Work in the friendliest park system in the USA
Vermont State Parks offers world class outdoor recreation opportunities in over 55 state parks. Our park staff are not law enforcement officers, but instead are focused on building strong staff teams and providing exceptional customer service to our guests. We are friendly, inclusive and hardworking. We're proud of what we do and it shows.
Vermont State Parks are located in some of the most beautiful places in the state, surrounded by mountains, clear lakes and rivers, and trails and provide many options for outdoor recreation.
About Vermont State Parks
If you love outdoor recreation, Vermont is the place to be. The Long Trail and Appalachian Trail run through the state, there are many miles of mountain bike trails, paddlers' trails, cycling and birding trails to name just a few. New York's Adirondack mountains are just to our west, the White Mountains of New Hampshire just to our east. Many of our parks are located along lakes or rivers, including many on Lake Champlain, the 6th largest lake in the US.
Vermont has a friendly vibe and is known for its progressive politics, farm-to-table food, craft brew and good music.
About two-thirds of our staff return each year, with many staying with us ten years or more. Staff perks include free camping and free admission to many Vermont attractions.
If you're a people person, a good organizer and motivator, we'd love for you to come work with us. We're proud of what we do and it shows.
The Employee Experience
Working in Vermont State Parks allows you to spend much of your time working in the outdoors. We deeply value our employees and our employees having a positive experience working with Vermont State Parks is important to us. Each employee is afforded the opportunity for personal and professional growth and a team like atmosphere helps to make an employee's individual experience unique and rewarding!
Work in the beautiful Vermont outdoors with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Happy customers continuously tell us that our staff is the best around. Our staff tells 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.
Room and Board
While working for Vermont State Parks, housing is available to Managers and Assistant Managers who are typically required to live on the premises. Housing may also be available for other positions as well, dependent on location.
Being part of Vermont State Parks staff is rewarding on its own, but seasonal employees also enjoy free and/or reduced entry to many Vermont attractions. Additionally, seasonal employees can enjoy free admission to Vermont State Parks as well as free camping at Vermont State Parks and free admission to Vermont state historic sites.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Having access to your own personal vehicle is very useful while working in Vermont State Parks. While some areas have access to public transportation, it is not available in all areas of the state. Bikes are encouraged as well as a source of transportation.
If you like outdoor adventure Vermont is the place for you. Whether it be hiking, biking or kayaking there are plenty of outdoor options to access. Vermont is home to many amazing trails to include the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. Additionally, great fishing is available throughout the state of Vermont and if you are looking to possibly pick up a new hobby, this may just be the time to do it. Vermont is known as the fly fishing capital of New England. There are also many farmers markets to access in any region of Vermont which are a gathering place for local farmers, bakers and food producers to sell their amazing local products. Along with amazing farmers markets, Vermont is also home to many farm-to-table restaurants that use locally grown products and produce.
Speaking of local products, Vermont prides itself on a diverse cheese industry and even has a Vermont Cheese Trail Map (http://www.vtcheese.com/vermont-cheese-trail-map/) for avid cheese lovers and connoisseurs. Vermont also is home to many craft breweries!
The Green Mountain State is home to many amazing places such as the UVM Morgan Horse Farm, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Ben and Jerry's Factory, ECHO aquarium as well as Church Street in Burlington. Additionally, many of the most amazing places and experiences can take place right in Vermont State Parks. They are a place where you can not only enjoy seeing and exploring, but also have an amazing work experience.
How to Apply
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