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Job Openings 2017 Season


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Vermont State Parks is now hiring for the 2017 season!

Work in the beautiful Vermont outdoors with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Happy customers continuously tell us that our staff are the best around. Our staff tell us that working for the parks is some of the most rewarding and meaningful work they’ve ever done. If you have an excellent work ethic, customer service and/or management experience, and great attitude, we’d love for you to apply.

We are currently recruiting park managers, interpreters, attendants and more. Part-time and full-time positions are available statewide. Jobs are all seasonal, temporary positions and as such do not have benefits such as paid vacation or health insurance. Apply through the online portal by clicking “How to Apply” at the top of this page.

All finalists for these positions will be background checked.

Park Attendant I-II; Lead Attendant (PGs 8, 9, 10; $10.44/hour, $10.95/hour and $11.38/hour)
Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations with increasing responsibility for level II and Lead Attendant. Lead Attendant may also assist with staff supervision. Experience desirable especially for the upper levels. CPR & First Aid certification required for all levels. Working in excess of 48 hours may be required for the Lead Attendant. Weekend work may be required.

Park Manager I-IV; Assistant Park Manager A-B
Park Manager I, PG 14 ($13.60/hour)
Park Manager II, PG 15 ($14.25/hour)
Park Manager III, PG 17 ($15.73/hour)
Park Manager IV, PG 18 ($16.61)
Assistant Manager A, PG 13 ($12.98/hour)
Assistant Manager B, PG 14 ($13.60/hour)
Serves as summer park manager or assistant manager responsible for customer experience and supervision of staff and park operations at a specific park. Manager pay grades depend on size of park, complexity of operations and attendance. Previous experience in park operations and maintenance, or college education in park management preferred, but technical maintenance skills not required. Basic First Aid & CPR certification required. Working in excess of 48 hours per week required at times. Weekend and evening work required. In-park residency is usually required, for which housing is provided.

Seasonal Lifeguard - Button Bay State Park (PG 10; $11.38/hour)
Responsible for day to day lifeguard duties at the in-ground pool as well as routine grounds, facility and equipment maintenance.  In addition to being part of the park emergency team, other work may include raking and removing litter from picnic areas and campsites; mowing and trimming lawns; giving visitor information and assistance; visitor registration; assisting with accident investigation; and assisting with rules and regulation compliance. Housing may be provided. CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard Certification required.

Call Center Rep – PG 12 = $12.42
Montpelier Office. Part-time seasonal. Three to five days per week 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. No weekends required. Answer customer inquiries, make reservations, process payments. Applicants must have great customer service and computer skills, including thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office and the internet. Ideal candidate will have lived in Vermont for several years and have personal experience enjoying Vermont’s state parks and recreational opportunities. Applicant must be able to work in team environment as well as independently. This position assists with administrative projects during slower periods. There are some perks like free camping, fishing licenses and free admission to Vermont attractions. Please apply online via link above and send resume and cover letter to

Park Interpreter (PG 11; $11.85/hour)
Serves as a summer naturalist at one or two State Parks. Responsible for developing, scheduling and carrying out nature programs, hikes, recreation programs, etc. Prior related education and experience necessary. Requires working split shift schedules. Basic First Aid & CPR certification required. Weekend and evening work required.

Trail Crew Members (PG 10 - $11.38/hour)
Two roving 4-person crews responsible for routine trail maintenance and technical trail projects in VT State forests and parks. Crew works in both northern VT and southern VT and travels between work areas. Crew may stay at nearby state parks during the work week. Basic first aid & CPR required. Previous trail experience and chain saw use preferred (Game of Logging). Must be able to work in back country. Apply to “Barre Regional Office” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal.

Parks Maintenance Worker (PG 10 - $11.38/hour; PG 15 - $14.25/hour)
Skilled maintenance work at or above the journeyman level of difficulty and responsibility in construction, structural maintenance and repair of park facilities, buildings, grounds, small equipment and utilities. The duties include performing routine maintenance and repair work in an independent park setting on a project by project basis. To perform duties, the use of a variety of construction and mechanic tools, small equipment and vehicles is typical. A background in carpentry, plumbing and/or small equipment repair is a plus. Position is in Northeast VT with workstation at the Groton Maintenance Shop, Marshfield, VT.  Apply to “Groton Maintenance Shop” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal.

Parks VYCC Restoration Crew Leader (PG 20 - $18.41/hour)
Position is available in the Northeast park region with workstation located at the Groton Maintenance Shop, Marshfield, VT. Seeking an individual skilled in supervising a crew of young adults in projects that include crafts/trades work (carpentry, masonry, general building, landscape installation and maintenance, trail or comparable skilled work) at various state parks and remote settings. Crew leader meets regularly with facility manager on new projects, evaluates the scope of work and determines appropriate methods/techniques to complete the work; facilitates activities into daily work projects; teaches corps members project, trades and life skills; oversees the safety and work habits of the corps members; safely moves and direct corps member crews on camp moves and new project locations; instructs corps members in the projects, conservation, and restoration of state lands and parks; and prepares written documents.

Willingness to work for extended periods occasionally in primitive facilities, and a willingness to work odd and irregular hours required. A background in carpentry and working with young adult crews is essential. Position is available in the Northeast park region with workstation located at the Groton Maintenance Shop, Marshfield, VT.  Apply to “Groton Maintenance Shop” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal.

Seasonal Trails Coordinator (Pay Grade 18 - $16.61/hour)
This position coordinates trails program and projects in an assigned region/district for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Plans, develops, and coordinates trail maintenance and development projects, and supervises and monitors in-house, contracted and volunteer trail crews. Recruits and interviews for State Trail Crew positions, trains and supervises crew, and evaluates performance. Develops and coordinates a volunteer trail maintainer program on state lands. Prepares grants, requests for proposals, and contracts for trail projects. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Parks Regional Manager or State Lands Stewardship Forester, but with need for significant independence interacting with the public and outside service providers. Wilderness First Aid/Responder and CPR certifications desired, as well as chainsaw certification (Game of Logging). Position is for 38 weeks starting in March/April 2015. Must have driver's license. State or rental vehicle will be available. Apply to “Rutland Regional Office” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal.

Invasive Species Volunteer Organizer (PG 11- $11.85/hour)
Rutland area. Seeking a highly organized individual with good interpersonal skills to engage volunteer groups and schedule educational/service projects in state parks and state forests. The position also requires the ability to prepare a variety of program related reports and records. This position involves the coordination of volunteer groups including outreach and recruitment. Employee will schedule activities, arrange space, organize events and coordinate with the Habitat Restoration Crew and staff to set up programs.

The employee may participate in and provide support for some educational programs as needed. Employment runs from mid-April 2016 until mid-October 2016 and may include housing and utilities for the time of employment.  This position is 20 hours a week. Hours may vary and include some weekends. Professional experience or coursework in natural, conservation sciences or education preferred. Apply to “Rutland Regional Office” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal.

Habitat Restoration Team Member (PG 10 - $11.38/hour; PG 11 - $11.85/hour)
Employees will work in Vermont State Forests and Parks, performing mechanical removal of invasive plants, maintaining equipment, and documenting crew work.  May use herbicides.  Some employees will focus on coordination of volunteer groups including outreach, recruitment, and set up for volunteer days.   Employees may assist in teaching and leading volunteers. Employment runs from early May until mid-October, and may include housing and utilities for the time of employment. These positions are 20 and 40 hours a week. Hours may vary and will include some weekends. In the Park Preferences section of the application portal, select “Rutland Regional Office”.



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