West Virginia State Parks and Forests
West Virginia state parks and forests accept applications for temporary employment year-round. The strongest employment period is generally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Other employment on a year-round basis includes housekeeping, restaurant staff and front desk opportunities. Pay rates are dependent on job responsibilities.
Employment announcement for seasonal positions:
Applications are accepted anytime. Click on the park name. An email link occurs at the bottom of each park's webpage. Send an email to begin a conversation regarding opportunities to work at a West Virginia state park or state forest.
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 employ full-time and part-time positions 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 employ full-time and part-time positions 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 close rental units in winter months.
Park Attendant - Maintenance
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 and forests.
Maintenance and grounds keeping work also falls under park attendant duties. such as grass mowing, weed eating, leaf and debris removal, firewood management, and equipment maintenance.
Restaurants – Wait staff, cooks, dishwashers, banquet servers, related food service work
Restaurants open year round include: 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, and Tygart Lake State Park. Restaurants with * are operated by WV State Parks.
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 may be 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*, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Greenbrier State Forest,
For more information about job opportunities in West Virginia State Parks and Forests contact the address below, or contact the park or forest directly.
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