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 grounds keepers.

All seasonal positions at Dismal Swamp State Park are listed below. Not all of them are currently open for hiring. Please check the top of the park's web page 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.

Seasonal Positions

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Job Information

The General Utility Worker position is for 11 months and requires a 32-day break at the end of each 11-month period. There is a potential for rehire after the mandatory break, with each occasion lasting 11 months.

The job hours are typically 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This job is required to work on site at the park.

The pay is $15 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include: operating the park's swing bridge; communicating with the general public in a courteous and professional manner; cleaning various areas of the park, such as work areas, buildings, bathrooms, grounds, and parking areas; assisting with grounds maintenance; and other tasks given by staff. The various duties to greet visitors, register hikers and bikers on trails, assist with equipment rentals, mow and trim lawns and shrubbery, pull and rake weeds out of gravel walkways, dust exhibit hall, wash windows, clean all rugs in entry ways, and sweep and clear debris on the boardwalk and steps. The GUW will also polish, sweep, mop, scrub or vacuum floors; keep control houses clean, including their work area and bridge control panel; empty trans bins inside and outside, change trash bags, and take bags to the dumpster; pick up trash, including cigarette butts; use small hand and power tools; and clear debris from grounds. The GUW will need to lift up to 30 pounds and assist maintenance staff with equipment and repairs, which will include crawling, standing, and lying or sitting under equipment.

Employees are expected to report to duty on time and as scheduled. They would need to give notice prior to the start of a shift if they will be late or unavailable due to illness or other reasons. Being unavailable for work on multiple occasions may lead to termination by supervisor.

Requirements and Qualifications

A valid driver's license is required, as well as an active checking or savings account.

Great candidates will be detail-oriented, with focus, precision and commitment to quality work. They need to communicate well with people and work well with others, with a supportive and fairness-focused mindset. They must also adhere to COVID protocols, to include: wearing personal protective equipment provided, as needed; allowing temperature screenings, as needed; following social distancing guidelines in place; and sanitizing, disinfecting, and cleaning per procedures in place, as needed.

Permanent Employment

All permanent job listings are posted through the North Carolina 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.