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 Financial Specialist. An employee in this class performs a variety of paraprofessional accounting tasks in the county finance department. Work includes verifying that time and leave records comply with County policies and FLSA regulations; entering work time and leave; review benefits and pay changes; interpreting and applying the County’s personnel and payroll policies to unusual situations; computing and issuing payroll, reconciling and entering insurance payments into the general ledger, generating checks for payroll vendors, and producing a variety of payroll records and related reports including monthly tax reports, W-2 forms and fringe benefits reports and retirement reporting through Orbit. Other duties include monthly bank reconciliations for various accounts and subsidiary ledger/payment systems reconciliations, prepare journal entries and general ledger analysis of various accounts; occupancy tax reconciliation and reports, maintenance of fuel spreadsheets and related tasks. Work requires strong office technology skills and application of judgement and accuracy.  Frequent contact is maintained with departmental employees, supervisors, and benefit vendors. Independent judgment and initiative are required in the performance of duties. Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Finance Director and is evaluated through conferences, accuracy and completeness of payroll and other records and by independent audit of financial records.
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from a community college with an associate’s degree in accounting and experience in accounting or fiscal office environment, preferably with some payroll experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary $41,636 with great benefit package.
Apply at Rutherford County offices 289 N. Main St. Rutherfordton or at the link above in blue. Open until filled. Drug and background screen required. EOE

Rutherford County Revenue Department has a Tax Technician position open: Work involves administrative, technical and customer service duties in the Assessor’s office providing general information to the public on tax laws and policies, assisting in maintaining accurate records of real and personal property, list and assesses personal property, compares listings with last years’ forms for accuracy and/or changes, utilizes price guides to assign values to personal property items, and provides customer service by telephone and in person to obtain information or resolve discrepancies.  Assists taxpayers with inquiries about tax assessments; reviews property valuation data errors; forwards real property information to appraisal division as appropriate.  Reviews and evaluates exclusion information and enters data into computer records.  Updates monthly registered (tagged) motor vehicle billing data in State billing system.  Processes bill adjustments and tax refunds as state law requires.  Maintains records and associated forms concerning workflow and completion dates and other duties as assigned.  Requires knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.  $29,054 plus benefits. Min req:  Graduation from high school and one year of administrative experience in tax assessment, real estate and/or appraisal operations or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess valid NC driver's license with clean driving record. Apply Rutherford County 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton NC or at the link above.  Drug test required. Open until filled.

Rutherford County has a part time Data Entry Clerk position at the Senior Center available. Position is responsible for maintaining information on computer systems and answering incoming calls to Senior Center as backup to front desk when necessary. Position is responsible for entering client information into different data bases under time restraints.  Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work under pressure and meet monthly deadlines, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to multi-task, and have excellent attention to details. Accuracy a must. May be required to register and/or update clients when Site Manager is unavailable. Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.  Tact and courtesy working with public a must. Valid NC Drivers License required.  19 hours a week Monday-Friday. $10.02 per hour.  Background and drug test required.  Apply at 289 North Main Street or at the link above.  Open until filled.  EOE

Rutherford County is seeking a Property Appraiser Supervisor-An employee in this class oversees the work of Appraisers and technicians that identify land parcels and their value. Work involves training, coordinating, assisting and supervising a staff of field Appraisers involved in the appraisal of land and buildings for assessment purposes, as well as assisting with complex residential real property appraisals.  Work includes supervising and participating in the review and defense of residential property value appeals; ensuring the appropriate and consistent inspection, listing, review and calculations; checking comparisons with like properties for compliance with the Schedule of Value; and assisting in defending the Schedule of Values before the Board of Equalization and Review, the NC Property Tax Commission, and NC in Court of Appeals, as needed. Work requires the ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment in ensuring proper application of established policies and procedures to individual appraisal cases, and requires displaying tact, courtesy and firmness with employees and during frequent contact with property owners and the general public. Duties subject the employee to inside and outside environments and hazards associated with site measuring tasks on construction projects. Work is performed under the direction of the Revenue Director and is evaluated through conferences, review of work, records and documents and feedback from citizens.
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in real estate, business or a related field, and three years of experience in real property appraisal; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
Special Requirements
Certification by the State of North Carolina as a County Real Property Appraiser
NC Driver’s License.
Salary $52,134.  Apply at the link above.  Open until filled. EOE  Background and drug test required.

Position Available-Rutherford County has a part-time scale operator position for the Solid Waste department. Duties include answering telephones, waiting on customers, accepting payments and other duties as assigned.  Must learn landfill policies, billing, posting payments, and be able to offer great customer service. Responsibilities include learning and operating the waste works system on the computer. Requires tact, judgment, organizational skills, and the ability to deal with the general public. Needs to be a self-motivated individual that can work in a fast paced environment.  Has to be flexible in case there is a need to work longer hours due to someone being off. Min requirements:  high school diploma and a valid drivers license. $9.80 per hour. Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:30pm-4:30 pm and three Saturday’s a pay period from 7:30am to 12:30pm. Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N Main St., Rutherfordton or at the link above.  Open until filled.  EOE

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 $30,391 plus benefits.  Forty hours per week with alternating weekend hours. Apply: Rutherford County Human Resources Office, 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00 pm or online at the link above in blue. Position open until filled, Drug and background test required. EOE

POSITION AVAILABLE:  Rutherford County is seeking a part-time custodian to work at the Communications Center office in Forest City.  Work involves sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, emptying trash, cleaning restrooms, stocking supplies, reporting items needing repair, washes walls, windows, shelves, mirrors, and other duties as assigned.  Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.  Work is supervised by the 911 Director and subject to final standards of OSHA blood borne pathogen regulations.  Requires courtesy in contact with internal customers and emergency personnel.  Hours are flexible.  Approx. 9 hours per week between two or three days.  Wage is $8.92 an hour.  Min requirements: High School Diploma, must have valid driver’s license, with a clean driving record, and must pass a fingerprint background check.  Custodial experience preferred but not required.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N Main St, Rutherfordton, or at the link above in blue.  Open until filled, drug test required.  EOE

POSITION AVAILABLE –Rutherford County has a full time Code Enforcement Officer position available.  Position reports to the Director of Building Inspections.    Duties involve working with contractors, developers, engineers, and property owners to inspect new and remodeled buildings both residential and commercial for compliance with Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes.  Also provides support and interpretation of state codes, meets with property owners, assists with office responsibilities related to permit issuance and examination of building plans and construction documents for compliance with the NC State Building Codes.  Job requires working in confined spaces, on roof tops, and in attics. Minimum requirements: High School diploma, experience and/or special training in residential/commercial building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing fields or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must be able to pass state certifications within time frame allocated. Must have valid driver license, clean driving record. Minimum salary $38,054 negotiable depending upon education, certifications and experience plus benefits. Hours: Mon through Friday 7:30 – 4:00, may involve evening meetings or presentations.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton or at the link above. Drug testing required. Position open until filled. EEO

 Rutherford County is seeking to employ a Tax Administrator with the skills and experience commensurate to the position.  The successful candidate must be able to lead staff to meet the demands of the department. The candidate must be an excellent communicator, must possess exceptional customer service skills, and must possess considerable knowledge of the Revenue Department. An employee in this class plans, organizes, assigns, and directs the work of staff responsible for appraising property, listing taxes, reevaluating property, maintaining property records, maps and files, collecting taxes and handling appeals and public contacts on tax assessments. Duties include researching and developing new and revised procedures and forms to meet changing needs and to improve departmental efficiency. Work involves developing policies, procedures, and methods for program operations; handling budget and personnel matters; and working with sensitive and controversial issues in the tax assessment, valuation and revaluation, collection and garnishment program. Considerable independent judgment must be exercised in making final decisions regarding contested property values and legal points on tax assessment and collection matters.  Work is performed in accordance with state statutes and local ordinances under the general supervision of the Board of County Commissioners.  The position also reports to the County Manager for administrative and fiscal matters, and is reviewed through periodic conferences, reports and an annual audit of all records.
Salary range $71,424-$74,710 depending on experience plus a healthy benefit package which includes enrollment in the NC Retirement System, 3.25% to 401k, 70/30 health plan, dental plan, and $10,000 life insurance in addition to optional supplemental policies.    Min req:  Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, economics, or related field; 3-6 years’ experience in managing components of a tax program, including supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification as a NC Department of Revenue Tax Assessor by the NC Department of Revenue, within two years of employment. Must have valid NC driver’s license with clean driving record.  Apply Rutherford County 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton NC or at the link above.  Drug test required. EOE Open until filled.

POSITION AVAILABLE:   Rutherford County has part time (floater) convenience center position available.  Responsible for operation and maintenance of convenience centers.  Assists in disposal of residential waste and in collection of recyclables.   Keeps convenience center and container roll off areas clean.  Helps general public with questions and concerns.  Min Requirements: High School Diploma, able to lift 50 lbs, tact and courtesy in dealing with customers.   Exposure to outdoors, dust and odors.  Wages: $9.88 per hour.  Position fills in at sites as needed (19 hours or less per week).  Sites open 6 am to 7 pm Monday-Friday and 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Dept, 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC or at the link above.     Position open until filled. EOE Background check required.

Rutherford County Library is seeking a part-time Library Associate with Spanish language skills.  The ideal candidate will communicate orally and in writing in both Spanish and English; translate library handouts into Spanish; meet with members of the Spanish-speaking community; interpret for patrons; prepare library displays; help provide tours, book talks, and multi-media programs in both English and Spanish; with the help of other staff members develop and present programming for all ages.   Customer service experience a plus. 19 hours per week, days and location vary.  $13.26 per hour.  Background check, EOE, open until filled. Apply at the link above or 289 North Main St. Rutherfordton NC.


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 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, wages are $10.10 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:

 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. Apply 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.