West Virginia State Parks are Hiring! Apply for a job today

Last updated: May 19, 2024
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In addition to breathtaking views and working in the great outdoors, the West Virginia State Parks system offers a wide-range of employment opportunities. From flexible part-time seasonal jobs to benefit earning full time career positions, there is a wide assortment of jobs - and at West Virginia State Parks, growth and advancement opportunities are always available.

The West Virginia State Parks system is a great way to find your true niche. A broad variety of jobs are available, all in a larger environment that fosters support for career exploration. Working for the West Virginia Parks system is like working with your family, because your coworkers provide a welcoming and nurturing work culture.

What skills do you need to work at West Virginia State Parks?

Because of the variety of roles, positions can be very different and have individual requirements. But the ideal qualification for all positions at a West Virginia State Parks is dedication (and you won't have to look far to find it in the people who work there)!

Whether you have experience, a passion for customer service, or a love of nature, you will be a great fit for a job with West Virginia State Parks.

What are the top West Virginia State Parks jobs?

​​Let's take a look at the most popular West Virginia State Parks job titles.

Food and Beverage Positions at West Virginia State Parks:

Interested in growing your skills in the food and beverage industry at a West Virginia State Park?

Apply today! There are several positions currently available for cooks and servers!

A cook at one of the lodge restaurants is responsible for the utilization of culinary skills in preparing great meals and memorable experiences through the processing of customers' food and beverage orders. A cook will perform their duties in accordance with all health and safety guidelines.
A server at the lodge park restaurants provides excellent customer service and hospitality through the creation of memorable experiences through the serving of our dining guests,

Apply online for West Virginia State Parks' Cook and Server jobs here or in person at any of the park offices.

West Virginia State Parks' Maintenance worker:

A West Virginia State Parks maintenance worker’s office is in the “great outdoors”. A maintenance worker performs a wide variety of duties necessary for keeping our state park facilities well-kept and inviting. Duties include performing a variety of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled tasks to properly care for the many facilities, some of which are historic in nature, and keep the acres and acres of developed grounds in beautiful condition.

Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of the operation of lawn maintenance equipment, tractors, and power tools, ability to drive and operate a truck,

  • Ability to perform limited work in carpentry, plumbing and other mechanical skills, ability to perform a variety of routine unskilled tasks involving the care and maintenance of buildings, grounds and utilities,

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. or more, ability to learn quickly and perform efficiently

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Apply online for West Virginia State Parks Maintenance jobs here or in person at any of the park offices.

West Virginia State Parks' Lifeguard:

Imagine spending your summer on the deck of a pool in a beautiful state park! A lifeguard at one of the state park swimming pools provides a critical service by performing public safety work at the state park’s indoor pools, outdoor pools, and beaches. Lifeguards must have a thorough knowledge of lifesaving methods, water rescue practices, and first-aid practices with emphasis on resuscitation methods, and outstanding ability as a swimmer.

Requirements:

  • Possess a current lifeguarding certificate issued by the American Red Cross, BSA, the YMCA, or the YWCA.

  • Also necessary are the possession of a current certificate in basic first aid and must possess a current certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Apply online for West Virginia State Parks' Lifeguard jobs here or in person at any of the park offices.

West Virginia State Parks' Gift shop clerk:

Do you love to shop or work with a great selection of top of the line merchandise? If so, being a seasonal gift shop clerk might be for you! A gift shop clerk provides excellent customer service and hospitality by assisting our visitors and customers with the selection of the appropriate merchandise or souvenir gifts. A clerk will operate cash registers, stock shelves, and assist guests and the general public by providing requested information and services.

Requirements:

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.

  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

  • Ability to count change

  • Must be able to provide excellent customer service and hospitality.

Apply online for West Virginia State Parks' Gift shop clerk jobs here or in person at any of the park offices.

West Virginia State Parks' Superintendent Series Positions:

What do you do as a West Virginia State Parks' Superintendent or Assistant Park Superintendent?

A West Virginia State Parks' Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent is a full-time career park management position that oversees the operation, management and protection of a State Park, State Forest or Rail Trail. Facilities can range from complex lodge and resort parks that include lodges, cabins, golf courses, restaurants and conference facilities, cabin and vacation parks that include cabins and campgrounds, to smaller day use parks, state forests, and state park rail trails.

Requirement Vary - Please check with West Virginia Division of Personnel for specific job posting requirements.

As you grow your career with West Virginia State Parks, roles like Assistant Superintendent may become available to you and some of these requirements and skills can be acquired on the job, as part of your work .

Interested in applying for the Assistant superintendent position at any of the parks? Fill out an online form at the West Virginia Division of Personnel

Where can you apply for a job at West Virginia State Parks?

Considering an employment opportunity at the West Virginia State Parks? You can apply for full time employment online at the West Virginia Division of Personnel.

Sounds like fun? To apply for any of these awesome opportunities, apply directly on the West Virginia Parks website or visit the main office at each park.

Explore what it's like to live and work in West Virginia!

Anyone looking to make this community its home can benefit from great outdoor life as well as affordable cost of living. Say #YESWV for more information on growing industries and what life is like in this amazing place.

Also, check out our West Virginia Resource Center for tools, tips and available opportunities!


This article is sponsored by WorkForce West Virginia. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

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Steven Adkins II
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What kind of jobs are there openings at our State Parks

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