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)

Position Available - Rutherford County has a full time Nutrition Program Manager at the Senior Center.  Position is responsible for taking applications for the meal program, assesses eligibility, visits homes, establishes client files, conducts reassessments, and maintains home delivery meal routes and other duties as assigned. Position reports to the Senior Center Director.  Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma, Knowledge of Federal/State Nutritional Requirements for Senior Citizens, Associates degree preferred, 1-2 years’ experience in the field/ and/or completion of an apprenticeship/internship in the field.  Must be proficient in computer use. Supervisory experience a plus.  Tact and courtesy working with public a must. Valid NC Drivers License required. Hours: Mon thru Fri 8:30-5:00. Wages $34,867 plus benefits.  Apply: Rutherford County Human Resources 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton or at the link above.  Position open until filled. Drug/background test required. EOE

Position Available- Rutherford County Senior Center has a part time Assistant Activity Coordinator Position available in Spindale.  Part-Time 19 hours per week, Mon.-Fri. Hours vary. $10.12 per hour. Under the general supervision of the Senior Center Director, under the direct supervision of the Program Manager.  Position is responsible for assisting, planning, coordinating, and implementing recreational, social, and education programs for senior citizens. Work involves planning activities, soliciting volunteers for education and social programs, room set-ups, assisting with Senior Games, and lifting up to 50 lbs. Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma, basic computer knowledge, ability to keep accurate records and help prepare and present reports.  Apply at Rutherford County Human Resources Office, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, N.C. or at the link above.  Position open until filled. Background check required. EOE 

Rutherford County has a part-time Library Assistant position available. Main duties involve front desk work including charge, discharge, and renewal of library materials; patron registration; collection and payment of fines, and placing holds. Assists with compiling departmental statistics. Provides prompt and courteous patron service in person and over the telephone. Communicates courteously, enthusiastically and effectively with the public and with other staff members. Some formal computer training, office or library experience strongly preferred.  Familiarity with popular fiction and authors, automated integrated library systems and online searching including the Internet are preferred. Part time position 19 hours per week; work schedule Tues, Wed, Fri 1:30-5:30; Thurs 2-7; and Sat 10-3. $11.59 per hour.  Apply 289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton or at the link above.  Open until filled.  Background check required.  EEO

Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority has a part time position available. 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 position 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 individual and must be comfortable utilizing computers with Microsoft applications, including Outlook, daily internet research skills and be familiar with iPads. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs, bend, stoop and reach. This job requires a flexible schedule which will include weekends and holidays and is up to 19 hours per week. Wages are $11.11 per hour. Apply at the link above. Position open until filled. EOE.

POSITION AVAILABLE- Rutherford County Solid Waste Department has a part-time Truck Driver/Equipment Operator Position open.  Position is responsible for driving trucks, rolloff, hauling dirt, driving heavy equipment, bushhogging and other duties as assigned. 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 Monday 9:00-2:00, Tuesday 9:00-2:00, Thursday 9:00-1:00, and Friday 9:00-2:00.  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. $12.63 per hour, 19 hours per week.   Drug testing required. Position open until filled. EOE.

 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.


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:

JOB POSITING / POSITION AVAILABLE /  FULL TIME
Night Shift Telecommunicator--911 Communications
POSTED 06-11-2021
Rutherford County Sheriff's 911 Communications is seeking to fill a Full Time – Night Shift Telecommunicator position.  Hours are 6pm – 6am following an altered-pitman schedule.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 
EXPERIENCE is desired but the right candidate will be trained. Position is supervised by the Communications Director. Work involves operating a computerized work station while answering emergency and non-emergency calls. Work requires the ability to multi-task and function in high stress situations while remaining calm, having patience with callers who are under stress, frightened or angry. Position involves call taking and dispatch for Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel and Firefighters. Telecommunicators work in a confined area with constant exposure to radio traffic, ringing telephones, and conversations occurring simultaneously.
Minimum requirements: must be 18 years of age, High School Diploma, proficient in computer keyboarding, must be able to pass an onsite aptitude test.  Those experienced with call handing are strongly encouraged to apply.   Potential applicants must also pass a drug test and background check. Hours will be scheduled weekday evenings, weekend nights, and/or holidays.
Potential candidates should provide a letter of interest stating your experience and why you would be a good candidate to serve the citizens of Rutherford County.  Email: Capt. Dotson 911jobs@rutherfordcountync.gov.  Chosen candidates will be given instructions on how to complete the onsite aptitude test followed by the application process.
Position is open until filled. EEO
Salary range starts at $15.32 per hour.  Certification requirements within the first full year of employment. 

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 $33,251 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.
(THOSE INTERESTED FROM OUTSIDE THIS AGENCY)
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:  $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.