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

Jamaica State Park: Park Attendant, part time (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Lesley Porter.

Button Bay State Park: Seasonal Lifeguard (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. Contact Rick Hedding.

Button Bay State Park: Park Attendant (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Rick Hedding.

Mt. Philo State Park: Park Attendant Internship (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

This park internship opportunity was created in memory of former Mt. Philo State Park employee and Charlotte resident, Will Hagedorn. It is designed to teach new job seekers the basic skills of working in an outodoor customer service environment while learning what is required to maintain a park on a daily basis. If you are enter this work force and are interested in learning about environmental stewardship, honing your people and teamwork skills and being coached and mentored in a beautiful setting. Contact Rick Hedding.

Sand Bar State Park: Park Attendant, part time (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Agnes Barsalow.

Burton Island State Park: Attendant (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Ryan Baker Dunn

Lake Carmi State Park: Assistant Manager (PG 14 $14.10/hour)

Responsible for customer experience and supervision of staff and park operations at a specific park. 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. Contact Agnes Barsalow.

Lake Carmi State Park: Park Attendant, part time (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Agnes Barsalow.

Underhill State Park: Park Attendant, part-full time (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Agnes Barsalow.

Boulder Beach State Park: Park Attendant, part time (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Barb MacGregor.

Elmore State Park: Park Attendant (PG 8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Barb MacGregor.

New Discovery State Park: Park Attendant, part time (PG 8 $10.81/hour),

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Barb MacGregor.

Maidstone State Park: Park Attendant, part time (PG8 $10.81/hour)

Customer service, general buildings and grounds cleanup and/or park office duties such as fee collection and reservations. Weekend work most likely will be required. Contact Barb MacGregor.

Groton State Forest: Parks Maintenance Worker (Pay Grade 10 - $11.80/hour-Pay Grade 15 $14.77/hour)

Serves as the assistant to the Parks Regional Coordinator. 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. Valid driver’s license required

Seasonal Trail Crew Member (PG 10 $11.80/hour)

Be part of a 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).

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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