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 2023 Season!

    Administrative Office
    Be a vital part of the team and provide administrative support to the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

    • Administrative Assistant: Donor Relations and Special Events – Responsible for the management of the CRM/donor database, creation and distribution of timely and tailor gift acknowledgement and other communication pieces for donors. Also provides event support by helping manage registration, waivers and other communication and logistical tasks. Full-time position. Read full description: Administrative Assistant: Donor Relations and Special Events

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

    • Naturalist Intern – Help provide students with informal education and do interpretive programming for guests. Get a good understanding of the workings of the mountain’s conservation and education department and complete a capstone project. Typically offered between May and August. Read full description: Naturalist Intern

    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, sell tickets, 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 new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery is the jewel of Grandfather Mountain’s Conservation Campus. Join our Facilities team to become a steward of Grandfather’s biggest attraction since the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

      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

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

        Marketing and Communications
        Join the team that shares Grandfather Mountain’s mile-high wonders with the world! Grandfather’s marketing and communications team focuses not only on bringing folks to the mountain, but bringing the mountain to them.

        • Content and Design Specialist – Assist in writing, graphic design, event promotion and other marketing and public relations tactics. Responsible for social media efforts, digital asset management, website updates and content creation. Full-time position. Read full description here: Content and Design Specialist

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

        • Natural Resource Management Specialist – Actively work to protect the natural resources within the park by creating and implementing natural resource management plans, working with outside conservation agencies and supervising the maintenance of Grandfather Mountain’s trail system. Lead a seasonal team of Resource Management Technicians and a Research Coordinator. Year-round position. Read full description: Natural Resource Management Specialist

        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.

        • Retail Cashier Associate – Work in one of the park’s two gift shops, Nature Museum 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 February and March to have staff in place by April and May. 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 April and end in late October or November. We welcome both high school and college students.

        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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