Human Resources

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-3311
TTY 703-222-7314

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270
Fairfax, VA 22035-0035

Cathy Spage,
Director

Non-Merit - Parks Instructors/Facilitators

The following non-merit parks and recreation instructors/factiliatators 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. 

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-18002
Salary: $13-$16/Hour; no benefits
Hours: 20+ Hours/Week to include some evening and weekend hours
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park

Learn and grow your knowledge of farming, rural community life and culture as you connect the park’s visitors to the historic treasures of Frying Pan Farm Park. We are a 135 acre park with equestrian facilities, 70 acres of undeveloped land with a nature trail, 20 historic buildings, and an educational farm. We help the public to bond and form a personal relationship with the park. This results in allowing them to develop a sense of place. This is achieved through the following duties:

  • Teaching interactive and hands-on preshool-3rd grade school field trip programs, other farm and garden-based programs, evening programs, and summer camp support.
  • Driving a tractor and wagon to deliver interpretive wagon rides to field trip participants and the general public.
  • Researching, developing, and delivering formal and informal interpretive programs.
  • Providing support for special events and outreach programs during the week and on weekends.
  • Opening, closing, and providing general care for the historic site.
  • Providing general administrative duties, scheduling support, and other duties as assigned.

Garden Manager Requirements:

  • Creates the yearly plan for all garden areas of the park. This includes selecting varieties to plant, writing the planting schedules, designing garden layouts, and requesting supply orders as needed.
  • Managing our Farm to School Program.
  • Manages the garden volunteers for the site including training, scheduling, and communicating tasks to be completed.
  • Writing, developing, and delivering garden-specific programming.
  • Determining harvest quantities that will be allocated for our Farm to School Program, items for sale in the country store, and what is distributed to volunteers and staff.
  • Must be willing to work early morning shifts starting at 7:00am.

Schedule: 20+ hours per week to include weekday and occasional weekend work in spring, summer, fall; hours may be increased in the spring, summer, and fall and reduced in the winter.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have programming and planning experience and a valid driver’s license. Comfortable working on personal computers and learning new software packages, high school diploma or GED equivalent. Be able to work out doors, stand for long periods, traverse uneven ground, carry, pull and (or) lift up to 40 lbs unassisted. All applicants must have a desire to learn and ask questions of the park’s history and its’ artifacts, poses strong communication skills, and have a positive attitude.

Preferred Qualifications: Background in Park and Recreation, experience leading programs for elementary-age participants, program development and evaluation. Experience working in environmental or agricultural education, or garden work.

Send resume by email to Patrick.McNamara@farifaxcounty.gov or by mail to:

Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, VA 20171
Phone: 703-437-8261

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-18003
Salary: $14.00 to $16.00 per hour
Hours: Part time/30 hours per week average. Hours are variable, but hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends.
Location: Burke Lake Park 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Our programs complement the parks mission to preserve, protect and foster stewardship.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age

Note: This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are eligible to earn limited benefits to include health insurance. No paid leave or holiday pay.

Job Description: Plan, design, and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, geocaching, orienteering, kayaking and science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups can include: camps; school groups; scout groups; general-public; thematic class series; events and special request programs. Position will also be required to load programs and assist with scheduling.

Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, education, outdoor recreation or a closely related field and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions. Strong organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to anthony.bulmer@fairfaxcounty.gov

Phone: 703-324-8618 Anthony Bulmer

Lakefront Naturalist/Historian Senior Interpreter
12055 Government Center Parkway, suite 425
Fairfax County Park Authority

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-18001
Salary: $11-$15/Hour; no benefits
Hours: 20+ Hours/Week to include some evening and weekend hours
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park

Learn and grow your knowledge of farming, rural community life and culture as you connect the park’s visitors to the historic treasures of Frying Pan Farm Park. We are a 135 acre park with equestrian facilities, 70 acres of undeveloped land with a nature trail, 20 historic buildings, and an educational farm. We help the public to bond and form a personal relationship with the park. This results in allowing them to develop a sense of place. This is achieved through the following duties:

  • Teaching interactive and hands-on preshool-3rd grade school field trip programs, other farm and garden-based programs, evening programs, and summer camp support.
  • Driving a tractor and wagon to deliver interpretive wagon rides to field trip participants and the general public.
  • Researching, developing, and delivering formal and informal interpretive programs.
  • Providing support for special events and outreach programs during the week and on weekends.
  • Opening, closing, and providing general care for the historic site.
  • Providing general administrative duties, scheduling support, and other duties as assigned.

Schedule: 20+ hours per week to include weekday and occasional weekend work in spring, summer, fall; hours may be increased in the spring, summer, and fall and reduced in the winter.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have programming and planning experience and a valid driver’s license. Comfortable working on personal computers and learning new software packages, high school diploma or GED equivalent. Be able to work out doors, stand for long periods, traverse uneven ground, carry, pull and (or) lift up to 40 lbs unassisted. All applicants must have a desire to learn and ask questions of the park’s history and its’ artifacts, poses strong communication skills, and have a positive attitude.

Preferred Qualifications: Background in Park and Recreation, experience leading programs for elementary-age participants, program development and evaluation. Experience working in environmental or agricultural education, or garden work.

To Apply: Send resume by email to Patrick.McNamara@farifaxcounty.gov or by mail to:

Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, VA 20171
Phone: 703-437-8261

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17056
Salary: $12.00 - $14.00/hour
Hours: up to 900 hrs/year
Location: Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley, located in Alexandria Virginia. Over 1500 acres of forest, meadow, and wetland habitat, as well as the circa 1825 villa and its outbuildings.

Instructor Description: Plan, design, and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history and science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults (preschool aged children on a regular basis). Groups can include: school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, birthday parties, camps, wagon rides, large events, and special request programs.

Front desk duties and historic house tours as needed.

Hours: Variable. Hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekdays and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, natural history, education or a closely related field and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions.

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

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Kylie.Starck@fairfaxcounty.gov

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone: 703-768-2525

Agency: Neighborhood and Community Services-Therapeutic Recreation Services
Job#: ELT-NCS-17005
Salary: $13.71-18.008

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.

The Therapeutic Recreation Leader is responsible for the planning and facilitation of activities for individuals with disabilities. Duties include: assist with the supervision of participants, adapt and modify activities, work as part of the TRS team, communicate with parents, staff, and volunteers, provide personal care, assist with set-up/clean-up of programs, complete paperwork.

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.

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

Note: Staff are employed to work evening and weekend programs. This is a part-time position without benefits.

To Apply: For more information please call 703-324-5532, TTY 711.

Submit your resume to deanna.white@fairfaxcounty.gov or mail or fax

Attn: Deanna White Therapeutic Recreation Services 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax VA 22035 fax703-653-1375

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17035
Salary:$15-25 per hour, depending on qualifications

Reston Community Center’s (RCC) Leisure & Learning department is seeking professional instructors to facilitate pop-up style workshops for the RCC@Home program. Interested candidates will bring a desire to share their knowledge, and introduce their work to the Reston community. Instructors will host 2-3 hour workshops during which patrons receive step-by-step instruction on a particular activity or subject. Locations for instruction include, but are not limited to: community centers, commercial businesses and residential multi-family dwelling properties.

The ideal candidates for these positions will have an outgoing, captivating personality, strong work ethic, positive attitude, and the ability to work quickly and energetically with our team.

We are currently in search of instructors with experience in the following areas:

    • Horticulturalists (e.g. growing native plants/herbs, constructing terrariums, succulent container gardens, and so on)
    • Arts and crafts (e.g. hand lettering, painting, candle making, woodworking)
    • Fitness and wellness (e.g. yoga, nutrition, meditation)

Responsibilities:

    • Lead, teach, oversee, and participate in the planning of programs and/or workshops
    • Encourage an open and fun environment to learn a new skill
    • Promote their workshops
    • Create and provide class descriptions and details for their programs
    • Monitor and track records of their participants

Requirements:

    • Must have at least two (2) years of experience in a specialized interest or skill, with preferably one year teaching or experience leading programs in a group setting
    • Strong public speaking, presentation and performance skills
    • Can demonstrate techniques and concepts required by their workshop curriculum
    • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Provide evidence of ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other departments and teams
    • Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal
    • Must have reliable transportation to and from instructional sites

Criminal background check is required of employees

To Apply: Submit a resume, workshop ideas (including current experience leading the class), 2-3 samples of work and/or product photos, and link to online portfolio (if applicable) to LaTanja Jones, Collaboration & Outreach Director at latanja.jones@fairfaxcounty.gov.

You may also mail your submissions to:

LaTanja Jones
Reston Community Center
Attn: Collaboration & Outreach Instructors
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17034
Salary:Salary $15-25 per hour, depending on qualifications
Location: See below

Reston Community Center’s (RCC) Leisure & Learning department is seeking professional instructors to facilitate activities for their RCC Clubs program. RCC Clubs is a new program, working to support Reston Opportunity Neighborhood (RestON), to provide after school programs held at the following three Reston schools: Dogwood Elementary, Forest Edge Elementary and Lake Anne Elementary.

Programs will be held for three, eight week sessions during the 2017-18 school year. Each of the RCC Clubs offered will rotate to one of the three schools, each session, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. once a week. The ideal candidate for this position will have an outgoing, enthusiastic personality and able to work effectively with children in grades 4-6.  

We are currently seeking instructors to facilitate the following RCC Clubs:

    • Cursive Club (teaching youth cursive handwriting and hand lettering techniques)
    • Zen Club (teaching youth yoga and/or meditation)
    • Language Club (introducing youth to a foreign language and/or American Sign Language)

Responsibilities:

    • Lead, teach, and oversee curriculum planning for their club
    • Encourage an open and fun environment in which students learn a new skill
    • Create and provide a class description for their club
    • Monitor and track weekly attendance records of their participants

Requirements:

    • Must have at least two (2) years of experience in a specialized interest or skill, with preferably one year teaching experience leading a program for elementary-aged youth
    • Strong public speaking, presentation and performance skills
    • Can demonstrates techniques and concepts required by their club’s curriculum
    • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Documented ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other departments and teams
    • Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal
    • Has reliable transportation with the ability to rotate among the three (3) proposed schools; will not be required to transport students

Criminal background check is required of employees filling the position(s)

To Apply: Submit a resume and letter of interest (stating area of concentration) to LaTanja Jones, Collaboration & Outreach Director at latanja.jones@fairfaxcounty.gov.

You may also mail your submissions to:

LaTanja Jones
Reston Community Center
Attn: Collaboration & Outreach Instructors
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191

Agency: Park Authority
Job #: ELT-FCPA-17029
Salary:$20.46/hour
Hours: Varies; 4+ hours per week
Location: South Run RECenter

Job Summary: Adapted Aquatics Instructors provide a special service to our customers, teaching students of all ages and abilities swimming and water safety skills. We offer several unique programs including learn to swim, aquatic exercise, and Special Olympics Swim Team training classes for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. Paid training for our program is provided.

Responsibilities: As a swim instructor, you are responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Be dependable, enthusiastic and have a great attitude;
  • Assure safety of all participants at all times;
  • Prepare class routines for assigned classes;
  • Instruct classes for a variety of age groups and swimming level competencies;
  • Attend training opportunities and workshops;
  • Provide appropriate and professional feedback to students/parents on progress;
  • Maintain class area and equipment, cleaning up after class;
  • Conduct program in accordance with the approved class curriculum;
  • Provide outstanding customer service to all customers/class members;
  • Planning, implementing and delivering effective and qualitative programs for customers of all ages and ability;
  • Answer general questions about both registration and class placement;
  • Communicate to the Aquatics Director in advance of any classes you will miss

Skills:

  • Demonstrate a passion for swimming and teaching;
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with a variety of ability, personality and fitness levels;
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible to teaching space/environment and different learning styles;
  • Ability to receive constructive criticism and feedback from customers as well as supervisor;
  • Flexible with an ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment

Minimum Qualifications: Must have 2 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities. Must be a certified swim instructor through an accredited agency and/or be certified in the specialty you plan on teaching OR demonstrated extensive swim teaching experience; Must be able to work weekends. Must be 18 years old.

To apply: Interested Persons should contact Nicole Woodward at Nicole.Woodward@Fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-8565.

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-17004
Salary: $35-$45/hour based on experience; no benefits
Location:  Burke Lake Golf Course; 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039
Hours: April through October. Weekdays, evening and weekends.  Schedule will vary.

Under the direction of the Head Golf Professional, teaches junior golf camps, group golf lessons for adults and juniors, private lessons. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a high school or G.E.D. issued by a state department of education, Level II USGTF Instructor with experience teaching golf lessons. Must be at least 21 years old.

Special Requirements:  All successful applicants must also agree to a criminal background check including fingerprinting, provide negative TB results, attend mandatory training, possess current or acquire first aid and CPR certifications before the start of employment, and have never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect, exploitation or other barrier crimes as listed on the Sworn Disclosure Statement of the Criminal Record Check.

Preferred Qualifications:  PGA, LPGA, USGTF Level III certification, or currently in the PGA Apprentice Program. More than 5 years of experience in teaching golf lessons to a diverse group of students. 

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume and include three references.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as facility needs dictate. If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment.  Interested candidates should forward resumes to Kate Via, Head Golf Professional, Burke Lake Golf Course at kate.via.lpga@gmail.com.