Public Space Assistant with Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $15 per hour



Start Date


Application Deadline



1400 Western Avenue
United States



Over a decade in the making, Waterfront Seattle fulfills the public’s vision: beautiful public spaces for all, a salmon-friendly seawall, and year-round activities for culture, education, and fun. Our future waterfront will be a lively mixing ground for our community while also nurturing our near-shore environment. Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the city’s nonprofit partner, helping to build, steward, and program the park – today and into the future.


Friends is seeking a friendly, energetic, and engaging individual to work with us as a Public Space Assistant. This position is a part-time, temporary, seasonal position from June through September. Qualified individuals from all communities and cultures are encouraged to apply.


The Public Space Assistant will serve as an ambassador to visitors of existing Waterfront Park and Waterfront Space, focusing on Hot Spot summer programming and other summer activation activities. This position will work in the main locations of Friends’ public space activation projects – existing Waterfront Park, the Waterfront Promenade, the Pike Street Hill Climb and Waterfront Space.


Hot Spot is a park activation pilot project enlivening the existing Waterfront Park now, providing the community with a preview of the future park and providing Friends with valuable experience and data related to implementing activation in the future park. By hosting diverse cultural performers and organizations, Friends’ goals are to proactively develop and deepen connections with diverse communities, to expand relationships throughout Seattle in preparation for the future park, and to welcome and serve all communities and cultures.


After three successful summers of programming, Hot Spot 2018 will feature regular summer programming including live music, art installations, dance performances, a pop-up soccer pitch, and other events and activities showcasing the diverse creative talent of Seattle. Hot Spot events are free and open to the public and will be scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, both in evening and daytime hours.


Responsibilities & Details

  • Event support including overseeing set up and take down of Hot Spot events and activations, assisting performers, artists, and other production staff as needed
  • Interaction with the public including answering questions, giving directions, assisting with activities, welcoming visitors to Hot Spot, showing enthusiasm for programming, informing people about Waterfront Seattle, promoting Hot Spot events and programs, orienting visitors to the Friends of Waterfront Seattle project information center (Waterfront Space), and serving as MC and making stage announcements as needed
  • Collect data about trends, feedback, and user counts
  • Occasional special projects as assigned such as: production of reports, written content for event promotion, social media content, graphics, and other tasks based on interest and experience
  • Visitor Relations and Community Outreach in Waterfront Space and at Waterfront Park including planning and assisting with events and activities in Waterfront Space
  • The Public Space Activation Assistant, like all members of the Friends team, will demonstrate a willingness to work on multi-disciplinary projects. Friends seeks qualified applicants with a “do all jobs” mentality.



  • Passion for parks and public space with relevant area interest and knowledge such as: community engagement, communications, urban studies, architecture and landscape architecture, event planning, tourism
  • Interest in and willingness to learn about Seattle’s waterfront project is required
  • Some experience in public engagement, event support, customer service or public space activation is required
  • Must be willing to work outside in varying weather conditions, also evenings and weekends
  • Existing relationships with diverse Seattle communities preferred
  • Undergraduate degree (or near completion) preferred



  • A proactive mindset and an eagerness to learn, with and without the help of others
  • A love of detail, organization and clear communication
  • Must be comfortable talking to large and small crowds
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Wordpress, Salesforce, and Adobe Creative Suite preferred



  • $15/hour
  • Evenings and weekends required, part-time hours July through September; will consider candidates seeking full-time hours
  • Temporary, seasonal position

Level of Language Proficiency

English required, additional languages preferred.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

Please email a PDF including cover letter and resume to: and include “Public Space Assistant” in the subject line. Thank you!

People from all communities and cultures are encouraged to apply. Friends of Waterfront Seattle is an equal opportunity employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.