Job Vacancy Science in the Park/Environmental Instructor Prince William County Government

Job title: Science in the Park/Environmental Instructor

Company: Prince William County Government

Job description: Introduction

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism works with the Prince William County School System to offer our Science in the Park Program. This program is developed to help students in meeting the Standards of Learning (SOL) goals for science. This is a hands-on position, where you will lead curriculum-based lesson plans for elementary grade students. These instructional sessions are held outdoors within our beautiful park settings on both the eastern and western sides of Prince William County. You will work with a team of instructors to implement various activities and lessons. In an effort to support our environmental programs, instructors are also engaged in teaching environmental classes for the community throughout our parks. During COVID-19, programming looks different as we meet the elementary science needs for all types of learners (in-person, virtual and home).

We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join our program team. Specialty Instructors should have experience, interest, and knowledge in topics such as nature, science, and the environment. Instructors must have experience working with children and demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm and care for the program and our participants. Specialty instructors are responsible for activity planning, supervision and safety of participants, customer service, and providing a quality experience to those participating in the program. Science in the Park school field trip programs are generally held Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and run from March through November. Environmental programs run year-round with varying hours to include: weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Paid training is offered to all instructors.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism conducts DMV records checks on all licensed employees and criminal background checks on all hires age 18 years and older. Fingerprinting will be required.



This class is part of the Recreation Job Family. Incumbents performs routine work in connection with various recreation programs or activities. Instructors in this classification teach beginner and intermediate specialty level classes. Example; beginner/intermediate ballet, tap, jazz, safety, CPR, first aid, mini camps, environmental education and parent/child classes. May provide daily upkeep and light maintenance of equipment and facility.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable code of conduct rules; providing customer services. Work is performed in accordance with set procedures and guidelines, and deviation from those guidelines require approval.

TYPICAL CLASS RESPONSIBILITIES (These responsibilities are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

1. Carrying out program plans, activities, and lessons. Sets up equipment or materials needed for a class and cleans up after program.

2. Provides excellence in customer service by answering questions and providing information to the public.

3. Maintains and prepares equipment and facility and maintains related records.

4. Enforces program and facility rules; provides emergency care and treatment as required.

5. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.



Requires special training in specified activity;

Requires knowledge and experience in specified activity;

Customer service principles;

Basic exercise science principles and theories;

Recordkeeping principles;

Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations;

Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment;

Modern office technology;

Computers and related software applications.


Providing customer service;

Monitoring the use of equipment;

Maintaining basic operational records and reports;

Using a computer and related software applications;

Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards;

Utilizing computers and relevant software applications;

Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Discipline specific responsibilities do not apply to this classification.


Responsibilities are typically procedure based with defined goals and processes or methods, but incumbents have the latitude to determine the speed or order of steps used to complete assignments.


Incumbents perform tasks following defined procedures and standards, and deviation from procedures typically requires prior approval.


Incumbents are typically not responsible for providing formal work direction.



Dependent on course requirements. Minimum of 1 year instructional experience in related program area. Requires complex certification with regular additional training or education for maintenance of certification.


May require a State/Federal background check


Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Medium Work: May require exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, and intense noises.


The above position description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

Prince William County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Prince William County Government offers medical plans with corresponding pharmacy and basic vision coverage, as well as dental plans and a separate vision plan.

Full-time and part-time Prince William County Government employees are eligible to participate in our plans; however, the level and cost of benefits depends on the classification of the position.

The following positions do not accrue leave and are not eligible for holidays or other fringe benefits:

  • Temporary
  • Provisional
  • Seasonal employees

Expected salary: $16.25 – 34.53 per hour

Location: Prince William County, VA

Job date: Wed, 13 Jul 2022 03:33:48 GMT

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