Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

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  • $100 net retention BONUS*
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*FCPA will provide a $100 net sign up and $100 net retention bonus for any summer seasonal employee who works from Memorial Day OR the start of the program through Labor Day OR the end of the program.

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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.

View our open positions below.

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

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Burke Lake Park

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

Status: Part-Time, 900 hours per year possible
Salary: $14.00-$16.00, depending on experience and certifications
Location: Burke Lake Park.  7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Hours: Part time/Up to 30 hours a week, 4-5 hours a week on average.  Variable, but hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

Instructor Description: Under the supervision of the Park Programmer, plan, design and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, geocaching, orienteering, outdoor recreation, kayaking and science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups can include school groups, scout groups, camps, general public, thematic class series, events, and off-site and special request programs.  Assist operations staff with park events.  Assist in assessing the sites natural resources with the Lake Front Senior Interpreter. Assist Camp Director and play a vital role in our summer camps. Provide operational support to all programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience with natural sciences, education, recreation, or a closely related field.  Experience presenting interpretive programs and teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively. Experience using a kayak or canoe or willingness to learn.  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: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Colvin Run Mill Historic Park

Camp Leader

Position Title: Camp Leader
Location: Colvin Run Mill Historic Park, Great Falls, Virginia. 
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June to August. Camps are 4 to 8 weeks over the summer. 
Salary: $14 to $18 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. 

Overview: Colvin Run mill is the only operational 19th-century water-powered mill in Fairfax County. This beautiful and historic location also boasts a historic early 20th century store, a historic millers house, and 35 acres of woodlands. This site offers programs and classes on history, science and nature and includes tours, events, school programs, camps and more.  

Description: Spend a summer at this beautiful site rich in both cultural and natural resources. Learn about History and Natural History while guiding children on summer camp adventures! Colvin Run Mill Historic Site seeks a charismatic teacher to lead summer camps for kids age 5 to 12. Camp themes include American Doll Camp, Cooking and Crafts and Camp Colvin which will include blacksmiths, milling and woodworking. Camp Leaders will create lesson plans, lead camps, and manage interns and volunteers. Camp leaders will get to experience a working mill and learn 19th century skills.

Qualifications: Applicants must have enthusiasm for working with children and have excellent communication skills.  Applicants should have a degree in history, education, parks and rec or a related field. Applicants should have at least one year of experience in teaching, interpretation, education, parks and rec, summer camps or a related field. 

All successful applicants must attend mandatory training and possess current or acquire first aid and CPR certifications before the start of camps. Valid Driver's License required.

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

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Julie.Gurnee@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-759-2771 for more information. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

Status: Part-Time, 900 hours per year possible
Salary: $14.00-$16.00, depending on experience and certifications
Location: Lake Fairfax Park.  1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA  20190
Hours: Part time/Up to 30 hours a week, 4-5 hours a week on average.  Variable, but hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

Instructor Description: Under the supervision of the Park Programmer, plan, design and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, geocaching, orienteering, outdoor recreation, kayaking and science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups can include school groups, scout groups, camps, general public, thematic class series, events, and off-site and special request programs.  Assist operations staff with park events.  Assist in assessing the sites natural resources with the Lake Front Senior Interpreter. Assist Camp Director and play a vital role in our summer camps. Provide operational support to all programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience with natural sciences, education, recreation, or a closely related field.  Experience presenting interpretive programs and teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively. Experience using a kayak or canoe or willingness to learn.  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: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Educator/Historian Program Leader

Position Title: Educator/Historian Program Leader
Location: Colvin Run Mill Historic Site; 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, Virginia 22066. 
Schedule: Must have scheduling flexibility to allow for weekday and weekend times as well as occasional evenings.  Availability for morning school trips in the fall, especially October - November, and again from late February through early June.  Average 15-18 hours weekly.
Salary: Ranging from $11.94 per hour to $15.93 per hour.

Overview: Colvin Run Mill Historic Site seeks a charismatic team member for immediate hire to teach our cultural history programs. Applicants should have strong oral communication skills with the ability to present and teach to groups of varying, age, number, and cultural background. This team member will be responsible for providing tours, leading education and scout programs and camps, and assisting with events and micro-weddings. Additional duties include administrative, front-desk and cashier duties.  

Required Qualifications: Interest in history, historical research, and educational programming with excellent oral and written communications skills. Enthusiasm for working with people, especially school-aged children.  Ability to present and interpret programs to diverse groups.  Some experience in customer service and administrative sup-port. Successful candidate must be able to acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of Colvin Run Mill. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, audio visual and standard office equipment. 

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in history, nature and/or education or a related field. Undergraduate degree in a related field. Multi-lingual is a plus.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

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

To apply: Please send resume with two references and cover letter to FCPAColvinRunMill@fairfaxcounty.gov

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/jobs-internships.

Horticulturalist 

Position Title: Horticulturalist 
Location: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park; Chantilly, Virginia
Hours: This is a part-time position generally scheduled to work 15 to 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. May be required to work some weekend shifts. 
Salary: Starting at $15 per hour. 

Overview: Join the natural resources team at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Virginia! Our park is 650 acres and has miles of trails and many different types of habitats, plants and animals that need to be managed. The Horticulturalist will be involved in maintaining the many landscape beds and interpretive gardens at ECLP! Some of the main tasks will include:

  • Growing vegetables and flowers in the greenhouse to be planted in the interpretive gardens and landscape beds.
  • Weeding, watering, fertilizing, and harvesting vegetables and flowers in the gardens.
  • Pruning, fertilizing, and weeding the apple orchard trees.
  • Leading volunteer groups working the garden and landscape beds. 

Every day is different at ECLP and it’s a great way to get paid to work outdoors in nature and give back to the community maintaining our wonderful park for our patrons and the animals and plants that call ECLP home.

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

To apply: Please send your resume to gabrielle.hrycyshyn@fairfaxcounty.gov with a statement about your interest in the position and your relevant experience.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Natural Resources Technician 

Position Title: Natural Resources Technician 
Location: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park; Chantilly, Virginia 
Hours: This is a part-time position generally scheduled to work 15 to 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. May be required to work some weekend shifts.
Salary: Starting at $13 per hour. 

Overview: Join the natural resources team at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Virginia! Our park is 650 acres and has miles of trails and many different types of habitats, plants and animals that need to be managed. The Natural Resource Technician will be involved in all aspects of natural resource management and trail maintenance at ECLP! Some of the main tasks will include:

  • Surveying for and removing invasive plant species using physical and chemical means.
  • Assisting with trail maintenance such as clearing culverts, spreading gravel, and trimming trees and trailside vegetation.
  • Assisting with landscape bed maintenance and gardening. 

Every day is different at ECLP and it’s a great way to get paid to work outdoors in nature and give back to the community maintaining our wonderful park for our patrons and the animals and plants that call ECLP home.

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

To apply: Please send your resume to gabrielle.hrycyshyn@fairfaxcounty.gov with a statement about your interest in the position and your relevant experience.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Summer Education Director

Position Title: Summer Education Director
Salary: $16.00-$18.00/Hour depending on experience and qualifications 
Location: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly VA 20151
Schedule: 40 hours per week, limited term

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is seeking an enthusiastic Summer Education Director to design, write, and lead natural/historical interpretative programs for our outdoor summer camps. This position will reflect our site’s mission: To preserve, conserve, and interpret the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, which enriches communities in western Fairfax County.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work directly with campers aged 6-12.
  • Supervise teen volunteers (12-18) and Summer Education Teachers delegating duties.
  • Designs, writes, and leads daily camp plans, interpretive programs, and schedules.
  • Trains staff and volunteers on interpretive programming
  • Oversees group management and supervision. 
  • Manages conflict resolution with both camper’s parents and campers.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and general park visitors.
  • Directly responsible campers and youth volunteers.
  • Works with Camp Administrator to plan and purchase camp supplies
  • Set-up and clean-up of camp program supplies and activities 

Qualifications: Applicants must have enthusiasm for working with children and have excellent communication skills.  Applicants should have a degree in natural history, science, history, education, parks and rec or a related field. Applicants have at least one year of experience in teaching, interpretation, education, parks and rec, summer camps or a related field. 

All successful applicants must agree to a criminal background check including fingerprinting, attend mandatory training, possess current or acquire first aid and CPR certifications before the start of camps. Valid Driver's License. 

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift to 50 pounds. Hiking distances of up to 3 miles per day.
 

Time Commitment: Shift times are 8-4:30pm and 8:30-5pm Monday through Friday.  Hours may shift if aftercare is added this summer. Position term from May 23, 2022 -- August 19, 2022.

To Apply:  Submit cover letter and resume to Kiersten.Fiore@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-631-0013 for more information.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Summer Education Teacher

Position Title: Summer Education Teacher
Salary: $13.00-$15.00/ Hour depending on experience and qualifications
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 site’s 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: To facilitate camp programming, duties may include: 

  • Work directly with campers aged 6-12.
  • Assist with group management and supervision.
  • Teamwork teaching nature and science programs, leading activities, and games. 
  • Assist in planning and preparing daily camp plans and schedules.
  • Take initiative while not directly supervised to lead program and activities.
  • Assists 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.

Qualifications: Applicants must have enthusiasm for working with children and have excellent communication skills.  Applicants should have education or a degree in natural history, science, history, education, parks and rec or a related field. Applicants should have at least one year of experience in teaching, interpretation, education, parks and rec, summer camps or a related field. 

All successful applicants must agree to a criminal background check including fingerprinting, attend mandatory training, possess current or acquire first aid and CPR certifications before the start of camps. Valid Driver's License. 

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift to 50 pounds. Hiking distances of up to 3 miles per day.

Time Commitment:  Time shifts are 8-4:30pm and 8:30-5pm Monday through Friday.  Hours may shift if aftercare in added this summer. Position term from May 23, 2022 -- August 19, 2022.

To Apply:  Submit cover letter and resume to Kiersten.Fiore@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-631-0013 for more information.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Frying Pan Farm Park

Camp Counselor 

Position Title: Camp Counselor 
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171. 
Hours: Monday through Friday, hours will vary (some weekends required for special events). 
Salary: $13 to $14 per hour. 

Overview: Frying Pan Farm Park is hiring Camp Counselors to help make positive childhood memories for campers. Camp Counselors will gain valuable experience in the parks and recreation and childhood development fields while working as a summer day camp counselor. Under the direct supervision of the program supervisor, camp counselors will provide high quality services and exceptional customer service to campers and parents through program delivery.

Duties Include: 

  • Camp counselors will plan, implement, and supervise activities for children 8 to 14 years old. 
  • Organize and maintain camp supplies.
  • Keep camp program areas tidy, safe, and presentable.
  • Prepare and distribute activity calendars and supply lists.
  • Communicate camper assessments to parents and make phone calls as necessary.
  • Document accidents, injuries, complaints and problems and report through the proper chain of command.
  • Provide overall supervision of children enrolled in the program in keeping with FCPA procedures and policies.  
  • Other job duties to support the program may be assigned. 
  • Training will be provided.

Camps include: 

  • Jr Farmer Camp 
  • Farm Zoology 
  • Farm Hand Camp 
  • Adventure Camps 
  • Great Inventions 
  • All About Horses Summer Camp 
  • FPFP Summer Games

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children in a group setting.  
  • Must have proven strong oral and written communication skills.  
  • Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. 
  • Interest in working with children outdoors. 
  • All successful applicants must possess current first aid and CPR certifications.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Education, childhood development or summer camp background. 
  • Strong interest in outdoor or environmental education and/or cultural resource stewardship. 
  • Experience working with horses and basic animal care.

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

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Ser-vices Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Camp Director  

Position Title: Camp Director  
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171. 
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (some weekend work required for special events). 
Salary: $16 to $18 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. 

Overview: Frying Pan Farm Park is hiring Camp Counselors to help make positive childhood memories for campers. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Interpreter, the camp director will provide high quality services and exceptional customer service to campers and parents through program delivery.

Duties Include: 

  • Camp directors will plan, implement, and supervise activities for children 8 to 14 years old. 
  • Organize and maintain camp supplies.
  • Keep camp program areas tidy, safe, and presentable.
  • Prepare and distribute activity calendars and supply lists.
  • Communicate camper assessments to parents and make phone calls as necessary.
  • Document accidents, injuries, complaints and problems and report through the proper chain of command.
  • Provide overall supervision of children enrolled in the program in keeping with FCPA procedures and policies.
  • Other job duties to support the program may be assigned.
  • Training will be provided. 

Camps include: 

  • Jr Farmer Camp
  • Farm Zoology 
  • Farm Hand Camp 
  • All About Horses Summer Camp

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children in a group setting.  
  • Must have proven strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. Interest in working with children outdoors. 
  • Must possess current first aid and CPR certifications.

Preferred Qualifications: Education, childhood development or summer camp background. Strong interest in outdoor or environmental education and/or cultural resource stewardship. Experience working with horses and basic animal care.

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

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Ser-vices Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Equestrian Coordinator

Position title: Equestrian Coordinator 
Salary: Starting at $15.45 per hour up to $19.25 per hour, depending on experience and certifications Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA
Hours: up to 32 hours per week including regular evening and weekend shifts

Overview: We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, self-driven individual to join our Frying Pan team and coordinate the park’s equestrian facilities. This position is critical to the park’s and Park Authority’s equestrian program and helping to guide us in future directions that maximum service to the equestrian community. 

Duties: Under the direction of the park’s operations manager, the equestrian coordinator duties include:

  • Office 
    • Checking in riders (collecting and filing required rider documentation) 
    • Selling riding passes, maintaining bulletin boards/document racks/marquis 
    • Enforcing equestrian facilities/park rules and regulations 
    • Maintaining agency calendar
  • Horse show 
    • Assisting as directed during friends horse shows and events including but not limited to: 
    • Rider check-ins, stabling assignments, taking horse show entry payments, inputting horse show entry data, event breakdown, and closing procedures 
    • Assisting with recruitment and supervision of volunteers during events
    • Designing and setting courses  
    • Providing support to marketing coordinator for equestrian focused content 
  • Rentals 
    • Coordinating with customers and their contracts 
    • During 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 for post rental invoicing
  • Maintenance and ring prep 
    • Supporting maintenance staff with ring dragging and watering 

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have equestrian experience. Be able to communicate fluently in English. Must be personable, punctual, dependable and self-motivated. Valid Drivers License. 

Preferred Qualification: Experience with working at horse shows and or equestrian events in the office and on the grounds, computer experience in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience driving tractors and/or tractor with implements. 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective registry check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Physical Requirements: This position requires one to be able to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, type on keyboard. Ability to spend extended periods of time standing, walking, and ability to traverse rough and uneven terrain to inspect remote park areas. Must be able to work in varying weather conditions. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.  

Note: This position is scheduled to work a minimum of 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including: Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation.

To Apply: Email your resume to Paul.Nicholson@FairfaxCounty.gov 

Farm Hand

Position Title: Farm Hand
Salary: $12 to 15.80/hour
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA 
Schedule: 3-4 days per week, to include some weekend days. 

Come work on one of the last working farms in Fairfax County! 

The Farm Hand position works closely with the farm manager and other staff to care for farm animals and complete farm chores. 

Job duties: 

  • Daily chores with livestock include feeding, watering, milking, cleaning stalls, light animal care, and various farm chores. 
  • Crop field operations include hay making, small grains and corn production. 
  • The farm is open to the public and interaction with the visitors is an important aspect of the job.
  • Attend offsite outreach and help with special events on site. 
  • Farm maintenance to include fence repair and mowing as needed.
  • Supervision of youth volunteers and assisting in other areas of the park as needed. 

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Must have a valid driver’s license. 
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • First Aid and CPR certification. 
  • Experience working on a farm with livestock, equipment operations, as well as working with the public.

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

To Apply: Please send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov and include the title of the job you are applying for in the subject. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Front Desk Coordinator 

Position Title: Front Desk Coordinator 
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon VA. 20171. 
Hours: 16 to 32 hours per week, depending on park needs. One weekend day and two to three weekdays required. 
Salary: Starting at $16 to $20 per hour. 

Overview: Frying Pan Farm Park is seeking a Front Desk Coordinator who possess exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills. The Front Desk Coordinator is self-motivated, an independent worker, and able to prioritize tasks. This position serves as the initial point of contact for walk-in and phone inquiries, oversees day to day operations of the front desk, and works collaboratively with other staff. 

Duties Include: 

  • Processes class registrations, payments, and contracts. 
  • Schedules facility rentals. 
  • Maintains an online SharePoint calendar for facility reservations and other commitments. 
  • Monitors rentals and ensures compliance with facility rules. 
  • Works at site special events.  
  • Performs administrative, marketing, research, and other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must be 21 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. 
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds unassisted or 55 pounds assisted. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office. 
  • One year of experience providing customer service or administrative support.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Cash handling experience. 
  • First Aid and CPR certification. 
  • Multilingual (in English and other languages).
  • Experience in the Parks and Rec field. 

Note: This position is scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including: Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation.

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Front Desk Staff

Position Title: Front Desk Staff
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA  20171
Hours: 20/week.  One weekday, one weekend day and one evening per week.
Salary: $15 to $17 per hour
Overview: Frying Pan Farm Park is seeking a Front Desk Staff member with strong customer service and interpersonal skills. Answers phones and greets customers, oversees building rentals and classes as needed. Other duties as assigned.

Duties Include:

  • Oversees weekend rentals in the Visitor Center and pavilion. 
  • Oversees evening classes once per week.  Closes the building at the end of class.
  • Navigates and online SharePoint calendar for facility rentals and other commitments.
  • Works at site special events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age and possess as valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds unassisted or 55 pounds assisted.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Customer service experience.
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Multilingual (in English and other languages)
  • Parks and Recreation experience

Note: This position is scheduled to work a minimum of 900 hours in a calendar year. This position is not eligible for benefits.

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment. 
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Historic Educator 

Position Title: Historic Educator 
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171. 
Hours: Part-time work, with a varying schedule. Shifts are 4 to 8 hours Sunday through Saturday as needed.
Salary: $12 to $15 per hour. 

Overview: 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.

Duties Include: 

  • 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 (training provided). 
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children in a group setting.  
  • Must have proven strong oral and written communication skills.  
  • Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. 
  • Interest in working with children outdoors. 
  • Must possess current first aid and CPR certifications. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Background in Park and Recreation, experience leading programs for elementary-age participants, pro-gram development and evaluation. 
  • Experience working in environmental or agricultural education, or garden work.

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

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Ser-vices Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Historic Educator/Birthday Party Facilitator 

Position Title: Historic Educator/Birthday Party Facilitator 
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171. 
Hours: Part-time work, average 16-25 hours per week, dependent on park needs.  At least one weekend day and 2 to 3 weekdays. 
Salary: $12 to $15 per hour. 

Overview: 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. Birthday party facilitators lead fun and educational 30-minute parties that feature our farm animals. Facilitators should be comfortable handling animals including chickens, rabbits, goats, and sheep. 

Duties Include: 

  • 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. 
  • Facilitators should be comfortable handling animals including chickens, rabbits, goats, and sheep. 
  • Delivering programs for birthday party guests, handling animals, setting up and cleaning-up program spaces. 
  • Training will also be provided in carousel operation 
  • 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.
  • Party facilitators will also be required to attend tractor training to drive wagon rides for birthday parties. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children in a group setting.  
  • Must have proven strong oral and written communication skills.  
  • Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. 
  • Interest in working with children outdoors. 
  • All successful applicants must possess current first aid and CPR certifications. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in childhood development or interpretive program delivery. 
  • Experience working with children in a group setting. 
  • Strong interest in outdoor or agricultural education and/or cultural resource stewardship. 
  • Experience working with small farm animals and/or driving a tractor. 
  • Background in Park and Recreation, experience leading programs for elementary-age participants, pro-gram development and evaluation. 
  • Experience working in environmental or agricultural education

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

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Ser-vices Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Historic/Naturalist Senior Educator

Historic/Naturalist Senior Educator

Salary: $16-$19; benefits eligible 
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park
Schedule: Average 30 Hours/Week to include some evening, morning, and weekend hours. 
Schedule: 20+ hours per week to include weekday and some weekend work in spring, summer, fall; hours may be increased in the spring, summer, and fall and reduced in the winter.

Frying Pan Farm Park is a 135 acre site that includes an educational farm, equestrian facilities, 70 acres of undeveloped land with a nature trail, and numerous historic buildings. We are seeking a new senior instructor to join and lead our education team as we help our visitors form a relationship with the park fostering a sense of place. This is achieved through the following duties:

  • Teaching interactive and hands-on preshool-3rd grade school field trip programs, farm, nature,  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.
  • Operate historic carousel.
  • Researching, developing, and delivering formal and informal interpretive programs including night, weekend, Boy and Girl Scout, and other agricultural education 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 that can include scheduling support, managing volunteer hours, and other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a valid driver’s license. Comfortable working on personal computers and learning new software packages, minimum associate’s degree in parks and recreation, education, or a related field. 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. Background working in parks and recreation facilities, experience leading programs for elementary-age participants, program development and evaluation. Experience working in environmental or agricultural education, or garden work preferred.  

Note: This position is scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including: Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation.

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Maintenance Worker

Position Title: Maintenance Worker

Location: Frying Pan Farm Park; 2713 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171

Hours: Approximately 17 to 30 hours per week. Days and hours vary and include nights, weekends, and holidays.

Salary: $11-$14/hour based on experience.  

Description: Performs routine maintenance, cleaning, and groundskeeping tasks. Mows, string trims, rakes sand, waters, and weeds the grounds at Frying Pan. Sweeps, mops, and disinfects floors in buildings. Cleans and disinfects site restrooms, to include walls, floors, and bathroom fixtures. Empties trash receptacles and picks up litter throughout the park. Assists with equestrian activities, i.e.: cleaning horse stalls and helping with shows.

Qualifications: Experience maintaining buildings and grounds preferred. Must be eligible to work in Virginia, possess a Social Security card, and have access to reliable transportation. Must be physically able to lift 50 pounds and able to conduct basic conversation in English. Self-motivated.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Note: We are hiring to fill seasonal and part-time benefits eligible positions.

  • Seasonal positions may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. 
  • Part-time benefits eligible positions are scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation.

Applicant evaluation will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Marketing Coordinator - Benefits Eligible

Position title: Marketing Coordinator 
Salary: Starting at $15.45 per hour up to $21.05 per hour, depending on experience and certifications Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA
Hours: up to 32 hours per week including evening and weekend shifts

Overview: We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, self-driven individual to join our Frying Pan team and coordinate marketing efforts at the park. 

Duties: Under the direction of the park manager, the marketing coordinator duties include:

Office 

  • Writing/reviewing/editing newsletters, blogs, social posts 
  • Representing the park at agency communications/marketing meetings 
  • Attending internal meetings to gage marketing needs of the park
  • Assisting with front desk operations at the Visitor Center and operations at Country Store 

Marketing

  • Providing strategic direction for all communications 
  • Contributing to and following communications plan 
  • Creating graphics and fliers, and shooting photos and videos 

Social media

  • Managing The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Providing engagement reports 

Outreach

  • Assisting with special events such as Spring Farm Day, 4-H Fair & Carnival, Farm Harvest Days, Horse Expo, and Hunter Mill Melodies 
  • Representing FCPA and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park at programs and events 

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have at least an associate degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or a related field. Two years of strategic communications experience and expertise in social media marketing may substitute for educational degree.

Preferred Qualification: Experience with creating and working with communications plans, and experience in Microsoft Office Suite.  

Note: This position is scheduled to work a minimum of 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including: Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation. This position is funded two-thirds by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. 

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment. 
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Store Clerk/Amusement Operator

Position Title: Store Clerk/Amusement Operator
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171. 
Hours: Part-time work, with a varying schedule. Shifts are 4 to 8 hours Sunday through Saturday as needed.
Salary: $12 to $15 per hour, depending on experience and certifications. 

Overview: Store Clerk/ Amusement Operator will work within the store delivering great customer service as well as operation the historic carousel and delivering interpretive wagon rides (once all training has been completed)

Duties Include: This position duties will include, but are not limited to: welcoming visitors, providing information about the farm park, retail sales, daily opening and closing activities, including accurate responsible cash handling procedures and accompanying paperwork; inventory management, stocking, merchandising; operating the carousel, operating a tractor to drive wagon rides (once training has been completed), some light facility maintenance and housekeeping.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children in a group setting.  
  • Must have proven strong oral and written communication skills.  
  • Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. 
  • Interest in working outdoors. 
  • All successful applicants must attend mandatory training.
  • Must possess current first aid and CPR certifications.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated team player who enjoys learning about local community agricultural history and assisting children, families, and other park visitors. Good communication skills and a friendly attitude are required, as well as the abilities to operate a computerized point of sale cash machine; lift 20 pounds; perform housekeeping duties, stocking, inventory stocking and other things as needed. Training will be provided for carousel and tractor operation. Must be available to work weekends as well as week-days.

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

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment. 
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Green Spring Gardens

Gardener

Position Title: Gardener
Location: Green Spring Garden; 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. 
Hours: Year-round, part-time work Monday through Friday with some weekends required. 
Salary: Starting at $15.40 per hour up to $17 per hour, depending on experience and certifications. 

Overview: We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, self-driven individual to join our team as a Gardener. A Gardener performs all levels of garden and grounds maintenance required to maintain the highest aesthetic standards throughout the property.

Duties Include: 

  • Garden tasks 
    • Weeding and cleaning bedding areas
    • Watering as needed and directed
    • Mulching
    • Planting seasonal flowers and woody plant material. Deadheading and cutting back plant material as necessary.
    • Transplanting woody plant material
    • Pruning evergreen and deciduous shrubs and flowering trees
    • Propagation work to include cuttings, sowing seeds, potting up
  • Work with others
    • Directing the work of volunteers
  • Safety and maintenance
    • Operating equipment and vehicles safely
    • Maintaining equipment and vehicles safely

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • College coursework in horticulture, botany, ecology or landscape design or Master Gardener certificate or work experience in public garden setting. 
  • Basic gardening and garden maintenance skills are required but a passion for gardening is equally important. 
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in all types of weather, with exposure to insects, heat and cold. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. 
  • Familiarity with tools, including pruners, saws, blowers, weeders and edgers. Experience working with volunteers.
  • Valid Drivers License 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Certificate in landscape design or horticulture. 
  • Two years’ experience working in a public garden. 
  • Knowledge of plants of the mid-Atlantic. 
  • Basic gardening and garden maintenance skills are required but a passion for gardening is equally important. 
  • Able to lead groups of volunteers in completing garden tasks. 
  • Looking for a self-starter who can begin assignments without prompting and plan and organize work in the gardens.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Outlook. 

Note: This position is scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including: Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation.

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Historic House Assistant

Historic House Assistant

The Historic House at Green Spring Gardens has an opening beginning immediately for a part time assistant to work in all aspects of daily operations and tea programs.

Salary:  $12.06/hour (position is exempt and not benefits eligible)
Location:  Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Hours:  15-20 hours/week. Saturday and Sunday hours and some holiday work is required.  

Duties: Assist with all aspects of daily operations and tea programs at the 1784 Historic House. Opening and closing house to the public; greeting visitors and providing general and historical information about the site; gift shop and art show sales; handling cash register; providing general administrative support; answering telephone; taking program reservations; setting up for teas; assisting volunteers with tea service and clean-up; handling mass mailings; and assisting with light housekeeping, flower arrangements and seasonal decorations. 

Minimum requirements: High school education and one year’s experience in customer service and administrative support. Excellent communications skills; ability to climb stairs and to lift and carry up to 35 lbs.; basic computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office.  Successful candidate must acquire a working knowledge of the history of the Historic House and Green Spring Gardens. 

Certificates and Licenses: First Aid and CPR/AED certification and limited food manager license (offered through Fairfax County).

Note: This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for employee benefits, such as medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage, participation in flexible spending programs, earned leave or holiday pay. 

To apply: Please email resumes to Historic House Coordinator Deborah Waugh at deborah.waugh@fairfaxcounty.gov. Interviews with qualified applicants will begin immediately. Position open until filled. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Visitor Services Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Visitor Services Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Salary: $11.55-13.55/hour,*
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Hours: 16-18 hours per week 
Duties: Serves as the Manager on Duty for the Horticulture Center, greeting visitors and providing information at the Visitor Services desk, answering the telephone, and operating the point-of-sale system for shop sales and class registrations.  Oversees volunteer program through volunteer database, recruiting and in-processing new volunteers, managing volunteer hours and volunteer appreciation events. Additional duties entail handling financial reports, registration reports, recording data and filing. Hours include Monday holidays and an occasional weekday shift. 

Minimum Qualifications: High school education and one year’s experience in customer service, administrative and/or financial support and working with volunteers. Some advanced education desirable. Must be efficient in the use Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher; be efficient at using volunteer database, ability to direct and coordinate the work of volunteers. Applicant must have a pleasant telephone manner, good customer service skills and ability to work with a wide variety of people. 

Preferred Qualifications:  Any combination of education, training and paid or volunteer experience equivalent to the following:  Associate or bachelor’s degree in the sciences, education, business or related field, OR three years of experience in a related field. 

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

To apply: Email resume to Susan Eggerton, Visitor Services Manager, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, 703-642-5173 phone, email: FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Applicant evaluation will remain open until filled. Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

Youth and Family Education Assistant

Position Title: Youth and Family Education Assistant
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Hours: 15-20 hours per week
Salary: $12.0688 per hour* 

Duties:  

  • Assist with all aspects of Youth and Family Education at Green Spring Gardens.  
  • Plan and conduct plant-based nature programs for children and families.
  • Develop programs, written lesson plans, and teaching aids. Create and maintain interpretive exhibits.
  • Gardening and other light physical work.
  • Administrative duties as assigned.  

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Experience educating children.  
  • Working knowledge of nature and gardening.  
  • Ability to use a personal computer, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the work of volunteers.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Any combination of education, training and paid or volunteer experience equivalent to the following: Associate or bachelor’s degree in the sciences, education, or related field, OR experience in education or related field.
  • First Aid and CPR/AED certification. (provided on the job)

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

To apply: Send an emailed or faxed resume to Susan Eggerton, Visitor Services Manager, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312; email: susan.eggerton@fairfaxcounty.gov. Phone inquiries: 703-642-5173. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Assistant Naturalist

Position Title: Assistant Naturalist 
Location: Hidden Oaks Nature Center; 7701 Royce St. Annandale, VA 22003.  
Hours: Requires a flexible schedule of 10-17 hours per week on average including weekends and occasional evenings. 
Salary: Starting at $12.50 to $15.00 per hour. 

Overview: Assistant or program leader for primarily natural history, some cultural history, child and family programming. Includes assisting or leafing preschool to elementary age school groups, scout groups, and small family programs. Quarterly will assist with larger group events on site. Outreach programs to schools in Fairfax County occasionally. Applicant must demonstrate the agility to present given material and teach groups of varying age, number, cultural and abilities backgrounds. Training is provided. Must be able to work within a team and function impudently. Duties may include being a manager on duty while not conducting programs which includes overseeing site operations ad visitor service experience. Minimal administrative duties and annual training classes are required. 

Duties Include: 

  • Lead or assist with leading groups of 12 to 20 on trail walks, natural or cultural history programs, standards-of-learning based school programs, or scout classes. Typically, 60 to 90 minutes each. Boy scout programs can last 4 to 5 hours. 
  • Most programming takes place at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, but some are at other locations in Fairfax County. 
  • Develop a presentation with a group or solo for leading within the next quarter. 
  • Participate with programming team in preparing, conducting, and evaluation programming to include re-cording data. 
  • Occasional agency activity support for large events. 
  • Serve as manager on duty as assigned being responsible for volunteers and visitors in the building and providing visitor services. Assist or lead private nature functions to include birthday parties, nature your way private family programs, site rentals. 
  • Attend staff meetings and complete trainings in a timely manner. 
  • Complete weekly administrative duties in a timely manner (online timesheets for example). 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma. 
  • Interest in natural history/nature topics and educational programming with strong oral and written communication skills in English. 
  • Strong organizational abilities plus ability to work independently. 
  • Must be willing to register and serve as Scouts of America merit badge counselor for at least two badges. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office site, audio visual and standard office equipment. 
  • Must be 18 years old or older. 
  • First aid and CPR certifications required within one month of being hired. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in natural history interpretation and/or education or a related field.
  • Undergraduate degree or higher in a related field. 
  • Multi-lingual. 
  • Availability extremely flexible. 
  • Experience in developing, leading, and evaluating small group educational programs.
  • Has a specialty knowledge, vocation, or avocation, in one or more natural history fields. Willingness to assist or leaf more than two scouts of America merit barges and lead girl scout programs. 
  • Experience in working with diverse populations and within a diverse team. 
  • National association for interpretation certified guide certification or higher. 

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

To apply: Send your resume to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Hidden Pond Nature Center

Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist

Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist

Location: Hidden Pond Nature Center; 8511 Greeley Blvd, Springfield, VA 22152
Salary: $12.50 to $13.50 per hour. Specific need for shifts Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am-5:30pm.
Hours: 10-20 hours per week up to 40 hours when working camps during the summer

Job description:
Share your passion for nature with the public as you conduct interpretive nature and outdoor field study programs for students and community members. Assist with the day-to-day operations to include opening/ closing duties and naturalist in charge shifts. Become an expert of our local plants and wildlife. Refine your public speaking skills by teaching a variety of nature based educational programs, including state learning standards-based curricula, for school groups and others, of all ages, both at our park and at offsite locations (e.g., schools).
 
Responsibilities/Duties:
  • Implement educational programs and outreach activities for the public, scouts, school
  • groups, camps, and other audiences.
  • Perform Naturalist-in-charge hosting duties at the park Nature Center, including
  • interacting with visitors, answering phone calls, working the sales desk, opening and
  • closing the building, taking program reservation information, and fielding questions from
  • the general public about site programs, events, wildlife, and other concerns.
  • Direct volunteer staff on nature center hosting duties, animal care duties, and assistance
  • with educational programs.
  • Assist with planning, preparation, marketing, and presentation of community events.
  • Work directly with the public, especially school or preschool age children in onsite and
  • offsite programs.
Qualifications: Preferred education or studying Environmental Science or Parks and
Recreation. Must possess a high school diploma, a valid state driver’s license and be at least
eighteen years old. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of nature, experience working
with the public, communications skills, and the ability to follow oral and written directions in a
team setting under direction of senior staff. Must be able to work independently and with others.
 
To apply, email resume to: Michelle.Alexander@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-451-9588
 
Note: This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.  
 
Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Huntley Meadows Park

Park Maintenance Assistant

Position Title: Park Maintenance Assistant
Part-time: up to 900 hours per year.
Hours: Variable. Hours include weekdays, weekends and holidays. Work schedule: approximately 20 hours/week year-round. Set work schedule somewhat negotiable, with occasional work outside regular schedule. 
Salary: $14/hr. no benefits.
Location: Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley, located in Alexandria, VA. Over 1500 acres of forest, meadow, and wetland habitat, as well as a circa 1825 villa and its outbuildings.

Position Description: Under the direction of the Natural Resource Manager, complete a wide variety of park grounds and building maintenance, including some natural resource work. Executes work orders and logs completion. Completes routine maintenance on equipment and facilities. Responsible for cleaning all park areas and facilities. Supports wetland maintenance activities. Supports natural resource work, including spraying invasive species. Supports visitor safety activities, including snow removal.

Requirements: Driver’s License. Ability to lift 40 lbs. Ability to use ladders, lawn mowers, weed whackers, backpack blowers. Ability to work independently. Must have strong interpersonal skills, including working well with the public, staff, and volunteers. Must be comfortable with computers and be willing to learn new computer applications. Must be comfortable working in a natural environment and working around animals, including snakes and insects.

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

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Christopher.King@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-768-2525..

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22306

Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Naturalist

Job Title: Naturalist
Location: Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306
Part-time: up to 900 hours per year.
Hours: Variable. Hours include morning, afternoons, evenings, weekdays, weekends, 
and holidays.
Salary: $13.00 per hour; no benefits

Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley, located in Alexandria Virginia. Over 1500 acres of forest, meadow, and wetland habitat, as well as the circa 1925 villa and its outbuildings.

Position Description:

  • Responsible for camp support including working with and supervising children, design/lead camp activities, check in/check out procedures, and first aid when needed. 
  • Responsible for leading nature programs and historic house tours as needed.
  • Responsible for COVID state and local health department cleaning/disinfecting guidelines.
  • Responsible for opening, closing and securing the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center and Historic Huntley and related outbuildings.
  • Responsible for RecDynamics functions, processing sales, front desk duties, manager on duty, trail monitoring duties, dealing with park and citizen incidents and emergencies.

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

Requirements: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in history, natural, life or physical sciences, natural history, education, parks and recreation or closely related field and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to work independently without supervisor present. Proven ability to work well with children. Must have strong interpersonal skills, including working well with the public, staff, and volunteers. Must be comfortable with computers and be willing to learn new computer applications and processes. Must be comfortable working in a natural environment and working around animals, including snakes and insects.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Casey.Pittrizzi@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-768-2525.

Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Lake Accotink Park

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

Position Title: Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor
Location: Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150
Hours: Part time/Up to 30 hours a week, not to exceed 900 hours in a calendar year. Variable hours, but hours will include some mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and some holidays. 
Salary: $14.00-$16.00, depending on experience and certifications.

Instructor Description: Under the supervision of the Park Programmer, plan, design and present interpretive pro-grams in natural and cultural history, fishing, geocaching, orienteering, outdoor recreation, kayaking, nature and science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups can include school groups, scout groups, camps, general public, thematic class series, events, and off-site and special request programs.  Assist operations staff with park events.  Assist in assessing the sites natural resources with the Lake Front Senior Interpreter. Assist Camp Director and play a vital role in our summer camps. Provide operational support to all programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience with natural sciences, education, recreation, or a closely related field. Experience presenting interpretive programs and teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively. Experience using a kayak or canoe or willingness to learn. 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.

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

To apply: Send your resume to sarah.oberther@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or visit us online.

Lake Fairfax Park

Lake Front Park Naturalist

Position: Lake Front Park Naturalist 
Location: Lake Fairfax Park.  1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston.  Willing to travel to various teaching locations throughout Fairfax County.   
Status: E, Part-Time, 1,040 – 1,560 hours per year
Hours: Variable, on average 30 hours per week. Hours will include mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.
Salary: $18.01-$24.02/hour, benefits-eligible*

Instructor Description: Under the supervision of the Senior Interpreter and Park Manager, plan, design and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, geocaching, orienteering, outdoor recreation, kayaking and science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups can include school groups, scout groups, camps, general public, thematic class series, birthday parties, events, and off-site and special request programs.  Assist operations staff with park events.  Assist in assessing the sites natural resources with the Lake Front Senior Interpreter. Assist Camp Director and play a vital role in our summer camps. Provide operational support to all programs.  Is the site coordinator for the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience field trips in the spring and fall.  Responsible for program administration including: preparing rosters, participant communication, cancellations and refunds, and program data load and changes.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience with natural sciences, education, recreation, or a closely related field.  Experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively. Experience using a kayak or canoe or willingness to learn.  Strong organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license with good driving record.   First Aid/CPR/AED certified or the ability to attain certification within the first six months of employment.  

Preferred Qualifications: Experience leading groups and teaching classes.  Knowledge of local natural and environmental history.  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions.  

Note: 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. This position cannot exceed 1,560 hours per calendar year.

To Apply: Applicants should send a current resume and cover letter to: sarah.oberther@fairfaxcounty.gov

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Outdoor Archery & Recreation Instructor

OUTDOOR ARCHERY & RECREATION INSTRUCTOR 

Status: Part-Time, 900 hours per year possible
Salary: $21.63-$28.84, depending on experience and certifications
Location: Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20190.  Must be willing to travel to Burke Lake and Lake Accotink Parks on occasion
Hours: Part time/Up to 30 hours a week, 4-5 hours a week on average. Primarily weekends and evenings. Willing to travel to various teaching locations throughout Fairfax County.   

Instructor Description: Under the supervision of program manager teach beginners archery techniques and safety. Instructs participants on proper techniques, demonstrates archery skills, and teaches appropriate methods to strengthen skills. Instructor will teach archery programs for groups, individuals, and scouts.    

Job duties include planning courses, providing classroom instruction, and instructing students as they practice archery skills. The candidate is welcome to facilitate classes in topics that they are qualified in. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
  • 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.
  • 2+ years archery experience.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • USA Archery Level 1 Instructor or equivalent.  
  • Experience leading groups and teaching classes.   

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

To Apply: Applicants should send a current resume and cover letter to: sarah.oberther@fairfaxcounty.gov 

Riverbend Park

Marina Attendant 

Position Title: Marina Attendant 
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066
Hours: This is a temporary seasonal position, May-September and may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Hours vary and will include weekend and holiday work. Morning and/or evening work required. Schedules 15-35 hours/week depending on experience and weather/boating operations.  
Salary: $11 to $16 per hour, depending on experience.

Overview: Spend a summer on the river! Riverbend Park is Fairfax County Park Authority’s only staffed river-front park. 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!

Duties Include: 

  • Operate Riverbend park’s boat rental operation which includes kayaks and canoes.
  • Monitor river activity for visitor safety.
  • Assist with river rescues as needed.
  • Inspect boat rental and safety equipment, maintain marina area, and operate park patrol boat. 
  • Perform safety and security tasks, including monitor visitor safety, answer visitor questions, and ensure marina regulation compliance. 

Qualifications: 

  • Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a G.E.D. issued by a state Department of Education. 
  • Must be eligible to work in Virginia, possess a Social Security card.
  • Must be physically able to lift 50 pounds. Ability to traverse rough, uneven, muddy terrain. Ability to spend extended periods of time standing, walking, lifting, cleaning. 
  • Must be able to work outdoors in varying weather conditions. 
  • Ability to communicate boating information effectively. 
  • This is a physically demanding job and staff must be able to complete all duties.  

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Canoeing, kayaking or boating experience. 
  • Virginia Boating license.  
  • Experience driving a trailer. 
  • Training will be provided for the right candidate. 

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

To apply: Send resume and three references by email to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

Questions, please email FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-759-9018. Applications will be reviewed and considered as received. 

Applications close on April 15, 2022. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Park Maintenance and Marina Staff 

Title: Park Maintenance and Marina Staff 
Salary: $11-15/hour depending on experience
Hours: This is a temporary seasonal position, March-October and may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Hours vary and will include weekend and holiday work. Morning and/or evening work required. Schedules 15-35 hours/week depending on position and boating operations. 

About Riverbend Park: 
Spend a summer on the river! Riverbend Park is FCPA’s only staffed riverfront park. 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!

Duties: 

  • Assist with maintenance of 400+ acres of natural and cultural resource-based parkland including grounds and trails. 
  • Operate park’s boat rental operation including monitoring river activity for visitor safety.
  • Inspect boat rental and safety equipment, maintain marina area, and operate park patrol boat.
  • Maintenance and janitorial duties in public facilities. 
  • Perform safety and security tasks, which includes monitoring visitor safety, answering visitor questions, and ensuring marina regulation compliance.
  • Opening and closing duties. 
  • Work with paid and volunteer staff on special projects. 
  • Assist with parking control on busy weekends and holidays.

Qualifications: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a G.E.D. issued by a state Department of Education. Must be eligible to work in Virginia, possess a Social Security card, and have access to reliable transportation. Must be physically able to lift 50 pounds. Ability to traverse rough and uneven terrain to inspect remote park areas.  Ability to spend extended periods of time standing, walking, lifting. Must be able to work outdoors in varying weather conditions. This is a physically demanding job and staff must be able to complete all duties.

Preferred Qualifications: Canoeing, kayaking or boating experience.  Virginia Boating license.  Experience using and maintaining power and hand tools. Experience driving a trailer. Training will be provided for the right candidate.

Certificates and Licenses Required: Motor vehicle operator’s license with good driving record. First Aid/CPR/AED certification must be completed within 2 weeks of hire (may be provided by Fairfax County). 

To Apply: Contact Matt McNeal, Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 for further information. Submit resume by email to FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov or fill out an application in-person at Riverbend Park. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will also be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Riverbend Nature & Outdoor Education Camp Teacher

Riverbend Nature & Outdoor Education Camp Teacher - Summer 2022

Salary: $13.00 to 18.00/ hour, non-benefits eligible
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066
Hours: 8:00AM- 5:00PM Monday to Friday approximately, some weekend and evenings work is required, May- August

Overview: Lead and assist camp programs for kid’s summer camps.  Plan, design, and implement interpretive programs in natural and cultural historical and science topics. Knowledge of outdoor education and stewardship practices, boating, and fishing. Provide exceptional customer service to the public population. Provides leadership and ensures the safety of park patrons and campers. Communicates effectively with staff, campers, and their families.  

Minimum Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associate’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, natural history, education or closely related field and 1 year of experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. CPR/first aid certified or able to obtain certification within 3 months of employment.

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 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. CPR/ First Aid/AED certification.

Preferred qualifications: Strong interest in outdoor or environmental education or interpretation and resource stewardship and conservation. Experience working with children in an outdoor camp or educational setting. Pursing a degree in the natural or environmental sciences, parks, recreation and leisure services, or education. Bilingual. Capable of driving a 7-passenger (non-CDL) van and have a good driving record. Have valid VA or MD powerboat license and experience operating a motorboat. Trailering experience with a motor-vehicle. 

To Apply: Submit a résumé and include two references.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment. Interested candidates should forward resumes to Jordan Libera, Senior Interpreter, 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

Questions: Call Jordan at 703-759-9018. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Volunteer Coordinator and Interpretive Naturalist

Volunteer Coordinator and Interpretive Naturalist

Part-Time: 1560 hours per year. Spring, Summer, Fall: 25-35 hours/week. Winter: 20 hours/week. Summer: variable-up to 40 hours per week.

Pay: $14.50-17/hour, Benefits eligible*

Location: Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Virginia. Located on the Potomac River with over 400 acres of forest, meadow, and ponds. May also involve leading programs around the region at different schools, libraries, historic sites and rec center.

About Riverbend Park: Riverbend Park is FCPA’s only staffed riverfront park. 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!  

Description: Under the supervision of the Visitor Services Manager, manage the volunteer program at Riverbend Park. Contact, interview, train, and lead volunteers on resource management projects at Riverbend Park and Scotts Run. Manage large volunteer projects including scout projects and volunteer cleanups. Manages animal care responsibilities. Maintain volunteer management software database.  Work under the supervision of the Senior Interpreter to plan, design and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history and science topics 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. 

Hours: Hours vary and include weekend, holiday, morning, and evening hours.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, natural history, education, or closely related field and 1 year of experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. CPR/first aid certified or able to obtain certification within 3 months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience managing volunteers or staff. Experience communicating with 
volunteers of all ages. Additional 2 years of experience beyond minimum. Experience working and 
caring for animals including reptiles and amphibians. Certified interpretive guide certification. Boating 
experience and ACA instructor certification. 

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to this position must submit to a criminal background check, and child protective services registry check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Note: 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. This position cannot exceed 1560 hours per calendar year.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-759-9018. 

Visitor Center Manager

Position Title: Riverbend Park Visitor Center Manager
Salary: $12 to 15 per hour depending on experience.
Location: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066
Hours: This is a temporary seasonal position May-September and may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Saturday, Sundays and one weekday.  Monday holidays.  18-25 hours per week. Other opportunities for hours may be available.

About Riverbend Park: Spend a summer on the river! Riverbend Park is FCPA’s only staffed riverfront park. 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!

Job Duties: Responsible for operating the front desk of park’s visitor center. This position is the first contact for our diverse park visitors. Welcome visitors and provide information about Riverbend Park’s natural resources and services. Responsibilities include daily opening and closing procedures, accurate cash handling skills, inventory stocking and display, and customer service. Position uses a POS system and other computer programs to view bookings, schedules and processing reservations and payments. Will use a phone, email and other communication devices during operating hours. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated team player with excellent customer service skills who enjoys learning about the environment and assisting children, families and other park visitors. 

Requirements:

  • Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a G.E.D. issued by a state Department of Education. 
  • Good communication skills and a friendly attitude are a must, as well as the ability to operate a computerized point of sale cash machine and accurately perform routine cash handling procedures. Must be able to handle multiple responsibilities while remaining calm and visitor oriented. 

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and three references to Kylie.Starck@fairfaxcounty.gov. Applications accepted until position is filled. 

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to this position must submit to a criminal background check, and child protective services registry check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Sully Historic Site

Gardening Assistant

Position Title: Gardening Assistant 
Location: Sully Historic Site, Chantilly Virginia.
Hours: Part-time work from May to early Fall. 
Pay: Starting at $11.00 per hour.
Overview: Work at beautiful Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, Va. in the heirloom garden and landscaped areas. Assist in planting, weeding and upkeep of flower and herb beds as well as landscaped areas in the park, assist in occasional programs. $11.00 hour, no benefits, up to 20 hours per week. Some gardening experience preferred.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

To apply, send your resume to FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov. 

Visitor Services Representative - Sully Historic Site

Position Title: Visitor Services Representative 
Location: Sully Historic Site, Chantilly Virginia.
Hours: Up to 21 hours per week, requires some weekend work. 
Pay: Starting at $13.00 per hour.
Overview: Part- time visitor service representatives to assist with visitor center operations as well as programming support. Duties involve selling tickets and merchandise, interacting with visitors, and assisting staff in historic site programming.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

To apply, send your resume to FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov. 

 

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