation and leisure program experiences for the teens of the community while ensuring a safe and fun environment while encouraging personal growth within participants.

Essential Functions:

  • Act as an integral part of a team providing exceptional customer service to all who enter the OFTC.
  • Provide direct supervision to participants to ensure safety, while promoting fun and encouraging positive interaction and relationship development. 
  • Facilitators act as young adult role models for impressionable youth.
  • Safely operate 12-passenger vans while transporting staff and participants.
  • Research, develop, and implement appropriate recreation and leisure program
  • Prepare recreational facilities for participant use and report any safety deficiencies to Facility Manager.
  • Represent the Old Firehouse at community and school events such as back to school nights and open houses and convey information regarding all aspects of the OFTC programs and services
  • Provide direction for volunteers at annual OFTC events.

Minimum Qualifications: One year of experience in a recreation setting coordinating and implementing recreational programs. Currently or previously enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least one year of course work in recreation, leisure, fitness, education or a related field. Possession of an appropriate, valid state driver’s license with no more than 5 demerit points. Current First Aid/CPR certification or the ability to obtain certification within one month of employment. 

 Preferred Qualifications:

 Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    • Principles, practices and methods of recreation program development, facilitation, and teambuilding.
    • Principles, methods and techniques of supervising teenage participants in recreational activities.
    • Recreational activity hazards and standard safety practices.
    • Rules, practices, techniques and equipment used in a wide range of recreational and leisure activities.
    • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Working Conditions

    • Office and indoor/outdoor recreational facility environment; travel from site to site; exposure to computer screens, potentially hazardous chemicals, inclement weather conditions; may work in or with water; may work on slippery or uneven surfaces. Schedule may include evening and weekend hours.
    • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; moderate or light lifting and carrying; operating motorized vehicles.
    • This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed.  Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job related duties requested by their supervisor, i.e., – the “other duties as assigned” clause that we all know and love! 

  To apply: For additional information or to apply, contact Ashley Smith at


Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job #
Pay rates vary, based on experience; no benefits

Training is available. For details, call the site nearest you and ask for the Aquatic Supervisor:


  • George Washington - Alexandria, 703-780-8894
  • Mt. Vernon - Alexandria, 703-768-3224
  • Oak Marr - Oakton, 703-281-6501
  • Providence - Falls Church, 703-698-1351
  • Lee District - Franconia, 703-922-9841
  • South Run - Springfield, 703-866-0566
  • Spring Hill - McLean, 703-827-0989
  • Cub Run - Chantilly, 703-817-9407
  • Wakefield - Annandale, 703-321-7081 

Outdoor Pools:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool, Alexandria: Call Britta Stratford at Mt. Vernon RECenter - Alexandria, 703-768-3224
  • Watermine at Lake Fairfax Park (water park), Reston, 703-471-5415 


Agency: Reston Community Center (RCC)
Job # ELT-RCC-12003
Salary: Starts at $9.00 to $13.00/hour, depending on experience
Schedule: Mornings, afternoons and evenings; weekdays and weekends

Must be certified in Lifeguarding and CPR. RCC Lifeguards receive free uniforms, paid in-service training and free advancement classes.

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

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