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Help Wanted: Seasonal Park Attendant   

William B. Umstead State Park is looking for a reliable individual to help with weekend and holiday duties in the park Visitor Center as well as with general park maintenance duties during the week.

  • $8.00/hour
  • 16-40 Hours per week
  • Term position. Not to exceed 6 months.
  • Typical Visitor Center duties include assisting park visitors with questions and directions, making and receiving campsite reservations, renting canoes, selling merchandise, answering phones, and more.
  • Weekend office help is our focus but a candidate who can perform general park maintenance duties such as cleaning park facilities, landscaping, light construction, and trail work for 3 days during the week in addition to weekend office duties is preferred.

If interested, please send your PD-107 NC Standard Application to william.umstead@ncparks.gov or mail to:
Seasonal Hiring Manager
William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617

 Posted on: Friday, July 27, 2018
Events and Programs

William B. Umstead State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. 

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join a Park Ranger for a morning of trail work.  We will be constructing a short section of new trail to reroute around a set of deteriorating steps. Wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.  All tools will be provided.  This will be fairly strenuous work as there will be a lot of digging involved.  Additional items you should bring are:  work gloves, insect repellant, closed toed shoes.

Program Length:  2-3  hours
Limited to 5 participants.
Reservations required. Please call the Visitor Center at #919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

This hike is designed for parents and guardians who are looking for a little peace, quiet, and tranquility on the kids' first day back at school in Wake County. Join a Ranger while we hike the Sals Branch Loop Trail starting at the Visitor Center and weaving its way through the forest to Big Lake and back in 2.8 miles. 

Program Length:  1.5 hours
Limited to 12  participants.
Reservations required. Please call the Visitor Center at #919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

Just because the sun has gone down does not mean that nature has gone away with it.  Join a Park Ranger at the Crabtree/Hwy 70 entrance and discuss some of the nocturnal animals you can find in the park.  We will also talk about the science of the eye as it relates to nighttime, and a short story on the rich pirate history of North Carolina.  The program will last roughly one hour and includes a 1.3 mile hike, so please dress accordingly. 

Program Length:  1  hour
Limited to 20 participants.
Reservations required. Please call the Visitor Center at #919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Thu, 09/06/2018 - 7:30am
Start Location:
Crabtree Large Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

Join Park Staff member Holly to explore the lower half of Sal's Branch Trail.  We'll start by Big Lake and go up to Switch Back road, and back down to the lake.  There's an old tobacco barn near there maybe we can find it.  

Program Length:  1  hour
Limited to 10 participants.
Reservations required. Please call the Visitor Center at #919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Wed, 09/12/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)
Contact:

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
Phone919-571-4170
Our Email william.umstead@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

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The gate at the Crabtree Creek entrance will open at 7am daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system. From March 15th through December 1st, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the park closes so those campers have access in and out the park during that time. 

Crabtree Creek Entrance:
November-February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 7am - 8pm
May - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Reedy Creek Entrance:
November - February: 8:00am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 8:00am - 8pm
May - August: 8:00am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

William B. Umstead main park gates are closed and locked promptly at posted closing time. No entry or exit is permitted after this time except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Park Office/Visitor Center
8am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day

Exhibit Hall
Located in the Visitor Center
January - December, 9am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st