Open Space Aide (Part Time)

  • 33 Las Colinas Ln, San Jose, CA 95119, USA
  • Part-time

Company Description

Our mission is to conserve the natural environment, support agriculture and connect people to nature by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations. We have protected 30,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands in Santa Clara Valley. Our agency operates a network of open space lands to manage and conserve natural resources and provide compatible opportunities for hiking, biking, and equestrian uses.

We know our continued success depends on our employees and the work they do. We are committed to providing a collaborative and inclusive work environment that encourages growth and development and acknowledges individual and team achievements.

Job Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic Open Space Aide for 20 – 30 hours per week. As part of the Field Operations department, this position will provide essential services in opening and closing preserves for daily access.

The Ideal Candidate

You are looking to begin your career in open space and land conservation by gaining hands on experience while working for a mission driven agency. The Open Space Aide will perform a daily checklist of preserve opening or closing duties, in addition to completing maintenance tasks, and providing assistance to Open Space Technicians on special projects. Hands on training will be provided in the safe and proper use of hand tools, small power tools, principles of open space maintenance, and visitor services.  


A large part of the responsibilities for this position include interacting with the public in the staging areas of our open space preserves, providing the public with the necessary information to have a safe and enjoyable experience in nature. You are personable with customer service experience to reflects in your positive interactions with the public.


This position will have both opening and closing shifts with a work week that includes weekdays and weekends, exact hours will vary throughout the year, based on seasonal changes and sunset times. Weekend work is required, and this position will be required to work some holidays each year.

The complete position classification can be viewed here:


The ideal candidate will possess no less than the following education, abilities, and experience:

  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade
  • Interest in building a career path in land management, parks, and conservation
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a clean driving record
  • Ability to work in situations that may include minimal light (e.g. sunset), weather extremes, hiking on and off trails
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and objects weighing up to 60 pounds
  • This position is required to take and pass a pre-employment physical lift test and background check.

Additional Information

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this part-time, non-exempt positions starts at $25.50 hourly, depending on experience and qualifications. This position is eligible to participate in CalPERS retirement programs. Three days of paid personal leave is provided in addition to paid sick leave in accordance with California requirements.

Application and Selection

All application materials must be received prior to August 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM. To be considered for this opportunity, submit your resume at the application link provided below. Final interviews are tentatively scheduled for August 19, 2020.

The Open Space Authority strives to engage a workforce reflective of the community it serves. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.