Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

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.

View our open positions below.

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

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Burke Lake Park

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

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

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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

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

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

Naturalist 

Position: Cub Run Rec Center Naturalist 
Location: Cub Run Rec Center.  4630 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA.  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 Rec Center Manager, 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, thematic birthday parties, and off-site and special request programs. Assist in assessing the sites natural resources with the Lake Front Senior Interpreter and natural resources branch staff. Naturalist will develop and manage nature-based summer camps. Coordinate program scheduling and other outreach with other Rec Center programmers. Is the site coordinator for the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience field trips in the spring and fall. Responsible for program administration including: preparing rosters, participant communication, cancellations and refunds, and program data load and changes. Oversees care of site exhibit animals; supervises and trains staff to provide appropriate care. Creates procedures following state and agency guidelines. Naturalist will supervise staff part-time naturalist instructors to help support the program.

May be asked to support the volunteer program especially scout projects and trail maintenance or birthday party scheduling as schedule allows. 

Cub Run Rec Center is the only Rec Center in the Fairfax County Park Authority system that is surrounded by parkland. This unique position is the only one of its kind in the county.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience with natural sciences, education, recreation, or a closely related field.
  • Experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children. Ability to communicate effectively.  
  • 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.  

Special Requirements:

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

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

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

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

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 Resources Branch

Vegetation Ecologist

Vegetation Ecologist (Ecologist II S-25)

The Fairfax County Park Authority, located in Northern Virginia outside Washington D.C., seeks an experienced Vegetation Ecologist to conduct Natural Vegetation Community Classification (NVCC) and other duties on Fairfax County parkland.

The position is part-time, not to exceed 1,560 hours per calendar year (approximately 30 hours/week).  This position is eligible for County-sponsored medical plans (employee is responsible for bi-weekly premiums), but paid leave and retirement benefits are not included.  Agency vehicles will be available for use; however, site visits may occasionally require the use of a personal vehicle when the agency fleet is unavailable.  

The vegetation ecologist will work within the Natural Resources Branch to conduct Natural Vegetation Community Classification (NVCC) in parks countywide using a standardized methodology and support other stewardship and resources management activities within the Natural Resources Branch as well as requests from other divisions within Fairfax County Park Authority. The NVCC survey product is a planning-level geographic dataset of natural vegetation communities (vegetation map).  This data provides the Fairfax County Park Authority and partner agencies much needed information on its natural resources that will be used to preserve, protect, manage, and restore parks, and will inform natural resources and development planning decisions made by the agency.  

The vegetation ecologist will spend most of the growing season (April-October) in the field collecting vegetation data, with occasional office days for data management as necessary or during inclement weather. Data management work will be conducted during the dormant season or on a periodic basis following longer periods of field data collection.  Field data collection will utilize iPads and be designed to integrate with ArcGIS online.

Editing proficiency using ArcGIS is required as is the ability to identify Virginia’s plant species efficiently and preserve plant samples for identification in a lab settling.  This position is expected to work independently in the field with minimal direction and oversight following an initial training period.  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required in ecology, biology, botany, forestry, geography, natural resources, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Ability to proficiently identify the plant species of the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Prior experience with vegetation ecology, natural community classification, forest stand delineation, and/or vegetation mapping (ideally, inventory-based). 
  • Familiarity with the Natural Communities of Virginia Classification of Ecological Community Groups (Third Approximation, Version 3.3) and/or the U.S. National Vegetation Classification (USNVC).
  • Experience collecting, organizing, and managing large quantities of data.  Database management experience is a plus.  
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Work, PowerPoint, and Excel), ArcGIS, and mobile GPS is required.  
  • Ability to communicate technical and semi-technical issues effectively, both orally and in writing, to a wide range of audiences is required.
  • Ability to perform field work alone under potentially adverse conditions, including exposure to heat, humidity, steep and wet terrain, and insects is required.
  • Able to work well with others; this is a team project involving multiple ecologists, an agency data manager, and the project supervisor.
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to operate a motor vehicle is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred in ecology, biology, botany, geography, natural resources, environmental science, or related field.
  • Proficiency in GIS database management.
  • At least two years of experience inventorying natural communities using the Natural Vegetation Community Classification system.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and answers to the following questions via email to David Lawlor at dave.lawlor@fairfaxcounty.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Start date TBD (August/Sept. 2022).  

Questions:

Please indicate all major(s) minor(s) for your completed degree(s)?

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Other related field

How many years of experience do you have conducting vegetation surveys?

  • Less than one year
  • One to two years
  • Three to five years 
  • Five years or more

How many years of experience do you have with, natural community classification, forest stand delineation, and/or vegetation mapping? 

  • Less than one year
  • One to two years
  • Three to five years 
  • Five years or more

How many years of survey experience do you have using National Vegetation Community Classification system?

  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five to less than six
  • Six years or more

How many years of experience do you have using mobile GPS devices for field data collection?

  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five to less than six
  • Six years or more

How many years of experience do you have managing and editing GIS geographic databases for natural resources data?

  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five to less than six
  • Six years or more

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.  

Ecologist I

Position Title: Ecologist I 
Location: Natural Resource Branch, 12055 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA. 22035
Hours: Part-time work with a flexible schedule during the workweek but may require occasional evenings and weekends.
Salary: $27.38 to $45.64 

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking an Ecological Technician to assist with invasive plant management, habitat restoration and education & outreach. This position will join the Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Our staff is responsible for the management, protection, and stewardship of natural resources on approximately 24,000 acres of parkland in Fairfax County, VA. This is a limited-term exempt position that will be scheduled to work 1560 hours per year. The Fairfax County Park Authority currently has limited in-house abilities to remove invasive plants and perform habitat restoration. The Ecological Technician will supplement herbicide spray work done by a professional contractor, contractor quality control, as well as monitor restoration projects and record spatial data. Education and outreach as well as volunteer management will be a component of the position. Applicants should be mature, self-motivated, highly organized, and comfortable working alone in the field, as well as with  groups.

Responsibilities of the Ecological Technician include: 

  • Control invasive plants using manual control techniques and/or herbicides
  • Collect and manage spatial data using handheld devices/GPS units/desktop computers
  • Monitor current and future restoration projects
  • Maintain care of restoration plantings, which may include watering
  • Perform non-native invasive plant species assessments on parkland
  • Identify native and non-native plants
  • Participate in volunteer invasive plant removal events
  • Organize, deliver, and procure tools and supplies
  • Update and distribute outreach materials (print & digital)
  • Outreach to staff and citizens on invasive species issues
  • Development of written and oral reports
  • Analyzes program data to plan future priorities and projects
  • Serve as team lead for seasonal employee(s) and/or volunteers
  • Other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Experience in natural resource management.
  • Advanced knowledge of invasive plant identification.
  • Some education in natural resource management or environmental sciences.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Pesticide Applicators License or Registered Technician Certification or to be completed within first six months in position.

To apply: Send your resume to Patricia.Greenberg@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.  

Note: This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.  

Funding for this position is expected to be renewed on an annual basis, however this is not guaranteed. 

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

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

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

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

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

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: $11-$14/hour based on experience.  

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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

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

Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gardener

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

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

Duties Include: 

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

Minimum Qualifications: 

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

Preferred Qualifications: 

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.  

Visitor Services Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Visitor Services Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

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

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

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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, Virginia
Hours: 15-20 hours per week
Salary: $12.0688 per hour* 

Duties:  

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

Minimum Qualifications:  

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

Preferred Qualifications:  

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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
Contact: 703-642-5173
Hours: Average 15 hours per week; 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
Rate: $15.00 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 to earn benefits, paid leave or receive holiday pay. 

To apply: Send your resume to shawn.miller@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Green Spring Gardens 
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-642-5173

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

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

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.  

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Assistant Naturalist

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

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

Duties Include: 

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

Minimum Qualifications: 

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

Preferred Qualifications: 

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

Hidden Pond Nature Center

Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist

Position Title: Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist
Location: Hidden Pond Nature; Center 8511 Greeley Blvd Springfield, VA 22152
Salary: $12.50-$14/ hour
Hours: Specific need for shifts Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10-20 hours per week up to 40 hours when working camps during the summer

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

Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Implement educational programs and outreach activities for the public, scouts, school groups, camps, and other audiences.
  • Assist with planning, preparation, marketing, and presentation of community events.
  • Work directly with the public, especially school or preschool age children in onsite and offsite programs.

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

To apply: Please email your resume to: Deanna.Rishell@fairfaxcounty.gov

Phone: (703) 451-9588

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.  

Naturalist - Reptile & Amphibian care

Position Title: Naturalist-Reptile & Amphibian care

Location: Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd, Springfield, Virginia 22152
Hours: Part time 25 to 30 hour per week average. 
Pay Rate: $16 to $18 per hour.    

Position Description: This position is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the live animal collection. Share your passion for nature with the public as you conduct interpretive programs about our natural world for students and the public. Assist with the day-to-day operations including opening/ closing of the of the nature center, while being the naturalist-on-duty. Enhance your knowledge of local flora and fauna. Refine your public speaking skills through teaching a variety of nature based educational programs, including state learning standards-based curricula for school groups and others, both at our park and at offsite locations (e.g., schools). Position also includes assistance with trail oversight.

Schedule: Hours can include mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

Note: While this position averages between 25-30 hours per week there will be weeks that 25 hours will not be viable, whereas other weeks may require up to 40 hours. The guaranteed minimum hours for the year are 1040 and the position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited benefits to include health insurance. No paid leave or holiday pay.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural, life, or physical sciences, education, or a closely related field. Experience with animal care and exhibit maintenance, presenting interpretive programs or teaching children as young as 3 years old. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to effectively address and respond to citizen inquiries and questions. Strong organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. First Aid/CPR/AED certified or the ability to attain certification within the first six months of employment.        

To Apply: Please send resume and application to michelle.alexander@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-451-9588

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.  The position is also responsible for attending staff meetings and completing County trainings periodically.  

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 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.  

Naturalist

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

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

Position Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

Lake Accotink Park

Lake Front Naturalist/Outdoor Instructor

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

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

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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.  

Lake Fairfax Park

Outdoor Archery & Recreation Instructor

OUTDOOR ARCHERY & RECREATION INSTRUCTOR 

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

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a clean driving record.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified or the ability to attain certification within the first six months of employment.
  • 2+ years archery experience.  

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

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

Park Maintenance and Marina Staff 

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

About Riverbend Park: 
Spend a summer on the river! Riverbend Park is FCPA’s only staffed riverfront park. Benefits of working here include a community of supportive staff and opportunities to participate in outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking.  Play your part by working in and preserving this beautiful park!

Duties: 

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

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

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

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

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

Necessary Special Requirements:

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

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.  

Sully Historic Site

Gardening Assistant

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

Necessary Special Requirements: 

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

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

Volunteer Coordinator and Staff Support

Position Title: Volunteer Coordinator and Staff Support 
Location: Sully Historic Site, Chantilly Virginia.
Hours: Up to 30 hours per week, requires some weekend work. 
Pay: Starting at $16.00 per hour.
Overview: The part-time, benefits eligible Volunteer Coordinator and Staff Support position is responsible for 
recruiting, coordinating, training, and evaluating all aspects of the volunteer program at Sully Historic Site. Assist with scout and educational programs, as well as weekend history programs. Give public history tours. Some weekend work required.  

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

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.

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.  

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