Job Openings

Rutherford County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

You may either download and print an application to mail in or use our online application system to apply for current available jobs.

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 Maintenance Worker position available.  Performs grounds maintenance duties, including mowing, weeding, trimming shrubs and hedges, and mulching flower beds.  Operates lawn mowers, tractor with bush hog, chainsaw, and weed eater.   Applies pesticides, cleans gutters and down spouts, removes litter, empties trash receptacles and assists with removal of storm debris, snow and ice.  Position reports to the Operations manager of Public Works.  Work also includes building maintenance such as assisting repairs of HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical systems as well as carpentry, painting, and roofing.  Work is done mostly outdoors with possible exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and oils.  Also work in close quarters and heights.   Minimum req. - High school graduate supplemented by course work in trade skills and related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Hours:  Mon.-Thurs.  7:00 to 4:00, Fri.-7:00-12:00. Wages $27,707.  Apply:  Rutherford Co. Human Resources, 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, N.C.,  M-F, 8:30-5:00, or at the link above.  Drug testing required.  Position open until filled.  EOE.

Position Available- Rutherford County Senior Center has a Floater Site Attendant position available. This position ensures adherence to Federal/State rules and regulations governing public nutrition programs.  Must conduct confidential interviews with participants, complete forms, keep records of attendance and meals served.  Employee is responsible for overseeing volunteer activities, performs some janitorial services for the site and will be responsible to fill in for route deliveries as needed.  Other duties may be assigned. Hours vary Mon-Fri, work is on an “as needed” basis. Wages $9.92 per hour.  Min Requirements, High School Diploma/GED, experience in food service, must be able to exert 50 lbs of force occasionally, must have a valid NC Driver’s license.  Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Dept., 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton or at the link above.  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 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 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.  Hours Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00. Position is open until filled. EEO


Position Available:
Full- Time Detention Officer Position Eligibility Requirements:
Must be 21 years of age
High School graduate or  GED
Posses a valid North Carolina Driver’s License Be willing and able to work 12 hour shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays

(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.