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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.

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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.

Seasonal Positions

Greeting guests

Park Attendant I-II; Lead Attendant


Position fulfills any of a variety of tasks in a Vermont State Park such as; routine maintenance of buildings and grounds, staffing the entrance station, checking in visitors, taking reservations and making sales; providing information to park visitors on the park and surrounding area; may assist with interpretive programs.

State Park Attendant - Full Position Description (pdf)

Park Managers and Attendants

Park Manager I-IV, Assistant Park Manager A-B

$14.29-17.44/hour, $13.63-$14.29/hour

Responsible for day to day operations and maintenance of a Vermont State Park, which may include day use areas and/or a campground. Manager pay grades depend on size of park, complexity of operations and attendance. Managers work to provide quality customer service, enforce park regulations, manage a computer reservation and accounting system, and general park facilities. Supervise a team of seasonal park employees and volunteers. May develop and lead interpretive programs.

State Park Manager - Full Position Description (pdf)

State Park Assistant Manager - Full Position Description (pdf)


Seasonal Lifeguard - Button Bay State Park


Positions located at Button Bay State Park in Vergennes, VT. A team of 5 lifeguards are hired seasonally to safeguard a zero-entry pool with a total depth of 5’ and a water feature slide. If candidate is selected, training for certification will be offered if not already certified.

Seasonal Lifeguard - Full Position Description (pdf)

Ferry boat deckhands

Ferry Boat Deckhand – Kill Kare/Burton Island State Parks


Position is responsible for a variety of tasks associated with the operation and light maintenance of the Island Runner Ferry that runs between Burton Island State Park and Kill Kare State Park. Position works closely with the Island Runner Captain. Duties include daily vessel checks / cleaning, routine maintenance, passenger safety, line handling, ticketing, and gear delivery to campsites. Work may also include assisting at surrounding parks as needed on quiet days.

Ferry Boat Deckhand - Full Position Description (pdf)

Call center staff

Call Center Customer Service Representative - Montpelier office only


Position is based in the Montpelier Office and is a flexible, part-time seasonal position working in the State Parks Reservation Call Center. Position fulfills any of a variety of tasks including answer customer inquiries, make reservations, process payments. Please apply online via link above and send resume and cover letter to

Call Center Customer Service Representative - 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.

Park Interpreter - Full Position Description (pdf)

Maintenance staff

Parks Maintenance Worker II, Maintenance Mechanic B

$11.96/hour, $14.97/hour

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 Maintenance Mechanic B - Full Description (pdf)

Trail Crew Members

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.

Seasonal Trail Crew Leader - Full Position Description (pdf)

Seasonal Trail Crew Member - Full Position Description (pdf)

Trail Members on new trail

Seasonal Trail Coordinator


Position is responsible for a variety of tasks associated with coordinating state trail crew teams in an assigned region/district for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Handles all aspects of trail planning and development from start to finish while coordinating with State Trail Crew positions, Field Recreation Specialists, Parks Regional Manager and/or State Lands Stewardship Forester, but with need for significant independence interacting with the public and outside service providers.

Seasonal Trails Coordinator - Full Position Description (pdf)

STaff removing invasive species at Lake Shaftsbury

Invasive Plant Program Assistant Coordinator


Seeking an independent, highly organized individual with good interpersonal skills to join the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation’s Invasive Plant Program. This position has the potential to encompass two roles, engaging the public in invasive plant education and leading the Habitat Restoration Crew in invasive plant management on state land.

Invasive Plant Program Assistant Coordinator - Full Position Description (pdf)

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Adventure Consultant – Smugglers’ Notch State Park –Attendant II


The Adventure Consultant serves as the first point of contact at Smugglers’ Notch, the most visited attraction in the state, helping guests appreciate this astoundingly beautiful natural area and find an adventure that suits them. You will spend your days meeting people from across the world and making their visit memorable by steering them to the numerous hiking trails, bouldering locations, secret caves and, of course, the bathroom. You will help visitors understand the historical and natural significance and encourage responsible enjoyment of the Notch and its surroundings.

Park Attendant - Full Position Description (pdf)

Wood fired pizza

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 Cook - Full Position Description (pdf)

Seyon Lodge

Seyon Lodge Lead Guest Services Associate


Serves as the lead 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.

Seyon Lodge Lead Guest Services Associate - Full Position Description (pdf)

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Permanent Positions

Parks Regional Operations Manager - Rutland


Seeking 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 southwestern Vermont. Other job duties include, but are not limited to, working on projects involving park interpretation, community partnerships, and park planning.

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) 879-6565

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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