Ready to begin your parks career?
We will begin taking applications for the 2021 season beginning January 1, 2021.
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.
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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Learn more about what you can expect from life in parks.
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
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.
Park Managers and Assistant Park Managers
$14.29/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.
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.
Parks Call Center Representative - Montpelier office only
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks Maintenance Staff
$11.96/hour - $14.97/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, and/or
- Gifford Woods Maintenance Shop
Seasonal Trail Crew Members and Trail Crew Leader
$11.96/hour and $13.04/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. When applying on-line for these positions, under the “Park Preferences” section, select one or more “Trails Program” positions.
Seasonal Trails Coordinator - Rutland Office
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 Assistant Innkeeper
Assistant to the Innkeeper at Seyon Lodge State Park, one of Vermont’s unique state parks located in Groton State Forest. Responsible for a multitude of diverse duties include making lodge reservations using the computerized reservation system; accommodating, overseeing and providing services for special lodge events such as conferences and weddings; welcoming guests and providing excellent customer service at all times; planning and preparing for meals for guests; purchasing food and supplies; performing kitchen and guest room custodial/housekeeping services; responding to guest needs and complaints; coordinating lodge repairs; managing the State’s only public access for the fly fishing-only body of water including maintaining the park's rental boat fleet and dock system; and maintaining and ensuring a management presence in the lodge at all times when guests are present. Position is in Northeast VT. Apply online to “Seyon Lodge” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal (Region 4).
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
$11.75 - $11.96/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).
Park Maintenance Positions
Vermont State Parks is hiring for 5 full-time, year-round Park Maintenance positions to work in some of the most scenic locations in Vermont.
Seeking individuals that are diversely qualified in trade skills that can work independently as well as collaboratively on a team. Positions are responsible for the maintenance of state park facilities, structures, equipment, and water and wastewater systems. Successful applicants must be flexible, willing to work in public settings, be customer oriented and enjoy the outdoors.
- Parks Facility Manager – Rutland
- Parks Facility Manager – Killington
- Parks Maintenance Foreman – Marshfield
- Parks Maintenance Technician – E. Dorset
- Parks Maintenance Technician – North Hero
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:
We're happy to help! Please direct questions to the appropriate regional contacts:
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for opportunities to volunteer? Check out our volunteer page for opportunities.
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