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San Juan County Parks & Recreation Department

San Juan County is hiring a seasonal park aide to help keep San Juan County Park, our three other waterfront day parks, and community Land Bank properties beautiful and accessible. San Juan County Park is an archeological site with a rich history. Located on the west side of the island and looking out over Haro Strait, it is frequently passed by orcas and other marine mammals. Dozens of kayakers launch and camp here and people come from all over the world to stay at this amazing place.

The job involves working with three other staff committed to caring for this place, and any day you may find yourself using a lawn mower, a scrub brush, binoculars, a chain saw, or the ATV. You will also be helping visitors, directing boaters, and helping with bigger projects in the parks. This year we are taking a strong interest in the natural history of this place so visitors will want to take care of it too.

We are looking for someone with interest or experience in a broad range of physical and intellectual skills, who loves to be outdoors, and has great people skills.

The 30 hours /week position goes from May 19 to September 23 and pays $15.22 per hour. For more info and to apply for the job, follow http://sanjuanco.com/administration/employment.aspx. Thanks!

San Juan County Parks has an open Park Aide 2 position on Lopez Island. Job description and application can be found at the County’s Employment webpage, http://sanjuanco.com/administration/employment.aspx (all open Park Aide positions are listed under Parks: Park Aide), or on bulletin boards around Lopez, including Lopez Village Market and Southend Store. Completed job applications may be submitted per the instruction on the application form.

Waterfront Living! We’re looking for a P/T seasonal camp host w/small RV to be a presence in beautiful San Juan County Park on San Juan Island to assist the public and Park staff. Park hosting experience and public relation skills a must. Light park maintenance & administrative tasks required. Position starts February 2015. Minimum commitment 30 days, max 7 mos. Full hook-ups. Small stipend included. For more details: parks@sanjuanco.com

Parks Division Staff

  • Parks & Fair Director, Dona Wuthnow
  • Administrative Specialist IV-Financial, contracting, Kathryn Hansen
  • Administrative Specialist II-Camping reservations, Group camping, Christina Giamalis
  • Program Coordinator - Commercial and Special Events permits, volunteers, Ashley King
  • San Juan Island Park Manager, Nathan Donnelly
  • Lopez Island Park Manager, David St. George
  • Shaw Island Park Manager, (On-site Park Staff)

Current Projects

  • Combined Parks & Fair Administration office at Fairground
  • Re-treat Stage on the Green wood surfaces– Eastsound Village Green
  • Shaw Park shed/shop new construction
  • Building restoration/enhancement - San Juan County Park
  • New Restroom and parking - Agate Beach Day Park (deferred due to lack of funding)

Past Projects

  • Brann historic Cabin doors & windows - craft and install, completed  March 2014
  • Lopez Village Park restroom upgrades, completed Spring 2014
  • Park identification and Stage story - Eastsound Village Green, completed February 2014
  • Campground road relocation, campsite improvements, enhanced Day Use Area – Odlin County Park completed winter, 2013
  • Lopez Skate Park – new custom elements (thanks to Richlite) completed summer, 2013
  • New Group Camp - Odlin County Park completed spring, 2013
  • New Playfield development (thanks to Shaw Islanders, Inc.) – Shaw County Park completed summer, 2013
  • Re-stain Restroom - Eastsound Village Green completed fall, 2012
  • Water system enhancements – Odlin County Park completed summer, 2012
  • Residence building improvements – Odlin County Park completed spring, 2012
  • Brann historic Cabin foundation & interior stabilization completed winter, 2011
  • Aeration and seeding of lawn area -Eastsound Village Green completed fall, 2010
  • Grading of lawn area - Eastsound Village Green - completed 2009
  • Stage lighting - Eastsound Village Green - completed 2009
  • New Septic System - San Juan Park -completed 2009
  • New stairs to beach - Blackie Brady Day Park
  • Master Plan development - Shaw Island County Park - completed summer, 2008
  • Custom Performance Stage - Eastsound Village Square - completed summer, 2006. Photos of finished stage are here and here (Adobe® Acrobat® files).
  • New beach stairs - San Juan County Park - completed winter, 2005. See photo here.
  • New accessible picnic area and restroom - Odlin County Park - completed September, 2005. Click here to see a photo.
  • New Boat Trailer Parking - Odlin County Park - completed September, 2005.