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Department of Parks and Recreation
Employment Opportunities - Summer 2021
Please read this entire announcement before submitting your application. This announcement is specific to the Nature and History Camp Staff. If you are interested in other camp program areas, you must apply for that position as well.
Opportunities for temporary summer employment with the Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation include work as Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, and support staff (counselors) in camp programs throughout the County. Nature and History Camp Counselors are needed to provide camp programs for children and teens ages 6-14. Several positions are available, and hours vary.
Staff must commit from June 21 to August 13th (core camp dates). Additional weeks from August 16-27 may also be available. Training and planning beginning mid to late May through June, which includes a combination of independent and self-paced online courses with virtual and in-person trainings during weekday evenings and a few Saturdays. All camp staff will be trained to follow current guidance (county specific protocols) related to Covid19 safety.
Nature and History Camps:
Staff will be asked to plan and lead a variety of nature experiences for campers ages 6-10 or 11-14, depending on the camp. Daily camp activities include, animal show and tell, outdoor games, crafts, storytelling and physical activities like hiking, fishing, etc. Experience in the outdoors and experience working with children is preferred. Must enjoy the outdoors, be flexible in changing situations, and have a lot of energy.
Applications are being accepted for the following positions:
STUDENT ASSISTANT I/II (SAI/II) - $9.50-$11.00/Hour
Responsible for assisting all leaders in the summer camp or program activities and operations. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to be hired for licensed preschool camp, all other camps require the applicant be at least 15 years old.
Minimum requirements : Applications for Student Assistant positions will only be considered from individuals who have previously volunteered in one or more of our summer camps. These individuals are either non-high school graduates (SA I) or high school graduates enrolled in post-high school level education programs who have not accumulated at least 3 months of relevant experience (SA II).
SUMMER RECREATION ASSISTANT II - $14.25/Hour
Responsible for assisting in the planning, leading, and conducting of recreation activities for a camp, behavior management of participants, and assisting in the evaluations of the activities and the participants.
Minimum requirements : Graduation from high school/GED, plus six months experience in administering recreational programs or facility monitoring. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level.
Please review the minimum requirements listed above.
Applicants may attach a resume in addition to completing the online application. Attaching a resume without completion of the application will be considered "an incomplete application".
The successful candidate will have good character and integrity, positive communication skills, reliable transportation, the ability to complete tasks as assigned, take the initiative when needed, and the ability to work successfully in a team environment. Staff may be asked to work with individuals with disabilities.
- Enjoys being outdoors
- Enjoys working around animals
- Has experience in hiking, scouting, fishing, other outdoor skills
- Interests in Civil War or history
- Willingness to work with individuals with disabilities.
If selected, all summer staff will be required to:
- Agree to a criminal background check.
- Candidates will be asked to provide two letters of reference from related work/school experience prior to an offer of employment. Letters of reference may be attached to this application.
- Provide negative TB results or submit to a TB screening.
- Attend all required trainings.
- Some positions require a valid motorized vehicle operator's license and driving history record check.
- Be open to provide personal care as needed to campers (training provided).
Work Hours: These positions vary in days and hours of work, from a few hours per week to a full forty (40) hours per week schedule. Camps operate from 8:45a.m. - 12:30p.m. or 8:45a.m.- 4:00p.m.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until May 31, 2021. Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible. Summer camp positions will remain open until filled. We hope to have all camp jobs filled by May 10, 2021 .
Applications received after that date will be considered only if there is need to consider other applicants. Written notifications will be sent to applicants who applied but were not hired, once all positions are filled. Generally, these letters are sent out in mid-July.
For further information about the selection process or specific camp job duties: Email (see application details)
Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.
Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)
Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:
Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.
Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.
Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.
Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.
For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.
Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.
Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.
Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.
Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.
Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.