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Jobs with NC State Parks

Jobs with NC State Parks

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Lasting and meaningful work

Park rangers may be the most recognizable face of North Carolina's state parks system, but their dedication to the mission of stewardship is complemented by the skills and talents of many others - maintenance mechanics, administrative personnel, biologists, educators, planners and seasonal workers. It takes a committed team to serve millions of visitors each year.

Permanent Employment

To search permanent job listings, whether in the parks or at administrative headquarters, visit the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources

Seasonal Employment

Seasonal jobs are available at most state parks and state recreation areas. A variety of opportunities are available for park attendants, lifeguards, office assistants, naturalists and general utility workers. Begin by contacting a state park directly to ask about seasonnal job opportunities. Applicants must submit a State of North Carolina employment application.


Our state parks offer a variety of volunteer positons—everything from working with park grounds and leading education workshops to hosting a campground. Get more information in the Volunteering section.

Current job openings

Maintenance Mechanic V

Lake Norman State Park

Lead Maintenance Mechanic for the 11 state parks and 7 state natural areas within the West District of the Division of Parks and Recreation. Responsible for the overall maintenance program. Serves as an informational contact and support person for parks' maintenance staffs and superintendents. Performs a variety of journey level skilled task in construction and maintenance of park facilities, infrastructure, equipment and grounds. Frequently is the lead maintenance mechanic on major projects and coordinates the work of other park staff in both preventative and emergency maintenance and repairs. Manages the major maintenance, rails, and demolition program and projects within the district, including tracking funding, contracting, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Assists with monitoring of capital improvement projects. Acts as the district FEMA coordinator. Serves as district Safety officer as related to maintenance duties. Works directly with parks' maintenance staff and superintendents. There is regular travel to parks to provided technical assistance, monitoring, and implementation of maintenance projects. Assists and advises the District Superintendent in evaluating projects and compliance with regulations and guidelines, budgeting, equipment purchasing, and prioritizing maintenance needs. Responsible for record keeping for labor programs, major maintenance, trails projects, and demolition projects in the district. Liaison for the district to the State Office of Construction. Monitors and assists parks' maintenance staff with obtaining and retaining required certifications. Supervised by the West District Superintendent.


Environmental Education Instructor

Haw River State Park 

The Summit Environmental Education Center at Haw River State Park is the only residential environmental education program in the NC State Park system! The Summit is an outdoor education center located at Haw River State Park, in beautiful Browns Summit, near Greensboro, NC. We’re seeking dedicated, creative, fun outdoor enthusiasts with high-energy to become Summit instructors. Summit instructors work with children ages 7 to 18 years old. They also facilitate adult groups through teambuilding activities. The Summit offers programming ranging from 1-day experiences up to 3-day/2-night residential stays.

Our "classrooms" include several hundred wooded acres, pristine wetlands, a 6-acre lake, and the headwaters of the Haw River. Why work here instead of another outdoor education center?  The Summit is determined to create and maintain the highest standards within the field of environmental education and offers staff training and professional development throughout the year. You will gain outdoor education experience in Piedmont Wildlife, Animal Adaptations, Wilderness Survival, Orienteering, Teambuilding, Soils and Wetlands Ecology. The position is a seasonal position with the NC State Park System.

A four year degree is required. Start Date is early February – ending November 21st, 2017, with the possibility of re-hire in February 2018. There will be a two or three-week non-paid summer break during the month of July. Your employment will include: salary of $10/hr with housing/utilities for only $30 a month if interested.  Please email resume and cover letter to Kathryn Royall at or mail to: The Summit Environmental Education Center at Haw River State Park, 339 Conference Center Dr., Browns Summit, NC 27214; Fax: 336-342-0583.  

Applications accepted until positions are filled.