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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

Multiple Seasonal Positions

New River State Park

Currently taking applications for all seasonal positions:
Office Assistant     32+ hrs a week, weekends mandatory
Office Assistant   16+ hrs a week, weekends mandatory
Park Attendant (6 positions available)   40 hrs a week, weekend rotation
Park Technician (2 positions available)  40 hrs a week, weekend rotation

Apply with signed state application PD107. https://oshr.nc.gov/document/nc-state-government-application-employment-pd-107  
Mail - 358 New River State Park, Laurel Springs, NC 28644; Email - new.river@ncparks.gov; In Person - 358 New River State Park, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
For more information contact the park office at 336-982-2587

 

Lifeguards

Hanging Rock State Park

Full-time and 32-hour positions available for season running from May 26 until September 3, 2018. Experience preferred.

 

Lifeguard - 4 Seasonal Positions $10.30 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

This position will monitor protected swim beach area on Bear Island, a remote barrier island, to provide assistance, protection, prevention, and emergency response to visitors when required. Lifeguard certification from an accredited lifeguarding organization and American Heart Assn. or Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification required. Maintain surveillance of visitors and swimmers for emergencies during operating hours. Custodial and routine maintenance of bathhouse, boardwalk, support building, and swim beach. Water Testing. Participate in daily training. Provide first aid and emergency medical procedures when necessary. Assist with fee collections when necessary. Use oral and visual communication techniques. Interact with visitors and provide customer service. Understand and ensure rules and regulations of protected swim area are adhered to by park visitors. Use of two-way/VHF radio.
Work as a team member.
 
Skills: Lifeguard certification from an accredited lifeguarding organization required. CPR and First Aid certification through American Heart Association or Red Cross required. Basic Computer Skills.

More information and how to apply. 

 

Refreshment Stand/Bathhouse Fee Collector - 2 Seasonal Positions $8.00 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

Sale of retail snack food and beverage items to park visitors on Bear Island, a remote barrier island. Retail sale of snack food and beverage items. Handle cash and collect payments from visitors. Assist Bathhouse Manager with weekly inventory counts. Custodial maintenance of bathhouse, adjacent picnic areas, and grounds. Information source for park visitors. Accept deliveries and assist in transporting inventory items from mainland to refreshment stand. Interact with visitors and provide customer service. Use of two-way/VHF radio. Work as a team member.
 
Skills needed include: Basic Computer Skills. Cash handling experience. Customer service, working/volunteering with the public experience. Presentation of educational /interpretive programs training/experience preferred.

More Information and how to apply.

 

Ferryboat Operator - 4 Seasonal Positions $13.00 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

This position will navigate waterways in and around Hammocks Beach State Park and provide safe transportation of passengers to and from Bear Island, a remote barrier island. Position requires US Coast Guard Master Captains (25 ton) License.
Duties: Controls operations of ferry vessels and inclusive systems. Directs and coordinates activities of crew or workers, such as loading and unloading of passengers or equipment. Responsible for records of daily activities, movements, and report preparation. Instructs crew and assigns duties to deckhand or any staff aboard ferry vessel. Signals deckhand to rig lines, open or close gates, and secure ramps. Inspects vessels to ensure safety of passengers and crew. Efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment. Understand and ensure compliance with all rules and regulations. Use first aid and emergency procedures as necessary. Use of two-way/VHF radio. Work as a team member.

Skills: United State Coast Guard Master (25 Tons) Captain’s License required. CPR and First Aid certification through American Heart Association or Red Cross required. Basic Computer Skills. Customer Service experience preferred.

For more information and how to apply. 

 

Deckhand - 3 Seasonal Positions $8.00 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

This position supports the Ferryboat Operator in the safe operation of ferry vessels to and from Bear Island.  Assists with safe loading and unloading of passengers. Provides clear information and answer passenger questions in an engaging manner. Collects and tallies passenger tickets at the mainland ferry dock. Supervise the orderly passenger access and boarding of ferry vessel. Accurately compile and maintain records of daily activities and passenger counts and totals. Communicates passenger number counts to captain, office and appropriate staff members. Instructs passengers and answer questions.
Rigs mooring lines, open or close gates, and secure ramps. Assist with inspection of vessel to ensure safety of passengers and crew. Assist with efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment. Assist ferryboat operator with adherence to rules and regulations. Interact with visitors, provide information and customer service to passengers. Use of two-way/VHF radio. Work as a team member.

Skills include: Basic Computer Skills. Boating experience and maritime knowledge. North Carolina Boaters Safety Course preferred. Customer service, working/volunteering with the public experience.

More information and how to apply.

 

Office Assistant - 2 Seasonal Positions $9.00 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

This position assists in various administrative tasks including sale of camping permits, ferry tickets, and retail items; first point of contact with the general public in person and by phone in a fast-paced environment. Collection of camping fees, ferry tickets, rental fees. Obtain/distribute reservation information and schedule park facility rentals using reservation software. Accurately process payments by cash, check, gift card, and credit card transactions. Be an information source for park visitors. Answer telephones. Respond to visitor questions and emails as necessary. Interact and provide information and customer service to visitors. Assist park office staff, superintendents, and rangers in various administrative work assignments. Use of two-way/VHF radio. Work as a team member.
 
Skills include: Intermediate/advanced computer knowledge. Accurate cash-handling experience. Knowledge in operation of general office equipment. Customer service, working/volunteering with the public experience.
 
More information and how to apply.

 

Park Technician (Assistant Park Ranger) $9.00 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

This position assists park rangers with grounds, facility, and trails maintenance; educational and interpretive programs; and resource management projects. Assists in general park area and facility clean-up. Assist with opening and closing routines of park gates and facilities. Assist in supervising other seasonal employees where applicable. Assist rangers or lead environmental education programs. Interact and provide information and customer service to visitors. Cross trained in deckhand position to fill-in when necessary. Use of two-way/VHF radio. Work as a team member.
 
Skills needed: Basic Computer Skills. Working toward or have a degree in a parks and recreation, natural resource management, or other science degree preferred. North Carolina Boaters Safety Course preferred.

More information and how to apply.

 

General Utility Worker (GUW) - 2 Seasonal Positions $8.00 p/hour

Hammocks Beach State Park

This position assists park maintenance staff with custodial, janitorial, landscaping, and minor repairs to park grounds and facilities. Mowing grass and weed-eating throughout the park. Trash collection and litter pick-up. Assist maintenance staff with various maintenance projects. Clean-up of assigned areas and facilities. Maintain vehicle cleanliness. Interact and provide information and customer service to visitors. Cross trained in deckhand position to fill-in when necessary. Use of two-way/VHF radio. Work as a team member.
 
Skills: Basic Computer Skills. Landscaping/mowing knowledge or experience. Janitorial experience. General repair knowledge or experience. North Carolina Boaters Safety Course.
 
More information and how to apply.

 

Seasonal positions Park Attendant & GUW

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area- Apex NC

Positions begin April/May and run through August/September

Park Attendant - Ticket booth operator $8.00 an hour
This position is primarily responsible for collecting fees from all who enter the parks recreational facilities.  Good communication skills required and computer skills preferred.  Will need to learn and use the reservation system proficiently. General park clean-up may be required.

General Utility Worker $8.00 an hour
Responsible for park clean-up and daily maintenance in specific areas.  This includes cleaning restrooms, picnic areas, camping areas, parking lots, shelters and nature trails.  May operate mowers, weed eaters and blowers. Age 16 and over, must be 18 with valid license to operate state vehicles and equipment.  Workers will be assigned to specific areas.

To apply:  Pick up application at 280 State Park Rd, Apex, NC 27523 or click this site for application:  https://oshr.nc.gov/documents/nc-state-government-application-employment-pd-107
and return to 280 State Park Rd, Apex, NC 27523

 

SEASONAL- Park Technician (40 Hours)

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Position includes, but is not limited to the following activities: Daily OperationsCollect hiking and camping permits from trailheads. Open and clean Profile Trailhead facilities on time. Pick-up trash in parking lot and along roadway. Clean facilities throughout the day. Pick up all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails. Perform minor and routine trail maintenance and clean campsites. Provide positive visitor contact throughout the park; provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information.  When necessary, supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot.  Clean office and restrooms; remove trash and recycling.  Maintain clean state vehicle.  Submit all required paperwork to supervisor on time: record approved work time in computer system. As directedExpect to perform major trail work and other park projects. Work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects. Employee may assist with interpretive programs and special events. In absence of supervisor, this employee serves as crew leader for other seasonal staff. 

Skill Requirements: This position is very physical and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. Employee must be able to hike and work for eight hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. Employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision. Employee must be comfortable spending time alone outside.  Employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must be provided by employee. Two (2) uniform shirts will be provided at no cost. Employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of first paycheck. CPR training is provided to employee after hire date and certification is required. Candidate with related experience preferred.

More information and how to apply.

 

SEASONAL- General Utility Worker (40 hours)- 2 Positions Available

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Position includes, but is not limited to the following activities: Daily Operations Collect hiking and camping permits from trailheads. Open and clean Profile Trailhead facilities on time. Pick-up trash in parking lot and along roadway. Clean facilities throughout the day. Pickup all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails. Perform minor and routine trail maintenance and clean campsites. Provide positive visitor contact throughout the park; provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information. When necessary, supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot. Clean office and restrooms; remove trash and recycling. Maintain clean state vehicle. Submit all required paperwork to supervisor on time: record approved work time in computer system. As directedExpect to perform major trail work and other park projects. Work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects. Employee may assist with interpretive programs and special events. RequirementsThis position is very physical and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. Employee must be able to hike and work for eight hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. Employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision. Employee must be comfortable spending time alone outside. Employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must be provided by employee. Two (2) uniform shirts will be provided at no cost. Employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of first paycheck. CPR training is provided to employee after hire date and certification is required. CPR training is provided to employee after hire date and certification is required.

More information and how to apply.

 

SEASONAL- Weekend General Utility Worker (16 Hours)

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Position includes, but is not limited to the following activities: Daily Operations Collect hiking and camping permits from trailheads. Open and clean Profile Trailhead facilities on time. Pick-up trash in parking lot and along roadway. Clean facilities throughout the day. Pickup all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails. Perform minor and routine trail maintenance and clean campsites. Provide positive visitor contact throughout the park; provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information. When necessary, supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot. Clean office and restrooms; remove trash and recycling. Maintain clean state vehicle. Submit all required paperwork to supervisor on time: record approved work time in computer system. As directedExpect to perform major trail work and other park projects. Work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects. Employee may assist with interpretive programs and special events. RequirementsThis position is very physical and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. Employee must be able to hike and work for eight hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools.   Employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision.  Employee must be comfortable spending time alone outside. Employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must be provided by employee. Two (2) uniform shirts will be provided at no cost.  Employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of first paycheck.  CPR training is provided to employee after hire date and certification is required. 

More information and how to apply.

 

SEASONAL- Office Assistant/General Utility Worker (40 hours)

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Position includes 20% office work and 80% field work. Tasks include, but are not limited to the following activities: Daily Operations Collect hiking and camping permits from trailheads. Open and clean Profile Trailhead facilities on time. Pick-up trash in parking lot and along roadway. Clean facilities throughout the day. Pickup all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails. Perform minor and routine trail maintenance and clean campsites.  Provide positive visitor contact throughout the park; provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information.  When necessary, supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot.  Clean office and restrooms; remove trash and recycling. Maintain clean state vehicle.  Submit all required paperwork to supervisor on time: record approved work time in computer system. Filing, answering the phones, entering data. As directedExpect to perform major trail work and other park projects. Work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects. Employee may assist with interpretive programs and special events. Office projects as directed.

Skill requirements: This position is very physical and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. Employee must be able to hike and work for eight hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. Employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision. Employee must be comfortable spending time alone outside. Employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must be provided by employee. Two (2) uniform shirts will be provided at no cost.  Employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of first paycheck. Must be able to use a computer and must be able to professionally answer phones. CPR training is provided to employee after hire date and certification is required. 

More information and how to apply.

 

Seasonal Park Attendant

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:
Seasonal Hiring Manager
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617