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We will begin taking applications for the 2021 season beginning January 1, 2021.

Please continue to Job Openings for currently available positions.

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Employment Overview

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.

We are currently recruiting park managers, assistant managers, park interpreters, attendants, deckhands for our Burton Island Ferry Boat and more, see listing 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 “How to Apply” at the top of this page.

All finalists for these positions will be background checked.

Vermont State Parks follows guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about how we keep staff and visitors safe, check out our COVID-19 page.

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All employees receive free fishing licenses if they choose, free admission and/or camping at all Vermont State Parks, and 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.

2021 Seasonal Positions

Greeting guests

Park Attendant; Lead Attendant

$11.75/hour - $12.45/hour

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.

Positions available at the following parks:

    SE Region: Allis, Silver Lake, Lowell Lake, Camp Plymouth, Coolidge, Molly Stark, Jamaica, Townshend
    SW Region: Button Bay, Bomoseen, DAR, Emerald Lake, Lake St. Catherine, Woodford
    NW Region: Part time - Underhill, Niquette Bay, Burton Island; Full time - Alburgh Dunes, Lake Carmi, Grand Isle, Sand Bar, Burton Island
    NE Region: Boulder Beach, Brighton, Crystal Lake, Elmore, Green River Reservoir, Little River, New Discovery, Ricker Pond, Seyon Lodge, Smugglers’ Notch, Stillwater

State Park Attendant - Full Position Description (pdf)

Park Managers and Attendants

Park Managers and Assistant Park Managers

$13.63/hour - $18.33/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.

Positions available at the following parks:

    SE Region: All positions filled
    SW Region: All positions filled
    NW Region: Alburgh Dunes - Assistant Manager, Knight Point - Manager
    NE Region: All positions filled

State Park Manager - Full Position Description (pdf)

State Park Assistant Manager - Full Position Description (pdf)

Park interpreter leading an activity

Park Interpreter


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

Position available at Lake Carmi.

Park Interpreter - Full Position Description (pdf)

Permanent Positions

Parks Program Technician III


Join the dynamic Vermont State Parks team to assist with multiple program functions at the central office level. Work includes a wide variety of support of both central and field operations.

The position includes administrative duties, technical assistance, IT projects such as inventory and systems improvements; contracting and purchasing; help coordinate budget preparation and monitoring; support of seasonal staff training and planning; coordinates annual purchasing of operational supplies; works closely with parks team and business office on contracts and requisitions. Deadline 5/2/21

Parks Program Technician III - Full Position Description and Application

Parks Regional Operations Manager


The Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation seeks an energetic, outgoing, positive, individual with a thorough understanding of Vermont State Parks' operations who is able to work independently, multi-task, use excellent communication skills both orally and in writing to mediate conflicts, provide excellent customer service and succeed as part of a collaborative team in a fast-paced environment. This advanced operations position is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and supervision of seasonal park managers and staff that work in up to 12 state parks in the southwestern region of Vermont State Parks spanning from Woodford to Charlotte.

Other job duties include, but are not limited to, working on projects involving park interpretation, community partnerships, and park planning. Vermont State Parks strives to ensure a workplace that is welcoming, safe and inclusive for all. Deadline: 5/2/21

Parks Regional Operations Manager - Full Position Description and Application

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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:


We're happy to help! Please direct questions to the appropriate regional contacts:

Northeast: (802) 476-0171

Northwest: (802) 585-0578

Southeast: (802) 505-8328

Southwest: (802) 786-3854

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for opportunities to volunteer? Check out our volunteer page for opportunities.

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