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Employment Overview

Vermont State Parks are a great place to work! You'll work in beautiful places with great people. Like our campers, many staff have been coming back every year, but each year approximately a third of our staff will be new hires.

Our season generally runs from early May through mid-September or October. Most frequently, new hires will begin as park attendants and work their way up to Assistant Ranger or Ranger positions.

We don't require law enforcement experience or a heavy-duty maintenance background, but we do require a great attitude, excellent communication and customer service skills and a fantastic work ethic.

It is our policy as part of hiring procedures to conduct thorough background checks annually on all employees and volunteers regardless of prior employment or volunteer status with the Parks Division. These background checks will include a full national, state and local background check for each finalist. Certain types of offenses may disqualify an applicant from consideration.

We usually begin recruiting around the first of January each year. Hope you will join us!

Seasonal Positions

**Applications for the 2018 season are now being accepted. Positions are listed below.

Seasonal Lifeguard - Button Bay State Park (PG 10 - $11.64/hour)

Two openings. 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. These positions are limited to Button Bay State Park.

Deckhand (PGs 9 - $11.20/hour)

Want to spend your summer working on Lake Champlain? We have Deckhand positions on our passenger ferry operating between Kill Kare State Park and Burton Island State Park. Duties include cleaning and maintaining the boat as well as helping campers load and unload their gear. Customer service is our focus! Full time approximately May 16th through Labor Day. Since this is a US Coast Certified vessel, there is a drug test requirement for this position.

Park Attendant I-II, Lead Attendant (PGs 8, 9, 10 - $10.67/hour, $11.20/hour and $11.64/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. Working in excess of 48 hours may be required for the Lead Attendant. Weekend work may be required.

Park Manager & Assistant Park Manager I- IV
Park Manager I-IV (PG 14- 18 - $13.91/hr to $16.98/hour)
Assistant Manager A & B (PG 13 - $13.27/hour & PG 14 - $13.91/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.

Park Interpreter (PG 13 - $13.27/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.

Call Center Customer Service Representative (PG 12 - $12.70/hour)

Montpelier Office. Full time April 16 - September 14. Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 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 Rochelle Skinner.

Parks Maintenance Worker (PG 15 - $14.57/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 Maintenance Worker II, Maintenance Mechanic B (PG 10 - $11.64/hour; PG 15 - $14.57/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.

Seasonal Trail Crew Members and Trail Crew Leader (PG 10 and PG 12; $11.64/hour and $12.70/hour)

One or two roving 3 to 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. Apply online to “Barre Regional Office” (Region 4).

Seasonal Trails Coordinator (PG 18 - $16.98/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 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), and Parks Region 3 (apply to “Essex Regional Office”).

Inkeeper I - II (PG 17 and PG 22; $16.08/hour and $21.00/hour)

Two full-time, seasonal Innkeepers for 10-month positions at Seyon Lodge State Park in Groton, VT. Seeking responsible and creative individuals, a couple, or close companions to live at and provide lodge and restaurant operations that cater to fly fishing, weddings/civil unions, small group functions, dining, and overnight lodging. Working in excess of 48 hours per week required at times. Weekend and evening work required. Positions begin mid-April 2018. Minimum Qualifications: 2 - 4 years of experience in hotel/resort, restaurant, or park/recreation management, or a related leisure/travel service field. Apply online to Northeast Parks (Region 4). Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2018.

Invasive Species Volunteer Organizer (PG 11 - $12.12/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 2018 until mid-October 2018 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 - $11.64/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”.

How to Apply

Hiring begins annually after the first of the year. The vast majority of positions are filled by late spring, with some supplemental hiring and backfilling of vacant positions as needed throughout the season. Hiring is concluded by the time the park season starts winding down in September.

You will be prompted to create an account with a user name and password. Please remember these! You will need them to update your application or to apply in future seasons.

Begin the Application Process

Paper Applications

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:

Internship Opportunities

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 rochelle.skinner@vermont.gov.

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 rochelle.skinner@vermont.gov.

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