Environmental Education Assistants

Position Description

Do you enjoy fresh air and recreation outside during the summer months in Seattle? Do you love working with people? Are you looking for a fun, fast paced, team-oriented, and community-centered work environment? Come join the Seattle Parks and Recreation Team this Summer! We have multiple positions available supporting various recreation programs that will run June-September throughout our vibrant City of Seattle.

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens, and swimming pools. Our mission is to provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community and promote responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and participant. SPR is also deeply committed to advancing the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) by working to end institutional and structural racism.

The Recreation Division eliminates barriers through responsive, exceptional recreation services. We operate over 50 recreation facilities (community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers) and provide opportunities for people to play, learn, and lead healthy, active lives. Our programs and events include fitness and athletics, licensed childcare and preschool, swimming and boating, youth development and job preparation, academic enrichment, and more — including programs designed for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as grant and partnership programs designed and implemented with immigrant and refugee communities.

Job Responsibilities

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Environmental Education Unit seeks an outdoor educator. This role will implement urban environmental education programs and activities in Seattle parks as a part of a partnership with the summer free lunch program.

This Education Program Assistant will report to the Supervisor of Environmental Education and will be bringing urban environmental education to the diverse communities of Seattle.

Programs designed will celebrate and explore our urban and natural environments. These programs may include public nature walks and nature-study projects; all to promote an environment of Healthy People, a Thriving Environment and Vibrant Communities.

This position will help to evaluate programs, compiles statistics and attendance and prepare quarterly reports. This position is also a customer service representative for Seattle Parks and Recreation, will be required to drive a 12-passenger van, work alongside and support volunteers and perform other related duties as required.


Requires six months of experience working with the public or school groups in a zoo, aquarium, park, natural history museum or related wildlife facility and one year of college level natural sciences course work (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
Work is usually performed in a City work/office environment. Required to work outdoors when conducting tours or classes. May be required to work evenings and weekends.
Current Washington State driver’s license or evidence of equivalent mobility required.

Additional Information

The full salary range for this position is $26.05 – $29.03 per hour.

SPR’s Core Competencies:
Accountability & Action:Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high quality standards.
Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City’s commitment to workforce equity.
Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.
Teamwork: Participating as an engaged member of a team to achieve group goals. Effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City’s website at:
“Most” Employees Plans – Human Resources | seattle.gov

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