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 Hammocks Beach 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 Ferry Deckhand positions works seasonally 40 hours per week. Shifts last 8.5 hours in April, May, September, and October; shifts last 10 hours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Working weekends and holidays is required.

The pay is $12 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

Deckhands support the Ferry Operator in the safe operation of ferry vessels to and from Bear Island. They also provide clear information and answer passenger questions in an engaging manner.

The primary duties include: collecting and tallying passenger ferry tickets; assisting with the safe loading of passengers; securing rig lines, the dock gate, and ramps aboard the vessel; compiling and maintaining passenger counts and assisting with the daily inspection of the vessel for daily reports; instructing passengers in safety rules and regulations; communicating passenger totals to the captain and staff; and assisting the ferry operator with the safe operation of the vessel.

Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with the visitor center and other park staff. All park staff should also expect to interact and provide information and customer service to ferry passengers and park visitors.

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

Requirements and Qualifications

Candidates must be 16 years old or older to apply.

Basic computer skills are required.

A completed North Carolina Boaters Safety Course is preferred. In addition, random drug testing/screening is required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Job Information

The hours for the Ferry Operator vary by position, from 20 to 40 hours per week. Day shifts are 8.5 to 10 hours, scheduled according to the seasonal ferry schedule. The Ferry Operator may work seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend or up to 7 months. Working weekends and holidays is required.

The pay is $20 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Ferry Operator navigates the waterways in and around Hammocks Beach State Park to provide the safe transportation of passengers to and from Bear Island, a remote barrier island.

The primary duties include: efficiently and safely navigating the boat, loading passengers, and controlling ferry vehicles; directing ferry crews and staff to secure rig lines, the dock gate, and ramps aboard the vessel; ensuring compliance with all rules and regulations; maintaining vessel records of daily activities and inspections; preparing reports; and using first aid and emergency procedures as necessary.

Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with other park staff and the Coast Guard as necessary. All park staff should expect to interact and provide information and customer service to ferry passengers and park visitors.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. The Ferry Operator should be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

A U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain's License (25 ton) is required.

Current American Red Cross or equivalent first aid certification, including CPR and AED, is also required.

Candidates must be 19 years old or older to apply. Basic computer skills are required.

In addition, random drug testing/screening is required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Job Information

The hours for General Utility Workers vary from 16 to 40 hours per week. Day shifts are 8 hours or 10 hours long, scheduled according to seasonal visitation and the ferry schedule. Each employment term length can be either 3 to 6 months or up to 11 months. Weekends and holiday work is required with this position.

The pay is $12 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

General Utility Workers assist park maintenance staff with custodial, janitorial, landscaping, and minor repairs to park grounds and facilities. GUWs also fill in, if needed, for the ferry deckhand position.

The primary duties include: mowing grass and weedeating throughout the park; collecting trash and picking up litter; assisting maintenance staff with various maintenance projects; and disinfecting and cleaning of assigned areas and facilities, including restrooms, parking lot, and grounds.

All employees are required to maintain vehicle cleanliness. Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with other park staff. Employees should also expect to interact and provide information and customer service to park visitors.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. GUWs will be cross-trained so they can fill in for the Ferry Deckhand position when necessary. They should also be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Candidates must be 16 years old or older to apply.

Basic computer skills are required. Knowledge or experience in landscaping, mowing, janitorial duties, or general repair is a plus.

GUWs must complete the North Carolina Boaters Safety Course. In addition, random drug testing/screening is required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Job Information

Park interns work 40 hours per week from May through August. Day and night shifts are typically 8 hours, and the shift hours vary by internship. Working nights, weekends, and holidays may be required.

The pay is $14 per hour, and housing is available for a minimal fee.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of a Park Intern vary by internship project and can include collecting, recording, and compiling data for a project focus; assisting park rangers; and leading educational programs. Projects focus on the nesting activity of sea turtles and colonial nesting birds, as well as environmental education through the preparation and presentation of educational programs to park visitors. Sea turtle interns are required to live in on-site housing on Bear Island.

All employees are required to maintain vehicle cleanliness. Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with other park staff. All park staff expect to interact and provide information and customer service to park visitors.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. The Park Intern should be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Preferred candidates would currently be enrolled in an accredited college or university, with plans to return for the fall semester. They should be self-motivated; be able to work within a team and independently; and be personable and comfortable with public speaking.

Desired academic majors vary by internship but include marine biology, biology, resource management, coastal ecology, environmental conservation, ornithology, wildlife management, recreation resources management, wildlife biology, parks and recreation, natural resources, environmental science, or similar majors.

Candidates must possess a valid driver's license. They should have the physical ability and stamina to work outdoors in the heat, rain and windy conditions, and along with biting insects.

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The Lifeguard position works 40 hours per week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Day shifts are 8 hours on Bear Island, a remote barrier island. Working weekends and holidays is required.

The pay is $15 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lifeguards vigilantly monitor the protected ocean swim beach area on Bear Island, a remote barrier island. They provide assistance, protection, prevention, 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 at the Bear Island bathhouse; participating in daily training; testing the water weekly; and assisting with collecting fees, on occasion.

Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with other park staff. All park staff should expect to interact and provide information and customer service to park visitors.

Working as a team member 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 lifeguarding organization. CPR/AED and first aid certifications through the American Heart Association or the Red Cross are also required.

Job Information

Hours for the Office Assistant position vary from 24 to 40 hours per week, with 8-hour-long day shifts. The employment term can be either 3 to 6 months or up to 11 months. Weekends and holiday work is required.

The pay is $14 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Office Assistant works on various administrative tasks, including selling camping permits, ferry tickets, and retail items. This position is the first point of contact with the public, in person and over the phone, in a fast-paced environment.

The primary duties of this position are: accurately processing, collecting, and disbursing payments; making change; providing courteous customer service when collecting fees, answering questions, registering campers, or giving information about the park. The Office Assistant also handles creating new reservations and selling ferry tickets in the central reservations system. They must keep accurate track of money, sales, and inventories in the gift shop, and complete various administrative assignments, when necessary.

Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with ferry vessels and other park staff. All park staff should expect to interact and provide information and customer service to park visitors.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. The Office Assistant should be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Candidates must be at least 16 years old to apply.

Basic computer skills are required.

The ideal candidate has a positive mindset, the ability to work as a team member and independently when needed, intermediate or advanced computer skills, accurate cash-handling experience, knowledge in operating general office equipment, expertise in customer service, and experience working or volunteering with the public.

Job Information

The Park Technician works 40 hours per week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Day shifts are 8 hours. Working weekends and holidays is required.

The pay is $14 per hour, and housing is available for a minimal fee.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Park Technician assist park rangers with park and facility cleanup; open and close routines of park gates and facilities; assist rangers in or lead environment education programs; and supervise other seasonal employees, where applicable.

All employees are required to maintain vehicle cleanliness. Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with other park staff. All park staff should expect to interact and provide information and customer service to park visitors.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. Park Technicians will be cross-trained, so they can fill in for the Deckhand position when necessary. They should also be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Applicants must have at least a high school diploma.

The ideal candidate would be working toward or have a degree in parks and recreation, natural resource management, or another science. Prior work experience in outdoor education is also a plus.

A completed North Carolina Boater Safety Course is preferred.

The Park Technician must possess the physical ability and stamina to carry out park duties. They must also have a basic knowledge of coastal natural resources. They should have either experience or willingness to engage in public speaking.

Random drug testing/screening is required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Job Information

The Refreshment Stand / Bathhouse Fee Collector position works 40 hours per week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Day shifts are 8 hours on Bear Island, a remote barrier island. Working weekends and holidays is required.

The pay is $12 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position assists with the sale of snack food and beverage items on Bear Island, a remote barrier island.

Primary duties include: selling food and beverage items; accurately collecting and disbursing payments and change; assisting with weekly inventory counts; restocking inventory, as needed; accepting deliveries and assisting with the transport of inventory items from the mainland to the refreshment stand; and performing routine custodial maintenance of the Bear Island bathhouse, adjacent picnic areas, and grounds.

Two-way/VHF radios are used to communicate with the visitor center and other park staff. All park staff should expect to interact and provide information and customer service to park visitors.

Working as a team member is integral to park operations. The Refreshment Stand / Bathhouse Fee Collector should also be prepared to complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

Candidates must be at least 16 years old to apply.

Basic computer skills are required.

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.

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