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Park Aide (Statewide) Winter Season 10171

at State of Washington

Pay: $14 to $17.94/hour
$14 - $17.94
Posted: 11/13/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2598609
Keywords: office

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

This recruitment will be used to fill several non-permanent Park Aide positions located throughout Washington for the 2019 winter season. The majority of the positions are available from November through March, however the start and finish dates vary depending on location. 

Washington has a variety of state parks and activities including day-use, camping, interpretive centers, environmental learning centers, sno-parks and more! The more than 100 State Parks are spread across the state, from sandy coastal beaches and sheltered Puget Sound islands to sun-soaked lakes and lava flows east of the Cascade Mountains. The number of vacancies will vary from park to park.

For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.


Under the supervision of the Park Ranger, Park Aides perform a variety of tasks at a State park, beach, or historical area. A typical work day may include anything from registering campers and collecting camp fees, to cleaning facilities, shoveling snow, snow removal, mowing lawns, or explaining park rules. The specific duties will have some variation by park location.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide park information to visitors and answer phones.
  • Maintain park facilities through light routine maintenance and janitorial services.
  • Perform grounds maintenance work, such as cutting grass, weeding flower beds, pruning shrubs, raking leaves, and picking up litter.
  • Maintain park lawns using a mower, weed eater, trimmer, and various maintenance tools.
  • Register campers, collect, sort and count revenue; prepare bank transmittals and deposits.
  • Perform daily garbage collection and litter control.
  • Clean restrooms and stock cleaning supplies.
  • Clean rental properties and perform general housekeeping duties including washing windows, scrubbing floors, mopping, and sweeping.
  • Drive light truck or other state vehicle to transport supplies and equipment within the park area; haul refuse and garbage.

Current Non-Permanent Openings:
  • Fields Spring State Park, located in Eastern region, Asotin County
  • Mount Spokane State Park, located in Eastern region, Spokane County
  • Cama Beach State Park, located in Northwest region, Island County
  • Pacific Beach State Park, located in Southwest region, Grays Harbor County
  • Cape Disappointment State Park, located in Southwest region, Pacific County
  • Ike Kinswa State Park, located in Southwest region, Lewis County
  • Grayland Beach State Park, located in Southwest region, Pacific County
  • Seaquest State Park, located in Southwest region, Cowlitz County

For more information on these and other state parks, click here.



  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Valid unrestricted (except for corrective lenses) driver's license - If your DL is out of state (other than WA State), you will be required to show proof of a valid and current unrestricted driver's license at the time of the interview.  
  • Ability to learn and interpret park rules, area information, and local history and educate park visitors.
  • Ability to lead and instruct others and follow direction.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and maintain organization, communication, and a reasonable completion time and quality.
  • Ability to operate a variety of hand tools, power tools, and small equipment.
  • Ability to perform general maintenance to park buildings and facilities.
  • Ability to perform janitorial services, including the use of chemicals.
  • Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
  • Ability to learn about equipment servicing, diagnosing, and maintenance.

All non-permanent Park Aides are required to wear a uniform.  A complete and properly worn uniform helps establish the professional identity of a Park Aide and promotes respect as a Washington State Parks employee.  All non-permanent Park Aides will receive 2 shirts, 1 baseball cap, and a clothing stipend of $75.00 per calendar year. Some position may qualify for a $150 clothing stipend depending on the length of the position.  Clothing stipends are intended to offset the cost of clothing worn in the workplace such as pants, boots, raingear, etc.

Supplemental Information

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at Use reference number 10171 when searching for the job announcement. You must embed in your application three professional references.

*Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.*

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

NOTE:  Prior to a new hire, a background check, including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). 

For more information:

Diversity Policy Statement
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
  • Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement  in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For more information about these positions, please contact the Park directly. You can search for the specific Park contact information here.  

AGENCY PROFILE                                                                                                       

State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Our Mission
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives.

Our Vision
Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.
Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.