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

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

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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.

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To apply for open part-time positions, please complete the online application.

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Archaeology and Collections Branch

Assistant Archaeological Lab Manager

Position Title: Assistant Archaeological Lab Manager
Hours: Monday through Friday with occasional telework opportunities. Occasional weekend hours or off-hours special events may be required. This position is scheduled to work up to 30 hours per week. 
Salary: Starting at $26.16 per hour. 

Overview: The Archaeology and Collections Branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is currently accepting applications for an assistant archaeological lab manager to assist with archaeological laboratory operations under the direction of the lab manager.  Duties are varied and include artifact identification, processing, and cataloging, oversight of archaeology staff and volunteers, researching artifacts, preparing collections for permanent curation according to professional standards, developing and/or updating procedures, and coordination with field staff. The FCPA archaeological program is public, engaging the interested public and working with volunteers with a range of experience.  The assistant lab manager has specific responsibilities for maintaining the online volunteer management system and tasking and supervising lab volunteers. The assistant lab manager contributes to the management of the ACB artifact database.  Knowledge of both indigenous/pre-colonial and historical period material culture is required. A BA in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, or related field is strongly preferred. Likewise, preference will be given to applicants with experience in MS Access and a familiarity ArcGIS.
 
Duties Include:  

  • 40% Completes artifact identification from all eras and all material types, catalogs artifacts using proprietary database and prepares artifacts for curation including labeling, photographing, tagging, and bagging artifacts in materials according to internal collection management standards and AAM requirements.
  • 20% Artifact database entry and maintenance including using ACB s proprietary coding system, correctly flagging diagnostic artifacts and setting up queries for reporting.
  • 20% Oversight of lab tasks performed by others including volunteer staff, interns, and non-laboratory staff to include activities such as washing, sorting, tagging, labelling, and weighing.
  • 10% Volunteer program oversight to include creation of opportunities and tracking of volunteer hours in the volunteer management system as well as attendance at volunteer management meetings.
  • 10% Participates in field or outreach activities as assigned, such as occasional archaeological field testing or construction monitoring, creation of stewardship education materials, attendance at events, or presenting at conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain
  • Knowledge of both indigenous/pre-colonial and historical period material culture
  • Driver's License 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • BA in Archaeology 

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.   

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.  

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

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 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Colvin Run Mill Historic Park

Historian – Miller Assistant

Position Title: Historian – Miller Assistant
Schedule: 20 hours per week from March to October; 10 hours per week from November to February. Position cannot exceed 900 hours in a calendar year. Some weekend work required.
Pay Rate: $13 to $15 per hour.
Location: Colvin Run Mill Historic Park, located in Great Falls, Virginia. 

Description of Duties: An exciting opportunity to learn and gain experience in a small museum/historic site setting, and historic milling operations. Responsibilities will be split between site educator during school field trips and summer camps, and to assist with mill operations and demonstrations during the grinding season (April-October). 

Apprentice Miller duties will include: Work under the supervision of the miller to learn how to properly maintain, preserve and interpret a working 19th century grist mill. Assists miller in cleaning, preventative maintenance, and overall appearance of the mill. Assists with general site maintenance such as trash removal and light landscaping. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Educator duties will include: Presenting established cultural history interpretive programs and summer camps, for age groups ranging from preschool to adults. Groups may include: school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, summer camps, events, and special request programs. 

Hours: This position is seasonal in nature.  The incumbent will work 20 hours/week most of the year, with hours decreasing to 10 hours/week through the winter season (Late November- February). Must be able to work most grinding demonstrations - 1st & 3rd Sunday, April-October, from 9:30 am -4:00pm. Additional hours may include mornings, afternoons, evenings, or weekends. Some flexibility necessary. 

Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in history, education or a related field or experience maintaining equipment or machinery. 
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions. 

To Apply: Please send resume with references, and cover letter to stephen.golobic@fairfaxcounty.gov

10017 Colvin Run Rd. 
Great Falls, VA 22066
Phone: 703-759-2771

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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Cub Run Rec Center

Nature Instructor

Position Title: Nature Instructor
Salary: $18 to $23 per hour, depending on experience and certifications.
Location: Cub Run Rec Center, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151
Hours: Part-time up to 20 hours per week, 10-15 hours a week on average. Variable hours include morning, afternoons, evenings, weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Position Description: 

  • 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, camps, general public, thematic class series, events, birthday parties, and off-site and special request programs.  
  • Assist operations staff with park events.  
  • Assist in assessing the sites natural resources with the Naturalist and implementing changes. 
  • Assist Camp Director in planning and executing camps. 
  • Work as a Camp Counselor for nature camps. 
  • Provide operational support to all programs.
  • Assist with animal care for site animals.
  • Book Scout troops for Girl Scout Badge Workshops, and Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshops
  • Create and execute Girl Scout Badge Workshops.
  • Provide support for merit badge workshops.
  • Maintain the Group Calendar in Outlook.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Experience with life or physical sciences, natural history, education, parks and recreation or closely related field and six months experience presenting interpretive programs and teaching children. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively is a necessity. 
  • Strong organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. 
  • 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. 
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified or the ability to attain certification within the first six months of employment.

To Apply: Send your resume to thea.angeli@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Education and Outreach Branch

Roving Park Interpreter 

Position Title: Roving Park Interpreter 

ROVING PARK INTERPRETER is responsible for teaching children environmental education programs and helping the Watch the Green Grow coordinator with environmental outreach to adults (homeowners associations or community groups). Rovers with Spanish fluency preferred, to expand Watch the Green Grow outreach to Spanish-speaking communities. 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, the Watch the Green Grow program coordinator, and the specific program directors at work sites. Some program research, planning, and development may be required.

Job Description: Roving Park Interpreters (Rovers) teach a wide variety of education programs. Main duties include teaching Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE) for 4th grade FCPS students at various FCPS elementary schools and assisting the Watch the Green Grow (WTGG) coordinator with presentations and workshops to homeowners associations (HOA) and community groups. Rovers with Spanish fluency may give presentations to community groups in Spanish or translate written materials into Spanish. Other duties may include teaching 7th grade MWEE at various Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) parks. Rovers may also lead programs, teach camps, work events and other activities with scout groups and the general public. Uniform shirts and name tags provided.

Location: Work will require travel to various FCPA sites, FCPS elementary schools, and HOA communities. 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.

Qualifications: Applicants should have some course work in nature, education, interpretation, or outdoor recreation. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. 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.

Salary: Starting at $12- $18 hr. based on experience and language skills, no benefits. The top of the pay range is available to those fluent in Spanish. This position cannot exceed 980 hours per calendar year.

Hours: Weekday availability during school hours in October and April is a must. Occasional evening and weekend availability. WTGG outreach begins in July. MWEE training begins in early September.

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

Fairfax County Park Authority Suite 936 Attn: Tammy Schwab
12055 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA. 22035
Resource Management Division Education & Outreach

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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Frying Pan Farm Park

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 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

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 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

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: $12-$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 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

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 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

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 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Green Spring Gardens

Adult Education Coordinator/Instructor

Position Title: Adult Education Coordinator/Instructor
Location: Green Spring Gardens; 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22312
Schedule: Must have scheduling flexibility to allow for weekday and weekend times as well as occasional evenings. Average 25 hours weekly.
Salary: $16.00 per hour.

Overview: Green Spring Gardens seeks a charismatic team member for immediate hire to teach and schedule horticulture and cultural history programs for adults. This position oversees scheduling, staffing, or finding staff for public and private 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 planning programs, contracting outside presenters, developing and leading education programs, scheduling volunteers and assisting with events. Additional duties include administrative, volunteer management and customer service.

Required Qualifications: Interest and knowledge base in horticulture, gardening, history, and/or educational programming with excellent oral and written communications skills. Enthusiasm for working with people and developing program content. Ability to present and interpret programs to diverse groups. Some experience in customer service and administrative support. Successful candidate must be able to acquire a thorough knowledge of Recreation Dynamics point of sale system, familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, audio visual and standard office equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in horticulture, gardening, history, and/or education or a related field.
  • Experience with volunteer management.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • Multi-lingual is a plus.

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: Please send resume with two references and cover letter to susan.eggerton@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Position will remain open until 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Assistant Garden Plot Coordinator

Assistant Garden Plot Coordinator
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Hours: 15-20 hours/week; not to exceed 900 hours per year; weekend and occasional evening work required.
Pay: $15.00 per hour. Not eligible to earn benefits, paid leave or receive holiday pay.

Position Duties: Assist with the administration and upkeep of Fairfax County’s Garden Plot Rental Program which includes 705 plots in 10 public parks. Conducts site inspections of garden plots and follows up with written reports to tenants on noncompliance. Clears vacant lots for new tenants. Keeps garden plot bulletin boards up to date. Communicates with plot tenants through quarterly newsletter and website updates. Responds to general garden rental inquiries by phone, email, and in-person. Maintains garden plot data base including wait list, contracts, payments, site inspections and notifications. Assesses mulch needs and tracks orders. Tracks theft and vandalism in garden plots and host parks. Uses expertise of Green Spring Master Gardeners to write a weekly blog for FCPA webpage. Assists Master Gardeners in Edible Garden at Green Spring. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to learn new software applications.
  • Ability to prepare administrative reports.
  • Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with county staff and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally, in-person and in writing.
  • Highly organized and able to work independently.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work in adverse weather.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An associate degree or higher in an accredited program with demonstrated skills and knowledge of data management, public administration, interpersonal and good customer service skills.
  • Legible handwriting.

Required licenses and certifications: Current driver’s license

To apply, email resume to: Pamela H Smith at pamela.smith2@fairfaxcounty.gov, 703-324-9781.

Applicant evaluation will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Youth and Family Education Assistant 

Position Title: Youth and Family Education Assistant 
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312
Hours: 15 to 20 hours per week. 
Salary: $14.50 to $16 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 educa-tion or related field. First Aid and CPR/AED certification. (provided on job)

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. Position is open until 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.  

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

Custodian

Position Title: Custodian
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. 
Hours: Average 15 hours per week; 6:00 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday. 
Salary: $15 per hour. 

Responsibilities: The custodian position is responsible for the cleanliness of the offices and public spaces at Green Spring Gardens, including the horticulture center and historic house. The duties include sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, washing windows, cleaning restrooms and emptying trash cans both inside and outside. Other duties may include snow removal or assisting with non-custodial tasks as assigned.

Qualifications: Experience cleaning office buildings 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.

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. Position is open until filled. 

Applicant evaluation will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until 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 may be subject to a 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 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.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.  

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

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 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 may be subject to a 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 will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Riverbend Park

Interpretive Naturalist & Outdoor Educator

Interpretive Naturalist & Outdoor Educator

Part-Time: Not to exceed 900 hours per year; G-Status Position
Spring, Fall: 10-15 hours/week, Winter: 5 hours/week
Summer: 5-40 hours/week depending on camp & programs schedule
Pay: $14-19/hour; no benefits
Location: Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Virginia. Located on the Potomac River with over 400 acres of forest, meadow and ponds. Will also involve leading programs around the region at different schools, libraries, historic sites, virtually and rec centers.

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: 
Plan, design and present interpretive programs in natural and cultural history and science 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. Front desk, administrative, and other variable jobs included. 

Hours: Variable. Weekday mornings and afternoons, and weekend work required.  

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associates 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:
Bachelor’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, natural history, education or closely related field or additional 2 years of experience beyond minimum. Certified interpretive guide 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 may be subject to a 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. 

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Jordan Libera
Email: Jordan.Libera@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-759-9018

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

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Natural Resource/Maintenance Staff

Title: Natural Resource/Maintenance Staff 

Salary: $13.50 to $15 per hour depending on experience. 

Hours: This is a temporary seasonal position, June-November 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 per week depending on park needs. 

About Riverbend Park: Riverbend Park is a fun, high-energy park with great staff and a great working atmosphere! Benefits of working at Riverbend Park include working at Fairfax County Park Authority’s only staffed riverfront park with many opportunities for outdoor activities including fishing, boating 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. 
  • Maintenance and janitorial duties in public facilities. 
  • Perform safety and security tasks, including monitor visitor safety, answer visitor questions, and ensure 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 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 and staff must be physically able to complete all duties.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience using and maintaining power and hand tools. Experience driving a trailer. 

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

To Apply: Contact Matt McNeal, Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 for further information. Submit resume by email to Matthew.McNeal@fairfaxcounty.gov or fill out an application at Riverbend Park. Applications accepted until position 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 may be subject to a 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 will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Natural Resource Management Internship (Paid)

Riverbend Park is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority and includes over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Because Riverbend Park is part of the Potomac Gorge system and has within its boundaries unusual and rare plant and animal species, field studies are conducted throughout the spring and summer to monitor and inventory species. Several resource management projects are implemented to protect the park's resources, reduce erosion, control the spread of non-native invasive plants, and restore damaged trails and habitats. The natural resource intern will assist the Natural Resource Manager and Park Staff on these projects. 

Compensation: $13.50 to $15.00 per hour
Period: May to August 2023
Locations: Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls, VA 22066
Applications: College students or graduates, preferably with a major in wildlife biology, environmental science, botany, or other applied sciences.

Duties: 

Natural Resources

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

Research

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

Maintenance

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

Projects

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

To apply: Send resume to Casey Pittrizzi, Natural Resource Manager, at the above address or via email at casey.pittrizzi@fairfaxcounty.gov by March 15, 2023. Call 703-759-9018 for more information.

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 may be subject to a 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 will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

Natural Resource Monitoring Staff 

Title: Natural Resource Monitoring Staff 
Salary: $14-16/hour depending on experience.
Hours: This is a temporary seasonal position, June-November and may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Hours are 9am-5:30pm, five days a week including one weekend day. Holiday work required. 

About Scott’s Run Nature Preserve: 

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve has close to 400 acres of forested land in the Potomac Gorge and is Fairfax County’s natural resource jewel. It features unique plants and geologic features that attract people from all over the region. The position will be directed by the Natural Resource Manager at Riverbend Park. Play your part by working in and preserving this beautiful park!

Duties: 

  • Assist with maintenance of 400+ acres of natural resource-based parkland including trails. 
  • Trash pickup, clean-up of graffiti and other damage. 
  • Perform safety and security tasks, including monitor visitor safety, answer visitor questions, and ensure regulation compliance.
  • Work with paid and volunteer staff on special projects. 
  • Conduct surveys, plantings and other natural resource projects.

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 and staff must be physically able to complete all duties.

Preferred Qualifications: 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. 

To Apply: Contact Casey Pittrizzi, Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 for further information. Submit resume by email to Casey.Pittrizzi@fairfaxcounty.gov or fill out application at Riverbend Park. Applications accepted until position 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 may be subject to a 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 will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY. 

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

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