Job Openings

Rutherford County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At this time, we are only accepting online applications.

Submit your Application (online application system) 
DSS applicants see instructions located at the bottom of this page.  

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 is seeking a Tax Customer Service Representative:  This position involves taking tax payments, answering questions regarding property tax information including amount of taxes due and balancing cash drawer. Person must be able to balance cash drawer each day and be precise with money.  Work also involves customer issue intake either in person or by telephone, evaluating the type of service the customer needs, and directing the customer to the correct county employee or department. Position requires courtesy in contact with the public, general knowledge of county services and geography, and be competent using general office equipment.  $30,118 plus benefits which include participation in the NC Retirement System, 401k, health, dental and life insurance.  Min req:  High School diploma.  Must have valid driver’s license with clean driving record.  Apply 289 N. Main St, Rutherfordton NC or at the link above in blue. Work hours Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00. Drug and background test required. Position open until filled. EOE

Position Available:   Rutherford County Airport has a part time Airport Service Personnel position available.  Job involves routine maintenance and operations: refueling aircraft, positioning aircraft, maintain runway and hanger lifts, maintaining and cleaning terminal, main hanger and flight school building. Must be able to be competent in driving a straight drive truck to position the aircraft.  Min require: High School diploma with 3-5 years experience in the field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Job requires heavy lifting and towing, inside and outside work, exposure to dust and fumes, constant contact with the general public. Customer service skills essential.  Scheduled hours vary between 9 am to 6 pm, maximum 29 hours per week.  Wages $12.56 per hour.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N Main St, Rutherfordton or  at the link above in blue. Position open until filled. EEO Background check required.

POSITION AVAILABLE –Rutherford County has a full time Animal Control Operations Attendant position available. Reports to the Animal Control Operations Supervisor.  Position is responsible to respond to grievances and complaints regarding stray, nuisance, or rabid animals including the capture and containment of such animals. Position performs routine cleaning and animal care in support of the operations of the Animal Control Facility including uploading pictures of adoptable/lost pets, maintains records, reports and paperwork, answers telephone and greets visitors.  Candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs or more. Candidate must be able to tactfully deal with the public.  Candidate will work with inmates from the Department of Corrections on a regular basis and must be 21 years or older.  Min req:  Graduation from high school with experience in animal control and care.  Candidate must have or be readily available to obtain a rabies vaccination certification and a certification in animal euthanasia. Candidate must possess strong computer skills and possess a Valid NC driver’s license with a clean driving record. Candidate must be familiar with County geography. Wages 32,952 plus excellent benefits including retirement, 401k, health, dental and life insurance.  Forty hours per week with alternating weekend hours, 8:00-5:00. Apply: Rutherford County Human Resources Office, 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00 pm or online at Position open until filled, Drug and background test required. EOE

 Rutherford County Tourism Development has a part time, Welcome Center Information Specialist position available at the Welcome Center located in Lake Lure, NC. Applicant must be able to handle an extremely fast-paced environment. Knowledge of or willingness to learn, and ability to share county tourism assets, attractions, restaurants, lodging and events will be required. This positon will primarily work from the Welcome Center in Lake Lure and may also assist at occasional events. Duties include, but are not limited to, greeting visitors, answering phone calls, researching and providing verbal or printed/written information, restocking informational brochures, stocking supplies and some janitorial cleaning within center. The ideal candidate must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and 1-2 years’ experience in a customer service position. Candidate must be a reliable, flexible, outgoing, personable individual and must be comfortable with utilizing computers with Microsoft applications, including Outlook, internet research skills and be familiar with iPads. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, bend, stoop and reach. This job requires a flexible schedule, which will include weekends and holidays and is up to 19 hours per week. Candidate must be comfortable working independently at times and able to complete tasks in a timely manner. Wages are $12.14 per hour.  Apply at Rutherford County, 289 N. Main St, Rutherfordton or at the link above in blue.  EOE open until filled

 POSITION AVAILABLE –Part time van driver for Rutherford County Transit Department.  Position requires ability to drive a Multi passenger vehicle.  Must also assist elderly and/or handicapped adults to board and leave the vehicle, must be able to load, secure and unload persons in wheelchairs on lift equipped vehicle.  Must be able to operate an open air 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. Hours are based on need up to 19 hrs/week, possibility hours will increase to 29. Transit operates from approx 6:30a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, wages are $10.20 per hour.  Minimum requirements: valid N.C. driver’s license, excellent driving record, five years experience as a licensed driver, graduation from high school, pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing required.  CDL preferred.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Department, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, N.C., or at the link above. Position Open Until Filled, EOE.

EMS Positions Available:

Paramedic, AEMT and EMT 12 Hour Shift positions available Rutherford County EMS is excited to announce that we are now hiring for multiple 12 hour shifts on our 911 Division. Starting wages are: Paramedic ($20.10/hour, $48,077 annual). AEMT ($16.79/hour, $40,167 annual). EMT ($16.05/hour, $38,401 annual). Annual call volume averages 13,000 per year including the convalescent division.   RCEMS operates (7) EMT-P level 911 trucks from (4) bases in the County. The 911 trucks work a 12 hour Pittman schedule.
Minimum Training and Experience:  All applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent; hold a valid driver’s license and current NCOEMS credential 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.  Go to to apply.

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 full-time detention officers.  Duties include direct supervision, processing, classification, transporting and safety of inmates.  Applicants must have good communication skills, be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma, and be able to pass a drug test and an extensive criminal background check.  Applicant must meet Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office requirements and be eligible for certification by NC Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission.  Work schedule-rotating 12 hour shifts.  Salary $40261.59 with full benefit package which includes health/dental insurance, State retirement and 401k. Pick up an Employment Application packet at Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department 198 N. Washington St. Rutherfordton NC. Open until filled.  EOE

 (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. EOE

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:  $16.46 while training, $16.86 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 Kayla Fox at 828-287-6283 or Kayla Fox.

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.