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 has a Customer Service Representative position available in the Revenue Department. An employee in this class performs a variety of customer service to assist taxpayers to list property ownership or collect payments for taxes and respond to inquiries on property records and valuations.  Work includes data entry of tax payments or listings into computerized databases. Accuracy is required in making calculations, in handling money, in listing and in entering data into the computer.  Some independent judgment and initiative is exercised within limits of prescribed policies. Tact, courtesy and diplomacy are required in dealing with sensitive issues and/or customers. Work is performed under the supervision of a section supervisor and is evaluated by observation, review of records, periodic audits, feedback from customers and annual performance evaluations. Provides back up to other staff. Performs additional duties as required.
Desirable Education and Experience: Graduation from high school and some experience in working with tax, real estate and/or collections operations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary $27,707 plus benefits. Apply at the link above or 289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton.  Open until filled.  Drug and background tested.  EOE

Position Available-Rutherford County has a Senior Elections Specialist position available. This position assists and supports the performance of the Elections Director. This position performs specialized duties involved in processing and maintaining election information, assisting candidates with campaign financing, testing voter equipment, assists in developing training materials and presenting mandatory training for precinct officials and poll workers, uploads election results and enters into State Systems, and other duties that support the elections process for the County Board of Elections. This positon serves in the absence of the Elections Director. This position must be proficient in various computer software programs including word processing, spread sheets, and file maintenance programs to enter, store, and/or retrieve and format information as requested or otherwise necessary, knowledge of state election laws, and campaign finance laws.  Requires tact, judgment, organizational skills, and the ability to deal with a wide range of personalities. Min req:  two year degree or a combination of education and experience involving extensive public contact. Must be able to obtain Notary Public certification and North Carolina Elections Administrator certification. Salary $33,168 +benefits.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources, 289 N Main St., Rutherfordton or at the link above.  Drug test required. Must possess a valid NC driver’s license. Open until filled.  EOE

Rutherford County has a part time Program Assistant position available in the Tourism Development Department (TDA).  This position provides support to the Executive Director by executing and implementing various programs and projects for the TDA office.  The ideal candidate will organize fundraising efforts, recruit and supervise volunteers, oversee operations and budgets for those projects, represent Rutherford Bound and Rutherford County Beautiful projects at various county festivals and events. Must possess good written and oral communication skills.  Position will have direct contact in person and/or by phone and email with numerous people. The applicant must present him or herself with courteous professionalism.   Must be proficient in computer and office skills.  Data entry, scheduling calendar events, using internal system, emailing, problem solving, scheduling committee meetings, mailouts, and other duties as assigned. Associate Degree preferred or combination of education/experience in field.  Hours to be determined 19-29 per week. Salary $18.00 per hour.  Apply at at the link above or 289 North Main St. Rutherfordton. Background and drug test required.  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 the elderly and/or adults with a disability 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, where courtesy, and tact is a must. Requires knowledge of county and regional geography.  Reports to the Operations Manager. Hours are based on need up to 19 hrs./week. Transit operates from approx. 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, wages are $10.35 per hour.  Minimum requirements: valid N.C. CDL driver’s license with a (P) passenger endorsement, excellent driving record, five years’ experience as a licensed driver, graduation from high school, pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing required. Apply at 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 to fill a Full Time – Night Shift Telecommunicator position.  Hours are 6pm – 6am following the 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 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.   Potential applicant must also pass drug test and background check. Hours will be scheduled weekday evenings, weekend nights, and/or holidays.
 Internal candidates should provide a letter of intent to the Communications Director by Monday, March 16th, 2020.  Position is open until filled. EEO

Salary range starts at $15.24 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,   911 Communications Center, 240 N. Washington Street, Rutherfordton, NC or Human Resources 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC.   Ask specifically for the 911 Communications application packet. 


(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:  $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.