Employment/ Internships

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.

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.

We are currently recruiting park managers, park interpreters, attendants, deckhands for our Burton Island Ferry Boat and more. Part-time and full-time positions are available statewide. All jobs are seasonal, temporary positions and as such do not have a comprehensive benefits package such as paid vacation or health insurance. All finalists for these positions will be background checked.

How to Apply

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

Seasonal Positions

Park Attendant I-II; Lead Attendant (PGs 8, 9, 10 $10.81/hour, $11.35/hour and $11.80/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. CPR & First Aid certification required for all manager and assistant manager positions. Working in excess of 48 hours may be required for the Lead Attendant. Weekend work most likely will be required.

Park Manager I-IV Assistant Park Manager A-B

Park Manager I, PG 14 ($14.10/hour)

Park Manager II, PG 15 ($14.77/hour)

Park Manager III, PG 17 ($16.30/hour)

Park Manager IV, PG 18 ($17.21)

Assistant Manager A, PG 13 ($13.45/hour)

Assistant Manager B, PG 14 ($14.10/hour)

Serves as summer park manager or assistant park 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.

Seasonal Lifeguard - Button Bay State Park (PG 11 $12.28/hour)

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.

Ferry Boat Deckhand – Kill Kare/Burton Island State Parks (PG 9 $11.35/hour)

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. Also responsible for gear deliveries to and from campsites on Burton Island State Park. 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.

Park Interpreter (PG 13 $13.45/hour)

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.

Seasonal Trail Crew Members and Trail Crew Leader (PG 10 and PG 12 $11.80/hour and $12.87/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 (Pay Grade 18 - $17.21/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 1 (apply to "Springfield Regional Office") in the Park Preferences section in the online portal. Parks Region 2 (apply to “Rutland Regional Office”.

Parks Maintenance Worker II (Pay Grade 10 - $11.80/hour)

Serves as the assistant to the Parks Regional Coordinator at the Knight Point State Park Maintenance Shop in North Hero. Primarily assists in water quality monitoring within the region, including weekly swim water sampling, routine drinking water system sampling, and cyanobacteria monitoring. Also assists in invoice processing, supply and equipment delivery, and other maintenance tasks as assigned. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:00am-3:30pm. This position runs from mid-May to the end of September. Valid driver’s license required

Parks Maintenance Worker II, Maintenance Mechanic B (Pay Grade 10 - $11.80/hour-Pay Grade 15 $14.77/hour)

Position will assist Park Maintenance Technician in a variety of skilled projects, including rough and finish carpentry; hazard tree removal; small equipment operation, maintenance and repair (tractors, riding lawn mowers, chippers, chainsaw); routine vehicle maintenance; septic and water system operation, inspections and troubleshooting; and general tasks around Shop such as moving of supplies and materials. A general introductory knowledge of the construction trades - carpentry, plumbing and/or small equipment repair is desirable. At times the applicant will be required to work independently under minimal supervision to complete projects or tasks. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Position is in Northeast VT with workstation at the Groton Maintenance Shop, Marshfield, VT. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:00am-3:30pm. Valid driver’s license required. Apply to “Groton Maintenance Shop” in the Park Preferences section in the online portal.

Invasive Plant Program Internship (Academic Credit & Stipend Available)

In collaboration with VTrans Maintenance & Operations Bureau, the VT Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation’s Invasive Plant Program is working to mitigate the impacts of one of the biggest issues facing Vermont’s forests and publicways – invasive plants. Through a combination of extensive outreach and targeted management on state lands, the program aims to protect these areas and to bring awareness to the issue of invasive plants.

This internship position will support these efforts and encompass two distinct roles: Create outreach materials for use by VTFPR and VTrans staff and distribute the material to a broader audience through VTinvasives.org and elsewhere and Assist the habitat restoration crew with invasive plant management activities on state land

Read full position description. Send resume, cover letter and references to Heather Ewing: heather.ewing@vermont.gov

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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