Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Resource Management Jobs

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The Resource Management Division of the Fairfax County Park Authority serves the community through nature and culture at nine diverse parks. Build your career through education and stewardship of our natural and cultural resources at a nature center, historic site, working historic farm or public garden.

The employment opportunities are as varied as the resources we protect. The roles include visitor services, program leadership, resource management and protection, and building and grounds maintenance. At all levels of the organization from manager to intern, the experience of the visitor is key. Join our teams to share your passion for nature, history, farming or gardening as an employee in the Resource Management Division.

To apply for open seasonal positions, please complete the online application.

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Seasonal Position Descriptions

Equestrian Assistant - Frying Pan Farm Park

Agency: Park Authority

Salary: $11-14 per hour, no benefits

Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA

Schedule: 20-30 hours per week including regular evening and weekend shifts

Duties: Under the direction of the Park’s Equestrian and Maintenance Manager, the Equestrian Operations Assistant duties include:

  • Office duties – Checking in riders and collecting, and filing required rider documentation, selling riding passes, maintaining bulletin boards, document racks and marquis, tracking equestrian volunteer points, enforcing Equestrian Center/ Park rules and regulations.
  • Horse show support - Assists with planning and running horse shows and events: rider check-ins, stabling assignments, taking horse show entry payments, inputting horse show entry data and event breakdown and closing procedures.
  • Rentals- during Equestrian Center rentals assist the rental customer as needed, monitor the rental and its attendants and enforce park and rental contract rules and regulations, assist with and track any rental customer services provided.
  • Maintenance and ring prep – As needed support maintenance staff with ring dragging and watering, course set up and light janitorial duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have equestrian experience, a valid driver’s license. Be able to work outdoors in all weather, stand for long periods, lift up to 30 pounds unassisted, traverse uneven ground, see and communicate fluently in English. Must be personable, punctual, dependable and self-motivated.
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Preferred Qualification: Experience in working at horse shows and or equestrian events in the office and on the grounds, computer experience in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel. Experience driving tractors and/or tractor with implements.

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

Farm Assistant - Frying Pan Farm Park (This position has been filled.)

This position has been filled.

Farm Hand - Frying Pan Farm Park (This position has been filled.)

This position has been filled.

Gardener - Green Spring Gardens

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority 

Salary: $15.14/hour, benefits eligible

Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia

Schedule: 30 hours per week; some weekends and holidays required  

Duties:

  • Perform garden installation and maintenance of a variety of gardens, including removal of invasive species
  • Propagate seeds, plugs, and cuttings for use in gardens

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Basic gardening and plant knowledge required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the work of volunteers
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work in adverse weather conditions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Horticulture or related degree and a passion for plants, the environment and gardens

Certificates and Licenses Required: 

  • Motor Vehicle operator’s license
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (offered through Fairfax County)

*This position 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. 

Position open until filled. Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

Groundskeeper - Green Spring Gardens

Agency: Fairfax County Park Authority 

Salary: $15.14 to $20/hour, benefits eligible*

Location: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA

Schedule: 30 hours per week (not to exceed 1,560 hours per calendar year), 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., occasional weekend work required

Duties:

  • Assists with the following:
    • Maintenance of 31 acres of gardens including lawns, gardens, and trails
    • Maintenance of public use facilities, including the Historic House and Horticulture Center
    • Repairs and seasonal upkeep of greenhouses
    • Events at gardens
    • Additional tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years’ experience in grounds and building maintenance
  • Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: high school graduation or a GED issued by a state Department of Education
  • Must be eligible to work in Virginia and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to conduct basic conversation in English
  • Must be able to transverse rough terrain in all-weather conditions

Certificates and Licenses Required: 

  • Motor Vehicle operator’s license
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification

*This position 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. 

Position open until filled. Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

Recreation Programmer - Frying Pan Farm Park

Agency: Park Authority

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Salary: $15 - $18 per hour, benefits eligible

Location: Frying Pan Farm Park

Schedule: Saturdays 9:00-5:30. Three weekdays 11:00am-7:30pm; days are flexible. Hours may vary due to park needs.

Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA includes a 1930’s working farm, public equestrian facility, and a large Visitor Center. The Visitor Center hosts evening classes, summer camps and concerts, and is rentable for meetings and parties. This dynamic park seeks a creative, self-motivated programmer who loves working with people.

Under the direction of the Visitor Center Manager, the programmer duties include:

  • Develop ideas for and implement classes, including canine classes, indoor classes and vendor run summer camps.
  • Track attendance, class trends, and revenue and adjusting programming accordingly.
  • Hire and supervise class instructors.
  • Work collaboratively with vendors and park staff to schedule camps and classes and support vendor run camps and classes on site.
  • Load all park programs and class information into Recreation Dynamics system.
  • Plan and implement seasonal on-site events. Assist with large scale special events.
  • Assist with public inquiries in person and on the phone.

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. Able to work outdoors, stand for long periods, traverse uneven ground, carry, pull and (or) lift up to 40 lbs. unassisted. See and communicate fluently in English. Must be personable, punctual, dependable and capable of finishing required and requested tasks without direct supervision.

Preferred Qualifications: Background in Parks and Recreation, experience with Microsoft Office Suite, experience with Recreation Dynamics software and programming. Experience with planning and implementing adult and family classes and events. First Aid, CPR and MAT certifications.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry. Must be available to work the annual 4-H Fair, first weekend in August.

To Apply: Send resume to Teri.Tucker@fairfaxcounty.gov

Note: This position must 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.

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