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!




Natural Resource Aid


Hourly Rate: $18.00- $20.00 per hour, depending on experience


Limited Hour (up to 28 hours per week)


 **This position is open until filled.  A cover letter and resume demonstrating your experience and qualifications is required. 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.**





This position will be working with the Natural resource specialist to provide maintenance support to the natural areas in the City of Kent park system including Mill Creek Canyon, Clark Lake, Lake Fenwick and other locations. An ideal candidate has an interest in natural area maintenance and management, possesses general park maintenance skills and knowledge and trail maintenance techniques and knowledge. Familiarity with native plant species of the Pacific NW and invasive plants is also desirable. This position requires excellent communication skills, customer service skills, and ability to work with limited supervision in a team setting.


General duties and responsibilities

  • Perform trail inspections, trail maintenance, debris/garbage removal, vegetation control, volunteer event support

  • Provide support to the Natural Resource specialist in the form of direct assigned work, collaborating on work planning, site planning

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

  • Hike designated trails checking for illegal encampments, debris, trail condition, and any environmental safety hazards.


Specific duties

  • Inspect trails for maintenance. Examples include removal of brush, invasive plants, damage from water runoff, illicit use, document trail conditions as required.

  • Basic trail repairs. Examples including repair of damage from water runoff using best management practices, repair/replace boards on boardwalks, bridges, replenish soft surfacing.

  • Signage, posting inspection and repairs. Examples include repair/replacement of trail signs, signposts

  • General debris/garbage removal including debris from abandoned homeless shelters

  • Identify casual trails for removal/mitigation


Required Abilities

  • Maneuver in steep and densely forested terrain.

  • Physically able to hike hours at a time with heavy loads up to 50lbs.

  • Understand and perform basic natural area pruning

  • Understand and perform basic trail maintenance

  • Able to assist with trail construction.

  • Perform specific tasks with limited supervision.





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



Experience in the maintenance of parks, trails, natural area restoration or related areas of work preferred



In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties listed above.



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

  • 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

  • Must successfully pass a position-relevant background check




Standard and specialized hand and power machines, tools, and equipment used in grounds, nursery, and parks maintenance including, but not limited to, riding mowers, power mowers, edgers, weed eaters, hedge trimmers, pruners, trimmers, shovels, rakes, mops, brooms, debris blowers, backpack blowers, hammers, power aerators, top dressers, viber plates, rototillers, scrapers, stump grinders, cement mixers, chippers, power sweepers, turf vacuums, chemical sprayers, fertilizer spreaders, power chain and hand saws, drills, jackhammers, ditch witches, and a variety of specialized and small power and hand tools.

The incumbent may be required to operate and maintain an assigned City vehicle and travel from site to site several times each day. 


Other equipment includes hard hats, safety glasses or goggles, ear plugs or muffs, respirators, rubber or plastic gloves, rubber boots, pesticide and herbicide spraying equipment, and chemical resistant clothing.


The incumbent may use typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer, telephone, fax and copy machine, and calculator.




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, occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and may be required to 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 frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; and risk of electrical shock. 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 usually loud.


Incumbent may also be required to work on weekends, evenings, and holidays; subject to rotating shifts and call back after normal work hours for emergency work. The incumbent may be required to work alone during work hours and on emergency call outs after hours. The incumbent may also be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile.





Job StatusPart Time

Job Reference #: R668



The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.