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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.

Volunteers

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

Seasonal - Park Attendant

Pilot Mountain State Park

A candidate interested in a career in parks will find this position to be a great introduction to working in a state park. The primary responsibilities of this job are; daily maintenance of facilities, to include cleaning restrooms, collecting trash, and insuring the park is ready for visitors. Grounds maintenance of the park; mowing, weed-eating, and trail work are also a large portion of the responsibilities of a Park Attendant.
This position will work as part of a team to ensure that Pilot Mountain State Park is ready for visitors every day. The person selected for this position will work 40 hours a week and will be required to work weekends and some holidays. Most of the duties of this job are completed outdoors and some tasks are strenuous. The term of this position will be until early 2019.

Contact Nick Bowman or Josh Harris for any questions. 336-325-2355 or nick.bowman@ncparks.gov or josh.harris@ncparks.gov

 

Seasonal - Lifeguard

Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park seeks reliable, experienced folks who love being outdoors, being part of a dedicated team and aren’t afraid of an honest day’s work.
Starting in May, we’ll begin hiring our peak-season work force. Our crew will be a diverse group, including young people with little or no prior work experience and seasoned veterans with strong work ethics who lead by example. Our lifeguards must meet all state and federal requirements, including current certification and training.

If you see yourself as a lifeguard at Lake James State Park and earning wages in either a 40-hour/week or 24-hour/week capacity, fill out an application today. We’d love to talk to you!

For more information, call 828-584-7728.
 

 

Seasonal - General Utility Workers

Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park seeks reliable, experienced folks who love being outdoors, being part of a dedicated team and aren’t afraid of an honest day’s work.
Starting in May, we’ll begin hiring our peak-season work force. Our crew will be a diverse group, including young people with little or no prior work experience and seasoned veterans with strong work ethics who lead by example.

Our seasonal staff includes General Utility Workers, with daily duties that include park clean-up, grass trimming, facilities maintenance. and visitor assistance.

If you see yourself working at Lake James State Park and earning wages in either a 40-hour/week or 24-hour/week capacity, fill out an application today. We’d love to talk to you!

For more information, call 828-584-7728
 

 

Seasonal - Concession Stand

Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park seeks reliable, experienced folks who love being outdoors, being part of a dedicated team and aren’t afraid of an honest day’s work.
Starting in May, we’ll begin hiring our peak-season work force. Our crew will be a diverse group, including young people with little or no prior work experience and seasoned veterans with strong work ethics who lead by example.

Our concessions stand jobs favor people with outgoing personalities and prior service sector/retail experience.

If you see yourself working at Lake James State Park and earning wages in either a 40-hour/week or 24-hour/week capacity, fill out an application today. We’d love to talk to you!

For more information, call 828-584-7728
 

 

Seasonal - Fee Collector

Lake Norman State Park

ollector $8.00 per hour – 3 positions available - This position is responsible for operating the concessions/refreshment sales at the Boat Rentals or Swim Beach areas. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: courteously serving the public, keeping accurate inventory of supplies, keeping accurate track of money and sales, and completing end of day paperwork and inventories. Positions are also responsible for janitorial and maintenance duties in their assigned areas. Position includes weekend and holiday work. This position requires being indoors and/or outdoors at times which includes exposure to all associated weather and environmental conditions i.e. heat, rain, insects. Position will begin May 19, 2018.

 

Seasonal -Chief Lifeguard

Lake Norman State Park

Chief Lifeguard $11.00  - Must hold current lifeguard certification. Chief lifeguards are held responsible for, but not limited to, the proper operation of the swim beach area and for effectively working with the other lifeguards to ensure duties are carried out properly, promptly, and courteously. It is the chief lifeguard's responsibility to ensure a safe environment in and out of the water of all park visitors and supervising other lifeguards in this area. Also, the chief lifeguard is responsible for assisting with opening/closing routines and cleanup routine of the bath house. Work is outdoors and includes exposure to heat, humidity, rain, insects, and other environmental conditions. This position requires weekday, weekend, and holiday work days. This position will start May 19, 2018.

 

Seasonal -Lifeguard

Lake Norman State Park

Lifeguard $10.30 – 5 positions available - Must hold current Lifeguard certification. Lifeguards are held responsible for, but not limited to, the proper operation of the swim beach area and for effectively working with the other lifeguards to ensure duties are carried out properly, promptly, and courteously. It is the Lifeguards responsibility to ensure a safe environment in and out of the water of all park visitors. Also, the Lifeguard is responsible for assisting with opening/closing routines and cleanup routine of the bath house. Work is outdoors and includes exposure to heat, humidity, rain, insects, and other environmental conditions. This position requires weekday, weekend, and holiday work days. This position will start May 19, 2018.

 

Temporary - Office Assistant

Carolina Beach State Park

This is an 11-month position. The work schedule is every weekend and some holidays. Position is 16 hours a week. Experience in retail sales and general knowledge of cash register use preferred. Must possess computer skills, good public communication skills and be capable of conducting routine cleaning duties in and around the visitor center. Job will include some filing and other office duties.

If interested a State of North Carolina employment application (PD 107) must be completed. The application can be found online here. A copy of the application may also be picked up at the park office or marina. If you have further questions, please call (910) 458-8206.

 

Seasonal- Park Technician (40 Hours)

Raven Rock State Park

This position is an integral member of our seasonal staff, working with the maintenance, ranger, office, and seasonal staff. Park Technician will be responsible for cleaning of park facilities; landscaping; trail maintenance; leading volunteers on projects; and assisting ranger and maintenance staff with natural resource management, park operations, and facilities maintenance. Experience with hand tools, and grounds keeping equipment is preferred, but not required. Applicant should be self-motivated, prepared to work outside in all kinds of weather, and be in good physical condition to work on trails in the park. Park uniform is required. Employee will have the opportunity to assist with interpretive programs and provide excellent customer service to visitors. This position is full-time (40 hours/week) for a term of 11 months, subject to reinstatement. Some weekend, evening, and holiday work will be required. The pay will be $9.00 per hour. A valid Driver’s License is required. Interested applicants, 18 years or older, can fill out a PD-107 form online or at the park Visitor Center.

The anticipated start date for this position will be May 1, 2018.

 

Seasonal - General Utility Worker (40 hours)

Raven Rock State Park

This position serves an important role in maintaining the daily operations of the park. Primary responsibilities will be cleaning of park facilities; routine landscaping; trail maintenance; and working with ranger and maintenance staff on projects, operations, and facilities maintenance. Experience with hand tools, and grounds keeping equipment is preferred, but not required. Applicant should be self-motivated, prepared to work outside in all kinds of weather, and be in good physical condition to work on trails in the park. Park uniform is required. This position is full-time (40 hours/week) for a term of 6 months, subject to reinstatement. Some weekend, evening, and holiday work will be required. The pay will be $8.00 per hour. A valid Driver’s License is required. Interested applicants, 18 years or older, can fill out a PD-107 form online or at the park Visitor Center.

The anticipated start date for this position will be May 1, 2018.

 

Seasonal - Park Attendant

Carolina Beach State Park

This is a temporary seasonal position. The work schedule will be mostly day shift with some evening shifts. You will be required to work weekends and holidays. This position's main duties will be facility and grounds maintenance and upkeep including but not limited to the following: cleaning bathrooms and showers; emptying trash cans and trash pick-up; cleaning campsites; mowing and trimming grass; trail maintenance and repair; participating in invasive species control and eradication; assisting other park staff in park maintenance and operation; and assisting in marina operation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver license, and reliable transportation to and from work.

Applicants should be in good physical condition, able to walk up to six miles of trails a day, and the ability to perform physical work in 90° plus heat. This position requires good oral skills and good interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to follow oral and written instructions and be able to work independently as well as part of a team. Must possess the necessary computer skills required for record keeping and time entry. This position also requires a willingness to learn new skills and knowledge of the natural history of the park and the surrounding area.

If interested a State of North Carolina employment application (PD 107) must be completed. The application can be found online here. A copy of the application can also be picked up at the park office or marina. If you have further questions, please call (910) 458-8206.

 

Seasonal - General Utility Worker

Lake Norman State Park

It’s that time of year! We are now accepting applications. The positions range from 3 months to 11 months in length, 40 hours a week. Weekend and holiday work is required. If interested, please fill out a North Carolina State employment application (PD-107) and return it to Lake Norman at 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28166. For any questions please call us at 704-528-6350.
 
These employees are generally responsible for facility and grounds maintenance. This includes cleaning bathrooms, picking up litter, emptying trash cans, mowing and trimming grass, trail maintenance, and assisting park staff in other park projects. This position will be working closely with the maintenance staff, but should be able to work unsupervised. In this position you will be required to drive a park vehicle, so you must be 18 years old or older and have a valid driver’s license. 
 

 

Lifeguard

Lake Norman State Park

A candidate must hold a current Lifeguard certification. Lifeguards are held responsible for, but not limited to, the proper operation of the swim beach area and for effectively working with the other lifeguards to ensure duties are carried out properly, promptly, and courteously. It is the Lifeguards responsibility to ensure a safe environment in and out of the water of all park visitors. Also, the Lifeguard is responsible for assisting with opening/closing routines and cleanup routine of the bath house. Work is outdoors and includes exposure to heat, humidity, rain, insects, and other environmental conditions. This position requires weekday, weekend, and holiday work days. This is a seasonal position with up to 40 hrs per week. The position will start May 19, 2018.

 

Seasonal - Park Attendant

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

We are hiring (2) Park Attendant (PA). Work includes facility and grounds maintenance including but is not limited to the following duties: cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash cans, mowing and trimming grass, trail maintenance and assisting park staff in other necessary park operations. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. This is a 3-month seasonal position beginning 5/21/2018, with the possibility of an extended employment.  This would make a great summer job for a college student.  Park attendants work 40 hours a week alternating between morning and evening shifts. Weekend and holiday work is required. Pay is $8.00 per hour. If interested a State of North Carolina employment application (PD 107) must be completed.  The application can be found online at https://files.nc.gov/ncoshr/documents/files/pd107ltr.pdf.  A copy of the application can also be picked up at the park office located at 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach. If you have further questions, please call the park office, at (910) 458-5798.

 

Lifeguard

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

We are accepting applications for (5) 40 hour per week lifeguard positions. Qualified applicants are required to be in good physical condition and participate in a tryout that is organized by Kure Beach Ocean Rescue. Tryouts will be held on May 5, 2017 and May 12, 2017 at the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.  Start time will be 10am so please arrive a little early. Lifeguard candidates are also required to complete ocean rescue training provided by (Kure Beach Ocean Rescue) May 14-25. Individuals interested in applying for this position need to complete a standard application that can be found online at https://files.nc.gov/ncoshr/documents/files/pd107ltr.pdf.  Interested applicants can also pick an application up at our office located at 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach 28449.  Please contact Jason Howard (Park Ranger) with any questions concerning lifeguard positions (910)458-5798. Lifeguard positions pay $10.30 per hour and all lifeguards are paid for training.

 

Weekend Office Assistant

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Fort Fisher also has a (weekend office assistant position) available.  The weekend office assistant is often the first point of contact with park visitors. Anyone interested in this position must be able to maintain a positive attitude in a busy and dynamic work environment. Candidates for the position will sell 4-wheel drive beach permits and answer general questions about the park. Some additional clerical duties may be required at times. The position is for weekends only (16) hours per week and pays $9.00 per hours. Please contact the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area office with any questions about the position (910) 458-5798. If interested please complete the standard state employment application and deliver it to our office at 1000 Loggerhead Rd. Kure Beach 28449. The application is available online at  https://files.nc.gov/ncoshr/documents/files/pd107ltr.pdf

 

Ocean Beach Lifeguard

Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park still has one or two openings for summer ocean lifeguards.  Candidates should be in good physical condition and must hold a current lifeguard certification. Lifeguards are held responsible for, but not limited to, the proper operation of the swim beach area and for effectively working with other lifeguards to ensure duties are carried out properly, promptly, and courteously. It is the lifeguards responsibility to ensure a safe environment in and out of the water of all park visitors. Also, the lifeguard is responsible for assisting with opening/closing routines and cleanup routine of the bathhouse. Work is outdoors and includes exposure to heat, humidity, rain, insects, and other environmental conditions. This position requires weekday, weekend, and holiday work days. This is a seasonal position with up to 40 hrs. per week at $10.30/hr. The positions will start May 25th, 2018. For those who do not live in the area, the park may provide seasonal housing for a small monthly fee. If interested, please submit a completed state application which can be found at: https://files.nc.gov/ncoshr/documents/files/pd107ltr.pdf Feel free to contact the park office at 252-726-3775 with any questions.

 

 

Seasonal - Concession Stand

Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park is looking for individuals to staff the summer concession stand at the beach access area.  Pay is $8.00 per hour.  Duties will include: retail sale of drinks, snacks, and other concession items, weekly inventory, and general custodial duties for the upkeep of the concession stand, bathrooms, and other related facilities.  Candidates should have a strong work ethic, enjoy working in a team setting, and be competent in basic math needed to manage inventory and make proper change during sales.  This position requires weekday, weekend, and holiday work days.  For people who do not live in the area, the park can provide seasonal housing for a small monthly fee.  If you are interested, please submit a completed state application which can be found at: https://files.nc.gov/ncoshr/documents/files/pd107ltr.pdf Feel free to contact the park office at 252-726-3775 with any questions.

 

 

Seasonal Park Attendant

William B. Umstead State Park

Gain experience working in one of the busiest State Parks. Duties include landscaping, facilities cleaning, light construction, cabin, and campsite maintenance, trail work, and more!

Housing may be available in the parks Barracks. Flexible starting dates. Must be 18 years old.

If interested, inquire inside the Visitor Center or send your PD-107 State of NC Standard Application to William.Umstead@ncparks.gov or mail it to:
Seasonal Hiring Manager
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617

 

Hanging Rock Seasonal jobs

Full-time 40 hr per week and part-time 16 to 32 hr per week positions are available. Pay is $8.00 to $11.00 per hour depending on job description. Some jobs are summer-only and some are 11 months. We are hiring ALL seasonal positions: maintenance/groundskeeping, refreshment stand attendants, swim area attendants, lifeguards, visitor center staff, etc. Barracks housing may be available for a nominal fee. Weekend and holiday work are required. Work in a park setting! Great way to get your foot in the door for a permanant career. Applications (form PD107) are available from the park office or print one from online at www.oshr.nc.gov    Return applications to 1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd. Danbury, NC 27016    Questions? Call 336-593-8480