Salary: $3,096.00 – $3,734.00 Monthly
Location: Pierce County – Other, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation Commission
Job Number: 2023-02346
Job TitleSenior Park Aide
Location: Eatonville, WA
Closes: Continuous – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 10th. We strongly recommend applying as soon as possible. 
This recruitment has been reposted. If you have previously applied, you do not need to reapply.
The season dates for this position are May 1st (5/1) through October 31st (10/31), yearly. 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse–and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. And the agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

Have you ever wanted to spend your day under a canopy of trees listening to the nature around you? Have you ever wanted to put in a hard day’s work protecting and preserving the land you live on? Have you ever wanted to help build a park from the ground up? If you answered yes, then this position is right for you!  

Nisqually State Park is in the development phase, and we are looking for a motivated, skilled and dedicated Senior Park Aide to help care for this park. As a Senior Park Aide, you will be responsible for the daily care and maintenance that goes into keeping a park running. From interacting with park visitors to maintaining the grounds and trails, the day-to-day work is sure to keep you busy.  

This is a unique opportunity to work in a park in partnership with the Nisqually Tribe. Your position will help this partnership grow by maintaining the respect and care that goes into preserving this sacred space.

Benefits eligibility for this position may be different than what’s listed in the benefits tab of this recruitment announcement, for more information on employee benefits eligibility visit – Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB). 

Under the supervision of a Park Ranger, this position is essential to Washington State Park’s mission of operating, enhancing, interpreting, and protecting our park’s recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites. This position assists with the aforementioned mission and related tasks, and serves as a lead, training park aide and volunteer staff in daily operations and routine maintenance of the park.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead Park Aides.
  • Inspect and clean comfort stations and other facilities on a routine basis.
  • Track inventory and restock supplies including paper products, cleaning chemicals and tools.
  • Collect garbage, pick up litter, and clean campsites and picnic areas.
  • Operate riding and push mowers, weed trimmers, blowers and other power and hand tools.
  • Register campers and train other staff on the CAMIS system.
  • Provide information to the public regarding park rules and regulations, local events, activities, walks and talks, and historic information.
  • Assist with managed access program to Nisqually-Ohop Confluence, monitoring usage, and providing information to visitors.
  • Complete monthly equipment and safety logs, reconcile funds collected, timesheets, and other administrative tasks.


  • Twelve (12) months of experience in building maintenance or grounds keeping, or performing semi-skilled/general carpentry, electrical and/or plumbing repair work.


  • Six (6) months cumulative experience as a Park Aide (or equivalent), or twelve (12) months experience in a special employment program (Washington Conservation Corps) with a parks agency. A combination of experience (WCC and Park Aide) may be used provided candidate has at least three months experience as a Park Aide (or equivalent).


  • A valid unrestricted driver’s license (other than corrective lenses).
  • At least 18 years old.


  • Enrolled member of the Nisqually Tribe.
  • Ability to work independently or lead others while using good judgement and problem-solving skills in decision making. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Awareness and willingness to follow safety policies and protocols.
  • Take initiative and see a project through completion.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: All Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at   

UNIFORM INFORMATION: All career seasonal Senior Park Aides are required to wear a uniform. A complete and properly worn uniform helps establish the professional identity of a Senior Park Aide and promotes respect as a Washington State Parks’ employee. This position will receive 4 shirts within the first year (2 shirts per calendar year after year 1), 1 jacket (per 5 calendar years), 1 baseball cap, and a clothing stipend of $150.00 per calendar year. 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 You must attach or embed in your application the following: 

  • Three professional references, if not completed in the application process.

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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.

Supplemental Information
This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  For more information:

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.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or 

For more information about this position, please contact Alicia Feist at or (360) 956-8642.

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