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 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.


Rutherford County has a full time Real Property Appraiser I position available. Reports to the Revenue Director.  Position appraises residential dwellings and commercial buildings according to code, studies building plans and information pertaining to sales, prepares field cards, appraises lots in subdivisions or other land splits, determines market value, uses a variety of Tax Office records to obtain data concerning location, owner and dimensions of property, reviews appraisals and determines whether or not assessment should be modified, defends values and makes recommendations to the Board of Equalization and Review, resolves new construction and land value complaints, assists taxpayers in correcting records of real property listing, and other duties as assigned:  Graduation from high school with Bachelors preferred in field of study, sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of position including understanding of three approaches to value regarding cost, sales comparison, and income, Certification as a Tax Appraiser by the Ad Valorem Tax Division of the NC Department of Revenue and certification by the NC Association of Assessing required within 2 - 3 years of employment. Knowledge of the geography of Rutherford County a must.  Salary $38,054 plus benefits. Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license.  Apply Rutherford County Offices 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton or at the link above.  Open until filled.  Drug test required.  EOE

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 911 Communications is seeking a
Part Time Call Taker for a 5pm – 11pm (approx.) mini-shift.  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 for Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel and Firefighters. Call-Takers work in a confined area under 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. This is not a dispatch position.  Growth opportunities are available. Potential applicant must also pass drug test and background check. Hours may be scheduled weekday evenings, weekends, or holidays. 
Salary range starts at $12.00 per hour.  Certification requirements within the first full year of employment.  APPLICATION PACKETS can be picked up at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, 198 N. Washington Street, Rutherfordton, NC,   The Communications Center, 240 N. Washington Street, Rutherfordton, NC or Human Resources. Ask specifically for the 911 Communications application packet.  https://www.rutherfordcountync.gov/departments/communications_center/employment.php  Hours Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00. Position is open until filled. EEO

 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.