Temporary Employment

Temporary and seasonal jobs are available at most state parks and recreation areas, with varying durations of employment to include more opportunities during our peak season. A variety of opportunities are available, including park attendants, lifeguards, office assistants, naturalists, maintenance workers, and groundskeepers.

All seasonal positions at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park are listed below. Not all of them are currently open for hiring. Please check the top of the park's web pages for a green alert that lists which job applications are currently being accepted by park staff. If there is no green alert, that means the park has no vacancies; visit our general Jobs page to find currently open positions at other state parks.

All Seasonal Positions

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Job Information

Lifeguards work up to 40 hours per week, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Working weekends and holidays is required.

The pay for Lifeguards is $17 per hour. The Chief Lifeguard earns $19 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lifeguards vigilantly monitor the protected swim beach area, diving platform, and rental boats located at the swim lake at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. They provide assistance, protection, and emergency response to visitors when required.

The primary duties of this position are: actively monitoring swimmers and visitors; providing water rescues, when necessary; enforcing swim area regulations; providing first aid and emergency procedures, when necessary; communicating with visitors and other guards; performing routine custodial and maintenance duties of the swim lake bathrooms, locker rooms, boathouse, and swim beach; participating in daily training; and assisting park visitors by answering questions and providing area/park information.

Working as a team is integral to park operations. Lifeguards should be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Lifeguards must hold a current certification from an accredited lifeguard organization. CPR/AED and first aid certifications through the American Heart Association or the Red Cross are also required.

Job Information

This position has a work schedule that varies up to 40 hours weekly, with weekend and holiday work required. The position lasts for 11 months.

The pay is $15 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Park Attendant Fee Collector position will assist at the visitor center, camp store and concession stand. They are responsible for courteously serving the public in collecting fees, providing information about the park, answering questions and registering campers. They also handle creating new reservations in the central reservations system and facilitating sales within the park. The person in this position must keep accurate track of money, sales and inventories in the gift shop, camp store and concession stand.

This position could be asked to assist in light maintenance work that includes, but is not limited to, emptying garbage cans, collecting litter, and cleaning public restrooms and staff area. As with all seasonal positions, they may also perform other duties as needed to assist park staff.

Requirements and Qualifications

The Park Attendant Fee Collector periodically performs duties that may involve lifting, carrying and moving moderately heavy objects.

Job Information

Concession stand and camp store clerks (3 available positions) work up to 40 hours per week, in a varied shift schedule, with morning shift beginning at 8 a.m. and late shifts ending at 8 p.m. from May through October. Working nights, weekends and holidays is required.

The pay is $15 per hour. Two positions are 6-month terms, and one is an 11-month term.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position sells miscellaneous camping supply, snack and beverage items; collects payment for daily activity fees of the swim beach and paddling boat rentals, as well as nightly reservation fees for campsites; and provides information to visitors at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

Primary duties include: selling firewood, ice, camping supplies, and food and beverage items; verifying and selling swim beach wrist bands; issuing boat rentals and safety equipment, to include instructing renters on proper usage, time, and place allotments; issuing overnight camping permits; cleaning bathrooms and locker rooms; removing ash from fire rings; cleaning litter off campsites; accurately collecting and disbursing payments and change; assisting with weekly inventory counts; restocking inventory as needed; accepting deliveries; and assisting park visitors by answering questions and providing area and park information.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. The Concession Stand and Camp Store Clerks should also be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Candidates must be at least 15 years old to apply.

Job Information

This position works up to 40 hours a week, typically Monday to Friday, either 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some holidays, weekends, and nights will be required as needed for educational programming and staffing shortages.

The pay is $17 per hour, and housing is available.

Duties and Responsibilities

This Park Technician position focuses primarily on natural resource management, including plant species identification, invasive species identification and removal, boundary work, species inventories, preparation for prescribed burns, trail maintenance, and other resource-based management projects. Additional tasks include assisting staff with daily general park operational needs and routines.

The person in this position should expect to conduct natural resource projects; lead educational programs with children and adults, including but not limited to guided hikes and nature program; patrol park areas daily on ATVs; provide visitor information and services; report any park violation(s) to park ranger(s); and provide park maintenance duties as needed. This position will be required to create and teach at least one unique park-related program during the allotted time worked, as well as learn and teach one currently established park program.

Requirements and Qualifications

Applicants must have at least a high school diploma. Preferably, the ideal candidate will possess a background in biology, zoology, natural resource management, or a related field. Prior work experience in outdoor education and invasive species management is desired. Current certifications in Wildland Firefighter Type II, NC Pesticide Applicator License, NC Forest Service S-212 Faller 3 (chainsaw operations), and experience and skills related to current theories of sustainable trail construction and maintenance are preferred.

The employee must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. They must also have a basic knowledge of coastal natural resources and the willingness to engage with the public in customer service and educational programming.

Permanent Employment

All permanent job listings are posted through the NC Office of State Human Resources Online Job Application System.

Please note that most permanent employment opportunities have a very short posting period of only a few days. As such, permanent employment opportunities are not posted in this page.

The Online Job Application System allows you to create a "Get Job Alerts" link that will notify you via email when a position matching your interests and skills becomes available.

To use the Online Job Application System, you will need to create an account in order to submit an application for employment. Sign in or create a new account through the "Sign In" button at the top right of the page. There is a link at the bottom of the pop-up box to create a new account.