Job Opportunities

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, have 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.

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