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Rutherford County has a full time Mechanic position available.  Position reports to the Garage Supervisor.  Work involves regular maintenance of County vehicles and specialized equipment including; but not limited to, gasoline/diesel engines, exhaust, steering, electrical, air conditioning and brake repairs.  Preventative maintenance including checking batteries, tires, lights, transmissions, etc.  Work involves tune-ups, and routine maintenance and occasional overhauls and replacing drive train components. Does diagnostic work on vehicle malfunctions and mechanical problems, prepares work reports, schedules and updates vehicle maintenance logs in a Computer database, maintains an accurate parts inventory. Operates field service truck and wrecker/rollback during normal hours and on-call after hours as needed (Roll-back/wrecker experience preferred).  Must have good customer service and communication skills.  Hours: Mon-Thur- 7:00am -4:00pm, Fri 7:00-12:00, Wages: $30,941. Min requirements: ASE certified or equivalent, High School diploma, basic computer skills, 2-5 years experience in the field, provide appropriate tools for the trade (hand-tools, pneumatic, etc.), valid Driver’s License, clean driving record.  Drug and Background test required.  Open until filled.  EOE


POSITION AVAILABLE - Rutherford County has a full time position as a Utility Worker available at the Landfill.  Position reports to the Solid Waste Director.  Work involves a variety of tasks, including loading, packing and covering refuse at the Landfill using heavy equipment such as front loader, dozer, pan and roll-off truck.  Also involves driving and picking up solid waste and recyclables on a scheduled route.  Main duties will be performed at the Transfer Station loading trucks with waste and recyclables. Responsible for recording mileage or hours driven. Must be able to assist in the garage area performing mechanical work on all vehicles. Position will also be required to bushhog as assigned.  Minimum requirements: CDL license with two years experience and a clean driving record.  Knowledge of safety, defensive driving skills and county geography.  Must have ability to get along with the general public.  Work is performed indoors and outdoors, subject to weather conditions and is classified as heavy labor.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs and push 100 lbs.  Drug testing required.  Hours Mon thru Fri 8:00-4:30, occasional Saturday work 7:30-12:30.  Annual Salary $26,655.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Department, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, N.C. or the link above in blue. Position open until filled.  EOE


Rutherford County Cooperative Extension has a part time Farmer’s Market Manager position available. Under limited supervision, performs on-site management in operating and controlling the County’s Farmers Market.  Work involves planning, organizing and directing operations of the market, including opening and closing the market, authorizing vendors, welcoming customers, and enforcing rules and regulations of the market.  Employee is responsible for promoting the market through media and planning special events.  Work also involves inspecting fruits and vegetables, receiving complaints/feedback and directing to appropriate persons, collection of and daily accounting of vendor fees, and maintaining clean and safe grounds and building.  Reports to the Cooperative Extension Director.  High School Diploma required.  $10.25 per hour, 15 hours per week.  EOE.  Apply Rutherford County 289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton or at the link above in blue. Open until filled.


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.