Non-Merit Recreation Job Opportunities

Parks and Recreation JobsThe following non-merit parks and recreation -- including summer camp -- 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.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce. 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY. 


9/22/2016 - Fairfax County's Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (Therapeutic Recreation) is looking for staff who are interested in enriching the lives of individuals with special needs by working part time for our week-end and weeknight winter/spring programs. They are holding a Fall 2016 Open Hire Event. For more information, please click here.





Natural Resource Management (part-time)

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17015
Salary: $13/hour part-time
Location: Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306

Applicants: College students or graduates, preferably with an interest in wildlife management, environmental science, or other applied sciences.

This part time position is designed to give the selected candidate the opportunity to work with professional park staff to preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and native plant communities, control invasive exotic plant species, assist with facility maintenance and other aspects of resource management at a 1,554 acre wetland preserve. It can provide practical experience in the skills and abilities needed for a career in Park Management, Wildlife Management and Environmental sciences. 

Duties: Selected candidate will assist with research projects, trail work, painting and general park maintenance. Duties could include but not be limited to any of the following:

Natural Resources

    • Assist resource management crew with habitat management for wetlands, meadows, and forests. Promoting native plant communities and controlling invasive exotic plants.
    • Conduct encroachment inspections along park boundary.


    • Assist with water quality assessments.
    • Participate in the invasive species program.
    • Coordinate with nest box monitors on the bluebird program.
    • Vegetation classification.


    • Work with the resource management crew with trail work, grounds maintenance, clean ups and facility maintenance projects.

To Apply: Send resume to Dave Lawlor, Natural Resource Manager, at the above address or via email at by April 7, 2017. Call 703-765-8285 for more information.

Maintenance Assistant

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17014
Salary: $10-13/hour
Hours: Hours vary seasonally. (April-November) 15-35 hours per week (December-March) 5-15 hours per week (not to exceed 900 per calendar year); weekend and holiday work is required. Opening/Closing duties required.
Location: Riverbend Park


    • Assists with maintenance of 400+ acres of natural and cultural resource based parkland including grounds and trails.
    • Maintenance and Janitorial duties in public facilities and equipment.
    • Performs safety and security tasks
    • Opening/closing duties.
    • Work with paid and volunteer staff on special projects.
    • Assists with seasonal marina operation.
    • Assists with parking control on busy weekends and holidays

Qualifications: . Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a G.E.D. issued by a state Department of Education. Must be eligible to work in Virginia, possess a Social Security card, and have access to reliable transportation. Must be physically able to lift 75 pounds. Ability to spend extended periods of time standing, walking, and ability to traverse rough and uneven terrain to inspect remote park areas. Must be able to work in varying weather conditions.

Certificates and Licenses Required: Motor vehicle operator’s license with good driving record. First Aid/CPR/AED certification (provided by Fairfax County).

Note: *This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in natural areas or parks.

To Apply: Contact Gary Eisner, Groundskeeper Specialist, Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 for further information. Submit resume by email to or fill out application at Riverbend Park. Applications accepted until position filled.

Adult Education Program Assistant

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17013
Salary:$14.50 per hour
Hours:25 hours per week, flexible schedule; includes some weekends
Location: Green Spring Gardens

Duties:  Assist Senior Interpreter with adult education planning, interpretation, and promotion at Green Spring Gardens.  Assist in all aspects of program planning.  Develop program ideas and teaching aids.  Produce quarterly/monthly brochures and flyers and coordinates distribution.  Contact presenters, purchase supplies, process speaker contract paperwork, make tour arrangements, and set up and take down programs including computer and projector set-up and provides support to outside presenters and Master Gardeners. Additional duties may include gardening maintenance and installation in the Discovery Garden.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree or combination of college and appropriate experience.  This position requires an ability to independently develop and present mission related programs, use various software programs including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Publisher and have working knowledge of various computer systems including digital audio visual. Working knowledge of gardening or horticulture desired. Position also requires the ability to work with a wide variety of people to provide exemplary customer service and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. 

Salary and Schedule:  $14.50 per hour; 25 hours per week, flexible schedule; includes some weekends.

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

Note: *This position is 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:Email or fax resume to Susan Eggerton, Senior Interpreter, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, 703-642-5173 phone, 703-642-8095 fax, email:

Applicant evaluation will begin on February 27, and position will remain open until filled.

Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

Assistant Director (Park Recreation Assistant)

Agency:Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
Job # ELT-NCS-16013
Salary: $18.90/hour (Grade S16), non-merit, benefits eligible*
Hours: 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.)
Location: Chantilly CLCP/Ox Hill Center, Fairfax, VA

Description:Under the direction of the Park/Recreation Specialist III, the Assistant Director assists in the daily operation of planning, development, and implementation of outcome-based programming for youth, adults, and families at the Chantilly/Ox Hill CLCP and Center. Programming focuses on inclusive recreation programs, technology programs, volunteer programs, health and wellness, and leisure activities.  Assistant Director is responsible for managing the day-to day-operations of the center to include: (a) program development, service delivery, and center management, (b) personnel supervision and staff development, (c) program evaluation, and (d) administrative duties and responsibilities.  Assistant Director communicates effectively in person, e-mail, and on the telephone with participants, parents, and staff. Other duties assigned including, but not limited to greeting center patrons, handling inquiries and complaints, making referrals to appropriate resource for patrons, and accepting and documenting payments of fees for program services when necessary.  Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and identifies areas where revisions and new programs are needed. The work schedule will include evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications:Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: Graduation from high school or a GED issued by a state department of education, plus two years of related experience in a recreation center, recreational park, or golf course operation or two years of experience organizing and coordinating public recreation activities or community affairs, as applicable to the position.  The appointee must have a driver’s license and the ability to drive a 14-passenger (non-CDL) shuttle bus. Must be at least 21 years of age.

Preferred Qualifications: A college degree in recreation or information technology. Previous experience working with adolescents in a group setting. Previous experience facilitating technology programs for youth. Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer. Must be able to obtain CPR, First Aid and Food Handler certification with 90 days. 

*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 Torrey Piper at Position open until filled.

Camp Counselor for Science/Nature Programs at Cub Run RECenter

Agency: Fairfax Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17010
Salary:$10.95 - $16.50/ hour
Hours: 10-40 hours per week (40 hours during most summer camps)
Location:Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly, VA

The Science/Nature Program at Cub Run RECenter is looking for two camp counselors/interns to run our summer program.  Applicants should have experience or education in science & nature and want to share his/her knowledge with school-age children.  Primary responsibilities will be teaching/assisting summer camp.  There usually are 2 instructors for each summer camp. 

Qualifications: Individuals should have one or more years of college with a demonstrated interest in nature and/or science.  Must be at least 18 years old.


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