One of the key team members at any state park is the office assistant. This person is often the first to greet park visitors, answer questions and set the tone for their visit. As such, they are part of the park's public face.
But behind the scenes, this person acts as an office manager and has wide-ranging responsibilities. The job includes elements of bookkeeping, human resource management and purchasing. The office assistants are important links between the state parks and the central administration of the Division of Parks and Recreation in Raleigh. Larger parks may have two or even three office assistants.
Post-secondary education and/or solid experience in office procedures are preferred for this position. There are multiple levels of office assistants, leading to opportunities for job advancement both within the state parks system and state government. The positions often appeal to people who enjoy variety, a close-knit working atmosphere and the chance to be part of the stewardship of the state's natural resources.