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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation supports a work environment that fosters respect and values all people regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or National Guard status. We are committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) and want to see this value infused in all areas of the state parks system.


  • Diversity is understanding that everyone is unique and that we must recognize our individual differences and similarities. It encompasses acceptance and respect while embracing various backgrounds, professional experience, skills and specialization, values and culture, and socioeconomic status.
  • Equity refers to the qualities of justness, fairness, impartiality and even-handedness. This involves factoring in aspects of the system that have put particular groups at a disadvantage. Equity is inclusive equality.
  • Inclusion is acknowledging, welcoming, respecting, supporting and valuing the authentic participation of any individual or group. It is creating an environment that engages multiple perspectives, differing ideas, and individuals from different backgrounds while providing a sense of belonging.
  • Access: Access for All, as well as the acknowledgment that for it all to work cohesively, we must integrate access. Integration not only acknowledges the variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, but it accepts, encourages, and thrives in it.


Desired outcomes

  • Create and sustain an inclusive culture
  • Build a diverse workforce
  • Strengthen community relationships with minority communities through education and access
  • Integrate diversity and inclusion in business partnerships
  • Retain and develop top diverse talent


Employment opportunities at North Carolina State Parks

  • All permanent job listings are posted through the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources Online Job Application System.
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North Carolina State Parks: Career Opportunities Seminars

Every quarter, N.C. State Parks hosts career opportunities seminars, geared towards students and alumni of relevant degree programs to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The next seminar is scheduled for November 10, 2021.

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You can view the recording below from the spring 2021 seminar that was hosted on March 25, 2021:


Celebrating Juneteenth



North Carolina Museum of History

Juneteenth video courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History


N.C. State Parks Celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates freedom in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day and Juneteenth Day of Freedom. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tex., and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation came two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863, many slaveholders continued to hold people captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom.


Collage of Juneteenth at parks – Left: Jones Lake State Park visitor center ; Center Top: Entrance at William B. Umstead State Park ; Center Bottom: Iron Ore Belt access at Haw River State Park  ; Right: Juneteenth Storywalk sign at Hammocks Beach State Park


  • June 19, 1865, marks the date that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tex., and announced the end of both the Civil War and slavery. His announcement, General Order Number 3, reads:

    "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and right of property, between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor. The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere."

  • The 1865 date is largely symbolic. The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln had legally freed slaves in Texas on January 1, 1863, almost 2 and a half years earlier. Even after the general order, some slaveholders withheld the information and continued to keep people enslaved.
  • Texans celebrated Juneteenth beginning in 1866 with community events, such as parades, cookouts, prayer gatherings, historical and cultural readings, and musical performances. Over time, communities have developed new traditions. Some communities purchased land for Juneteenth celebrations, such as Emancipation Park in Houston. As familiar emigrated from Texas to other parts of the United States, they carried the Juneteenth celebrations with them.
  • On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth officially became a Texas state holiday. Since then, 45 other states and the District of Columbia have also commemorated or recognized the day. The most recent five U.S. presidents and four N.C. governors have acknowledged Juneteenth.
  • Juneteenth is a day when everyone can celebrate our nation's continuing efforts to create a more perfect union. It represents the American ideals of freedom, liberty, equality, and opportunity.


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Contact information

Rodney Lovett
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
North Carolina State Parks
phone: 919-707-9374
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