Jobs

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.

Seasonal positions at Grandfather Mountain State Park are listed below. Park staff will post a green alert at the top of the park's web pages if they are actively seeking applicants for a seasonal opening.

Seasonal Positions

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Job Information

The Park Technician works 40 hours week, with 8-hour workdays plus 30 minutes for lunch. Weekend and holiday work are required. Flexible scheduling is possible for students.

This position pays $14 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The daily operations for this position involves collecting hiking and camping permits from trailheads; opening and cleaning Profile Trailhead facilities on time; picking up trash in the parking lot and along the roadway; cleaning facilities throughout the day; picking up all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails; performing minor and routine trail maintenance; cleaning campsites; cleaning the park office and restrooms; and removing trash and recycling. When necessary, this position may supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot.

All park employees are expected to provide positive visitor contact throughout the park and provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information. They are also required to maintain a clean state vehicle, as well as submit all required paperwork to their supervisor and record approved work time in a computer system.

The Park Technician may also perform the following duties, as directed: perform major trail work and other park projects; work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects; and assist with interpretive programs and special events. In the absence of a supervisor, this employee serves as the crew leader for other seasonal staff.

Additional duties may be required as needed to assist park staff and operations.

Requirements and Qualifications

This position is very physical, and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. The employee must be able to hike and work for 8 hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. The employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision, as well as be comfortable spending time alone outside.

The employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must also be provided by the employee. The employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of the first paycheck. Two uniform shirts will be provided at no cost.

CPR is training is provided to the employee after hiring date and certification is required.

Candidates with related experience are preferred.

Job Information

General Utility Workers work 40 hours a week, with two days off. Work days are 8 hours long, plus 30 minutes for lunch. Weekend and holiday work are required. Flexible scheduling is possible for students.

This position pays $12 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The daily operations for this position involves picking up all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails; performing minor and routine trail maintenance; cleaning campsites; and removing trash and recycling. When necessary, this position may supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot.

All park employees are expected to provide positive visitor contact throughout the park and provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information. They are also required to maintain a clean state vehicle, as well as submit all required paperwork to their supervisor and record approved work time in a computer system.

General Utility Workers may also perform the following duties, as directed: perform major trail work and other park projects; work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects; and assist with interpretive programs and special events. They may also be required to open and clean Profile Trailhead facilities on time.

Additional duties may be required as needed to assist park staff and operations.

Requirements and Qualifications

This position is very physical, and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. The employee must be able to hike and work for 8 hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. The employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision, as well as be comfortable spending time alone outside.

The employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must also be provided by the employee. The employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of the first paycheck. Two uniform shirts will be provided at no cost.

CPR is training is provided to the employee after hiring date and certification is required.

Job Information

General Utility Workers work 40 hours a week, with two days off. Work days are 8 hours long, plus 30 minutes for lunch. Weekend and holiday work are required. Flexible scheduling is possible for students.

This position pays $12 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The daily operations for this position involves collecting hiking and camping permits from trailheads; cleaning the park office and restrooms; opening and cleaning Profile Trailhead facilities; picking up trash in the parking lot and along the roadway; checking and cleaning facilities throughout the day; mowing and weedeating at the park and satellite properties; assisting with major maintenance projects; and collecting the trail counter information weekly.

All park employees are expected to provide positive visitor contact throughout the park and provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information. They are also required to maintain a clean state vehicle, as well as submit all required paperwork to their supervisor and record approved work time in a computer system.

The Maintenance General Utility Worker may also perform the following duties, as directed: occasionally assist with natural resource projects; occasionally assist with trail projects; and assist with rescue operations in the park.

Additional duties may be required as needed to assist park staff and operations.

Requirements and Qualifications

This position is very physical, and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. The employee must be able to hike and work for 8 hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. The employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision, as well as be comfortable spending time alone outside.

The employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must also be provided by the employee. The employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of the first paycheck. Two uniform shirts will be provided at no cost.

CPR is training is provided to the employee after hiring date and certification is required.

Job Information

The Weekend General Utility Worker works 16 hours per week, on Saturdays and Sundays. Work days are 8 hours long, plus 30 minutes for lunch.

This position pays $12 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The daily operations for this position involves collecting hiking and camping permits from trailheads; opening and cleaning Profile Trailhead facilities; picking up trash in the parking lot and along the roadway; cleaning facilities throughout the day; picking up all litter at trailheads and on campsites and trails; performing minor and routine trail maintenance; cleaning campsites; cleaning the park office and restrooms; and removing trash and recycling. When necessary, this position may supervise vehicle parking in the Profile parking lot.

All park employees are expected to provide positive visitor contact throughout the park and provide visitors with accurate park information and any pertinent and timely weather and/or trail condition information. They are also required to maintain a clean state vehicle, as well as submit all required paperwork to their supervisor and record approved work time in a computer system.

The Weekend General Utility Worker may also perform the following duties, as directed: perform major trail work and other park projects; work with and/or supervise volunteers on projects; and assist with interpretive programs and special events.

Additional duties may be required as needed to assist park staff and operations.

Requirements and Qualifications

This position is very physical, and the employee must be able to perform work outside in all weather conditions. The employee must be able to hike and work for 8 hours on strenuous trails and must be able to lift heavy rocks and work with all forms of hand tools. The employee must be able to work with minimal oversight and supervision, as well as be comfortable spending time alone outside.

The employee must provide sturdy boots suitable for hiking and working on the mountain. Outerwear must also be provided by the employee. The employee must provide green work pants following the issuance of the first paycheck. Two uniform shirts will be provided at no cost.

CPR is training is provided to the employee after hiring date and certification is required.

Job Information

The Weekend Office Assistant works 16 to 24 hours per week, on Saturdays and Sundays, with one optional weekday in the field. Work days are 8 hours long, plus 30 minutes for lunch.

This position pays $14 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The daily operations for this position involves answering phone calls; talking to visitors at the park office; monitoring radio calls from the park; and updating the park's website and with alert information, if necessary. They must be able to answer visitor questions regarding hiking trails, campsites, and general park information.

The employee will also assist the Administrative Specialist in routine office duties such as filing; recording and managing visitation data; making sales and reservations in the central reservation system (CRS); collecting mail; maintaining inventory of retail items and office supplies; folding park maps; checking campers in and out in the CRS; arranging retail items for display; tidying the park office; and any other duties as assigned by the administrator or park superintendent.

The Weekend Office Assistant may assist field staff in operation duties in the field, if needed, or if office duties are completed. Field work may include all maintenance duties with the Profile Trailhead — cleaning restrooms, picking up ground litter, trimming road shoulders, and all associated grounds work. It may also include all forms of trail work; maintenance projects; and natural resource management projects as assigned. 

Requirements and Qualifications

The employee may use hand tools and power tools to perform field work as needed, or if office duties are completed. The employee may be exposed to all weather and trail conditions.

Candidates with related experience are preferred.

Permanent Employment

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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.

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