Employment Opportunities

Park, Trail and Grounds Technician

    • Job Tracking ID: 512466-648176
    • Job Location: Newport News, VA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 06, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Assists with maintenance and repairs to The Noland Trail and all other Museum trails, grounds and associated infrastructure using best management practices with the goal of keeping these areas in as pristine condition and as safe as possible for Museum guests. Also assists with interdepartmental requests for assistance as directed by Park Operations Manager, Park, Trail and Grounds Senior Technician, or other senior staff.


  • Keep trail buffer zone (first 5 feet on either side of trail surface) clear of unwanted vegetation by mowing, line trimming or applying appropriate herbicide NOTE: Herbicide to be applied ONLY by licensed applicator
  • Clear the trail surfaces of leaves, gumballs, pine needles, sticks, limbs, trash and other debris
  • Clear all bridges of any debris, including vegetation and eroded trail material on the ends
  • Keep exposed roots on trails painted with appropriate safety paint
  • Ensure trash receptacles and dog feces cleanup stations are serviced daily as needed; Dispose of animal feces from trail areas; Dispose of other materials such as dead animals as needed.
  • Clear out any potentially hazardous debris (e.g. large logs and rocks, trash, limbs, etc.) on all trail surfaces and within the buffer zone along both sides of trails
  • Clean trench drains and drain boxes, drainage swales and drain dips in or near the trail surfaces and buffer zones. Repair erosion damage (e.g. rills/gullies that are 1/4" deep and greater)
  • Accomplish minor repairs to wooden structures such as bridges and overlooks. (e.g., reset nails that pop out, replace cracked walking planks and handrails with new boards, remove graffiti, clean off animal feces)
  • Repair or recommend replacing any picnic tables, pavilions, signs and other wooden structures along the trails or in the park
  • Remove manageable-sized hazard trees within the park and along the trails. Remove fallen trees from the trail surfaces and buffer zones to keep pathways clear. Identify any hazardous tree problems, report to Supervisor and recommend safe correction procedures
  • Determine necessary improvements to the trail and recommend them to the Park Operations Manager for consideration and implementation. Indicate materials, tools and manpower needed and the desired effect the improvement will have on the trails and adjacent areas.
  • Install approved structures and develop methods to improve the trails (e.g. drain ditches, culverts, retaining walls, drains). Minimize erosion with planning and installation of drainage improvement structures
  • Monitor, support and/or assist outside Contractors as needed for access for the Contractor to accomplish their task(s)
  • Provide assistance as needed for all other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Landscape maintenance experience preferred.
  • Trail maintenance experience preferred.
  • Ability to safely, properly, and efficiently operate vehicles, equipment, 2-way radio systems, and tools, including operator’s maintenance required.


High School Degree or equivalent required.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Because operation of Museum owned vehicles is necessary, a valid State of Virginia DMV Vehicle Operator’s license with a good DMV record is required. NOTE: Copy of current DMV report is required before an offer of employment would be made; Periodic updates may be requested at any time; Failure to provide DMV report as requested or an unsatisfactory report may be cause for discipline, up to and including dismissal
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen prior to employment.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions/extremes.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends as needed.


The Mariners' Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package for regular full-time staff, and their eligible dependents which includes medical and dental insurance (cost-sharing involved) as well as term life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) pension plan. In addition, paid vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay is provided to all regular full-time staff.

The Mariners' Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.