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. 

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) provides quality facilities and services which offers residents opportunities for recreation to improvement their physical and mental well-being, and enhancement of their quality of life. Aquatic Instructors provide a special service to our customers, providing students of all ages and skill level various skill sets and competencies. We offer programs for parents and children as well as the dependent beginner to the advanced independent fitness swimmer. Orientation to our program is required; shadowing a tenured instructor is also required prior to teaching our programs.

As an aquatic instructor, you are responsible for 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;
  • Complete administrative tasks;
  • 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 and finding a pre-approved sub.

Hours Vary and will include shifts that are a balance of weekday, weekend, and holiday schedules. Will overlap or be independent of the Aquatic Supervisor's schedule.

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 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 at least 16 years old.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • CPR, First Aid, and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or Basic Swim Instructor (BSI) certifications for to teach swim lessons.
  • American Red Cross or Ellis and Associates Lifeguard Instructor Certification.
  • Nationally Recognized Aqua Aerobics Instructor Certification.
  • Proven experience working as a Swim Instructor or Lifeguard.
  • Sound knowledge of proper swimming techniques and water safety rules.
  • Strong swimming abilities.
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Passionate and enthusiastic.

To Apply: Please email your resumes to Joshua Lainhart at Joshua.Lainhart@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

Part-Time

Hours: Average 15-20 hours per week
Hourly Pay: $9.95 to $13.53 based on experience
Job#: ELT-FCPA-19033

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

Location: 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Instructor 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: school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, events and special request programs.

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

Preferred Qualifications Collegiate level course work in natural, life, or physical sciences, education or a closely related field. Six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquiries and questions. Strong organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must be at least 18 years old and have a clean driving record. First Aid/CPR/AED certified or the ability to attain certification within the first six months of employment.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Anthony.Bulmer@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Phone: 703-324-9364

Agency: Park Authority
Job #: ELT-FCPA-19020
Salary: $22.16/hour (negotiable based on experience)
Location: South Run RECenter
Schedule: Saturday 8:45am-12:15pm; additional working hours may be available

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 1 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities. Must be a certified swim instructor through an accredited agency and/or be willing to get certified (FCPA will pay for class) OR demonstrated extensive swim teaching experience; Must be able to work weekends. Must be 17 years old.

To apply: Interested applicants should send their resume to Nicole Fagan at Nicole.Fagan@Fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-8565

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPAa-19002
Salary: $11.7423/hour
Hours: Part-Time: up to 900 hrs./year
Location: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located in Chantilly, Virginia. This park’s missions reflects the natural and cultural history of its 650 acres of forest, meadow, stream habitat and historic buildings.

Instructor Description: Plan, design, and present interpretive programs in cultural history field for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups can include: school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, birthday parties, camps, wagon rides, events, and special request programs. Responsible for cash handling and class scheduling through RecDynamics. Other duties may include front desk coverage, administrative work, teaching nature based field trips and exhibit animal care.

Hours: Variable. Hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekdays and weekends.  Required, if needed, two weekend Manager on Duty shifts a month.

Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences, natural history, cultural history, art 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 Kiersten.Conley@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

5040 Walney Road

Chantilly, VA  20151

703-631-0013

Agency: Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-19003
Salary: $11-13/hour
Location: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly VA 20151
Schedule: 40 hours per week, limited term

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking an enthusiastic Summer Education Teacher to assist and lead natural/historical interpretative programs for our outdoor summer camps. This position will reflect our sites mission: To preserve, conserve, and interpret the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park; which enriches communities in western Fairfax County.

Responsibilities: In order to facilitate camp programming, duties may include:

  • Work directly with campers aged 6-11.
  • Supervise teen volunteers (12-18) and delegating appropriate duties to them.
  • Assist the Summer Education Director with group management and supervision.
  • Assist the Summer Education Director in teaching programs, leading activities and supervising games.
  • Assist in planning and preparing daily camp plans and schedules.
  • Take initiative while not directly supervised to lead program and activities.
  • Assist with conflict resolution with both camper’s parents and campers.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and general park visitors.
  • Directly responsible for small groups of campers.
  • Flexible and able to improvise.
  • Set-up and clean-up of camp program supplies and activities

Minimum Qualifications: All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Must be personable, punctual, dependable and capable of working alone. Strong organizational skills, strong oral and written communication skills and able to manage multiple tasks at once. Previous experience working with children and experience in customer service is crucial. Knowledge of ecology, biology or natural sciences, local wildlife and/or American history.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in childhood development or interpretive program delivery. Experience working with children in a group setting. Strong interest in outdoor, natural and cultural education and resource stewardship. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, cultural or natural history. Knowledge of local history and wildlife. CPR/first aid certified or able to obtain certification.

Physical Requirements: This work requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Capable of walking or hiking distances of up to 3 miles per day in various weather and trail conditions.

Time Commitment: Time shifts are 8-4:30 or 9:30-6pm, Monday through Friday. This is a limited term position from Monday, May 28 through Saturday, August 24th.

Training: Training will be provided as needed by Supervisor and Summer Education Director. Must complete June 5-6 Camp Staff Orientation and Training from 5-9pm

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to Kiersten.Conley@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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.

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Agency: Reston Community Center
Job #: ELT-RCC-14003
Salary: $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 (http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/) or send your resume to Jonathan.Navarro@fairfaxcounty.gov. Questions and inquiries can be directed to Jonathan Navarro, Fitness & Wellness Program Director at the email provided.

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-18038
Salary: $16.00-20.00/hour; no benefits
Location: Riverbend Park, Great Falls, Virginia
Schedule: May through mid-October. Variable schedule may include Weekdays and weekends.

Instructor will teach, evaluate and provide feedback on paddling and safety skills for participants of all ages and abilities. Provide outstanding, safe, and educational experience to participant’s on-land and water. Monitor paddling environment conditions for safety of participants, staff, and other water users. Follow program outlines for expectations and outcomes. Prepare and inspect personal and group equipment, before and after use. Accurately document classes, organize class related paperwork and incidents reports. Provide resource interpretation and knowledge of the local area. Maintain strong communication with park staff, recreation programs manager and park users. Must possess excellent customer service skills. Other duties as agreed upon.

Qualifications: Must be 18 years (minimum age) or older. High school diploma or equivalent required. Valid driver’s license with good driving record. CPR/ First Aid and AED. Able to lift 75 lbs independently. 2+ years stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, or kayak in a river venue. ACA Instructor Certification opportunity offered to right candidate.

Preferred Qualifications: ACA Level 2-Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor or equivalent, Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge counselor, Freshwater fishing experience, Wilderness First Aid or Responder. Knowledge of local natural and environmental history. Experience driving large vehicles with a trailer.

To Apply: Send resume by email to Jordan.Libera@fairfaxcounty.gov or by mail to:

Attn: Jordan Libera
Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703)759-9018

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-18039
Salary: $16.00-20.00/hour; no benefits
Location: Riverbend Park, Great Falls, Virginia
Schedule: May through mid-October. Variable schedule may include Weekdays and weekends.

Instructor will teach, evaluate and provide feedback on paddling and safety skills for participants of all ages and abilities. Provide outstanding, safe, and educational experience to participant’s on-land and water. Monitor paddling environment conditions for safety of participants, staff, and other water users. Follow program outlines for expectations and outcomes. Prepare and inspect personal and group equipment, before and after use. Accurately document classes, organize class related paperwork and incidents reports. Provide resource interpretation and knowledge of the local area. Maintain strong communication with park staff, recreation programs manager and park users. Must possess excellent customer service skills. Other duties as agreed upon.

Qualifications: Must be 18 years (minimum age) or older. High school diploma or equivalent required. Valid driver’s license with good driving record. CPR/ First Aid and AED. Able to lift 75 lbs independently. 2+ years kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddleboarding in a river venue. ACA Instructor Certification opportunity offered to right candidate.

Preferred Qualifications: ACA Level 2-River Kayak Instructor or equivalent, Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge counselor, Freshwater fishing experience, Wilderness First Aid or Responder. Knowledge of local natural and environmental history. Experience driving large vehicles with a trailer.

To Apply: Send resume by email to Jordan.Libera@fairfaxcounty.gov or by mail to:

Attn: Jordan Libera
Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703)759-9018

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority
Job#: ELT-FCPA-18040
Salary: $16-20/hour based on experience; no benefits
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066
Hours: May through mid-October. Variable schedule may include weekdays and weekends.

Lead fishing programs for kid’s birthday parties, public and private programs. Experience working with children in an outdoor or educational setting is preferred. Have freshwater angling experience, working knowledge of fishing equipment, techniques, and handling. Ability to paddle a canoe, kayak, and rowboat, introductory training will be offered.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to associate’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, natural history, education or closely related field and one year of experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Possess current or acquire first aid, CPR and AED certifications. Must be at least 18 years old.

Special Requirements: All successful applicants must also agree to a criminal background check including fingerprinting, provide negative TB results, Valid Driver’s License.

Preferred qualifications: Strong interest in outdoor or environmental education or interpretation and resource stewardship and conservation. Pursing a degree in the natural or environmental sciences, parks, recreation and leisure services, or education. More than 3 years of fishing experience and technical knowledge. USCG Boating license, experience with a powerboat. Experience driving a large vehicles with a trailer.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, résumé and include three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment. Interested candidates should contact Jordan Libera, Recreation Programmer, Riverbend Park by email to jordan.libera@fairfaxcounty.gov or by mail to:

Jordan Libera
Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls, VA 22066
703-759-9018

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