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Snag a Summer Job at a Va. State Park

Andy Thompson

February 16, 2018 9:06am

Virginia State Parks is hanging out the “Help Wanted” sign for everyone from high school students to senior citizens. From lifeguards and snack bar workers to contact rangers and housekeepers, seasonal jobs are available in all 37 state parks.

“Seasonal employees are the backbone of our operations and allow us to provide a wealth of outdoor recreation experiences for guests,” said State Parks Director Craig Seaver. “A seasonal position is a great way to gain job experience in a variety of outdoor locations and facilities.”

Powhatan State Park is just 45 minutes from Richmond.

Seasonal work also includes AmeriCorps. Corps members serve as park interpreters and recruit and manage volunteers from nearby communities to improve trails. AmeriCorps workers get a stipend and qualify for an education award.

Also, state parks have multi-year paid summer internships for college students interested in becoming park rangers. The application deadline is March 1.

Virginia State Parks will host more than 5 million visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day and fill about 1,000 seasonal positions to support them. Many seasonal park employees spend significant time working outdoors. Employees receive job-specific and customer service training.

Visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/jobs for a list of full-time, part-time and seasonal job openings.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?