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You may either download and print an application to mail in or use our online application system to apply for current available jobs.


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Printed Application (must be mailed in to 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC  28139)

Rutherford County has a fulltime Scale Operator/Administrative Secretary position open.  Position reports to the Solid Waste Director. Work involves weighing trucks, recording weights, computing billings, reconciles statements, collects tipping fees and makes bank deposit.  Other duties include directing public to correct dumping sites, maintaining landfill records, answering telephone and other clerical duties.  Min Requirements:  High School Diploma, clerical experience, ability to input data into computer and work with the general public.  Wages $25,363 plus benefits.  Hours Mon thru Friday 8:00-4:30 with occasional Saturday work.  Must possess a valid NC Driver’s license with clean driving record.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton NC or at the link above in blue.  Background and drug test required.  Open until filled.  EOE.

POSITION AVAILABLE- Rutherford County Solid Waste Department has a Truck Driver Position open.  Position is full time and reports to the Solid Waste Director. Position is responsible for collecting and transporting solid waste and recyclables. Work involves driving and picking up on a scheduled route, monitoring status and repair needs of truck, and recording mileage, times in and out and other data.  Minimum requirements:  High School Diploma, must possess valid N.C. CDL, two years experience and a clean driving record.  Must have knowledge of safety, defensive driving skills and county geography. Must have the ability to get along well with the general public, and good oral and written communication skills.  Work is performed outdoors and subject to weather conditions and is classified as heavy labor.  Hours 6:00am-2:30pm.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Department, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, N.C. Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, or at the link above in blue. Minimum Salary $26,655.73 plus benefits. Drug testing required. Position open until filled. EOE.

Rutherford County is seeking a Deputy Finance Director.  This full-time position serves as an assistant to the Finance Director and is involved in receiving and disbursing funds, reviewing financial records, preparing County financial reports to include the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and assisting with supervision and management of the accounting of County revenues and expenditures.  The position also plays a key role in the preparation and maintenance of the County budget.  Independent judgment and initiative are required in disbursing County funds, accounting for cash receipts, and maintaining financial records.  Must have considerable knowledge of the NC Fiscal Control Act.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Finance Director and is evaluated for the efficiency and effectiveness with which duties are performed.  This employee may act on behalf of the Finance Director in his/her absence.  Minimum requirements:  graduation from a four-year college/university with degree in accounting or related field and extensive accounting and financial reporting experience.  Experience in governmental finance administration or LGFO certification a plus.  Min salary $46,044 DOQ (negotiable) with excellent benefits.  Must have valid NC driver’s license with clean driving record.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N. Main St. Rutherfordton, NC or at the link above in blue.  Open until filled, Drug test required.  EOE


Rutherford County has a full time Operations Manager position for the Public Works/Maintenance Department:   Assists the Director in the management and operation of the maintenance and repair functions of County buildings, grounds and vehicles. Work involves planning, coordinating, and supervising building and grounds maintenance; as well as, automotive vehicle repairs.  Performs difficult skilled technical and administrative work assisting in supervising the operations, services, and staff of the department, prioritizes work orders, administers contract services, and reviews plans, diagrams and preventative maintenance programs. Applicant must be a self-starter who possesses strong supervisory skills. Hours 37.5 per week, Monday through Friday, with occasional on-call and after-hours required. Reports to the Public Works & Planning Director. A baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to business management preferred or a combination of education and experience.   Min salary $45,476 dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Must possess a valid NC driver’s license with clean driving record.  Apply at the link above in blue. Drug and background test required.  Position open until filled. EOE


POSITION AVAILABLE –Part time van driver for Rutherford County Transit Department.  Position requires ability to drive a fifteen (15) passenger van.  Must assist elderly and/or handicapped adults to board and leave the vehicle, must be able to load, position, secure and unload persons in wheelchairs on lift equipped vehicle (This requires ability to pull, push, bend over, stoop and get down on hands and knees). Must be able to operate 2-way radio to maintain radio contact. Requires frequent contact with the public, courtesy, and tact. Requires knowledge of county and regional geography.  Reports to the Operations Manager. Position is 29 hours per week, Monday-Friday.  $9.44 per hour.  Minimum requirements: valid N.C. driver’s license, CDL with passenger endorsement preferred, excellent driving record, five years experience as a licensed driver, graduation from high school, pre-employment drug test and DOT physical.  Participation in random, post-accident drug and alcohol testing is required.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Department, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, N.C., Position Open Until Filled, EOE.



EMT-Paramedic Full Time Position

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services is currently accepting applications for EMT-Paramedic full time positions. Rutherford County, located in Western North Carolina consists of 564 square miles and an annual population of 64,000.  Annual call volume averages 13,000 per year including the convalescent division.   RCEMS operates (5) EMT-P level 911 trucks from (4) bases in the County and (4) EMT-P level convalescent trucks from (1) base. The 911 trucks work a 24/48 schedule and the convalescent trucks work a sliding schedule based on need of trucks.  Salary Range is $40,000-$45,000 include overtime.

 All applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent; hold a valid driver’s license and current EMT-P credential with NCOEMS in good standing.  Individuals not holding credentials from another state and/or National Registry must meet requirement of legal recognition by the NC Office of EMS.   ALS candidates must possess BLS, ACLS, PALS/PEPP & PHTLS/ITLS/ATT.  All candidates must possess or obtain NIMS/ICS 100, 200, 700, 800 prior to employment.  Candidates are required to submit to pre-employment drug screening, motor vehicle record check and background checks.


Rutherford County offers an excellent benefits package for full-time personnel including Local Government retirement system, Health Insurance and options of Vision, Dental, Disability and others.  Rutherford County EMS is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or creed.

Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N Main St, Rutherfordton or see above in blue to submit online.


For Sheriff's Department and Detention Center positions, you must bring the County job application and the Sheriff's Office Application and its requirements.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office:


Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Is Seeking Experienced Full-Time Telecommunicators for
911 Communications

Position is supervised by the Communications Director. Work involves operating a computerized work station while answering emergency and non-emergency calls. Work requires ability to multi-task, ability to func-tion in high stress situations while remaining calm, having patience with callers who are under stress, frightened or angry. Position involves dis-patching of Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel and Firefighters. Tele-communicators work in a confined area under constant exposure to radio traffic, ringing telephones, and conversations occurring simultaneously.
Minimum requirements: must be 21 years of age, High School Diploma, proficient in computer keyboarding, must be able to pass an onsite aptitude test. Applicant must have experience as a Telecommunicator.
Potential applicant must also pass drug test and background check. Usual work schedule is twelve hours. Hours may be scheduled for days, eve-nings, weekends, or holidays. Salary range 29,000 - 31,350 includes overtime and benefits.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, 198 N. Washington Street,
Rutherfordton, NC. Hours Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00. Position is open until filled. EEO


Position Available:


Full- Time Detention Officer Position Eligibility Requirements:

 (1) Must be 21 years of age

  1. High School graduate or  GED
  1. Posses a valid North Carolina Driver’s License
  1. Be willing and able to work 12 hour shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays

(Current Part-Time Detention Officers)

Those interested in applying must submit in writing a letter of intent with a list of your current training. Also, include a brief paragraph as to why you want to work as a Full-Time Detention Officer.


To apply you must submit a full application that can be obtained from the front office at the Rutherford County Sheriff s Office. Application packets can be picked up Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm. Successful applicants must pass a criminal background and drug test.


Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking part time detention officers for the Rutherford County Detention Center.  Duties include direct supervision, processing, classification, transporting and safety of inmates.  Applicants must have good communication skills, be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma, pass drug test and pass an extensive criminal background check. Applicant must meet Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office requirements and be eligible for certification by NC Sheriffs’ Training and Standards Commission.  Wages:  $13.48 while training, $13.99 when certified.  Work schedule: 12 hour days/evenings, weekends and holidays.  Apply at Rutherford County Sheriffs’ Office, 198 N. Washington Street, Rutherfordton NC.   Mon-Fri   8:30-5:00   Job is open till filled.  EOE.    


For Department of Social Services positions, please submit a detailed PD-107 State Application Form. If you have a degree, please send a college transcript. If you have submitted an application within the past six months, your application on file will be considered. PD-107 For information about job opportunities at Rutherford County DSS contact Luann Butler at 828-287-6283 or LuAnn Butler.

To see a list of DSS jobs that are currently posted, go back to Departments, then select Social Services, then on the left side of the screen select Employment Opportunities.