Construction & Maintenance Project Specialist - Cowlitz County, WA

Employer: Parks and Recreation Commission

Job Description:
Want to join a great organization? The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse--and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. And the agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you'll find anywhere We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

As a member of this cooperative team, you will be working in an energetic environment, promoting outdoor recreation and the preservation of some of Washington's most loved treasures. If you are looking for a job with variety in responsibilities, working in beautiful landscapes, and a positive team atmosphere, that is what we have.

The Construction and Maintenance Project Specialist is a member of a three-person maintenance team serving the parks in the Upper Cowlitz Area; Ike Kinswa State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park, Seaquest State Park, the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center and a few other undeveloped properties in Lewis and Cowlitz Counties. This position works collaboratively with Area staff to provide the best experience for park visitors through facility improvement projects, trails and grounds maintenance, routine repairs and providing positive customer service.

Welcome to the start of a wonderful career!
Under the supervision of the Construction & Maintenance Supervisor, or Park Manager, this position performs advanced skill level work in various trades accomplishing routine, planned, and emergency maintenance in the Upper Cowlitz Area. This position will be responsible for project identification, planning, development, and completion of projects of a routine and non-routine nature, including emergency and urgent repairs, as well as overseeing maintenance and operation of agency owned equipment, tools, buildings, and facilities.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

Responsible for completing preventative and deferred maintenance projects requiring lead and journey level skills.
Perform journey level work in equipment operations, repair, improvement projects, carpentry, masonry, roofing, plumbing, and electrical trades.
Maintain, construct, and remodel buildings, floats, docks, trails infrastructure, and other facilities, including Civilian Conservation Corp buildings and features using historic building practices.
Perform construction and maintenance tasks and projects within the parks and facilities managed and permit codes.
Respond to and repair Area Park maintenance related emergencies and urgencies.
Maintain health and safety standards while leading staff.
Working alone in remote locations.
Responsible for heavy equipment operation, maintenance, and repair as needed.
Transport equipment to job sites as needed.
Performs complex mathematical calculations.

Two (2) years as a Maintenance Mechanic 1.
**Four (4) years of advanced level experience in two (2) or more of the construction/building trades to include: building maintenance, repair, remodeling, construction duties, and mechanical/machinery operation.
**Two (2) years of technical or vocational training or education in a building/construction trade may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience.

High school graduation or GED.
Valid Washington State unrestricted (except corrective lenses) driver's license.
First Aid and CPR card must be obtained within the first twelve (12) months of employment.
Familiarity with the use of Microsoft Office products, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Experience working for Washington State Parks or a similar parks and recreation entity.
Advanced level experience driving and operating a variety of vehicles and light to heavy duty equipment.
Knowledge and experience working with various hand & power tools.
Intermediate technical knowledge and expertise in construction, installation, and problem-solving issues.
All Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at

All Construction & Maintenance Specialist are required to wear a uniform. A complete and properly worn uniform helps establish the professional identity of a Construction & Maintenance Specialist and promotes respect as a Washington State Parks employee. All Construction & Maintenance Specialists will receive 6 shirts within the first year (2 shirts per calendar year after the first year), 1 jacket every 3 years, 1 baseball cap every year, 1 safety vest every 3 years, and a clothing stipend of $200 per year, and a $250 boot stipend every 2 years. Uniform stipends are intended to offset the cost of clothing worn in the workplace such as pants, boots, raingear, etc.
Supplemental Information
To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at You must attach or embed in your application the following:

Letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement.
Current resume.
Three professional references, if not completed in the application process.
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.

This 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.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or

For information about this position, please contact Kyle Manning at or (360) 274-0962.

Contact Person: Kyle Manning
Phone: (360) 274-0962
Location: Cowlitz County, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $4,892.00 - $5,535.00 /MO

Posted on January 10, 2023

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