West Virginia State Parks and Forests
West Virginia state parks, forests and wildlife management areas accept applications for temporary employment year-round. The strongest employment period is generally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and provide services to a vacationing public.
Other employment on a year-round basis includes housekeeping, restaurant staff and front desk opportunities. Pay rates begin at minimum wage and dependent on job responsibilities.
Employment Announcement for part time work:
Applications are accepted anytime. Click on the park name to send an email to discuss your opportunity to work at a WV State Park.
Jobs and employment opportunity descriptions and areas:
Responsibilities: Campground attendants are responsible for the upkeep and control of campground areas. Campground attendant duties may include fee collection and camper registration, litter removal, bathhouse maintenance, security patrol, firewood sales and game equipment rental.
Front Desk Personnel
Parks with lodges employee full-time and part-time employees to take reservations, provide information, check-in guest and conduct front line tasks related to hotel operations, including but not limited to sign in, group blocks, night audits, reconciling accounts, preparation of confirmation letters, computer based reservation system, etc. Lodge operations are year-round and are staffed 24/7.
Housekeepers and Custodians
Parks with lodges and cabins employee full-time and part-time employees for maintaining overnight facilities.
Responsibilities: Upkeep of public areas, cleaning and preparation of lodge rooms and cabins for overnight guests, linen inventory and laundry where laundry service is in-house; public restrooms, lobbies, corridors and general facilities or building cleanliness.
Duration: Position is necessary year-round and most parks; seasonal for parks and forests that closed rental units in winter months.
Responsibilities: Park attendant responsibilities may include maintenance and office work, game equipment rental, housekeeping assistance, food and merchandise sales, fee collection, and other general support services. This position is available at most parks, forests and wildlife management areas.
Restaurants – Wait staff, Cooks, Dishwashers, Banquet servers, related food service work
Restaurants open year round include: Restaurants with * are operated by WV State Parks. Blackwater Falls State Park*, Cacapon Resort State Park*, Canaan Valley Resort, Chief Logan Lodge*, Hawks Nest State Park, North Bend State Park*, Pipestem Resort State Park, Stonewall Resort, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Tygart Lake State Park*.
Responsibilities: Employees in this position will be responsible for, or will assist in, the planning and leading of weekly nature interpretative and recreation programs in a West Virginia state park or forest.
Duties include: planning and leading interpretive walks and activities; presenting audio visual slide shows and movies; leading planned recreational activities such as softball, volleyball, craft programs, etc.; preparing the weekly program which includes planning, typing, copying and distributing; assisting in the planning of various special events; completing weekly and monthly reports; and other related or assigned duties.
Desirable skills include:
Duration: Mid May through Labor Day
This position is available at the following parks and forests: Babcock State Park*, Beech Fork State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park*, Bluestone State Park*, Cacapon Resort Park*, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park*, Cedar Creek State Park, Holly River State Park*, Lost River State Park*, North Bend State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Tygart Lake State Park, Watoga State Park*, Greenbrier State Forest*.
Responsibilities: Lifeguards oversee the swimming pool and surrounding area to prevent accidents and to rescue swimmers in distress, collect admission fees, maintain bathhouse and pool grounds, and enforce swimming pool rules and regulations.
Requirements: Lifeguards must have as a minimum Basic Lifeguarding for pool side assignments and full lifeguard training for beach lifeguarding as certified by Red Cross. Both certification levels must also include a current standard First Aid card. Other lifeguarding certification, such as Boy Scouts of America and YMCA will be considered.
Duration: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
This position is available at the following parks, forests, and wildlife management areas: Babcock State Park*, Beech Fork State Park, Berkeley Springs State Park, Bluestone State Park, Cacapon Resort Park, Cedar Creek State Park, Chief Logan State Park, Holly River State Park, Lost River State Park, Moncove Lake State Park, North Bend State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, Tomlinson Run State Park, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Watoga State Park*, Watters Smith Memorial State Park, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Greenbrier State Forest, Panther State Forest, Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area.
For more information about job opportunities in West Virginia State Parks, Forests and Wildlife Management Areas contact the address below, or contact the park or forest directly.
304/558-2764 or 1-800-CALL WVA
Download and print a job application for temporary employment (pdf)
For employment information with the Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and to view posting of full-time positions currently open click here. The Division of Natural Resources sections are: State Parks and Forests, Law Enforcement, Wildlife and administrative staff services.
Go to WV State Parks and Forests web page