Jobs at Grandfather Mountain

Join Our Team: Job Openings

Are you looking for a “top of the world” place to work? As we continue to expand and welcome more visitors each year from around the world, we are searching for passionate staff members to care for and share Grandfather Mountain’s natural beauty and resources.

All staff members of our non-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation share a common bond of being 100% committed to the mountain we work on and 100% dedicated to making sure guests are able to create their own mountain adventure, no matter how big or small.

Why Join Our Team? Mile-High Job Perks:

  • Never tire of the aww-inspiring views from a natural wonder. Meet visitors from around the world.
  • Work at a place filled with rich history – natural and cultural. There’s never a dull day on Grandfather.
  • Coworkers include some on the wild side: bears, eagles, otters, cougars, elk and more.
  • Enjoy a friendly, family environment with competitive pay, along with career growth.
  • Get free admission to approximately 20 area attractions, including Biltmore and Gatlinburg destinations.
  • Take advantage of employee discounts in the mountain’s shops and restaurant.
  • Receive free admission to the park during off-duty hours to enjoy all the many things to do!
  • Be part of the new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery.
  • Work for a cause — our nonprofit has a mission of inspiring conservation of the natural world. Read about the Foundation.

Current Job Openings: Hiring Now for the 2024 Season!

Join Grandfather Mountain’s classroom in the clouds. Assist with, organize and deliver educational programming, including interpretive talks, field trips, outreach, events and more.

  • Environmental Educator – Deliver high-quality educational programming both on the mountain and off. Work with our Wild Watch and Eco Watch program series in the local school system and help facilitate our field trip programs on Grandfather Mountain. Seasonal, August through May. Read full description: Environmental Educator

    The Wilson Center for Nature Discovery is the jewel of Grandfather Mountain’s Conservation Campus. Join our facilities team to become a steward of this special space with exhibits, theater and an event space.

    • Facilities Support Staff – Work closely with our Facilities Coordinator in the preparation and presentation of the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. Seasonal, April through October. Read full description: Facilities Support Staff

    Food & Beverage
    Got an appetite for customer service? Join our food and beverage team!

    Become a dedicated steward of Grandfather Mountain, ensuring the park remains in peak condition.

    • Janitorial Staff – Keep the park and its facilities in top condition for guests and your fellow employees. Includes cleaning, trash removal, organizing cleaning supplies and other tasks. Year-round position. Read full description: Janitorial Staff

    Parking & Logistics/Operations
    Want to join a team that can move mountains? Our park support team assists in the day-to-day tasks that keep Grandfather Mountain running.

    Help Grandfather Mountain’s hundreds of thousands of guests make memories for a lifetime with the perfect souvenir.

    • Retail Cashier Associate – Work in one of the park’s two gift shops, Wilson Center and Top Shop, or sometimes both! Duties include cashier, inventory, customer service and more. Seasonal, March through October. Read full description: Retail Cashier Associate

    Seasonal Jobs
    Typically, supervisors begin reviewing applications for seasonal employment in January and February to have staff in place by mid-February or March, though this can differ by department. You are welcome to send in an application at any time of the year, as needs may change during the course of the season. Most seasonal jobs begin in March and end in mid-November. We welcome both high school and college students.

    Volunteer Program
    Learn more about our seasonal volunteer program here.

    Where are we?
    The entrance to Grandfather Mountain is located on U.S. 221, two miles north of Linville, North Carolina, and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305. We are located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Avery County, 18 miles from Boone & Appalachian State University and 10 miles from Banner Elk and Lees-McRae College. Get driving directions.

    Apply Now!
    To apply
    for a position with the restaurant, gift shops, ticket gate or maintenance staff, please complete our online application. For more information, call Kim Rupard at (828) 733-2013 or email

    The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or age. Read more about the Foundation.

    Offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a criminal background check.

    Meet some of our staff members in this video:

    Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

    GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
    Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

    Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
    Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
    Member of Southern Highlands Attractions