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

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.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.

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.  

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: Part- time visitor service representatives to assist with visitor center operations as well as programming support. Duties involve selling tickets and merchandise, interacting with visitors, and assisting staff in historic site programming.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

 

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.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

To apply: Please 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
 

Maintenance Assistant - Sully Historic Site

Position Title: Maintenance Assistant 
Location: Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, Va. 20151. 
Hours: 20-22 hours per week, including some weekends. 
Salary: Starting at $12.00 per hour. 
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 driver’s license. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Some experience with grounds equipment, mowing and tractors.  

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.  

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.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

To Apply: 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.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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

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

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. 

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.   

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

To Apply: Send 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.    

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

Naturalist/Scout Program Leader - Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Position Title: Naturalist/Scout Program Leader
Location: Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St, Annandale VA 22003. 
Hours: Must have scheduling flexibility to allow for primarily weekend mornings-afternoons or afternoons-evening plus occasional weekday evenings and 1 to 2 weekday mornings/week 5 to 8 hour per day. Average 25 hours per week with a maximum of 30 hours a week.
Salary: $15.33 to $16.50. 

Overview: Hidden Oaks Nature Center seeks an enthusiastic team member for immediate hire to teach our natural and cultural history and scouting programs year-round. This position oversees scheduling, staffing, or finding staff for public and private scout programs. Coordinates a team of three adult part time staff for scout programs. Must have flexible schedule for leading weekend morning private family programs/nature-themed birthday parties, weekend afternoon scout/family programs and lead weekday morning or evening programs which could include campfires or school groups. Staff responsible for providing presentations, leading educational programs, weekday summer camps and assisting with events. Duties may include being manager-on-duty on weekends when not con-ducting programs. Additional duties include administrative duties as assigned. Occasionally may work at other sites for Park Authority events or with outreach programs.

Duties Include: Primary duty is to schedule, coordinate, develop, lead and evaluate school-aged natural and cultural history programs, particularly for scouts. Lead private programming, particularly nature-themed birthday parties, on weekends. Lead or assist with weekend afternoon and evening programs as needed as well as serve as manager-on-duty. Depending on weekend hours, lead educational programs on one or more weekdays. Fulfill administrative duties as assigned. May be assigned to work at another location for outreach or special Park Authority program as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Interest in natural history and educational programming with excellent oral and written communications skills. 
  • Enthusiasm for connecting visitors to the resource, especially school-aged children, and possess strong organizational abilities plus the ability to work independently. 
  • Must be able to work with a diverse staff and present and interpret programs to a diverse audience. 
  • Candidate must be willing to register and serve as a Boy Scout of America certified volunteer, a requirement to lead Boy Scout merit badges. 
  • Applicant must demonstrate the ability to present and teach to groups of varying age, number, and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, audio visual and standard office equipment. Minimum age is 18 years. 
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified or the ability to attain certification within the first six months of employment and fulfill other county online trainings and pass background checks.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Multi-year experience in natural history interpretation and/or education in a science or education field. 
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field. Multi-lingual.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

Note: *This position 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
 

Historical Interpreter and Programmer - Sully Historic Site

Position Title: Historical Interpreter and Programmer 
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. Work with staff to do scout programs, birthday parties, educational programs for children and historic tours. Some weekend work required.

Duties Include: 

  • Provides public programming including scout merit badge classes, specialized birthday parties and historical tours
  • Support staff in site operations including opening closing and some front desk work 
  • Special Event support activities
  • Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. 
  • Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Some experience with public programming in park and historic site settings  

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

Note: *This position 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.

Lake Front Park Naturalist - Benefits Eligible

Position: Lake Front Park Naturalist 

Location: Varies, positions available at Burke Lake, Lake Accotink, and Lake Fairfax Parks.  Willing to travel to various teaching locations throughout Fairfax County.   

Status: E, Part-Time, 1,040 – 1,560 hours per year

Hours: Variable, on average 30 hours per week. Hours will include mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Salary: $18.01-$24.02/hour, benefits-eligible*

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

Note:  *Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs, but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. This position cannot exceed 1,560 hours per calendar year.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to sarah.oberther@fairfaxcounty.gov

Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist

Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist

Hidden Pond Nature Center
$11.50-$12/ hour
10-20 hours per week

Job description: Share your passion for nature with the public as you conduct interpretive nature and outdoor
field study programs for students and community members. Assist with the day-to-day operations to include opening/ closing duties and naturalist in charge shifts. Become an expert of our local plants and wildlife. Refine your public speaking skills by teaching a variety of nature based educational programs, including state learning standards-based curricula, for school groups and others, of all ages, both at our park and at offsite locations (e.g., schools).

Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Implement educational programs and outreach activities for the public, scouts, school groups, and other audiences.
  • Perform Naturalist-in-charge hosting duties at the park Nature Center, including interacting with visitors, answering phone calls, working the sales desk, opening and closing the building, taking program reservation information, and fielding questions from the general public about site programs, events, wildlife, and other concerns.
  • Direct volunteer staff on nature center hosting duties, animal care duties, and assistance with educational programs.
  • Assist with planning, preparation, marketing, and presentation of community events.
  • Work directly with the public, especially school or preschool age children in onsite and offsite programs.

Qualifications: Preferred education or studying Environmental Science or Parks and Recreation. Must possess a high school diploma, a valid state driver’s license and be at least eighteen years old. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of nature, experience working with the public, communications skills, and the ability to follow oral and written directions in a team setting under direction of senior staff. Must be able to work independently and with others.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

To apply: Email your resume to Michelle.Alexander@fairfaxcounty.gov

Hidden Pond Nature Center
8511 Greeley Blvd
Springfield, VA 22152
Phone: (703) 451-9588

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