Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

Hourly Rate$20.00-24.00 per hour depending on experience

Limited Hour (up to 28 hours per week)

 **This position is open until filled.  A cover letter and resume must be included with your application. Please note that you cannot add these to your application after you have submitted it. If you have technical difficulties or need help in completing your online application, please feel free to call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

There are up to two positions that will be filled from this recruitment process.


The City of Kent Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department manages natural resources across 1,000+ acres of property. This position will be working with the Natural Resource Specialist, the natural areas team, and staff conducting urban forest management to:

  • Assist in managing GIS based resource inventory systems to monitor and collect tree and natural areas condition and maintenance data.

  • Collaborate with the team to continue building a Parks Natural Resources Management program; including beginning implementation of a recently adopted Urban Forest Management Plan and creating a Site-specific Natural Resources Inventory and Management Plan template.

  • Conduct field data collection, research, and planning to inform management of the park systems’ urban forest, natural resource, and open space areas.

  • Coordinate and organize community engagement and volunteer stewardship events in Kent parks and natural areas.

  • Maintain organization and inventory of tools and materials.

  • Conduct limited ecological site management and urban forestry field work with other staff.

The ideal candidate has an interest and experience in communicating the value of trees and natural areas in urban settings, field data collection, land management techniques, community engagement, volunteer event organization and management, and working as part of a team. Also desirable is a familiarity with native plant species of the Pacific NW and invasive plants. 

This position requires excellent communication and customer service skills, organization, the ability to access natural areas in parks over uneven and/or steep terrain, demonstrated commitment to volunteer activities, and the ability to work with limited supervision in a team setting.

General duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct natural resources and urban forestry site inventories and data collection.

  • Manage and input data into GIS based asset management inventory systems.

  • Work in all types of weather conditions and an in-person office setting.

  • Attend meetings to communicate within and between departments to discuss natural resources management related topics, as needed.

  • Create and present information regarding the development of the Natural Resources Management Program, as needed.

  • Provide support for the overall volunteer program and planning, including coordination with City staff from other departments.

  • Provide support to the natural areas team in the form of directing assigned work, collaboration, and field site data collection.

  • Work with other Department staff to identify resources needed for site preparation and maintenance, including but not limited to plants, materials, funding, and support staff or contractor crews.

  • Perform volunteer event coordination, supervision, and management for groups of various types including corporate groups, scout troops, community organizations and students.

  • Research natural resource management related information.

  • Perform quality work within deadlines and under minimal supervision.

  • Perform basic administrative tasks including the use of a computer and other electronic devices for collecting, entering relevant data, writing reports and creating spreadsheets

Specific duties:

  • Serve as the primary contact for volunteers and community members interested in natural resource events and activities at Kent Parks.

  • Form and maintain partnerships with partner organizations and schools.

  • Document site management efforts and site conditions where staff work or volunteer events take place, using a variety of methods both existing and new.

  • Assist with creation of templates for organizing site specific information on natural resources condition and management needs.

  • Assist with geospatial data management and site activity tracking within and between divisions of the PRCS department.

  • Conduct trail inspections for maintenance. Examples include need for removal of brush and invasive plants, locations of damage from water runoff, illicit use, casual trails that need decommissioning, etc.

  • Conduct vegetation inspections for the purpose of documenting ecological restoration and urban forestry management needs.

  • Coordinate team planning for future community engagement events, including number and date of events, site selection, activity selection, gear needs, etc.

  • Document work/site conditions as required to report illegal encampments, trail inspections, potential hazards (hazardous trees, debris etc.).

  • Conduct limited vegetation management at high priority natural areas, as needed.

  • Occasional debris/garbage removal including debris from abandoned homeless shelters.


Education: Graduation from high school, general education degree (GED), or equivalent


  • 1 to 2 years of restoration, planting, or urban forestry related experience

  • 1 to 2 years of Volunteer Coordination and/or Community Engagement

  • Some experience with GIS programs and site mapping

  • Knowledgeable in identifying native, invasive, or horticultural tree species in dormancy and non-dormancy stages, understanding of species growth habits and common pests and diseases

  • Proficient in Microsoft programs i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment.

  • Current first aid/CPR certification desirable

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check and maintain an excellent driving record.

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment substance abuse screening.

  • New employees are subject to criminal background checks.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use arms, hands, and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, materials, tools, equipment, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk; and hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and smell. 

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds with assistance.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an outdoors environment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, hazardous materials, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is variable.

Some field gear (uniform shirts, boots, gloves, rain gear, first pair of field pants, etc.) will be provided.

Incumbent may also be required to work on weekends, evenings, and holidays; subject to shift adjustments. The incumbent may be required to work alone during work hours. The incumbent may also be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile in a public setting.

The incumbent may use typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to a computer, telephone/cell phone, copy machine, and calculator.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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