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Job Openings for Rutherford County


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


Submit your Application (online application system) and for DSS applicants see instructions below.


To download a copy of the application, use the link below.

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


Rutherford County Solid Waste Department has a Mechanic position available.  This position is responsible for repairing and maintaining a variety of vehicles and equipment.  At the Direction of the Solid Waste Shop Supervisor, conducts scheduled preventive maintenance functions, tune ups, checking lights, tires, brake linings, wiper blades, horns, suspension, diagnoses, repairs, and overhauls brakes, ignition and fuel systems, transmissions, hydraulic systems, and differentials. Operates equipment such as lift jacks and air guns.  Performs safety inspections.  Prepares daily work reports and inventory control and other duties as assigned.  Minimum Qualifications:  Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field, sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with completion of an apprenticeship or one to two years experience. Must possess clean NC Driver’s license and CDL.  Hours Mon-Fri 8:00 am -4:30 pm, Saturday rotations. Salary $26,655 plus benefits.  Apply at Rutherford County 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, or the link above in blue.  Open until filled.  Background and Drug test.  EOE


Rutherford County Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for a part-time Program and Outreach Coordinator. Responsibilities include working with Rutherford County Farmer’s Market vendors and customers, event planning, and Extension program support.

 Preferred Skills:  The successful candidate should be a team player who is self-motivated and proficient in computer skills (email and Microsoft Office), event planning, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution/problem solving, marketing, and customer service. He/she should also be able to network and collaborate with other entities as needed.

 A valid driver’s license is required. Background check required.

 High School diploma with at least 2 year’s customer service skills preferred.

 Position Details: This is a part-time position – 25 hours per week Tuesday-Saturday.

 Hourly             $10.52 per hour


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, chainsaw, and weed eater.   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.  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. or online at the link above in blue, 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.