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

Rutherford County Public Works has a part time seasonal position available. The ideal candidate must be 18 years of age or older.  The duties of this position are to mow, edge, and trim county grounds including parks, pull weeds and rake leaves, perform general grounds cleanup, pressure wash buildings, and paint as assigned.  Candidate will be responsible to operate a variety of power-driven equipment such as mowers, hedgers, blowers, and other equipment used in ground work. Additional duties may be assigned.  Applicant must be experienced in the operation of power driven equipment and must follow all safety standards as directed.  Work is physical labor and is primarily outside with exposures to heat, cold, wind, odors, and noise. Requirements: preferable High School diploma or combination of experience /education. Hours: 7-Noon M-F  $8.65/hr Apply at Rutherford County Offices, 289 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, or at the link above in blue. Positions open until filled. EOE Back ground check.


The Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has a Marketing and Communications Manager position available. This position reports directly to the TDA Executive Director. Duties include, but are not limited to: media relations efforts to promote and market Rutherford County locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  Duties will also include the oversight and implementation of the tourism marketing plan which includes a strong website and social media presence. Chosen candidate will represent the TDA in a positive light through media tours, stakeholder site visits, and contact calls. Position requires adaptability; as well as a high level of organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and complete many tasks under a deadline, all with a professional and friendly demeanor.  Must be a self-starter and able to complete projects independently, and have a team-oriented attitude. Position entails contact with the general public in person, by telephone, by email, and through all social media outlets. The applicant must present him or herself with courteous professionalism. The candidate must possess strong computer skills with Windows, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Word, Adobe Creative Suite and Excel. Applicant must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Background and drug test required. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Salary $35,915 negotiable depending on education and experience. Apply at Rutherford County Offices 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton or online at the link above in blue.  EOE? Open until filled.


Position Available – Rutherford County has a Senior Center Director position available.  Position reports to the County Manager.  This position is responsible for the management and development of staff, programs and services offered at the Senior Center.  Position ensures the center operates in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, county ordinances, and department policies and procedures, prepares the annual budget, monitors expenditures, and prepares grant applications.  Position works closely with outside agencies, vendors, and departments. The purpose of this position is to administer the delivery of aging services.  Successful performance in this position contributes to the quality of life for the county’s elderly population. Maintains information in various databases and must maintain complete confidentiality.  Minimum requirements: knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field, experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the department with 3-5 years of related experience. Must be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office.  Hours: 8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri, minimum $41,688 annually plus benefits, negotiable depending on experience.  Apply; Rutherford County Human Resources Dept. 289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton or online at the link above in blue. Background and drug test required.  Position open until filled.  Must possess a valid NC Driver’s license. EOE


Position Available-Rutherford County has a Maintenance Worker position available.  Performs grounds maintenance duties, including mowing, weeding, trimming shrubs and hedges, and mulching flower beds.  Operates lawn mowers, tractor with bush hog, skid-steer, equipment, chainsaw, weed eater, etc.    Applies pesticides, cleans gutters and down spouts, removes litter, empties trash receptacles and assists with removal of storm debris, snow and ice.  Position reports to the Operations manager of Public Works.  Work also includes building maintenance such as assisting repairs of HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical systems as well as carpentry, painting, and roofing.  Work is done mostly outdoors with possible exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and oils.  Also work in close quarters and heights.   Minimum req. - High school graduate supplemented by course work in trade skills and related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Hours:  Mon.-Thurs.  7:00 to 4:00, Fri.-7:00-12:00. Wages $28,014 plus benefits.  Apply:  at the link above in blue  or 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, N.C. Drug and background test required.  Open until filled.  EOE.


Rutherford County has a Youth Services librarian position available: Position reports to the Library Director.  This individual must have experience working with young children. The ideal candidate must have the ability to plan, schedule, promote, conduct and evaluate programs for children and teens. This individual must also be adaptable to change and recognize the importance of offering a personalized experience to all library patrons. We are a small library system with three branches and only one full-time traveling children’s librarian.  Punctuality, a willingness to learn and a pleasant, positive, and enthusiastic attitude are essential traits for success in this position. Familiarity in working with technology is a plus. Performs other duties as assigned.  Occasional evenings and Saturdays required.  Annual salary $30,941 with benefits. Minimum requirements: 4 year college degree preferred or combination of education and previous library or public service experience. Experience in working with young children in schools, community agencies, volunteer organizations, church, or other group situations will be considered. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Valid NC Driver’s License. Apply at the link above in blue or 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton.  Drug test required.  Open until filled. EOE


 Rutherford County has a Branch Librarian position available.  Position manages and participates in daily service and support operations within branch library; ensures the building and grounds are properly maintained; positively represents the Library in the community; performs high-level circulation duties using ILS system; prepares monthly statistics and submits them to the Director; shelves library materials and completes shelf-reading; creates and maintains displays; supervises a branch assistant; assigns job tasks to assistant; provides reader’s advisory service; operates a variety of standard office and library machines; provides patron computer assistance; and handles routine complaints. Thorough knowledge of public library procedures; knowledge of various types of library materials; ability to work effectively with other employees; ability to learn automated circulation system; ability to create a welcoming environment for patrons of all ages; ability to take directions and work under limited supervision; ability to communicate clearly and appropriately. Hours Mon, Tue, Thurs-9:00 am-5:00 pm, Wed 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Fri 12:00pm-8:00 pm with rotating Saturday work 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Four-year degree is required with 2 years library or management experience.  A MLS or MLIS and library experience preferred or combination of education/experience.  $30,941 plus benefits. Apply at the link above in blue or 289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton NC.  Drug and Background test, open until filled.  EOE.


Rutherford County has a Maintenance Technician position available.  Applicant must have strong electrical and HVAC skills and also demonstrate a broad range of skilled trades including, plumbing, carpentry, and other related tasks. Position also, performs preventative maintenance and repairs on equipment and buildings, assists with removal of storm debris, snow and ice, and also operates tools and machinery.  Position reports to the Operations manager of Public Works.  Work is done mostly outdoors with possible exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and oils.  Also work in close quarters and heights.   Minimum req. - High school graduate supplemented by course work in trade skills (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry) and related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Hours:  Mon.-Thurs.  7:00 to 4:00, Fri.-7:00-12:00. Wages $30,941 Apply:  Rutherford Co. Human Resources, 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, N.C., or at the link above in blue.  Drug and background testing required.  Must possess a valid, clean NC Driver’s license. Position open until filled.  EOE.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY is seeking applicants for the position of  EMS Lead Paramedic to mentor and coach employees and provide advanced medical skills in the field. Job functions include responding to dispatched 911 calls, being the lead crew member on an ambulance, providing ventilator transports, demonstrating leadership on shift and accountability for all county property while on duty, assisting in the development of confidence in their partner's assessment technique and their partner's mastery in their credentialed skill set, and other duties as assigned. This position reports to the Shift Supervisor and work is conducted on a 24/48 hour shift schedule. Salary is $43,375. Minimum Training and Experience: High School graduate, NCEMT-P or NREMT-P, 2 years experience of active function as an EMT-Paramedic. Must have a valid NC driver's license. Criminal background check, drug test and pre-employment physical required. Submit application, available through our website, or at the link above in blue, along with a resume and cover letter to: Rutherford County Human Resources Director, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. An Equal Opportunity Employer.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY is seeking applicants for the position of EMS Field Training Officer (FTO) to perform clinical instruction, annual skills evaluation of employees, monitor clinical competence of employees on their assigned shift, and reporting. Job functions include responding to dispatched 911 calls, ventilator transports, clinical review of medical charts, assisting in training and administrative functions, and other duties as assigned. This position reports to the Shift Supervisor and work is conducted on a 24/48 hour shift schedule. Salary is $45,025.


Position Available-Rutherford County has an EMS Administrative Assistant position available. This position assists and supports the Director, including creating technical and statistical reports; account receivable functions including deposits and receipting; data entry of patient insurance information; quality assurance review of chart documentation; providing administrative support to the EMS management staff, when needed; answering telephones and email, and composing correspondence.  Must have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and spelling with the ability to compose effectively in varies media.  Must be able to express ideas orally and in writing, including composing accurate reports and correspondence.  This position must be proficient in various software including word processing, spread sheets, and file maintenance programs to enter, store, and/or retrieve and format information as requested or otherwise necessary.  Position will update website content. Requires tact, judgment, organizational skills, and the ability to deal with a wide range of personalities.  Min req:  two year degree or a combination of education and experience. Candidate must be able to understand policies, procedures and ordinances; knowledge of HIPPA privacy laws preferred.  Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00. Salary $30,941w/benefits.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N Main St., Rutherfordton or at the link above in blue.  Drug test and background check required. Open until filled.  EOE


Rutherford County has an EMS Financial Coordinator position available.  This position is responsible for managing all accounts receivables from current and previous billing companies, collection agencies and North Carolina debt set off. Position oversees and ensures compliance of all activities of the contracted billing agency.  Maintains financial reports, manages all records requests, reconciles accounts, maintains records and files.  Position oversees all cash payments and daily deposits per standard operating procedure, and monitors cash flow by projecting inflows and outflows of monies each month. Position requires analytical thinking and deductive reasoning to develop reports and benchmarks.  Applicant must have knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and auditing principles and practices, extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other standard computer software programs.  Position reports to the EMS/Transit Director.  Hours Mon thru Fri 8:30-5:00.  Min req. Bachelors Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Accounting, compliance and/or medical billing experience preferred.  Minimum salary $35,916 plus benefits.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Dept, 289 N. Main St. Rutherfordton NC 8:30-5:00 or at the link above in blue.   Drug test and background check required. Position open until filled.  Must possess valid NC Driver’s license. 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  and PD-107A 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.