Park Aide (Deception Pass) 08680

State of Washington
Full time Full day
Olympia, WA



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 Deception Pass Area; Deception Pass State Park. Most positions are 3-5 months in duration, beginning in April-May. The number of vacancies and housing availability will vary from park to park.

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, click Here!

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.


Deception Pass State Park - (located in Island County) is Washington's most-visited state park for a reason. Mysterious coves, rugged cliffs, jaw-dropping sunsets and a stomach-dropping high bridge make this park a go-to for locals and international travelers alike. It spreads over 4,134 acres, a marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Deception Pass and the high bridge connect Western Washington's mainland with Whidbey and Fidalgo islands, creating a gateway for exploration.

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 litter.

  • 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 sweeping.

  • 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.


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 small equipment.

Ability to perform general maintenance to park buildings and facilities.

Ability to perform janitorial services, including the use of chemicals.

Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time.

Ability to work in all weather conditions.

Ability to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Ability to learn about equipment servicing, diagnosing, and maintenance.


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 Use reference number 08680 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 ability;

  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;

  • 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.  

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