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We will begin taking applications for the 2022 season beginning January 1, 2022.
Please continue to Job Openings for currently available positions.
Are you ready to make a difference and begin your Parks career?Apply Now
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 work towards ensuring a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Discrimination based on ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and physical or mental condition is prohibited. All eligible applicants or job-holders have equal opportunity in all areas of state employment.
We are currently recruiting park managers, assistant managers, park interpreters, attendants, workcampers, deckhands for our Burton Island Ferry Boat and more, see listings below. Part-time and full-time positions are available statewide. All jobs are temporary positions and as such do not have a comprehensive benefits package such as paid vacation or health insurance. Apply through the online portal by clicking “Apply Now” button at the top of this page.
Beginning September 15, 2021, all State of Vermont Executive Branch employees (including all parks seasonal employees) must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.
All finalists for these positions will be background checked.
Think Park Life Is For You?
Check out the #WorkOutsideTheBox playlist for park staff interviews from park attendants to park managers. Then, head to the link below to learn more about what you can expect working in parks, a glimpse into the 'office', and written staff testimonials.
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All employees receive two punch passes, free camping on a space available basis, free day use and free fishing licenses, a staff discount on parks merchandise, as well as free or reduced admission to many Vermont tourist attractions. You will be issued an ID card valid during your time with us to enable you to take advantage of some of these things. Check out our current list of free attractions you can take advantage of. Various pro-deals available to parks staff.
2022 Seasonal Positions
Park Attendant and Lead Attendant
Spend your summer in a gorgeous outdoor setting while providing high quality customer service, working with a team or independently on general maintenance and grounds keeping and/or park office duties such as day use fee collection and campground reservations. Lead Attendant positions also available. Lead Attendants would have more responsibilities which may include assistance with staff supervision. Experience desirable especially for the Lead positions. Weekend work most likely will be required. Perks include free camping, fishing licenses and free admission to Vermont attractions as well as cool nature moments. This position can also be used as a college internship.
Park Managers and Assistant Park Managers
$14.61/hour - $18.74/hour
Want a big outdoor office? Then these jobs are for you! These mostly residential positions where park housing is provided without charge, serve as summer park managers or assistant park managers responsible for customer experience, cash handling and management, and supervision of staff and park operations at specific parks. Manager pay grades depend on the overall complexity, visitation level and size of the park to which a position is assigned. Previous experience in park operations and maintenance, or college education in park management is preferred, but technical maintenance skills are not required, as training will be provided. The following are requirements for most of these managerial positions: Basic First Aid & CPR certification, working in excess of 48 hours per week, weekend and evening work and in-park residency for which housing is provided.
Seasonal Lifeguard - Button Bay State Park
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. If not currently certified, certification fees will be covered for selected applicants. These positions are limited to Button Bay State Park.
Ferry Boat Deckhand – Kill Kare/Burton Island State Parks
Assists in the operation of Vermont State Park’s Island Runner ferry boat from Kill Kare State Park to Burton Island State Park. Position is largely focused on customer service and passenger safety, as well as general maintenance and cleaning of vessel as directed by Ferry Boat Captain. 40 hours per week, 3-4 days per week. 12-hour days and weekend work required. This position requires random chemical (drug) testing to comply with USCG regulations.
Dispersed Recreation Site Ranger – Springfield Regional Office Only
Want to spend your summer working outside at some of Vermont’s best swimming holes and waterfalls? Look no further, the Vermont Dept of Forests Parks and Recreation is recruiting for a seasonal Recreation Ranger to staff key sites in Windsor and Windham counties. Responsibilities will center around managing visitor’s at site’s with limited capacity and sensitive natural resources. Work will include both tasks to address immediate issues, and to prepare the department for future planning efforts. Housing is not provided with this position, however a vehicle for travel to work sites will be. This position works for the Forestry Division; when applying, choose “Park Manager” as job title and “Springfield Regional Office” as the Park Preference. For more information about this specific position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Feb. 27, 2022.
Serves as a summer interpreter at one or two State Parks. Responsible for developing, scheduling and delivering natural and cultural history programs, hikes, recreation activities, etc. Prior related education and experience necessary. Requires working split shift schedules. Basic First Aid & CPR certification required. Weekend and evening work required.Please apply online via link above and send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Parks Maintenance Staff
$12.55/hour - $15.31/hour
Park maintenance work and responsibility in construction, structural maintenance and repair of park facilities, buildings, grounds, small equipment and utilities. Pay rate depends on complexity of work required in different settings. 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. When applying on-line, apply to one or more of the following “Park Preferences” for these maintenance positions:
- Rutland Regional Office (for parks in Southwestern VT)
- Lake Carmi Maintenance Shop
- Knight Point Maintenance Shop
- Groton Maintenance Shop
Seasonal Trail Crew Members and Trail Crew Leader
$12.55/hour and $13.33/hour
4-person crew 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 settings. When applying on-line for these positions, under the “Park Preferences” section, select the “Trails Program” position. Two positions available. Applications accepted until positions are filled.
Seasonal Trails Coordinator
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 Field Recreation Specialist, 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). Must have driver's license. State or rental vehicle will be available. These positions are in Parks Region 2 (apply to “Rutland Regional Office” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal).
Seyon Lodge Cook
Skilled cooking and supervisory work involving daily planning, preparation and serving food to guests at Seyon Lodge State Park, one of Vermont’s unique state parks located in Groton State Forest. When Innkeepers are absent, supervises lodge attendants and acts as assistant to Innkeepers. Work is performed in a commercial kitchen and requires considerable guest contact. Weekend work is required. Position is in Northeast VT. Apply online to “Seyon Lodge” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal (Region 4).
Seyon Lodge Guest Services Associate
$12.73 - $13.94/hour
Serves as guest services associate at Seyon Lodge professionally and courteously representing the park while performing the general to more complex guest services duties including day-to-day lodge housekeeping, restaurant service, maintenance and operation of the Seyon Lodge. Position reports to the Seyon Innkeepers or Seyon Lodge Cook in the absence of the Innkeepers. Weekend work is required. Position is in Northeast VT. Apply online to “Seyon Lodge” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal (Region 4).
New in select Vermont State Parks this year is a Workcamping opportunity. Duties are similar to Park Attendants - customer service, working with a team or independently on general maintenance and grounds keeping and/or park office duties such as day use fee collection and campground reservations; additionally Workcampers may provide some after-hours emergency contact for campers. Housing is provided for Workcamping positions in the form of a campsite (services may vary depending on location); employee needs to furnish their own fully enclosed camping unit. Weekend work most likely required. Perks include free camping, fishing licenses and free admission to Vermont attractions. To apply for this position, use the Volunteer application link and select “Workcamper” as position type.
- Alburgh Dunes (Water, limited electric)
- Lake Carmi
- North Hero (water/electric site with holding tank, work at Alburgh Dunes or Knight Point)
- Knight Point (Full hookups)
- Burton Island (30 amp power, 35 ft or less) BOAT SLIP – not accessible by motor vehicle (no RV’s)
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How to #WorkOutsideTheBox
Are you ready to make a difference and begin your Parks career?Begin the Application Process
If you are unable to submit an electronic application, you may request a paper copy of the seasonal employment application that you must fill out and mail back.
To request a paper application, please contact one of the offices below:
Interning with Vermont State Parks is a great way to gain on-the-job experience and a give back to the community.
Photography & Videography Internships
Travel to Vermont State Parks, take digital photographs or videos of parks, campsites, visitors, recreational activities and more!
You set your schedule and what part of the state you want to cover. Minimum participation is 20 photography hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
This is an unpaid internship, but we can offer you perks such as free camping, day passes, and park merchandise. And besides, you'll be helping out Vermont Parks. You must provide your own camera equipment and transportation. A background check is required. This internship can be tied to an academic internship if desired. To apply please send resume, letter of interest and samples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have an internship idea? If you have an internship idea that you'd like to pursue that would benefit both yourself and the parks system -- pitch it to us! We'd be happy to consider it. Email email@example.com.
Looking for opportunities to volunteer? Check out our volunteer page for opportunities.
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