Vermont State Parks is 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!
Communications & Customer Service Assistant
PG-15 - $15.49/hr
Montpelier Headquarters, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with occasional travel to the parks. This is a professional administrative position in the central office of Vermont State Parks directly reporting to the Parks Sales & Service Manager. The incumbent will provide administrative and professional support relating to a diverse set of statewide operational needs. Tasks include those relating to all phases of customer service and public outreach, coordination of park events and marketing promotions, management of social media channels, promotional writing and copy editing, photo and video editing, providing back up and advising reservation call center staff, creating e-newsletters, blog and web content. Additional responsibilities include preparing annual reports and analyzing website and social media metrics.
Park Attendant I-II, Lead Attendant
PG's 8,9,10 - $10.44/hr, $10.95/hr, $11.38/hr
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.
Lifeguard - Button Bay State Park
PG 10 - $11.38/hr
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 Representative
PG 12 - $12.42/hr
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. Applicant 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 slow periods. There are some perks like free camping, fishing licenses and free admission to Vermont attractions, but there is no paid health insurance, vacation, or sick pay. Please apply online and send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
PG 11 - $11.85/hr
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/hr
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/hr; PG 15 - $14.25/hr
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/hr
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.
PG 18 - $16.61/hr
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.
Habitat Restoration Team Member
PG 10 - $11.38/hr; PG 11 - $11.85/hr
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.
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.
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