Lake Fairfax Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Christopher Goldbecker,
Lakefront Parks Manager

Lake Fairfax Jobs



Lake Fairfax is a Fairfax County Government organization. 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 2010 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Lake Fairfax has many positions for positive, energetic, motivated and friendly people. All appointee's must successfully complete the background investigation prior to employment.

To apply for open seasonal positions, click on the position below and follow the directions to apply. For more information, please call 703-471-5415.

Year-Round Position Descriptions

Hours: 30 hours/week (average), hour’s variable between 7 am and 9 pm including weekends and some holidays.

Status: E (Part-Time, 1560 hours per year maximum)

Hourly Rate: $17-$20 per hour

Duties Include:

  • Ensures the safe and effective operation of the assigned lakefront park. Early shift opens the park and its facilities, preparing it for staff and visitors. Closing shift closes and secures the park and all facilities at the end of each day. Adheres to cash handling procedures.
  • Performs routine maintenance and custodial tasks to include emptying trash cans, collecting ground trash, and cleaning restrooms and other areas.
  • Serves as facility attendant for park Visitor’s Center. Answers phones, greets patrons, and performs administrative work such as updating logs, creating written materials for use by staff and patrons. Assists in maintaining clean, organized work spaces and visitor areas.
  • Takes initiative to increase knowledge of the park, its facilities, programs, services, and resources.
  • Serves as primary contact point for park visitors and customers. Provides verbal and written information and directions relating to facilities, programs, picnic area use, trails, natural and cultural resources, and other topics. Is the primary point of contact when park manager is out.
  • Stays up-to-date on Park Authority Rules and Regulations, Park Authority trainings, Standard Operating Procedures, state and county laws, and other pertinent guidance. Attends monthly programmers meetings.
  • Notes safety/security and maintenance concerns, addresses them where feasible, and reports those using appropriate methods and recordkeeping.
  • Acts as lead first responder on behalf of the Park Authority in potential and actual emergency situations occurring on site while on duty.
  • Assists in major park events, completes special projects, and tasks as assigned. Is the led programmer for programs such as camps, classes, and special events. Plans and develops classes, events, and special events. Responsible for loading classes in the Rec Dynamics computer system. Works with the naturalist to develop nature programs and classes.
  • Assists in hiring of park staff to include: marina, camps, front desk, instructors, and camp counselors. Assists in completing the hiring paperwork. Assists with payroll and cash reports.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associate’s degree in parks and recreation, hospitality and tourism, business, or related field, plus 2 years of successful employment in a position of responsibility. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. CPR/first aid certified or able to obtain certification within 3 weeks of employment. Valid driver’s license and excellent driving history. Experience managing staff. Experience developing classes, camps, and special events supervising them and managing them. Must become M.A.T certified.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of basic maintenance practices, materials, methods, and tools used in providing safe, clean and attractive grounds and public facilities. Supervisory experience. Experience dealing effectively with emergencies and other difficult situations. Experience with data loading.

Special Requirements: Must be able to work in conditions ranging from direct sunlight to complete darkness as well as inclement weather ranging from extreme cold to extreme heat. Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and lift up to 50 pounds. Must be able to work morning, evening, weekend, and some holiday shifts. Must be able to work the Fireworks event that is the Saturday immediately before July 4th.

Now Accepting Applications for 2018

Hours: Average 15-20 hours per week. Variable, but hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends.

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.

Hourly Rate: 11.29

Location: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive Reston, VA, 20190 . Our programs complement the parks mission to preserve, protect and foster stewardship.

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.

Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, natural or cultural 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. Strong organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to

Applications accepted year-round

Park maintenance workers and supervisors report for duty and work at Lake Fairfax Park. These positions are demanding yet rewarding for both entry level job seekers and those looking for advancement opportunities within Fairfax County. Candidates must possess the ability to work outside with regular exposure to severe weather. These positions are seasonal positions that are available from 25 to 48 weeks per year. Working weekend and summer holidays is required and may be on a rotating schedule depending upon staffing levels.

Duties include:

  • General park maintenance
  • Mowing and weed-eating operations
  • Campground maintenance
  • Athletic field maintenance
  • Trail repairs and preservation
  • General cleaning duties, routine manual labor tasks

Prerequisites for any maintenance position:

  • Successfully complete a pre-employment physical
  • Successfully complete the background investigation

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Seasonal Position Descriptions

Now Accepting Applications for 2018

Under direction of full time managers, assists in supervising operation of a large multifaceted park.

  • Acts as supervisor during given shifts while performing duties related to the daily operation of the various facilities within the park. Reports problems or takes necessary action. Completes opening and/or closing procedures of park facilities, operates equipment such as park truck, boats with motors, trail vehicles and personal computer.
  • With full time management staff, trains seasonal employees as needed to ensure they complete their assigned work. Directs work of subordinate employees and completes their tasks in their absence. Schedules employees, orders supplies, conducts inventory of for-sale items. Inspects for safety violations.
  • Performs cash control duties such as operating point of sale, counts safe money, and changes funds. Prepares deposits and delivers money to bank. Records daily entries in log books.
  • Assists full time managers with development and implementation of special events/programs.
  • Interacts directly with park visitors to inform them of fees, schedules, park rules and regulations.
  • Renders first aid; seeks emergency services as needed.
  • Completes other related duties as assigned.

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Now Accepting Applications for 2018

The lake is our most beautiful attribute here at the park. Daily peddle boat and canoe rentals are available. Boat house staff coordinate all marina activity. Staff will receive training in CPR & Basic Water Safety.
Duties include:

  • 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
  • Provide emergency rescue care if needed
  • Perform guided tours on lake

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Now Accepting Applications for 2018

Duties include:

  • Assists customers in making reservations for camp sites
  • Operates cash register for point-of-sales to include boat rentals
  • Provides customers with exceptional customer service as the first point of contact with phone calls and in-person questions
  • Assists with the operation of the carousel
  • Must be available to work evening and weekend shifts

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Lake Fairfax Park is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 703-471-5415.