Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8700
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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Sara Baldwin,
Acting Executive Director

Resource Management Jobs

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

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

View our open positions below.

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

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Natural Resource and Monitoring Staff

Position Title: Park Natural Resource and Monitoring Staff

Hours: This is a temporary seasonal position, May-October and may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Hours vary but generally shifts are 8 am to 4:30pm or 11:30 pm to 8 pm, four- five days a week including weekends. Holiday work required.

Salary: $12-15/hour depending on experience

Duties:

  • Assist with maintenance of 400+ acres of natural resource based parkland including
  • trails.
  • Conduct surveys, plantings and other natural resource projects.
  • Lead volunteers on cleanups, trail maintenance and other special projects.
  • Perform safety and security tasks, including monitor visitor safety, answer visitor questions, and ensure regulation compliance.
  • Trash pick up, clean up of graffiti and other damage.

Minimum 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 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. This is a physically demanding job that will be entirely spent outdoors and staff must be physically able to complete all duties.

Preferred Qualifications: College level work related to ecology, biology, environmental science or related field. Knowledge of local flora and fauna, including non-native invasive plants. Experience using and maintaining power and hand tools. Experience working on trails and being outdoors.

Certificates and Licenses Required: Motor vehicle operator’s license with good driving record.

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. 

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

Maintenance Worker - Frying Pan Farm Park

 

Position Title: Maintenance Worker

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

Hours: Approximately 17 hours/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.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check.

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. 

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.

Summer Education Teacher - Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Position Title: Summer Education Teacher
Salary: $11.4359/Hou/Hour
Location: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly VA 20151
Schedule: 40 hours per week, limited term

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

Responsibilities:

  • To facilitate camp programming, duties may include:
  • Work directly with campers aged 6-12.
  • Assist with group management and supervision.
  • Contribute to the development of nature and science lessons and activities.
  • Works with the team in teaching nature and science-based programs, leading activities, and supervising games.
  • Assist in planning and preparing daily camp plans and schedules.
  • Take initiative while not directly supervised to lead program and activities.
  • 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.
  • Assist in aftercare, if held this summer.

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

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

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

Time Commitment:  Time shifts are 8-4:30pm and 8:30-5pm Monday through Friday.  This is a limited term position from Monday, May 24 through Friday, August 20th.

Training: Training will be provided as needed by Camp Administrator, site staff and Visitor Services and Operations Manager. Must complete Summer Camp Staff Orientation and Training.

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 $12.00 per hour.
Overview: We're hiring two 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.

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

Historic House Assistant/Programmer - Green Spring Gardens

Salary: $15.14 /hour, benefits eligible*
Hours: 20-25 hours/week. Some Saturday and Sunday hours are required.
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia

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 programming.
Duties: Assist with all aspects of daily operations and programs at the 1784 Historic House. Plan, research, and deliver history-themed programs. Assist with general historical research. Devise and create program flyers and marketing materials. Schedule and oversee volunteers, including afternoon tea service operations. Administrative duties include front desk operations, program reservations, customer service, and other tasks as assigned. 

Minimum Requirements: Interest in history, historical research, and educational programming; excellent oral and written communications skills; some experience in customer service and administrative support; ability to climb stairs and to lift and carry up to 35 lbs.; good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office. Successful candidate must acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of the Historic House and Green Spring Gardens.

Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education, training, and paid or volunteer experience equivalent to the following: Associate or bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, food studies, education, or related field, OR experience in education or related field.

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

Note: *This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs, but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. 

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

Historic House Assistant - Green Spring Gardens

Salary: $11.43 /hour (position is exempt and not benefits eligible)
Hours: 15-20 hours/week. Saturday and Sunday hours and some holiday work is required.
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia

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.
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; and assisting with light housekeeping tasks.

Minimum Requirements: 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 e-mail resumes to Historic House Coordinator Deborah Waugh at deborah.waugh@fairfaxcounty.gov. Interviews with qualified applicants will begin immediately. Position open until filled. 
 

Heritage Conservation Technician - Heritage Conservation Branch

Position Title: Heritage Conservation Technician
Location: Resource Management Division (Heritage Conservation Branch); Hunter House, 9601 Courthouse Road Vienna VA 22181. 
Hours: Part time work not to exceed 900 hours per calendar year. 
Salary: $21.00 to $30.00 per hour. 
Overview: Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking a dynamic, talented, and energetic technician to work part or full time with the Heritage Conservation Branch (HCB) staff in our daily operations, which includes stewardship and conservation management of 114 historically significant sites in Fairfax County Virginia’s beautiful parks.

Job Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Assisting Resident Curator Program Manager to update treatment and work plans on historic sites and participate in conservation inspections.
  • Maintaining and tracking HCB financial data spreadsheet for reconciliation  
  • Working with Operations Manager to ensure work tasks for maintenance and conservation are entered, assigned, and tracked.
  • Understanding and assisting with development of HCB Geographical Information System (GIS) property database.
  • Assisting in conservation and maintenance inspections for 114 historically significant sites.
  • Maintaining HCB’s Historic Buildings Grading System with assistance from Branch Manager.
  • Administrative coordinator of the Historic Site Volunteer Corp (HSVC).
  • Assisting in development of HCB Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Developing dynamic and informative presentations.
  • Participation in public meetings after hours as necessary, such as Park Authority Board meetings, History Commission, Architectural Review Board, etc.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should be graduate students or graduates of a Historic Preservation Program or Architecture, Urban Planning equivalence and have relevant interest and experience working with the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  Preferred candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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 email resume and cover letter with your interest to david.buchta@fairfaxcounty.gov 

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

Store Clerk - Frying Pan Farm Park

Position Title: Store Clerk 
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park; 2710 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171. 
Hours: Schedule varies; 20+ hours per week. 
Salary: Starting at $11.25 per hour. 

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must possess a high school diploma, a valid state driver’s license and be at least eighteen years old.

Responsibilities: 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.  

Special Requirements: All appointees must also agree to a criminal background check including fingerprinting, attend mandatory training, and possess current first aid and CPR certifications as well as a valid driver’s license. 
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 ma-chine; 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 some weekdays.

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 email your resume to Teresa.Reynolds@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

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

Maintenance Assistant - Sully Historic Site

Position Title: Maintenance Assistant 
Location: Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, Va. 20151. 
Hours: 24 – 30 hours per week, including some weekends. 
Salary: Starting at $15.15 per hour. *Benefits eligible. 
Overview: Come work in a beautiful park setting with a great team. Help support all maintenance for grounds and buildings and for all programs and special events.

Duties Include: 

  • Completes required maintenance work; custodial, mowing, weeding, landscaping, tree care, trail work, garden support, snow and ice removal, buildings upkeep, minor repairs. 
  • Programming and special event support (set up/take down).
  • Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Must have a valid drivers license. 
  • Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Some experience with grounds equipment, mowing and tractors. 

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. 

This position is open until filled. 

If you have any questions, please email FCPAJOBS@Fairfaxcounty.gov

Maintenance Assistant - Huntley Meadows Park

Position Title: Maintenance Assistant
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.
Hours: Part-time: up to 900 hrs/year; 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. Note: This position cannot exceed 900 hours per calendar year. 
Salary: $14/hr. no benefits

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.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Karen.Sheffield@fairfaxcounty.gov 

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22306

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

Educator/Historian Program Leader - Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

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.

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.
 

Front Desk Attendant - Frying Pan Farm Park

Frying Pan Farm Park – Front Desk Staff
Salary: $13-15/hour, non-benefits eligible
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, Herndon, VA
Schedule: 2-3 days per week, occasional weekends.

Serves as the initial point of visitor contact for walk-in and phone inquiries at Frying Pan Farm Park’s historic Visitor Center, which is housed in a converted dairy barn. This position requires a self-motivated, independent worker with good interpersonal communication skills, the ability to multitask and remain organized in a busy environment, and the ability to prioritize workload. Training provided.

Duties: 

  • Welcomes visitors to the park, distributes information, and answers phones.
  • 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.
  • Light maintenance as needed.
  • Works at site special events.
  • Performs administrative, marketing and research tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must be 21 years or older and possess a valid drivers license.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds unassisted or 55 pounds assisted.
  • Proficient in Outlook, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must hear see and speak and communicate fluently in English.

Special Qualifications: 

  • Will be required to pass a background check and drivers license check.  
  • First Aid and CPR required within 90 days of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in customer service.  
  • First Aid and CPR certification.  
  • Multilingual (in English and other languages).  
  • Available to work by beginning of August.

To Apply: Send resume to Teri.Tucker@fairfaxcounty.gov. For additional information, call 703.437.9101.
 

Historic Farm Educator - Frying Pan Farm Park

Salary: Starting at $12.50 per hour
Hours: 4-20 hours per week on weekdays plus additional weekend work as needed
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park; 2710 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171

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. Historic Farm Educators help the public to connect in a personal way with the park and results in allowing them to develop a sense of place. This is achieved through the following duties: 

  • Teaching interactive and hands-on preK-3rd grade school field trip programs.
  • Driving a tractor and wagon to deliver interpretive wagon rides to field trip participants and the public.
  • Research, develop, and deliver formal and informal interpretive programs.
  • Opening, closing, and providing general care for the historic site.
  • Providing support for special events and outreach programs during the week and on weekends.
  • Leading and assisting with scout programs. 
  • Provide support for special events and outreach programs.
  • Assisting as needed in the country store including operating the historic carousel. 
  • Provide general administrative duties, scheduling support, and other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications: All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Must be personable, punctual, dependable, and capable of working alone. Must have proven strong oral communication skills and ability to memorize information. Interest in working with children outdoors. Previous experience working with children and experience in customer service. Able to work outdoors, stand for long periods, traverse uneven ground, carry, pull and (or) lift up to 35 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.

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, 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. 

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

 

Senior Farm Educator *Benefits Eligible* - Frying Pan Farm Park

Senior Farm Educator

Salary: $15-$16; benefits eligible*
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park
Schedule: 20+ hours per week to include weekday and occasional 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, 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.
  • 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 with 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 outdoors, 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, possess 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

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

Roving Park Interpreter

ROVING PARK INTERPRETER

Status: Part-Time.  This position cannot exceed 900 hours per calendar year.
Salary: Starting at $11- $15 hr. based on experience, no benefits. 
Location: Work will require travel to various Fairfax County Park Authority sites/schools. Occasionally attend outreach events and staff a booth as a representative of FCPA and interact with the public to inform them of FCPA resources and programs.
Hours: Weekday mornings (8:30m-1:30pm) Sept-Oct is required. Training begins early September and MWEE program begins mid-September. Additional work in afternoons, weekends and evenings to lead programs throughout the FCPA system.

ROVING PARK INTERPRETER is responsible for teaching children Environmental Education and historical programs. Rovers work with Fairfax County Public Schools ( FCPS) and the general public. Position is under the general direction of the Manager of Education and Outreach and the specific program directors at work sites. Some program research, planning, and development may be required. 

Instructor Description: Roving Park Interpreters (Rovers) teach a wide variety of education programs. Main duties include Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) for 7th grade FCPS. Other duties include 4th grade MWEE offered at various elementary schools which focuses on invasive plants. Rovers will also lead programs, teach camps, work events and other activities with scout groups and the general public. Uniform shirts and name tags provided. 

Qualifications: Applicants should have some course work in nature/history, education, interpretation, or outdoor recreation. These would be beneficial, but are not required. Applicants should have the ability to work with all age groups. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Be able to walk long distances over various types of terrain and stand for long periods of time. 

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

Outdoor Archery & Recreation Instructor - Lake Fairfax Park

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.   

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

Outdoor Fishing, Camping & Recreation Instructor - Lake Fairfax Park

OUTDOOR FISHING, CAMPING & RECREATION INSTRUCTOR

Status: Part-Time, 900 hours per year possible
Salary: $18.01-$24.02, 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, instruct programs in camping, geocaching, orienteering, fishing, outdoor recreation, and scouting for all age groups. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading groups and teaching classes.  
  • Knowledge of local natural and environmental history. 

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

Fishing, Kayaking, Nature Program Instructor - Lake Accotink Park

FISHING, KAYAKING, NATURE PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR

Status: Part-Time, 900 hours per year possible
Salary: $17.25 - $24.00, depending on experience and certifications
Location: Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150.  Must be willing to travel to Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax Parks on occasion
Schedule:  Varies, depends on scheduled classes

Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, Virginia draws families and individuals from a diverse community who visit the park to appreciate nature, walk, hike, bike, have picnics, participate in special events, camps, and classes, and gain new experiences. The Park entrance road and a portion of the main trail were once the track bed of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The lake is the backdrop for a marina which offers boat rentals, an antique carousel, miniature golf, and numerous picnic areas. This position focuses on instructing, planning, and designing fishing class, kayaking classes, and various nature programs for scout groups, camps, and individuals.


Instruct fishing, kayaking, and other nature classes that focus on reptiles, lake and stream animals, plants and tree identification, lead campfires, and others. Plan, design, and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, as well as science topics for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. (Groups can include school groups, scout groups, Mom’s/Dad’s groups, public, birthday parties, camps, events, and special request programs.)

  • Ensure that programs meet agency standards in terms of curriculum, staffing and revenue.
  • Represent the park and promote its programs and services at community events, public meetings, and the like. 
  • Prepare and update program marketing materials such as flyers, calendar listings, web content, visual displays for outreach events and waysides – to include gathering and organizing written material and photographs.
  • Manage class and camp details to enable co-workers to provide timely information to customers and prepare/maintain program space and equipment to standards. 
  • Collaborate with staff and volunteers to plan and implement seasonal events. Assist with small and large-scale special events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have at least one year experience of instructing and planning experience and some college-level course work in Recreation and Parks or other related field.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and able to conduct business and manage information using email, basic office software, and other technology tools.
  • Must be able to work outdoors, stand for long periods, traverse uneven ground, carry, pull and (or) lift to 40 lbs unassisted.
  • Able to communicate fluently in English.
  • Must be personable, punctual, dependable, and capable of finishing required and requested tasks with minimal supervision. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a public park setting.
  • Two or more years of experience in planning, implementing, and leading adult and family classes and events.
  • Ability to communicate in a language that is prevalent in the local community, in addition to English fluency.
  • Certifications, degrees, and/or trainings in specific areas related to fishing, kayaking, or other nature-based classes will increase the rate of pay.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry. Be certified in: First Aid, CPR, A.E.D. Individuals, depending on what they will teach, will need to have trainings/certifications for the classes they will teach before they can teach

To Apply: Send resume by email to Dan.Grulke@fairfaxcounty.gov
 

Outdoor Paddling & Recreation Instructor - Burke Lake Park

OUTDOOR PADDLING & RECREATION INSTRUCTOR

Status: Part-Time, 900 hours per year possible
Salary: $18.01-$24.02, depending on experience and certifications
Location: Burke Lake Park.  7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.  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 beginner paddlers to kayak on gentle waters safely and enjoyably.  Instructor will teach kayaking programs for groups, individuals, and scouts.  Job duties include planning courses, providing classroom instruction, and instructing students as they practice using a kayak on a lake or river. 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 kayaking or canoeing experience.      

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ACA Level 2-River Kayak Instructor or equivalent.  
  • Experience leading groups and teaching classes.    

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

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor - Burke Lake Park

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

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