Experience the natural beauty of Washington State Parks and get
paid to do it! The Park Aide performs 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, area
beautification, or explaining park rules. The specific
duties will have some variation by park location.
This recruitment will be used to fill multiple non-permanent
Park Aide positions located throughout the Salish Foothills Area;
Cama Beach, Camano Island, Rasar and Bay View State Parks. Most
positions are 3-5 months in duration, beginning in April-May. The
number of vacancies and housing availability will vary from park to
Positions may be scheduled to work 40 hours a week during the
busiest months but may be scheduled for less than full-time at the
beginning and end of the season.
To read about other current and former park aides' experiences,
Note: This recruitment will remain open continuously; the hiring
authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make
hiring decisions at any time and close the recruitment.
Cama Beach State Park - (located in Island
County) is set in a spectacular, 486-acre waterfront location
against a forested backdrop. It is connected by a mile-long trail
to the 244-acre Camano Island State Park, which also is open for
day use and overnight stays year round.
Camano Island State Park- (located in Island County)
is a 244-acre camping park with 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and
beach located an hour from Seattle on beautiful Camano
Island. Close to Seattle but a world away, Camano Island State
Park offers a mellow, less bustling, but equally friendly
alternative to its busier neighbor, Cama Beach State
Park. Forest loop trails provide cool, tranquil hiking, while
shoreline strolls offer birding, shell and rock exploration and
sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and Mount
Rasar State Park - (located in Skagit
County) is a 169-acre camping park with 4,000 feet of
freshwater shoreline on the Skagit River. Wildlife observation
opportunities, especially for eagle watching, are excellent,
particularly in early fall and early winter. The park offers
playground equipment for kids. There are second-growth trees and
ample opportunities for nature study.
Bay View State Park- (located in Skagit County) is a
25-acre camping park with 1,285-feet of saltwater shoreline on
Padilla Bay. Over 11,000-acres of Padilla Bay are designated as
National Estuarine Sanctuary. Breazeale Padilla Bay Interpretive
Center is located a half mile north of the park. The park offers
views of the San Juan Islands fronting Padilla Bay, one of 28
existing national marine estuaries. On clear days, park users see
the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mt. Rainier to the
south. 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, mowing lawns, or
explaining park rules. The specific duties will have some
variation by park location.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
- All positions- 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
- Maintain park lawns using a mower, weed eater, trimmer, and
various maintenance tools.
- Provide park information to visitors and answer phones.
- 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
- Drive light truck or other state vehicle to transport supplies
and equipment within the park area; haul refuse and garbage.
- Must be a minimum of 17 years old.
- Possess a valid (unrestricted) 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.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:
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
Ability to perform general maintenance to park buildings and
Ability to perform janitorial services, including the use of
Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of
Ability to work in all weather conditions.
Ability to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Ability to learn about equipment servicing, diagnosing, and
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.
To ensure consideration, please complete the online job
application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number
08627 when searching for the job announcement.
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.
Your 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
- Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual
- 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.