Seasonal Park Maintenance Worker

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on July 10, 2021

This position has been reposted.  If you have already applied, you don't need to re-apply.  

King County Parks is recruiting Seasonal Park Maintenance Workers to perform a variety of work tasks such as landscaping, athletic field maintenance, trail building and maintenance, construction and demolition, invasive weed removal, restoration and planting, working with volunteer groups, etc. Work is performed outdoors and in all types of weather conditions. We seek candidates who love the outdoors and who want to make a difference in the community and help steward our public lands for all to enjoy.  Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equity for ALL people in King County. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.
About King County Parks:  Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 28,000 acres. Today, our system consists of more than 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 215 miles of backcountry trails. Our mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Learn more at
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Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates. King County and the Parks and Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Work Schedule: Temporary Seasonal Positions - up to 6 months of work from April 15 - October 15. This position can work up to 40 hours per week and is overtime eligible. Work weeks vary depending on work assignment and location; shifts may include weekends and evening work. Hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Saturday.
King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to efforts to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County. King County Parks has developed a safety plan for Park Operations employees to use during this outbreak. Additionally, when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.  

Job Duties

  • Provide for the welfare and safety of park visitors by providing assistance and information to patrons, including park rules and regulations.
  • Maintain parks grounds and trails, by trimming, mowing, clearing, and removing litter and debris.
  • Maintain and prepare athletic fields, arenas, play areas, picnic shelters, restrooms and other park facilities.
  • Safely operate and maintain equipment and vehicles such as weed eaters, power blowers, push mowers, and trucks, mowers, small utility vehicles.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. 
  • Ability to perform heavy physical labor with weights up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain in inclement weather and other adverse conditions.
  • Ability to work with and provide exceptional customer service to the public and volunteer groups.
  • Ability to follow instructions, and be able to work independently and as a member of a team.
Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Basic skill in operating small manual and power hand tools and operate equipment on a continuous basis.
  • Experience with landscaping, gardening, athletic field maintenance, or other park maintenance experience highly desired! Construction experience desired for some locations.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process: Applications will be screened for qualifications and completeness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to a virtual interview process. Please note: we primarily use e-mail to communicate with candidates. Please be sure to check your email for updates in the recruitment process.

An offer of employment will be contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment physical and a background check, which includes criminal and driving histories.
Union Affiliation:  This position is represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 925.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Craig Page at or 206-263-8354
Patty Jurgens at or 206-477-4572
Shawna Ousse at or 206-263-3536

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Please Describe your experience working in park system or similar field. If you do not have this experience, please indicate "N/A".
Have you worked as a seasonal for King County Parks in the past?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one?
  • Yes
  • No
King County Parks work sites are located throughout King County. Please indicate your preferred work location(s). Select all that apply.
Click here for a map identifying the North and South Districts.
  • Cedar River District (Renton, Kent), based at 18613 124th Ave SE, Renton WA 98058
  • Five Mile District (Federal Way, Renton), based at Five Mile Lake, 36429 44th Ave S, Auburn WA 98001
  • Sunset District (White Center, Vashon and Maury Islands) based at 13659 18th Ave S, SeaTac WA 98168
  • Vashon Island, based at Dockton Park on Vashon
  • Cougar Mountain District (Squak/Cougar Mountain) based at Squak Mountain Lodge, 10610 Renton-Issaquah Rd, Issaquah WA 98027
  • Newaukum District based at 24810 148th Ave SE, Kent WA 98042
  • South Utility Trail Crew based at 24810 148th Ave SE, Kent WA 98042
  • Natural Resource/Vegetation Management Crew reports 13659 18th Ave S, SeaTac WA 98168
  • Crafts Crew reports to t 13659 18th Ave S, SeaTac WA 98168
  • Marymoor Park (Redmond), based at Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond WA
  • Marymoor Event Staff, (Redmond), based at Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond WA
  • Bear Creek District (NE King County), based at Cottage Lake Park, 18831 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd, Woodinville WA
  • Tolt River District (Snoqualmie Valley), based at Tait/MacDonald Park, 31020 NE 40th St Carnation WA 98014
  • North Utility Trail Crew based at Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond WA
  • Backcountry Trail Crew reports to 10610 Renton-Issuah Rd SE, Issaquah WA 98027
  • Volunteer/Restoration Program, based at Duthie Hill Park, 27101 SE Duthie Hill Rd. Issaquah WA 98029
  • Grand Ridge District (East King County) based at Duthie Hill Park, 27101 SE Duthie Hill Rd. Issaquah WA 98029
Please indicate your work shift preference. Select all that apply.
  • Days
  • Weekends
  • Evenings
If you checked more than three work locations preferences above, please indicate your top three choices. There is no guarantee of work site preference.

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