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Salary: $14.07 Hourly
Job Number: 00254

Job Description
Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community.  Metro Parks Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington. The system is comprised of many different park facilities that offer residents a variety of recreational opportunities. From waterfront access to local neighborhood parks to large regional facilities and attractions, the MPT system is both a local community asset and regional destination.OUR CORE VALUES
These eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community:
•Innovation    •Excellence     •Equity    •Inclusiveness    •Sustainability   •Accountability •Safety  •Fun

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, this position is responsible for developing and leading pre-school activities at the Tacoma Nature Center.

In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
  • Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.

Essential DutiesThis position is responsible for developing and leading pre-school activities for 3-6 year olds to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children, all with a nature focus; communicating with parents about their child’s development; purchasing and preparing nutritious snacks; ensuring equipment and the facility are clean, safe and well-maintained at all times with support from maintenance staff; assisting with fund-raising activities; meeting with the teaching coach to develop and implement a growth plan.  Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have at least two years of college level coursework in education or related field
  • Must have at least two years of experience working in early childhood education
  • Natural history background desired
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written
  • Must be creative, energetic and patient
  • Current valid First-Aid and CPR cards required

Team building skills; Analytical and problem solving skills; Decision making skills; Stress and time management skills; Teaching skills; Customer service skills

Additional InformationHOURS:
Starts late August, approx. 22-30 hours per week during the school year.    Schedule variable depending on classes being taught. Additional hours outside of class time as needed for programs, meetings, prep and events.

Seeing to prepare written or hand-produced program material and reports, and monitor activities.  Hearing and speaking to conduct classes and exchange information.  Walking over rough or uneven surfaces during hikes and field trips.  Lifting up to 25 pounds.  Standing for extended periods of time; kneeling or sitting on the ground.

All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or any other merit factor. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

MPT employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

MPT is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource (253) 305-1089 or

Employment is subject to a national background check.