Temporary/OOC- Park Ambassador (Rec Leader)

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Various, WA
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Position Description

This is being offered as an Out-of-Class opportunity for qualified City of Seattle Employees, or a Temporary, Non-Benefited assignment for external candidates. Preference will be given to internal candidates who meet our minimum qualifications for the position.

What a way to spend the summer! Do you love Seattle's beautiful parks and enjoy working outdoors? Are you looking for ways to help communities by providing friendly and safe recreational opportunities? Do you enjoy supporting co-workers, supervising logistics and driving? Then, this job is for you! We are hiring up to 12 new Park Ambassador 's for May-September!

About Parks and Recreation
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. Delivering excellent customer service to each visitor and participant is a core value.

Our Parks and Environment Division maintains over 25 miles of boulevards and 465 parks, including 26, community centers , 8? indoor swimming pools , 2 outdoor (summer) swimming pools , 4 environmental education centers , 2 small craft centers , 4 golf courses , and an outdoor stadium.

Our Emergency Management/Security Services Unit : The Emergency Management and Security Services Unit covers a wide range of Parks Programs prioritizing education, customer service, park safety, enforcement as well as rapid response to emergencies throughout the department. The unit manager leads all Emergency Management for the Parks and Recreation Department, additionally overseeing the Park Ranger Program, departmentwide security staff, off-leash enforcement, a 24/7 dispatch program, and the Center City Parks Activation Coordinator who oversees Park Concierge and Park Ambassador staff.

About the Park Ambassador Program :
The Park Ambassador role is part of a high-profile initiative to create welcoming, safe and lively public spaces . Staff will be engaging with parkgoers in our largest and most popular parks. This role will provide safe and healthy recreational opportunities for park goers to enjoy during their visit. A Park Ambassador will observe park usage and make recommendations to the Program Coordinator. This role will rove proximate park locations for the full day including closing the beach at Alki Beach Park and Golden Gardens Park at 10pm each night. Park locations will be Alki Beach Park, Discovery Park, Gas Works Park, Genesee Park and Playfield, Golden Gardens Park, Green Lake Park, Judkins Park, Lincoln Park, Magnuson Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seward Park, Westcrest Park, and Lower Woodland Park.

Job Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with Parks Code and comfortable discussing rules and regulations with public.
  • Contact Park Rangers or Park Security for violations to Parks or Seattle Municipal Code, and guidelines such as amplified sound, checking permits, off-leash animals and smoking and liquor protocol in parks.
  • Observe, listen, and share insights from the with Park Ambassador Program Coordinator.
  • Closing Alki Beach Park and Golden Gardens Beach Park each day at 10pm along with other division and security staff. ( if scheduled there) .
  • Submit an end of day report to Park Ambassador Program Coordinator.
  • Assist in developing partnerships with internal and external organizations for recreational opportunities in parks.
  • Provide direct service and lead recreational activities in various parks and spaces citywide.
  • Develop and implement recreational programming throughout Park Ambassador Program sites city .


Minimum Qualifications:
One-year experience in a community-based recreation program and an associate degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work).

  • Current, valid WA State Driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
  • Current, valid CPR/First Aid Certification and/or renew/receive within 30 days of hire

You will love this job if you:

  • Have customer service experience and an interest in engaging with diverse members of the public that visit our parks .
  • Are excited by collaboration with other coworkers working in the park .
  • Enjoy the outdoors , be mobile and able to drive city vehicle to/from various sites on schedule
  • Are proactive and take initiative to go above and beyond in service to the community .
  • Have familiarity with and experience using a smartphone .
  • Possess organizational skills and have attention to detail .


  • Current, valid WA State Driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
  • Current, valid CPR/First Aid Certification and/or renew/receive within 30 days of hire

Work Environment : Required to work outdoors in all types of weather.

Additional Information

Driving Abstract Information
If you are selected to advance in this hiring process, you will be asked to obtain a complete 5-Year driving record from the Department of Licensing .

The full salary range for this position is $20.75 - $ 33.33 per hour.

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

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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