Job Opportunities

Seasonal Park Aid

Title: Park Aid
Job Type: Full Time Seasonal (March 25 – September 25, subject to change)
Pay Type: Hourly
Pay Rate: $10 – $12, depending on experience

The Arc of Appalachia is searching for a Seasonal Park Aid to assist full time staff with various responsibilities during the busy season. These job responsibilities include invasive plant removal during the spring and the fall on various preserves within the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system, assisting office staff, and hosting the Appalachian Forest Museum during the weekdays at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform all tasks assigned by supervisor
  • Working outdoors in the Arc of Appalachia’s nature preserve system in the window of time best suited for invasive plant removal
  • Management of Invasive Species through manual, mechanical, and chemical practices.
  • Work with volunteers in the field
  • Assist with various office work such as event registration and data entry
  • Host the Appalachian Forest Museum when a volunteer isn’t available
  • To greet guests for the purpose of making them feel sincerely welcome and establish a positive connection
  • To orientate visitors to services offered by the park, Museum and the trails
  • To educate visitors on trail regulations so as to protect the preserve’s resources
  • To encourage questions that may spontaneously arrive, and be trained to be able to answer questions
  • To provide a listening ear to stories that visitors may want to share about themselves
  • To give special attention to children, and engage them in the children’s activity room if they are interested
  • To give short tours of the murals if visitors are interested
  • To assist Arc staff by helping to open, close and maintain the Museum
  • To provide safety and emergency response in the rare case that is needed
  • Work special events when needed

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to Stand or Walk for the majority of the work day
  • Ability to bend, squat and kneel
  • Ability to work outdoors alone at various preserves
  • Basic computer skills
  • An understanding of Microsoft Office – Word and Excel
  • WordPress experience a plus


  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience in identifying local flora and fauna a plus
  • Must use own Vehicle, valid Driver’s License and Insurance
  • Must be able to work weekends

How to Apply:
Send all of the following information to

1. Cover letter. State why you are interested in the position and working for the Arc of Appalachia

2. Detailed resume, including work experience.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed & considered as they are received, so apply soon!
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Assistant Housekeeper

Housekeeping Assistant
Pay Rate: $9.50 – $11 / per hour

The Arc of Appalachia is seeking a housekeeping assistant for our lodges and museum at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.

The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is the Arc of Appalachia’s oldest and largest preserve. The heart of the 2,200-acre preserve is the breathtakingly beautiful Rocky Fork Gorge, a 100-foot high steep-walled canyon renowned for its stunning rock formations, ancient white cedars, spectacular wildflower displays, grottos, springs, and stone arches.

Visitors to the Sanctuary can enjoy staying in several historic cabins and older homes that have been fully renovated into modern nature retreats, ranging from secluded 2-person suites perched on the bluff of the gorge that offer dizzying views, to five-bedroom historic lodges that handsomely accommodate small groups and educational gatherings.


The position is seasonal and runs from March through November with an average of 15 to 30 hours weekly depending on lodge bookings. A flexible schedule including evening and weekends is required to meet lodging needs, as well as sharing on-call responsibilities for emergency requests.

The Housekeeping Assistant performs housekeeping services in the Arc’s public buildings, such as lodges and museums, both in the buildings’ interiors, and if assigned, the exteriors. Maintains a high level of detail oriented cleanliness and aesthetics in Arc buildings with an emphasis in non-chemical cleaning agents. This includes, but is not limited to, sweeping, mopping, tidying, laundry of linens and towels, dish washing, trash and recycling removal, leaf blowing and pressure washing. During special events at the Arc this person may be asked to help as needed.

The assistant will be in direct communication with the housekeeping manager regarding assignments and needs, along with their work being evaluated and checked periodically.

The position requires a professional attitude when working with staff, lodging guests and other visitors to the Arc of Appalachia. They must have an ability to multitask and coordinate the cleaning of multiple lodges effectively and efficiently, as well as work independently without direct supervision.


  • Experience in professional cleaning
  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Must use own Vehicle, valid Driver’s License and Insurance to move between facilities with cleaning tools, trash, recycling, laundry, and etc. (Mileage Compensated)

Physical Requirements:

  • Several our lodges require carrying laundry and trash a distance up to 150 feet to vehicle.
  • The ability to stand and or walk continuously, as well as crouch, push/pull, squat and work above the shoulders during the performance of the daily job routine.

To Apply:

Send the following to

Please submit a resume including experience, qualifications and references with a cover letter that includes an explanation of a work place challenge you have overcome in the past.

All applications must be submitted by February 22, 2017 to be considered.

Volunteer Opportunities

  Invasive Removal

We are in IMMENSE need of volunteers who enjoy healing the land and working outdoors to remove invasive plants from our vulnerable ecosystems.


 Museum Hosting

The Arc operates Museums and Visitor Centers for the public at both the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill. Museum Hosts greet visitors, help orient them to hiking trails in the entire Arc System, and interpret the outstanding natural history of their sites. 

Museum hosts work weekends during the April through October Museum season, covering shifts that range from 5 – 7 hours a day – usually working an average of one or two days a month. Lodging is available.

The Arc has a training day for new hosts and old each March, and a reunion in the fall. Sign up for our email updates to receive dates of our host spring orientation. If you have any questions in the meantime, write to