Non-Merit Recreation Job Opportunities
The 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.
- Trackless Train Operator/Interpreter
- Rec-PAC Summer Camp Jobs
- Camp McLean Summer Jobs
- Summer Jobs with the Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park:
- Recreation Leader II
- Therapeutic Recreation Leader
- Old Firehouse Teen Center Activity Facilitator
- Marina Staff
- Lifeguards –FCPA
- Lifeguards – Reston Community Center
County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-13018
Salary: $10-$13/hour, depending on education and experience
Location: Work will require travel to various FCPA park sites including Rec Centers, staffed and unstaffed parks and others as needed.
Schedule: Weekdays, weekends and some evenings. Position begins June 15 and runs through August 2013. After August, hours negotiable.
Responsible for transporting and operating a trackless train and interpreting various natural and cultural resources for general public and private groups throughout the FCPA park system. Work is under the general direction of the Resource Management Division Train Coordinator. Some program research, planning, and development required.
Duties and responsibilities include: Under the direction of the RMD train coordinator, integrate site-specific information into interpretive train ride script; prepare train for hauling and use; load and unload train; secure truck and trailer during train use; provide safety check on all train equipment before beginning rides; lead interpretive programs or general public tours from the train; collect fees or organize a ticket system at ride location; record attendance and financial data; deposit revenue at designated FCPA site; return train to FPFP and secure train in designated storage area; keep the train clean and make note of maintenance needs.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should be able to load four amusement-size train cars onto a flatbed trailer, drive a pick-up truck with trailer, lift 50 pounds, have a valid Virginia driver's license, and have some course work in natural sciences and/or history. Courses in education, interpretation, or outdoor recreation would be beneficial, but are not required. Applicants should have the ability to work with diverse groups of people, and possess effective oral and written communication skills.
To Apply: Applicants should send a current resume and cover letter to:
Resource Management Division
Fairfax County Park Authority
12055 Govenrment Center Parkway
Fairfax VA 22035
McLean Community Center's Camp McLean is now recruiting for these summer jobs:
- Tot Counselor
- Camp Counselor
Please view this PDF for full job descriptions and requirements. To apply for any of these positions, email your resume to email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line the title(s) of the jobs for which you are applying.
Summer Jobs with the Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston, Virginia, is a seasonal outdoor water park operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, using the Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program.
The Water Mine is now accepting applications for the 2013 season. Employees at these parks are employed by Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and are held to the highest standard of performance. The FCPA was awarded the 2012 and 2011 Best of Aquatics by Aquatics International and the 2010 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
The Water Mine has many openings for positive, energetic, motivated and friendly people. All appointees must satisfactorily complete the background investigation prior to employment.
Job #: ELT-FCPA-13014
Salary: $14.00/hour; no benefits
Schedule: 30– 0 hours per week, seasonal part-time position. Work may begin after April 1st and continues throughout the summer season. The park closes for the season on Labor Day, and part time work may be needed up until October or later to assist with winterizing the facility.
- Supervises and participates in the operation of a shift of 30-40 temporary or part-time staff members
- Checks staff in and out on a daily basis
- Assigns duties and follow-up with staff to ensure quality and completion
- Creates and manages staff rotation, making adjustments to respond to changes
- Ensures completion of opening and closing duties
- Finds coverage to meet scheduling needs as they change
- Recognizes and rewards good performance and behaviors
- Counsels and corrects poor performance and behaviors
Qualifications: A minimum of two years working at a public facility (such as a park, community center, retail, or food service) with progressive roles and leadership roles. Prior training or certifications in lifeguard training, first aid, CPR, and pool operations are not required prior to application. Once appointed to the position, the employee must obtain a shallow water lifeguard license through Ellis & Associates and a Fairfax County Pool Operator permit within 30 days of hire. Training will be provided.
To Apply: Please send resumes by email to Joshua.Schmidt@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Job # ELT-FCPA-12011
No prior experience or certifications are required. Training dates will be made available to applicants at the time of their interview.
Our lifeguards are licensed through the Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age at the start of the course. The applicant is responsible for the course fee. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program.
- Ensures health and safety of guests by pool surveillance and enforcement of park policies
- Performs rescue and emergency care as needed (both in water and on land)
- Provides immediate first aid treatment to guests in distress as needed
- Maintains water and rescue skills at a "test ready" level at all times
- Participates in regularly scheduled mandatory in-service trainings for a minimumof 4 hours per month
- Provides exceptional customer service
- Performs general cleaning and maintenance duties to include locker rooms, grounds, and pool
- Maintains professional attitude and image at all times
Qualifications: Prerequisites for the lifeguard course: Swim 50 yards continuously using a front crawl or breaststroke; retrieve a 10-pound dive brick from a depth of 5 feet; swim a minimum of 10 feet underwater; and successfully get out of the pool at the pool’s edge without using a ladder, steps or ramp.
Note: Additional prerequisite requirements may be recommended or required.
To Apply: Apply online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/watermine/employment.htm
and Community Services
Job # ELT-NCS-12001
Schedule: Works hours are primarily from Monday-Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fairfax County Evening Reporting Center. Position involves assisting staff with the planning of activities, leading and facilitating involvement of teens in planned activities, and ensuring the safety of participants. The primary goal of the position is to provide opportunities for teens to engage in positive leisure activities and improve personal ethics through the provision of a variety of recreation activities, leisure education sessions, character education, community service and at-risk behavior prevention and education. Works as a member of the Region 1 team to accomplish specific objectives of the agency and to implement activity strategies that are focused on obtaining specific outcomes for youth.
Minimum 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. 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. CPR and First Aid certification. Will be required to complete Handle with Care training within six months of employment.
Preferred Qualifications: Capable of driving a 14-passenger (non-CDL) shuttle bus. Bilingual. Experience working with at-risk youth, and experience facilitating recreational and educational programs with the teen population in facilities or community settings.
Selection Procedure: Panel interview.
To Apply: Submit your resume to Maria Nativi by email at Maria.Franco-Nativi@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Agency: Neighborhood & Community Services, Therapeutic
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 per 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 per 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 per 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 Kaiesha.Fountain@fairfaxcounty.gov or mail it to:
Attn: Kai Fountain
Therapeutic Recreation Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor
Fairfax, VA 22035
Job # ELT-MCC-12001
Salary: $13.50/hour, partial benefits eligible
Schedule: 2:00 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), this position 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 Ashley.Smith@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-12007
Salary: $7.40/ hour; no benefits
Location: Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, Virginia
Schedule: Through the end of October, 1-2 days per weekend, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Work one or both weekend days in a beautiful outdoor setting helping visitors enjoy boating on an 18 acre lake. Perform duties related to the operation of a marina including guided tours of the lake and monitor lake activity for customer safety. Staff will receive training in CPR & Basic Water Safety but must receive Virginia Boater Education Certificate.
- Distribute life jackets to all patrons
- Ensure compliance with marina rules
- Safely operate our antique carousel
- Inspect boats and safety equipment
- Monitor lake activity for customer safety
- Provide emergency rescue care if needed
- Assist in emergency weather related closings
- Perform guided tours on lake
Minimum Qualifications: Must be 16 years (minimum age) or older.
To Apply: Complete the online application at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/watermine/employment.htm. For additional information, please call 703-471-5415.
Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-12008
Salary: Pay rates vary, based on experience. These positions are not funded for 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
- 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
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 Joe.Leary@fairfaxcounty.gov or by mail or fax to:
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191