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We will begin taking applications for the 2021 season beginning January 1, 2021.

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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.

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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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

Greeting guests

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. This position can also be used as a college internship.

Positions available at the following parks:

    SE Region: Allis, Silver Lake, Lowell Lake, Camp Plymouth, Coolidge, Molly Stark, Jamaica, Townshend
    SW Region: Button Bay, Bomoseen, DAR, Emerald Lake, Lake St. Catherine, Woodford
    NW Region: Part time - Underhill, Niquette Bay, Burton Island; Full time - Alburgh Dunes, Lake Carmi, Grand Isle, Sand Bar, Burton Island
    NE Region: Boulder Beach, Brighton, Crystal Lake, Elmore, Green River Reservoir, Little River, New Discovery, Ricker Pond, Seyon Lodge, Smugglers’ Notch, Stillwater

State Park Attendant - Full Position Description (pdf)

Park Managers and Attendants

Park Managers and Assistant Park Managers

$13.63/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.

Positions available at the following parks:

    SE Region: Quechee
    SW Region: All positions filled
    NW Region: Knight/Woods Island (require boating experience)
    NE Region: All positions filled

State Park Manager - Full Position Description (pdf)

State Park Assistant Manager - Full Position Description (pdf)

Ferry boat deckhands

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.

Two positions available at Burton Island/Kill Kare.

Ferry Boat Deckhand - Full Position Description (pdf)

Hamilton Falls in Autumn

Dispersed Recreation Site Ranger – Springfield Regional Office Only


Want to spend your summer working outside at some of Vermont’s best swimming holes and waterfalls? Look no further, the Vermont Dept of Forests Parks and Recreation is recruiting for a seasonal Recreation Ranger to staff key sites in Windsor and Windham counties. Responsibilities will center around managing visitor’s at site’s with limited capacity and sensitive natural resources. Work will include both tasks to address immediate issues, and to prepare the department for future planning efforts. Housing is not provided with this position, however a vehicle for travel to work sites will be. This position works for the Forestry Division; when applying, choose “Park Manager” as job title and “Springfield Regional Office” as the Park Preference. For more information about this specific position, please contact

Dispersed Recreation Site Ranger - 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. 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

Position available at Quechee.

Park Interpreter - Full Position Description (pdf)

Maintenance staff

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

Parks Maintenance Mechanic B - Full Description (pdf)

Trail Crew Members

Seasonal Trail Crew Members


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 settings. When applying on-line for these positions, under the “Park Preferences” section, select the “Trails Program” position.

Seasonal Trail Crew Member - Full Position Description (pdf)

Seyon Lodge

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).

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 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).

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

Permanent Positions

Parks Program Technician III


Join the dynamic Vermont State Parks team to assist with multiple program functions at the central office level. Work includes a wide variety of support of both central and field operations. This is a full-time, permanent position with benefits!

The position includes administrative duties, technical assistance, IT projects such as inventory and systems improvements; contracting and purchasing; help coordinate budget preparation and monitoring; support of seasonal staff training and planning; coordinates annual purchasing of operational supplies; works closely with parks team and business office on contracts and requisitions.

This position also assists with updates to publications and other materials for visitor information, assists with the state rule making process, responds to public requests for information, assists with infrastructure asset management, supports or leads a variety of other special project duties to support Vermont's world class park system and amazing team of classified and seasonal staff.

Parks Program Technician III - 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) 585-0578

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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