Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

Internship Opportunities

Department Resources

View and apply for paid and unpaid internships with the Fairfax County Park Authority below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to FCPAInternships@fairfaxcounty.gov


Riverbend Park (Great Falls Virginia)

Position Title: FISHING EDUCATION INTERN

Salary: $16-20/hour, May 28th - August 16th, 2024. No Benefits
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066
Hours: 8:00AM- 5:00PM Monday to Friday approximately, schedule may vary based on week, no more than 40 hours per week.

Description:  Spend a summer on the river! Riverbend Park is FCPA’s only staffed riverfront park. Riverbend offers diverse summer programming, including summer camps for campers age 4-15, family programs, and outdoor recreation classes. Benefits of working here include a community of supportive staff and opportunities to participate in outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking.  Play your part by working in and preserving this beautiful park! 

Fishing education interns will assist park naturalists and summer camp teachers in leading various camp programs at Riverbend Park and other Fairfax County Park Authority sites as needed.  Interns will gain experience working with children and teens, while learning and developing outdoor, educational, interpretive, and leadership skills. You will be responsible for communication with campers, and their families and FCPA staff while, maintaining a safe and fun environment. This internship is an excellent opportunity for someone with an interest in outdoor, environmental or non-traditional education.

Requirements:  Must enjoy and have enthusiasm for working with children and stewardship. College students or graduates preferably with major in Education, Biology, Environmental Science, or Parks and Recreation.  Successful candidates will also demonstrate the ability to carry out assigned tasks, communicate orally and in writing, to all staff and emergency personnel. Successful candidates will have freshwater angling experience, working knowledge of fishing equipment, techniques, and handling. Ability to paddle a canoe and/or kayak. introductory training will be required.  Experience with children, paddlesports, fishing and outdoor skills are preferred.

Additionally, all successful applicants must 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 camps, 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. Valid Driver's License. 

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please notify the hiring supervisor if they need to verify employment/internship, provide weekly or monthly updates, or communicate with your advisor. If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment. Interested candidates should forward resumes to Casey Tinius, Riverbend Park by email to Casey.Tinius@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  The position is also responsible for attending staff meetings and completing County training periodically.  

Note: This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits.

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. 

Fairfax County Park Authority prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

Position Title: OUTDOOR EDUCATION INTERN

Salary: $16-20/hour, May 28th - August 16th, 2024. No Benefits
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066
Hours: 8:00AM- 5:00PM Monday to Friday approximately, schedule may vary based on week, no more than 40 hours per week

Description: Spend a summer on the river! Riverbend Park is FCPA’s only staffed riverfront park. Riverbend offers diverse summer programming, including summer camps for campers age 3-15, family programs, and outdoor recreation classes. Benefits of working here include a community of supportive staff and opportunities to participate in outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking.  Play your part by working in and preserving this beautiful park! 

Outdoor education interns will assist park naturalists and summer camp teachers in leading various camp programs at Riverbend Park and other Fairfax County Park Authority sites as needed.  Interns will gain experience working with children and teens, while learning and developing outdoor, educational, interpretive, and leadership skills. You will be responsible for communication with campers, and their families and FCPA staff while, maintaining a safe and fun environment. This internship is an excellent opportunity for someone with an interest in outdoor, environmental or non-traditional education.

Requirements:  Must enjoy and have enthusiasm for working with children and stewardship.  College students or graduates preferably with major in Education, Biology, Environmental Science, or Parks and Recreation.  Successful candidates will also demonstrate the ability to carry out assigned tasks, communicate orally and in writing to all staff and emergency personnel. Experience working with children and participating in outdoor recreation or environmental science preferred. 

Additionally, all successful applicants must 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 camps, 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. Valid Driver's License.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, résumé and three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment. Please notify the hiring supervisor if they need to verify employment/internship, provide weekly or monthly updates or communicate with your advisor. Interested candidates should forward resumes to Casey Tinius, Riverbend Park by email to Casey.Tinius@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  The position is also responsible for attending staff meetings and completing County training periodically.  

Note: This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits.

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. 

Fairfax County Park Authority prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

Position Title: Natural Resource Management Internship

Compensation: $16.00-$19.00 per hour
Period: May - August, 2024
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066

Overview: Riverbend Park is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority and includes over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Because Riverbend Park is part of the Potomac Gorge system and has within its boundaries unusual and rare plant and animal species, field studies are conducted throughout the spring and summer to monitor and inventory species. Several resource management projects are implemented to protect the park's resources, reduce erosion, control the spread of non-native invasive plants, and restore damaged trails and habitats. The natural resource intern will assist the Natural Resource Manager and Park Staff on these projects. 
        
Applicants: College students or graduates, preferably with a major in wildlife biology, environmental science, botany, or other applied sciences.

Duties:

Natural Resources

  • Vegetative community and habitat monitoring.  
  • Conduct encroachment inspections along park boundary.
  • Promote and protect native and rare natural communities in the park.
  • Identify, map, and control nonnative invasive plants.
  • Plant native shrubs, grasses, and monitor and maintain past planting projects.  

Research

  • Coordinate with nest box monitors on the bluebird program.
  • Vegetation analysis and classification.
  • Identify and map rare plant species.
  • Use canoe and kayaks to monitor resources along the Potomac River.  

Maintenance

  • Work with the resource management crew on trail, grounds, and facility maintenance projects.
  • Assist with maintenance at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve.
  • Use maintenance equipment including UTV, mowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers.  

Projects

  • Write an article for the Friends of Riverbend Park newsletter describing the summer internship.
  • Coordinate a natural resource project for the summer.
  • Work with staff on environmental education programs, live animal care, and visitor services.

To Apply: Send resume to Casey Pittrizzi, Natural Resource Manager, at the above address or via email at casey.pittrizzi@fairfaxcounty.gov by March 15, 2024. Call 703-759-9018 for more information.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  The position is also responsible for attending staff meetings and completing County training periodically.  

Note: This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits.

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. 

Fairfax County Park Authority prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

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