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!

    Entrance Gate
    Join the Grandfather Mountain welcoming committee! Meet and greet guests as they arrive at the park, ensuring their visit will be mountains of fun.

    • Seasonal Ticket Attendant – Greet guests, process reservations and arrivals, answer any and all park-related questions and exemplify customer service as a member of Grandfather Mountain’s celebrated frontline team. Seasonal, March through October. Read full description: Seasonal Ticket Attendant

    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!

    • Seasonal Food & Beverage Employee – Assist in Mildred’s Grill general food service, including preparation, cooking, cashier, clean-up, customer service and more. Seasonal, March through October. Read full description: Food & Beverage Employee

    Provide care for Grandfather’s resident habitat and educational animals, and lead various habitat tours and programs for visitors.

    • Animal Habitat Keeper 1 – Provide care for Grandfather’s animals, including feeding the animals, cleaning up after the animals, providing habitat maintenance and monitoring the animals’ health and behavior. Also assists with events and works with the public. Seasonal position 1: early March through early November. Seasonal position 2: mid-May through mid-August. Read full description: Animal Habitat Keeper 1

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

    Natural Resource Management
    Preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations, protect native species, defend against invasive ones and maintain the mountain’s trail system.

    • Resource Management Technician – Inspire park visitors by providing unparalleled hiking opportunities and educating guests.  Assist in the maintenance and patrol of the park’s many miles of trails and ladder systems. Seasonal, March – November. Read full description: Resource Management Technician

      Park Support/Operations/Special Projects
      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.

      • Assistant Retail Manager – Supervise the in-stock condition of the sales floor of both of the two gift shops in the park, Wilson Center and Top Shop. Duties also include working as a cashier as needed, serving as a customer service mentor to all cashiers and assisting the retail manager with scheduling needs, expense control, loss prevention and annual inventory preparation. Year-round position. Read full description: Assistant Retail Manager
      • 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

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