Families create histories at Washington state parks At Washington State Parks, rangers, Parks commissioners and staff hear from family, friend and neighbor groups who choose one park and return every summer, passing down a cherished tradition over four generations and half a century or more.
Washington State Parks’ interpretive staff juggle a full schedule of in-park activities and visits to local schools, all of which connect children with our state’s nature and history. Earlier this year, two interpretive specialists had a very special day at Skagit Head Start.
Preserving the past What happens when an artifact is found in a state park, or when it is donated? Meet the museologist who cares for Washington State Parks’ million artifacts, and learn the fascinating process used to keep this state history safe and long-lived.
Parks' arbor crew goes out on a limb for trees Washington State Parks’ six-person arbor crew serves the parks’ oldest and quietest residents, the trees and shrubs that make parks extraordinary. In doing so, the team provides visitors with a safe, healthy environment, and it preserves natural spaces for future generations.
State Parks' Marine Crew Gets Deep Meet the small team of divers and tradesmen who service the waters of Washington’s state parks. The watery haven of Washington has long been a boater’s delight, and hundreds of thousands of boaters enjoy its state parks each year.
Park aides sign on for adventure, hard work Washington State Parks employs approximately 400 park aides and 45 senior park aides per season. They work in the desert, in forests, by rivers, lakes and the ocean and in historically significant locations. They help rangers and maintenance staff; they participate in interpretive and education programs; they do housekeeping for cabin, yurt and vacation house rentals, and they enforce Discover Pass compliance. Every day is different, and they rarely sit still for long.