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Assistant Park Ranger


Jockeys Ridge State Park
Nags Head, NC
Dare County


Jockey's Ridge State Park
P.O. Box 592
Nags Head, NC 27959

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959

Ranger Justin Barnes

Application deadline

Applications will be accepted
until the position is filled.

Job description

Description of work

  • Conduct 1 to 2 interpretive programs daily with children and adults
  • Patrol park areas twice daily on ATVs
  • Provide visitor information and services
  • Report any park violations to park ranger(s)
  • Provide park maintenance duties as needed
  • Participate in local agencies' programs and in park training sessions
  • Prepare for and research assigned interpretive programs, and develop a new program outline


Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • ​​​Employee must possess the physical ability and stamina to carry out park duties.
  • Employee must have a basic knowledge of coastal natural resources.
  • Employee must have experience and/or be willing to engage in public speaking to occasional large audiences.
  • Employee should have experience working with the public in a service or informational setting.


Experience and qualifications

Minimum education requirements: Preferably, high school diploma

Preferably, employee will have knowledge in biology, zoology, ecology, natural resource management, or related field. Prior work experience in outdoor education a plus.


Positions available

One 3-month position: May to September
40 hours per week, varied shift (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.), must work holidays, weekends, and nights
Pay scale: $12 per hour, housing not available



How to apply

Applicants must complete a NC State Government Paper Application for Employment (PD-107) to be considered for these positions.

Completed applications should be mailed to Jockey's Ridge State Park or dropped off in person at the park visitor center office. You can also email it to Ranger Justin Barnes at


Mailing address:
Attn: Ranger Justin Barnes
P.O. Box 592
Nags Head, NC 27959


Visitor center office:
300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959
Office hours:
9:00am to 5:00pm – November to February
9:00am to 6:00pm – March to October