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Assistant Park Ranger

Description of Work:
The assistant park ranger position has a role in many aspects of the daily operations of a state park. It is an opportunity to gain experience during the peak time of the summer months at Jockey’s Ridge. The position provides environmental education with structured programs as well as spontaneous interpretation to address visitor questions. The location of work assignments will be at the visitor center or outdoors in the park’s 426 acres. The assistant park rangers operate utility vehicles, help with park maintenance, and report any park violations to park rangers. They ensure facilities are safe and clean for use by visitors to the park. Strong communication skills are essential to the job and prior experience with informal education is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants should be comfortable working outdoors and at times independently. A knowledge of our coastal ecosystems is required. Flexibility and ability to determine priorities as the work requires managing multiple tasks. The ability to provide information that allows visitors to gain a better understanding of our state park system and the resources protected.

Experience and Qualifications:
Minimum education requirements: high school diploma. Preference: completed courses in biology, zoology, ecology, natural resource management or related field. Prior work experience in outdoor education or in a park setting is preferred.
Current Openings Available (3)
June - August: (2 assistant park rangers)
May - August (1 assistant park ranger)

40 hours / week
Must Work Weekends & Some Evening Hours
 $9.00 / hour

Applicants must complete a PD-107 (Application for Employment)
Submit by mail to JORI, P.O. Box 592, Nags Head, NC, 27959, or e-mail to

Housing is available for seasonal employees working full time.


Jockey's Ridge State Park is located in Nags Head of North Carolina .  The tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arcing from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. A visitor center with museum and 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits explain the dune’s ecology and are a gradual entry to the massive dune field. Sandboarding is welcome with permit and hang-gliding is available through a vendor. Shoes and sun protection are recommended. By calling ahead 24-hours in advance, it’s possible for mobility-impaired visitors to schedule a ride in our all-terrain-vehicle to the top of the dunes. The soundside access of the park is a different experience offering sunbathing, wading, paddling and a one-mile nature trail that opens onto wetlands, grassy dunes and maritime thickets.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 5:30pm